Ride a Horse Through the Hills
Forty miles of trails through the Hocking State Forest are designed as bridle trails. From the Hocking State Forest’s Horseman’s Camp, trails blazed in orange, red and purple guide riders through the surrounding woodlands and hills.
Privately owned liveries are available for those who do not own their own mount and want to ride a horse in the Hocking Hills.
Spotted Horse Ranch
Take your own horse or ride one of theirs. They have guided trail rides by reservation. They also have cabins with hot tubs and fireplace or campsites with or without electric hookups.
Covered stalls are available if you bring your own horse. There is a party hall with a full kitchen and wedding facilities. Call them at 740-332-7433 or 1-877-992-7433. They are located at 17325 Deffenbaugh Rd. at Laurelville, Ohio. Visit them on the internet at www.thespottedhorseranch.com.
Equestrian Ridge Farm
They have guided trails and instruction for you or your small group and children. Reservations required. They are located at 26711 Pumpkin Ridge Road, New Plymouth. Phone 740-603-2523. Visit them at www.equestrianridge.com.
Happy Trails Horseback Rides
They offer scenic guided horseback rides and a gift shop. They are located at 25851 Big Pine Road, Rockbridge. Phone 740-380-6372. Visit them at www.hthorsebackrides.com.
Uncle Buck’s Stable
Uncle Buck’s is a Riding Stable and Dance Barn. They have guided horseback rides and live music and great food at their saloon. They are located near Lake Hope State Park.
Reservations are recommended. Call them at 800-221-1122 or 740-664-2428. They are located at 73930 Buck Lane, New Marshfield, Ohio, 45766. Visit their on the internet at: www.unclebucksstable.com.
Smoke Rise Ranch Resort
Experience the West in Southeast Ohio. They have horse rental and lessons, cattle round up and gatherings, trail rides, team pennings and sortings, and penning and roping clinics.
They offer 2000 private acres with 100 miles of trails to ride. They have scheduled Fun Days and BBQ’s. There is a Club House to rent for business outings, corporate retreats and family events.
You can stay in a rustic cabin, full hookup campsite, or private ranch house with hot tub. Call them at 740-767-2624 or visit them on the web at: www.smokeriseranch.com and for more information on Smoke Rise Ranch check out my blog post about Smoke Rise Ranch.
Smoke Rise is located at 6751 Hunterdon Road, Glouster, Ohio.
Blue Moon Acres
Blue Moon is unique in that they rent out their own horses. They are more of a customized stable catering to what the rider wants. They specialize in couples and families.
Blue Moon is located at 18920 Keifel Road, Laurelville. Call them at 740-380-6230 to make a reservation to ride one of their horses. The number is 740-385-3799. Or visit them on the internet at: www.bluemoonacresstable.com.
Canoe the Hocking River
Canoeing down the Hocking River is a great way to gain a new perspective of Hocking County. The view from a canoe, kayak or raft is a peaceful way to spend a hot summer afternoon or a beautiful fall day. I always experience tranquility on the water that I find is hard to describe.
My kids love to “park” along the river and go for a quick and cooling dip in the water. It always reminds me of the kids who used to go swimming in the local “swimming hole”.
The Hocking County is a “lazy” river. There are no dangerous rapids to worry about. I always take the shortest route because it is just long enough to be fun.
At the present time there are two different canoe liveries in Hocking County.
Fox’s Hocking Hills Canoe Livery – 12789 State Route 664 S, Logan, Ohio 740-385-0523 or 1-800-634-6820. www.hockingriver.com
Hocking Hills Adventures -31251 Chieftain Drive, Logan, -740-385-8685 or 800-686-0386 www.hockinghillscanoeing.com
I highly recommend a trip down the river. It’s an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the Hocking Hills.
Adventure Treks of Ohio
Professionally guided naturalist-led hikes, guided rock climbing, rappelling, belly boat fishing and storytellers. Phone 740-777-2579. www.hockinghillsadventuretrek.com
Earth, Water, Rock: Outdoor Adventures
Guided Adventures and instruction in rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Reservations required. No experience necessary. All equipment and instructions provided. Phone 740-664-5220. Find them on the internet at www.ewroutdoors.com.
Swimming, Fishing and Boating in the Hocking Hills
There is a public pool with diving tubes at the Hocking Hills Lodge near Old Man’s Cave State Park. Admission prices are very reasonable. It is open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
There is a 527 foot public swimming beach at Lake Logan State Park on the North Shore of Lake Logan Road. Sailboats and powerboats with a maximum of 10-horsepower motors are popular on the lake. The Pine Vista hiking trail is popular with hikers and is located across from the beach.
You can rent a pontoon, rowboat, canoe or paddle boat at the Lake Logan Marina. Their phone number is 740-380-2956. They are open daily at 9 am and are located at 30443 Lake Logan Road in Logan, Ohio.
One of the best fishing lakes in Ohio is at Lake Logan. The lake has northern pike, bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish and saugeye. Contact www.ohiodnr.com for fishing license information.
Fisherman will find good catches of bluegill, catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass at Lake Hope State Park with a valid fishing license. There is also a 600 foot swimming beach with a beach house and sun deck located near the dam. They also have a changing area and shelter. Boating is allowed on the 120 acre lake with canoes, kayaks, and rowboats for rent on location. Lake Hope State Park is located 27331 State Route 278 in McArthur, Ohio .
Tar Hollow State Park has a 500 feet swimming beach on Pine Lake with a diving platform. You can rent a paddle boat to explore Pine Lake and fisherman will find bluegill and other panfish. Tar Hollow is located at 16396 Tar Hollow Road close to Laurelville, Ohio. The Park Office phone number is 740-887-4818.
Rose Lake is a beautiful 17-acre spring fed lake accessible from State Route 374. A 1/2 mile trail to Rose Lake will take you to the lake. It is stocked with fish by the state every year in the spring of the year.
The city of Logan has a public swimming pool and Nelsonville, Ohio has a water park.
Ohio Belly Boat Fishing
Year-round belly boat fishing treks for bass, crappie and bluegill. Complete packages include guide and equipment. Ages 8+. Hocking Hills area. Phone 740-777-2579. www.ohiobellyboatfishing.com
Touch the Earth Adventures
Hocking Hills Scenic Byway Driving Tour
For those who have never been to the Hocking Hills the Scenic Byway Tour is a great way to see the area on a guided driving tour. This tour is great during any season of the year! Complete mile by mile directions are given at my blog post.
Mountain Bike Trail in the Hocking Hills
There are two continuous loops that can be ridden separately or together in the Hocking Hills. It can be accessed from State Route 374. There are additional mountain bike trails at Lake Hope State Park and Tar Hollow State Park.
Archery Range and Trail
There is an archery range that is free to the public very close to the entrance of Old Man’s Cave State Park. It also has a 3D trail with various three dimensional targets for you to practice your archery skills. Read more here.
Hocking HIlls Laser Tag
Hocking Hills Laser Tag is played outdoors and at two different locations. One is near Old Man’s Cave State Park off of State Route 664 and the other is at Mingo Park. You can plan a birthday party, reunion activity, corporate event, or group fun day. One of their locations is at 867 Karshner Avenue. Call them at 740-422-9824 or visit them on the internet at www.hockinghillslasertag.com.
Hocking Hills Geocache
The Hocking Hills Tourism Association has set up a Geocache for all those who would like to try it. A form can be printed out here. There is also a geocache set up for Ash Cave and Cedar Falls. And also Old Man’s Cave. Just be aware that cell phone GPS may not get reception. Learn about geocaching at Geocache 101.
Canopy Tours and Ziplining
Hocking Hills Canopy Tours
Outdoor adventures for the whole family including ziplines, DragonFly for children and off-road segway tours. Located at 10714 Jackson Street, Rockbridge, Ohio, 43149. Phone them at 740-385-9477 – www.hockinghillscanopytours.com
R Adventure Park
They offer everything from ATV Rentals, a ziprail, and rope course. Located at 15155 Sauerkraut Road, Logan, Ohio. Phone them at 866-985-1202. Visit them on the internet at www.radventurepark.com
Zip Line course and partial tours for children at 24719 Miller Road, Rockbridge, Ohio 43149, Call the at 855-ZIP4FUN, Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit them on the internet at www.soaringcliffs.com
Valley Zipline Tours
Over a mile of ziplines with a mini zip for children. They are located at 3465 Duffy Road, Lancaster, Ohio. Phone them at 740-654-3392. www.valleyziplinetours.com
Golf and Mini-Golf
Adventure Golf at Remple’s Grove
Miniature golf course for the whole family. Located at 12791 State Route 664 South at Logan. Phone them at 740-385-0400. Visit them on the internet at hockingriver.com/mini-golf/
Hocking Hills Golf Club
A challenging 18-hole golf course open to the public with clubhouse and restaurant. They are located at 14405 Country Club Lane in Logan. Phone them at 740-385-3806. www.hockinghillsgolfclub.com
Hocking Hills Mini Golf
They have a wheelchair-friendly course at the Hocking Hills Market. They are located at U.S. Route 33 at State Route 374 in Rockbridge. You can call them at 740-385-3806. www.hockinghillsmarket.com/golf
Hocking Hills Hot Air Ballooning
Take a ride in a hot air balloon. You can even propose or get married. Located in Fairfield county. Call them at 614-870-2539 or visit them at: http://tinyurl.com/nhafeoq
Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours
Scenic air tours are available year round. Don’t forget to bring your camera. 66285 Airport Road, New Plymouth, Vinton County. Phone them at 740-380-2031 or 740-649-2207. http://tinyurl.com/q6cbrye
Run a Race in the Hocking Hills
Each year in September the Indian Run takes place. There are 5K, 10K, 20K, and 60K races which take the runner through the Hocking Hills State Park and the Hocking Hills State Forest. Call 740-385-2750 for more information.
The Washboard Factory Tour and Festival
The only washboard factory in the United States is located in Logan, Ohio. The Columbus Washboard Company was founded in 1895 and nearly closed its doors in 1999 due to failing sales. A group of investors in Columbus and Logan purchased the Columbus based company and relocated it to the former Godman Shoe Factory in downtown Logan.
Within the first six months the company was turning a profit even though most are turned to craft or musical purposes and very few are used for their actual intent – doing laundry.
They are located at 14 Gallagher Avenue. Phone them at : 740-380-3828. www.columbuswashboard.com
GUIDED FACTORY TOURS – 6 or more people preferred.
General Admission $4.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet. (See picture above).
Seniors $3.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet.
Students & Children ( up to 18) $2.00 plus 10% discount on purchases & free fridge magnet.
Active Military (with ID) FREE
Tour Times: Monday – Friday 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 Saturday 11:30 & 1:00 May – October only.
What has become an annual event is the International Washboard Festival where the percussion abilities of the washboard come to life in musical groups where it plays a backup and sometimes starring role. The stage show is quite an entertaining show.
The festival takes place every year in June during Father’s Day weekend. There are free children’s rides, food, children’s activities, parades and contests. Read more. Email them at: email@example.com. www.washboardfestival.com
Remple’s Grove has a Lot to Do
Remple’s Grove is located across from Walmart in Logan. They are located at 12791 State Route 664 South. Phone them at 740-385-1000. Read more here.
The Olde Dutch Restaurant – Experience traditional Amish-style dinners or order from the full menu. Open daily. Call them at: 740-385-1000. www.oldedutch.com
The Hocking Hills Canoe Livery is located behind the Olde Dutch Restaurant. They are open April thru October. For information or reservations call 1-800-385-0523 or 740-385-0523. www.hockingriver.com
Adventure Golf – Is an 18 whole miniature golf course with a cave, waterfalls, streams and stone terraces and woodland gardens. This is a challenging course that I highly recommend for the whole family. And you can play a second game for half price. http://tinyurl.com/qbq2gwg
They are open 11 am-10 pm daily June thru August and only on weekends May, September and October. Call them at 740-385-3233 for information.
Hocking Hills Crafts & More – If you like to shop for hand crafted items stop in and take a look at what they have to offer. They are open Monday-Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 11-6. Winter hours are January thru March. Call them at 740-385-9039. http://tinyurl.com/ng9pcwc
Logan Antique Mall – Take a trip down memory lane and browse the wares of over 100 dealers. Open Monday – Saturday 10-8, Sunday 11-6. Call them at 740-385-2061. http://tinyurl.com/ng9pcwc
Treehouse Treasures and Treats – is located beside Adventure Golf which makes it convenient to have a snack after a good game of miniature golf. They offer gifts, souvenirs, candy, fudge, and ice cream. Open April – thru December. 740-385-0400. www.loganantiquemall.net
Baymont Inn & Suites– is conveniently located in Remple’s Grove. Call them at 740-385-1700 or at 1-877-229-6668 to make a reservation. http://tinyurl.com/qb9ejqo
Midwest Glassware Outlet – They offer wholesale prices on glassware seven days a week. Call them at 740-380-9400. www.midwestglasswareoutlet.com
Weaver’s Market & Deli – They have flours, baking supplies, deli meats, cheese, spices and unique gift items. Phone them at 740-380-6901. http://tinyurl.com/p5ralub
Paul A Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
At the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center stop in and take a look at the Pencil Sharpener Museum. The collection of over 3400 pencil sharpeners was started over twenty years ago by Rev. Paul A. Johnson. The museum is open during the regular hours of the Hocking Hills Welcome Center.
The sharpeners are put into the same categories that Rev. Johnson had originally placed them in such as: Animal, Body, Cats, Christmas, Disneyland, Dogs, Easter, Food, Games, Globes/World, Halloween, Hearts, History, Horses, Misc., Religion, Space, Spain, and Zodiac Symbols.
This collection has been featured in national magazines and local newspapers. It has the reputation of being the largest collection of its’ kind in the country. The collection was moved from the Johnson’s property and it is set up exactly as Rev. Johnson had set it up during his lifetime.
The Pencil Sharpener Museum is located just outside of the Hocking Hills Welcome Center at the corner of State Route 33 and State Route 664 at 13178 State Route 664 South. Call them at 1-800-HOCKING (462-5464). There is no admission charge and children as well as adults enjoy looking at this extensive collection of pencil sharpeners. For a picture of some of the pencil sharpeners: Click Here.
Hocking County Historical Society
If you are a history buff or just like to look at antiques and items from “the good old days”, check out the Hocking County Historical Society. Located at the corner of Hunter & Culver Streets at 64 North Culver Street. See Logan’s first Steam Car or visit the genealogy section to search for long lost relatives. www.hockinghistory.org. Call them at 740-385-6026.
Spring Hours beginning March 1st – Friday and Saturday 1-4 pm. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to assist with maintenance fees. Other hours by appointment, please call Richard Klinger at 740-279-5975 or 740-385-4346.
The Hocking Hills Golf Club
The 18-hole regulation golf course at The Hocking Hills Golf Club offers golfers both an affordable and challenging game of golf. They are open to the public year-around. It is a par 71 course measuring 5,861 yards in length. Call them at 740-385-3806. The Pro Shop can be reached at 740-385-3806. Visit the on the internet at www.hockinghillsgolfclub.com.
If you’re a beginner or your game could use a bit of refinement, golf lessons are taught by our Certified P.G.A. Professional, Brian Carney. Costs are $25.00 for 1 half hour lesson $100.00 for 5 half hour lessons. Feel free to contact Brian Carney at (740)385-3806 for any questions or to set up a lesson time. Click here to learn more.
The Bowen House
The Bowen House is Logan’s community center for the arts and education. They have special exhibits including annual quilt shows, watercolor and stained glass shows. Call them at 740-385-0344. They are located at 169 S. Market Street, Downtown Logan.
Visit their website at: www.bowenhouse.org
A Side Trip to Lancaster, Ohio – Activities
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio at the Reese Peters House presents changing exhibitions, both historic and contemporary; celebrating the arts we live with and enjoy every day.
The magnificent 1835 mansion and the handsome Wendel Center for Art Education have a lively year-long schedule of classes, programs and special events scheduled.
Rental facilities are available for meetings and receptions. A gift shop offers unique specialties. They are located at 145 East Main Street in Lancaster. Call them at 740-681-1423. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm. www.decartsohio.org
Ohio Glass Museum
The Ohio Glass Museum allows you to experience the process of blown glass creation. They have a Glass Blowing Studio which is open for demonstrations during regular museum hours. The glass museum frequently changes their exhibits throughout the year.
Glass Blowing Classes are offered for individuals or groups by appointment. Classes are taught by Mike Stephanie. Call him at 740-687-0101 to register.
You can also sign up for Flameworking Class or a making a Pandora Bracelet Bead Workshop with Teresa Cress. All your tools and supplies are provided. Students must be at least 14 years old. Classes must have a minimum of 4 students to run and a maximum of 6. Prior registration with the museum is necessary 740-687-0101.
The museum is open March-October: Tuesday-Sunday 1-4 pm and by appointment. They are closed on Mondays.
November-February they are open Tuesday-Saturday 1-4 pm and by appointment. They are closed on Sundays and Mondays. They are closed most of the major holidays so call first before you go. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students from 6-18 years old. Children under 6 are free. The Gift Shop Hours are 12-4 pm Tuesday-Friday and during regular business hours.
They are located at 124 West Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio 43130. Phone them at 740-687-0101. Visit them on the internet at : ohioglassmuseum.org
The Old Shoe Factory Antique Mall
In 2003 the Drew Shoe Factory was purchased, updated and converted into an antique mall. The historic 1800’s building has 60,000 square feet to browse and shop. Their address is 301 Forest Rose Avenue in Lancaster.
They are open Monday-Thursday from 10 am-6 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am-6 pm. They are closed on Sundays Phone them at 740-687-1760. Visit them on the internet at: www.oldshoeantiques.com
Fairfield County Historical Covered Bridges
Only the state of Pennsylvania has more covered bridges than Ohio and Fairfield County has the most in the state. They were built in the 1871-1906 era.
You can see pictures and descriptions of all 18 bridges here. There is even a map you can print with their locations.
View their vineyards and on-site winemaking. They have a pub-style tasting room and a covered patio. They are located at 2363 Lancaster-Newark Road in Lancaster. Phone them at 740-687-4414. www.rocksidevineyards.com
Scuba Diving at Lakeview RV Park
If you scuba dive you can dive in a 16-acre, 50 feet deep spring fed stone quarry. It has an on-site refill station and camping possibilities. You will have a 10-30 feet visibility depending on the weather. You can even look for the twin-engine plane, the Frito Lay truck and swim among the bluegill, crappie, carp and some mussels and clams. They are located at 2715 Sugar Grove Road in Lancaster. Call them at 740-653-4519. www.rvatlakeview.com.
The only place you can skydive in central Ohio is at Skydive Columbus. They have both tandem skydiving rides for the beginner and more advanced skydiver options. Not only will you be able to see the sights of Fairfield County but also the hills in Hocking County. They are located at the Fairfield County Airport at 3430 Old Columbus Road in Carroll. Call them at 614-203-0210. www.skydivecmh.com
Jet Pack Water Adventures, Inc.
Now you can learn to fly a hydro jetpack over water. You will wear an ultralight harness and then rocket 30 feet above or below the surface of the lake while propelled by a 200-horsepower marine engine that pumps 1000 gallons of water per minute up a 10-meter hose. All that power generates 420 pounds of thrust for an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You must be a good swimmer and 18 years or older. Life jackets and helmets are provided.
They are located at 2715 Sugar Grove Road, Lancaster, Ohio. Phone 740-359-8463. www.jetpackwateradventures.com.
Skyview Drive In
I think going to the drive-in is becoming a thing of the past. In Lancaster you can pile the kids in the car and see not one but two currently running movies. Take your fold up chairs and watch a movie under the stars. I have done this with my kids during the summer months and it is great fun.
Warning: If you watch both movies you won’t get out until around 1:00 am. Keep this in mind if you have to drive back to your cabin In the Hocking Hills. It could take you at least an hour or more to get home. Be sure you know your way back to your cabin in the dark. I wouldn’t want you getting lost at that hour of the night.
So if you don’t mind driving back late at night and have a good sense of direction, check out their website to see what’s playing before you travel to and from the Hocking Hills They are located at 2420 East Main Street in Lancaster, Ohio. The ticket office opens at approximately 7:45 pm and movies start at approximately 9:15 pm. Call them at 877-286-6843 or 740-653-5517. Visit them on the web: www.skyviewdrivein.com
Geocaching in Fairfield County
Fairfield County has a History Geo Trail that started in May 2013. It is a fun and history learning activity for the whole family. All that is needed is a free account, GPS enabled device and the official puzzle sheet found here. For more information about geocaching go to www.geocaching.com.
The Fairfield County Ohio Visitors Bureau
The Fairfield County Visitors Bureau is located on the second floor of the Ohio Glass Museum at 124 West Main St, Suite 200, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 Call them at (740) 654-5929 or 1-800-626-1296 for more information. Or visit them on the internet at: www.visitfairfieldcounty.org
A Side Trip to Nelsonville, Ohio – Activities
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway
If you want a different way to look at the hills of Southeastern Ohio, then step on board a passenger train at the Nelsonville Depot of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Children and adults will enjoy a ride on this old fashioned mode of transportation. Step back in time and enjoy the Hocking Hills from the vantage point of a train on a track to Haydenville or Logan.
The Haydenville trip is 12 miles round trip and the Logan trip is 20 miles round trip.
The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway was voted one of the world’s top family-friendly train rides by the Travel Channel. I can attest to that when I rode on the sold out “Robbery Train“. I saw lots of children and families on that train.
Just about every holiday a train will be scheduled to run. During the last weekend in November and the first three weekends in December, young children will enjoy the Christmas train with a special visit from Santa during the two hour non-stop ride.
The hours of operation are on Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day weekend through the first weekend in November. All trains depart from the depot located on US 33 in Nelsonville at 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm. Reservations are recommended. For information call 1-800-967-7834 for their voice mail. Phone on the weekends (740) 753-9531 or visit them on the internet at: www.hockingvalleytrain.org
Step back in time and visit restored pioneer log cabins featuring woodstove cooking, quilting and spinning at Robbins Crossing in Nelsonville, Ohio. Stop by the cooper and blacksmith shops and experience period music and games of days gone by.
They are open Saturdays and Sundays 11 am – 5 pm from Memorial Day weekend through October and weekdays by appointment. Robbins Crossing is located at Hocking College, 3301 Hocking Parkway in Nelsonville, 45764. For more information call (740) 753-3591, ext. 2330. Visit them on the internet at : www.hocking.edu/attractions/robbinscrossing
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway is a 21 mile long paved and handicap accessible bike path which follows the old Columbus and Hocking Valley Railroad bed from Athens to Nelsonville. The surrounding beauty of the area can be enjoyed by bicycle, foot, inline skates, scooter, skateboard, wheelchair or cross country skis in the winter time. All-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and horseback riding are prohibited.
The Bikeway is named after the Native American name for the Hocking River which means bottleneck “or” twisted and after the Adena Indians who lived in the Hocking Valley over 2000 years ago. There are various points of interest along the path which include: Ohio University, an old fashioned coal company store and miner’s homes, parts of the Wayne National Forest, and the unique pioneer village of Robbins Crossing at Hocking College in Nelsonville.
You will also see some of the natural beauty of the region when you pass high cliffs and rock formations, wildflowers in spring, and a variety of birds and wildlife. Take a look at this website for more information and a map.
A Haunted Railroad Tunnel – The Moonville Tunnel
There is a haunted railroad tunnel in the eastern edge of eastern Vinton County that is frequented by the ghosts of two different people each killed there at two different times. Local historical accounts record the tragic and untimely deaths of two people matching the exact descriptions of the ghosts – one was a male and one a female.
And… the ghosts are also sighted at the same locations of their deaths wearing what they would have worn at the times of their deaths. Local accounts also report that when the trains actually ran on these tracks that they used to fly through the hills at top speeds.
Accidents do happen and I could see accidental deaths happening since locals used the tracks, narrow trestle and narrow tunnel as walking paths through the woods. The odds of two different accidents happening at the same tunnel are what make this story so unusual.
The Moonville tunnel which was built in 1856 is 100 yards long and was renovated in 1903. Railroad men called it the most isolated and desolate stretch of the B&O from St. Louis, Missouri to Parkersburg, West Virginia. It is no longer in operation but it is still in good shape. It is on private property but can be assessed during a daylight hike.
Directions: Turn onto Wheelabout Road across from the Lake Hope Dam; stay to the left at the fork. The road becomes Shea-Moonville Road. Moonville is about 2.5 miles from the dam. Cross the steel bridge and pull off where the berm widens just past the bridge. Walk the old railroad bed to the left, cross Racoon Creek and the tunnel will be straight ahead.
After you hike back from the tunnel, continue on driving on Shea-Moonville Road, cross another steel bridge and drive up the hill to Lookout Rock. This sandstone outcrop provides a wonderful view of Racoon Valley below. www.moonvilletunnel.net
The Moonville Rail-Trail is a sixteen-mile rail-trail in southeast Ohio, located in Vinton and Athens Counties. It is largely embedded in the Zaleski State Forest and passes close to Lake Hope State Park. www.moonvillerailtrail.com
Stuart’s Opera House
Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville opened in 1869 and was built from hand-made clay bricks. It stayed open only until 1924 and remained empty for fifty years. The building was transformed into a theatre and cultural arts center by the Hocking Valley Museum of Theatrical History in 1976. In 1980 tragedy struck and a fire destroyed nearly everything. An extensive renovation project began and it was opened again in 1997.
Stuart’s Opera House is located at 34 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio. I have personally enjoyed both a play and musical performance at this quaint location and enjoyed both performances. The tickets are reasonably priced as well. They are located at 34 Public Square. Call them at 740-753-1924 or visit them on the web at www.stuartsoperahouse.org for their current schedule.
Historic Square Arts District
Nelsonville has numerous shops and unique art galleries in the Historic Square where you can find a little bit of everything. Read more here.
Rocky Outdoor Gear Store
If you need boots and gear for hiking, hunting, work and casual wear it is worth a short drive to The Rocky Boots Factory Outdoor Gear Store. While you’re there you can have lunch at the Boot Grill and sink your teeth into their famous Bison Burger. They are located on Route 33 in Nelsonville and open 7 days a week. Monday-Saturday 9-8 and Sunday 10-5. They are located at 45 East Canal Street in Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Call them at 740-753-3130 or visit their website.
See a Movie while you are in Nelsonville
Located 7 minutes North of Athens and just outside of Nelsonville on US Route 33 is a movie theatre called Nelsonville Movies 10 and the cost for all tickets during any showing is only $4.00. They also have a Fun Barn with arcade games and food.
Nelsonville Movie 10 – Call them at 740-753-3400, They are located at 14333 US-33, Nelsonville, OH 45764
They grow grapes and make a wine for every taste. They are located at 401 Gilkey Ridge in Shade Ohio in Athens county. They are open 4 pm – 8 pm on Thursday and 1 pm -8 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the months of March through December. Phone them at 740-696-1323. Visit them on the internet at: www.shadewinery.com