Best Backpacking in Ohio

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  • #1 Kings Island, OH

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    Mason, OH

    Just northeast of Cincinnati is the Kings Island recreation area, including and centering upon Paramount’s Kings Island itself. This amusement park rivals the Disney operations in Florida and ...
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    Just northeast of Cincinnati is the Kings Island recreation area, including and centering upon Paramount’s Kings Island itself. ...

  • #2 Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH

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    Dayton, OH

    The downtown area of Dayton encompasses, within a few blocks, the confluence of the Mad River, the Stillwater River, and Wolf Creek into the Great Miami River. Some two dozen downtown bridges ...
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    The downtown area of Dayton encompasses, within a few blocks, the confluence of the Mad River, the Stillwater River, and ...

  • #3 Lebanon, The Vineyards, and Fort Ancient State Memorial, OH

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    Lebanon, OH

    Vineyards again are blooming in the Ohio Valley, as they did in the early nineteenth century, and wineries have emerged to produce very creditable varieties of wines. Two such wineries are clustered ...
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    Vineyards again are blooming in the Ohio Valley, as they did in the early nineteenth century, and wineries have emerged to ...

  • #4 Urbana and West Liberty, Ohio

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    Urbana, OH

    Urbana, Ohio, is the picture of small-town America. In Urbana, complete strangers smile and wave as if they know you. The town square, built around a monument, is encircled by unique, locally ...
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    Urbana, Ohio, is the picture of small-town America. In Urbana, complete strangers smile and wave as if they know you. The ...

  • #5 Yellow Springs, Clifton, Wilberforce, and Xenia, Ohio

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    Xenia, OH

    Yellow Springs is a community that is fertile with artistic, spiritual, and intellectual freedom. Psychics, artists, musicians, and teachers find that Yellow Springs offers a friendly climate ...
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    Yellow Springs is a community that is fertile with artistic, spiritual, and intellectual freedom. Psychics, artists, musicians, ...

  • #6 Port Clinton, South & Middle Bass Islands, Kelleys Island, Pelee Island, Lakeside, and Marblehead

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    Port Clinton, OH

    What’s up, dock? Plenty, particularly if you like fishing and boating. The Lake Erie island area is a sporting paradise, even during the cold months, when ice fishing occurs. Thanks to high nutrient ...
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    What’s up, dock? Plenty, particularly if you like fishing and boating. The Lake Erie island area is a sporting paradise, ...

  • #7 Columbus, Ohio

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    Columbus, OH

    Columbus is Ohio’s capital and largest city, with a metropolitan area touching seven counties, covering 3,584 square miles, and including almost 1.4 million residents. Thanks to aggressive annexation ...
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    Columbus is Ohio’s capital and largest city, with a metropolitan area touching seven counties, covering 3,584 square miles, ...

  • #8 Millersburg, Berlin, Wilmot, Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek, and Charm

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    Walnut Creek, OH

    “Wilkummin” to the twenty-first century. By many accounts, Ohio has the largest concentration of Amish and Mennonites in the world. And they’re well organized and savvy when it comes to tourism; ...
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    “Wilkummin” to the twenty-first century. By many accounts, Ohio has the largest concentration of Amish and Mennonites in ...

  • #9 Cincinnati & Fairfield, OH, and Newport & Covington, KY

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    Cincinnati, OH

    Cincinnati seems like a stretch for a day trip because it is in another state, but it is really less than two hours away. Situated on the Ohio River, the city, founded in 1788, was the first ...
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    Cincinnati seems like a stretch for a day trip because it is in another state, but it is really less than two hours away. ...

  • #10 Columbus and the Districts

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    Columbus, OH

    It’s listed among Fodor’s top picks for overlooked/underrated places to visit during the cold months but Columbus has plenty to offer year-round. Downtown alone is worthy of serious touring, ...
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    It’s listed among Fodor’s top picks for overlooked/underrated places to visit during the cold months but Columbus has plenty ...

  • #11 Logan and Rockbridge

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    Rockbridge, OH

    Few locales can claim beauty year-round, but the Hocking Hills are such a place. Winding roads reveal frozen waterfalls and pristine snow in the winter; verdant, leafy coolness and gushing gorges ...
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    Few locales can claim beauty year-round, but the Hocking Hills are such a place. Winding roads reveal frozen waterfalls and ...

  • #12 Bath, Peninsula, Sagamore Hills, and Aurora

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    Aurora, OH

    This region has both the old and the new: Amish history, skiing, shopping (crafts and outlets), amusement parks, and more. The recent absorption of Sea World into Six Flags amusement park makes ...
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    This region has both the old and the new: Amish history, skiing, shopping (crafts and outlets), amusement parks, and more. ...

  • #13 Mansfield, Lucas, Perrysville, and Loudonville

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    Loudonville, OH

    Two of Ohio’s most charming and diverse state parks are located within a few miles of each other. Malabar Farm State Park is the world-famous home of author and celebrity-monger Louis Bromfield ...
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    Two of Ohio’s most charming and diverse state parks are located within a few miles of each other. Malabar Farm State Park ...

  • #14 Comeback City: Cleveland

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    Cleveland, OH

    Once called the “Mistake on the Lake” and the butt of national jokes because of pollution, financial instability, and race riots, Cleveland certainly has come a long way, baby. Public and private ...
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    Once called the “Mistake on the Lake” and the butt of national jokes because of pollution, financial instability, and race ...

  • #15 Newark, Nashport, Frazeysburg, Dresden, Coshocton

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    Coshocton, OH

    Attractions in this area include: Longaberger Home Office, Blackhand Gorge, Dawes Arboretum, Moundbuilders State Memorial, A Place Off the Square, Cherry Valley Lodge, Longaberger Golf Club, ...
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    Attractions in this area include: Longaberger Home Office, Blackhand Gorge, Dawes Arboretum, Moundbuilders State Memorial, ...

  • #16 West Liberty, Zanesfield, Bellefontaine, and Lakeview

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    Bellefontaine, OH

    For diversity, Logan County is tough to beat: Along with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, you can romp at the lake and go horse-back riding during the warm months. There are two caverns ...
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    For diversity, Logan County is tough to beat: Along with skiing and snowboarding in the winter, you can romp at the lake ...

  • #17 Hillsboro, Bainbridge, and Chillicothe, Ohio

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    Chillicothe, OH

    The gentle hills of south-central Ohio rise perceptibly as the traveler nears the Appalachian counties, cresting in such summits as Washburn Mountain, Rattlesnake Knob, and the peak that appears ...
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    The gentle hills of south-central Ohio rise perceptibly as the traveler nears the Appalachian counties, cresting in such ...

  • #18 The Roller Coast: Sandusky and Cedar Point

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    Sandusky, OH

    If you want to go around in circles, the Sandusky–Cedar Point area is the place, what with all the merry-go-rounds and roller coasters. Several of the few remaining hand-carved antique carousels ...
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    If you want to go around in circles, the Sandusky–Cedar Point area is the place, what with all the merry-go-rounds and roller ...

  • #19 Peebles, Seaman, Manchester, West Union, and Lynx

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    West Union, OH

    Adams County is the kind of place where someone can tell you to turn left at a certain hill and go right at stand of trees, and you’ll locate your destination. The region consists of several ...
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    Adams County is the kind of place where someone can tell you to turn left at a certain hill and go right at stand of trees, ...

  • #20 Vandalia, Springfield, and Cedar Bog, Ohio

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    Springfield, OH

    Vandalia, settled in 1838, was one of many towns to spring up along The National Road, and it is now the world headquarters of the Amateur Trapshooting Association. Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve ...
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    Vandalia, settled in 1838, was one of many towns to spring up along The National Road, and it is now the world headquarters ...