Follow the Pioneer Trail through Southeast Ohio

Marietta, Ohio was the first settlement in a new frontier over 225 years ago and its early pioneer spirit can still be felt throughout its community. The history of Marietta and the courageous pioneers who settled here are the topics of David McCullough’s newest book, “The Pioneers.” The Pulitzer Prize winning author chronicles the efforts of the original families who worked tirelessly to settle the area and create a thriving city at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers. McCullough studied original letters, diaries, documents and records all archived at the Marietta College Legacy Library to narrate the true stories of these important figures in history. Many people have discovered – or rediscovered – Marietta’s past and are arriving to see the historic sites for themselves.

Visitors can delve into Marietta’s past and trace the progress of the pioneers as they explore the [...]

The Wilds – A World-Class
Animal Conservation Center

Tucked into the countryside of Cumberland, Ohio is an unexpected home of rhinos, giraffes, cheetahs, takin and many other rare and exotic animals. This home is The Wilds – one of the largest animal conservation centers on the continent.

The Wilds is open year-round, but normal operation hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from May through September and weekends in October. A variety of tours are offered, including Open-Air Safaris, horseback and zip-lining. Visitors can also hike the butterfly habitat, go fishing, enjoy the bird-watching station and ride the mountain bike trails. The Wilds also offers three types of overnight accommodations: Nomad Ridge (romantic, two-person yurts), The Lodge (a luxury cabin that sleeps up to 12 guests) and The Wilds’ Cabins at Straker Lake (seven beautifully-furnished cabins that each accommodates six guests).

In addition to creating lifelong memories, [...]

Adventure Awaits you in
Zanesville-Muskingum County!

Take a Safari Tour and go zip-lining and horseback riding at the Wilds, one of North America’s largest wildlife conservation centers. View animals from all over the world living in mixed-species groups and roaming expansive habitats. Enhance your experience at The Wilds by enjoying an exclusive overnight stay in a well-appointed private yurt at Nomad Ridge or in a cabin at Straker Lake.

Take a relaxing cruise along the Muskingum River aboard the Lorena Sternwheeler, featuring lunch and dinner cruises, themed rides, twilight cruises and special events. Visit area wineries and breweries or experience the history of the area at one of the many historic sites and museums such as John and Annie Glenn Museum, Dr. Increase Mathews House and Stone Academy featuring the Putnam Underground Railroad Interpretive Center which includes a new exhibit, resource library and an on-going research component.

Zanesville [...]

Hocking Hills OH Cabins and Vacation Homes
Offer Seclusion and Privacy

Lazy Lane Cabins in Hocking Hills OH offers rustic cabins and deluxe vacation homes, each secluded on their own acreage ensuring your privacy. Our cabins are centrally located in the beautiful Hocking Hills region of southeastern Ohio near Logan where you can enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, zip lining and more. All our cabins are located within minutes of nine state parks including Old Mans Cave, Ash Cave and Cedar Falls where you’ll find caves, waterfalls, hiking trails and beautiful rock formations. Around the area, you will find antique shops, restaurants, craft shops and local artisans’ shops.

Our wide range of cabins sleep 2-10 and are all comfortably furnished including fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning and heat, satellite TV, hot tubs, gas grills, and fireplaces. Our comfy cabins are perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or an affordable [...]

Bigfoot Adventures for the Entire Family

Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. Ohio Grassman. It’s been rumored to live in Ohio since the mid-1770s. It has also been rumored to live in Ohio’s largest state park, Salt Fork. Make plans to attend the Annual Bigfoot Conference, enjoy Bigfoot Adventure Weekends, Creature Weekends, or Monthly Bigfoot Night Hikes at Salt Fork State Park.

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference (May 2, 2020) features top rated speakers from across the Bigfoot community. From television personalities, academes, local and national investigators and other prominent figures the conference has something for everyone. The weekend also features free events including the largest vendor fair of Bigfoot merchandise, advanced and family hikes and a Bigfoot Festival.

Come help Sharon Lee, The Bigfoot Field Reporter, and Alan and Jesse from Fathom Frontiers, celebrate the last Bigfoot Adventure Weekend at Salt Fork State Park on June 5-7, 2020. This 3-day, 2-night family [...]

Welcome to Gallia County, Ohio on the
banks of the Ohio River

We are honored to have you as our guest and wish for you to have the most pleasurable experiences while visiting the Gallia County area. We are sure that you will soon feel the sense of pride we share in belonging to this community and hope you will take advantage of the many attractions, events and other opportunities during your stay.

Quaint neighborhoods with tailored manicured lawns and gardens, a city park and arbors of mature trees weave colorful patterns into landscape contributing to the charm and beauty of Gallia County. Community organizations such as Gallipolis in Bloom are designed to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting beautification programs through the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. Recognized as a “4 Bloom City,” in the America In Bloom Competition, [...]

Vinton County Southeastern OH Area Offers
Natural Beauty and Charm

The Vinton County OH Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to explore our country roads, scenic lakes and expansive forests. A part of the Hocking Hills region, our county is home to the second largest state forest in Ohio, in addition to multiple state parks and wildlife areas. You’ll encounter abandoned historical sites and relics dating back to the early 1800s, hidden away among the wooded hills of Ohio’s least populated county. Whether you’re interested in hiking our secluded trail systems, visiting our small-town festivals, or simply relaxing at one of our unique lodging facilities, there’s something for everyone in Vinton County.

Discover for yourself why Vinton County is Ohio’s last frontier.

Vinton County Visitor Center
104 West Main Street
McArthur, Ohio 45651

If you Forgot It, Grandma Faye’s in
Hocking Hills OH, Probably has It!

Grandma Faye’s in Hocking Hills – a full service convenience store – carries groceries, Hocking Hill’s souvenirs, gifts and more. The store has most of the camping supplies you might need for your trip into Hocking Hills including firewood at the area’s lowest prices, bait and a propane exchange. Lottery, ATM and a money station are also available.

Grandma Faye’s serves the locals as well as the hungry hikers on a daily basis. While visiting the area, it’s the perfect place to stop to eat and shop. We offer delicious sandwiches and homemade pizza, deli items, daily lunch specials, fresh cut steaks, fresh ground chuck, homemade fudge, hand-dipped ice cream and shakes. The Giant Texas Tenderloin is one of the favorites at Grandma Faye’s. Beer and wine carry-out are available, too.

Open seven days a [...]

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