What are Some Fun Things to Do in Ohio?

What are Some Fun Things to Do in Ohio?
Ohio may not immediately come to mind as one of the top getaway places, but it does offer many options for the outdoor enthusiast. The Buckeye State is loaded with woods, wildlife and swamps---not to mention an impressive trail that loops around the state. Camping, hiking, bicycling, bird watching and more are just some activities Ohio offers.

Morgan Swamp Preserve

Morgan Swamp Preserve spans nearly 1,300 acres and is home to a slew of common and rare species. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the 100-plus bird species along with dozens of fish, mammals and reptiles. Hikers and backpackers will have a literal field day exploring the swamp area and its nearby Grand River.

Morgan Swamp Preserve
Footville-Richmond Road

The Buckeye Trail

The noted Buckeye Trail snakes for more than 1,400 miles in a large circle around the state. You can pick up the trail in a number of locations and opt for a shorter day hike or backpack along the route for several days. Because of its incredible length, the trail offers an array of Ohio landscapes and gems, ranging from the shores of Lake Erie to a vista point above the Ohio River. Pick up the trail by looking for "blue blazes," or small markers on trees or poles that designate part of the trail. (See Resources).

The Buckeye Trail
Various locations around the state

Kiser Lake State Park

Everything from camping to boating and swimming to hiking is at your fingertips at Kiser Lake State Park. You can even seasonally fish and hunt with proper state permits. The lake is more than 2 miles long, with more than 5 miles of shoreline; the beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming, beach walks, fishing and renting a boat are some of the waterside activities. You can also explore hiking trails, which range from one-half mile to more than 7 miles, or set up camp in one of the many campgrounds. Cabin getaways also are for rent for those that may want more than a tent.

Kiser Lake State Park
4889 N State Route 235
St. Paris, Ohio 43072
(937) 362-3822 General
(866) 644-6727 Camping

Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski

Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.

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