Columbus. This crossroads of Ohio maintains a steady and quiet presence in a number of industries, and the scope of its activities grows with each year. Today, “The Biggest Small Town in America” maintains this tranquil and unique character with its rise, offering so much to see and experience. Whether you are a visitor drafting travel plans, returning home to see friends and family, or a local looking for things to do near home, read on for some of our favorite spots to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors around Columbus.
Wayne National Forest
With stunning mountain views over Ohio and the Appalachians, Wayne National Forest is a great place for those visitors who want to embark on multi-day camping adventures and enjoy some of the best Ohio has to offer. While a slightly longer drive out of the city, those who have come to Ohio with their sights on the outdoors and open skies will find the trip is well worth it. Here, visitors can enjoy camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, animal photography, and many of the joys of life outdoors. Bring your party to Wayne National Forest for stunning views of the open, clear rural Ohio skies and one location that offers it all in outdoors activities and diverse natural beauty.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Another great daytime attraction is the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, a journey into Ohio as it was inhabited well before European colonization. Here visitors can enjoy the history and tranquility of this huge archaeological find, learning about the Hopewell culture and how native Ohioans lived in the area hundreds of years ago. The surrounding rural areas are a great place to park and look out into the skies over Ohio after exploring the park, or simply using the park area as a center point for your explorations of wild Ohio.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Here, out away from the major cities of Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is truly a gem, with its dramatic falls, juxtaposition of the modern and thick forests, miles of hiking trails and vantage points over the park itself and Ohio, providing great views of the state and the night sky. This is a great option for both a daytime getaway and the multi-day camping trip, and accommodates travelers of all ages and interests. A highlight of the park during the daytime are the bedrock outcrops, adding to the pristine and ancient ambience of the woods here at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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