While it is relatively easy to list all the things the state of Ohio is famous for, there are a few sites sheltered from the public eye. These hidden gems await travelers that like to hike the paths not walked on by many in order to discover treasures not available to common tourists. I’ve listed a few of them, you’ll have to find the rest on your own. Here are 6 hidden gems for everyone to enjoy in Ohio.
The Loveland Castle, as it is sometimes called, was modeled by Harry Andrews, a Boy Scout Leader and medieval enthusiast. In other words, despite its appearance, the castle was not made by or for a feudal lord. Sadly, Andrews didn’t get to see the castle before he passed away, as it took several years to complete the construction. True to his wishes, the Boy Scouts guard this place and are dedicated to limiting the pollution as much as possible, so there may be a few requirements you’ll have to meet before taking a step in this building akin to European castles.
Hartman Rock Garden
Have you ever completed a project that was there simply to pass the time, while you were between jobs? Well, this is how this place came to be. Ben Hartman was unemployed during the Great Depression and needed something to do. Because of this, we can enjoy replicas of the White House, the Independence Hall, and a few other buildings, complete with a moat. The garden is now maintained by the Kohler Foundation.
The Wilds are home to many locations hidden from the public eye. One of these is the Nomad Ridge, the glampground with private properties that has an amazing view, exotic wildlife, and, most importantly, a sanctuary away from all the noise the cities have. Do you know what a yurt is? It is a kind of hut, though it would be more accurate to say it’s like a tent. There are many here and it’s a perfect getaway from everything.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
It’s exactly as it sounds – 300 acres filled with over 50 various statues and an Ancient Sculpture Museum, so not only can you enjoy the art, but you can also learn a thing or two about history. You can visit it any time of year, but I would recommend winter. Thank me later.
Holden Arboretum Canopy Walk
I love trekking through the forests. There is something calm and awe-inspiring about so many trees surrounding you that it makes you feel like you are a part of something greater. The Holden Arboretum Canopy Walk gives you a new perspective on this already breathtaking experience. To 500 feet-long walkway is 65 feet away from the forest floor, so it is perfect for seeing the forest from above.
There is a business called the Mohicans that allows visitors to once again experience the joy and thrill of being in a treehouse. These aren’t your everyday treehouses. You can expect heat and running water, allowing you to spend the night perched upon a tree. You can find them near Loudonville. Imagine a log cabin that is sturdy, cozy, and altogether amazing.