Things to Do in Eastern Ohio

Things to Do in Eastern Ohio
Eastern Ohio is filled with all types of natural wonders and scenery for those who love the outdoors. With locations such as the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, the Seneca Lake Park and Campground as well as other sites, there are numerous adventures for you to check out in eastern Ohio.

Highlands Nature Sanctuary

Originally known as the seven caves, the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is a 2,000-acre section of the Appalachian Forest with miles of hiking trails and several caves within the Rocky Fork Gorge area of the sanctuary. Three of the most popular trails in the sanctuary are the Valley of the Ancients, the Etawah Woods Loop Trail and the Big Beech Loop Trail, each one about a 1/4-mile hike winding through hemlock trees, limestone canyons and huge rock formations. The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is a great place for sightseeing and learning about the natural foliage and wildlife of eastern Ohio. The nature sanctuary also includes several natural springs and secluded grottoes along the trails.

Highlands Nature Sanctuary
7660 Cave Road
Bainbridge, OH 45612
(937) 365-1935
highlandssanctuary.org/Caves/Caves.htm

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Covering over 19 miles, the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is an easy trail that winds through the eastern Ohio countryside to allow hikers and bikers to enjoy the scenic wonders of the area. The bikeway is designated for nonmotorized travel including roller skates, bikes, wheelchairs and foot travel to allow travelers to enjoy the pathways peacefully. Laid out on the old Hocking canal tow path for the canal's boats of the early 1800s, the bikeway travels along miles of wildflowers and other local flora and fauna of eastern Ohio. The bike path is also a great place to observe the colors of the changing leaves and the flowers bloom. Along the trail you can also visit places such as Ohio University and the Armitage House, built in 1832.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
667 E. State St.
Athens, OH 45701
(800) 878-9767
seorf.ohiou.edu/~xx088/

Seneca Lake Park and Campground

Enjoy the camping experience in a campground that covers over 4,000 acres of land with more than 3,500 of those acres covered with lakes, rivers and ponds. The Seneca Lake Park and Campground has more than 500 campsites with full electrical hookups as well as cabins and RV spaces available. There are several lakes in the park, including Atwood, Leesville and Piedmont lakes, which provide great opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating or just sightseeing around the area. The lakes also are a popular place for birdwatching and observing the wildlife that make the Seneca Lake Park their home as well as exploring the foliage and other plants around the trails that wind through the park.

Seneca Lake Park
22172 Park Road
Senecaville, OH 43780
(740) 685-6013
mwcdlakes.com/seneca.htm

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Article Written By Carl Pruit

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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