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Top Outdoor Activities in Ohio

 

  1. Zip lining
Ziplining
Ziplining

Ohio offers some of the best zip lining experiences in the US. This is largely because of the diverse topography of the state. One of the best regions for zip lining excursions in Ohio is the Hocking Hills region. Zip lining in this area gives you a complete overview of the surrounding hills. The best time to visit the region is during the fall. This is when the trees are at their scenic best. You have the liberty to choose from beginner or extreme trips. There are also nighttime zip lining tours at Hocking Hills. Another unique zip lining experience in eastern Ohio is offered by Zipline Safari.

 

  1. Canoeing
Canoeing
Canoeing

Canoeing is a very popular activity in Ohio. The best place to go for canoeing is Loudonville. Popularly known as the ‘Canoe Capital’ of the state, it offers canoeing across the Mohican River. Whether you go as a family or with a group of friends, you will not return disappointed. There are overnight trips, day trips and even moonlight trips! Another great area to go for canoeing is the Hocking Hills region. It offers multiple trip options and canoe outfitters. You can simply show up and go canoeing on the Hocking River.

 

  1. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing
Rock climbing

Rock climbing is fast becoming a popular activity in Ohio. One of the best places to go for rock climbing is the John Bryan State Park. It has limestone cliffs which are ideal for some strenuous climbing. These cliffs are some of the few areas which are open to public for climbing. You have to carry your own equipment as it is not provided. Although these cliffs are open to everyone, the climbing is not meant for everyone. You can even go for rappelling at some of the cliffs in the park. Hocking Hills State Park is the best option for inexperienced or new climbers. There are several companies which offer guided climbing services. They also rent out climbing equipment.

 

  1. Kayaking
Kayaking
Kayaking

Kayaking is allowed on many of Ohio’s lakes, rivers and creeks. The Ohio Division of Natural Resources has a number of ‘Water Trails’ scattered throughout the state. The maps of these trails are available on the internet. These detail the best routes for reaching the access points and highlight the scenic attractions. There are dedicated routes along rivers like Muskingum, Mahoning and Kokosing. If you don’t have kayaking equipment but prefer to rent instead, then you can do so from the rental agencies. The Big Darby Creek is popular with kayakers because it doesn’t get crowded. You can rent equipment from Trapper John’s which is located nearby.

 

  1. Skiing
Skiing
Skiing Resort in Ohio

Not many people will think of Ohio when it comes to skiing. But the state does offer several skiing opportunities. The state has many ski resorts which cater to enthusiastic skiers. A very good example is the Snow Trails Resort, which holds parties throughout winter. These events add extra fun to your skiing experience. The resort also offers multiple trails for every level of skiers. If you want to take ski lessons, then they offer that too. Another good example is the Mad River Mountain Resort. It caters to every type of skier, whether they are new or experienced. Another good option is the Boston Mills Brandywine Ski Resort.

 

  1. Caving
Caving
Caving

Caving is one of the best adventures in Ohio. There are many caverns scattered throughout the state. These allow you to explore the underground world of Ohio. So, what is located under these caves? If you go to the Ohio Caverns, you will see stalagmites and stalactites made up of crystal. The caves were created by a river which flowed underground. These caverns contain a 5 foot long stalactite, known as ‘Crystal King’. Another great network of caverns is the Seneca Caverns. It is one of the largest underground caverns. It contains 7 chamber rooms which go as deep as 110 feet below the ground.

 

  1. Biking
Biking
Mountain Biking in Ohio

It is easy to find biking trails in Ohio. Many big cities offer bike rentals and biking trails. You will mostly find these trails in Ohio’s Metroparks. Then there are the Ohio State Parks which contain more than 250 miles of biking trails.

 

  1. Birding
Birding
Birding

Birding is a very popular activity in Ohio. It is especially popular at the Lake Erie birding trail. The trail covers a huge area of 312 miles and is divided into 7 loops. There are 84 stops where you can watch rare birds like long-tailed ducks and bald eagles. Each of these stops includes the species of birds which reside in that area. The trail has more than 400 species of birds. Maps are available online and make it easier for you to plan your visit. The best time to visit the trail is during the early spring months.

 

  1. Hiking
Hiking Trail in Hocking Hills
Hiking Trail in Hocking Hills

Ohio offers many hiking adventures. This can range from a simple walk through a paved trail to hiking in complete wilderness. Most parks in Ohio offer a good number of hiking trails. These trails cater to both beginner and expert hikers. For simple hiking, you can visit Ohio’s Metroparks in cities like Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. These offer both wooded paths as well as paved trails. The parks can be visited as part of a hiking excursion or even as part of a weekend trip. For more advanced hiking options, you can visit any of the Ohio state parks. Good examples include John Bryan State Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Hocking Hills State Park.

 

  1. Fishing
Fishing
Fishing

Fishing in Ohio mostly comprises fly fishing and charter fishing. Anglers flock to Lake Erie throughout the year. Many go for charter fishing on the same lake as well. The best time for fishing is from the months of April to October. It is also a good idea to fish during the fall and spring months. Chartered trips are arranged on many areas along Lake Erie. Some of the most popular spots include Port Clinton, Maumee Bay and Geneva-on-the-Lake. Fly fishing is possible on many streams and rivers as well. You can look at the website of Ohio Division of Natural Resources to see the locations they stock.

Originally posted 2017-09-11 09:38:34.

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