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tart off your spring at a great Ohio Festival — the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival! Enjoy fun amusement rides, a car show, a motorcycle show, your favorite carnival food, the Grand Parade, and top musical entertainment performers each evening on the main stage!

Since 1985 the Vinton County Wild Turkey Festival has been held the first full weekend in May in downtown McArthur, Ohio. Come see us May 5– 8, 2022, and May 4–7, 2023. Located at the southern edge of the Hocking Hills, we’re your gateway to all the region has to offer — just minutes from Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, and Lake Hope State Park.

For more information and our schedule of events, visit our website: www.vcwtf.org. Contact us at wildturkeyfestival@outlook.com; ph. 740-205-0538


Discover why Vinton County is Ohio’s last frontier!

Explore our winding country roads, scenic lakes and expansive forests. Vinton County is home to the secondlargest state forest in Ohio, in addition to multiple state parks and wildlife areas. Bask in nature by hiking our secluded nature trail systems. Visit during our small-town festivals, shop for handcrafted art and stay overnight in our unique lodgings. Get more ideas about where to explore on vintoncountytravel.com, where you can create a trip itinerary.

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From stands of hickory, oak and pine trees dotting the landscape to lakes filled with catfish, crappie, bass and bluegills, nature’s majesty abounds in Vinton County. More than 80 percent of the county is wooded and there are only 13,000 residents — an ideal place to get away from it all to enjoy nature.

It’s also a year-round haven for bird-watchers who enjoy keeping their eyes peeled for more than three dozen varieties. Winter brings visits by pileated woodpeckers, eastern phoebes and ruby-crowned kinglets, as well as rare sightings of hermit thrushes. As the weather clears in spring, pine warblers and Louisiana waterthrush make an appearance. Summer is the ideal climate for forest birds to return to the Buckeye State, and regulars include the blue-winged warbler and yellowbreasted chat, as well as the elusive blue grosbeak. As autumn leaves start to fall, the migrating songbirds and other perching birds add beauty and color to the forests as they soar. “If you love the outdoors, Vinton County is one of the best destinations to visit because we’re surrounded by so much forest,” says Lori Grupenhof, assistant manager

of Lake Hope and Lake Alma state parks. “There’s something for everyone here.” One of the first state parks in Ohio, Lake Hope State Park, which dates back to 1937, offers a secluded respite from modern life. Encompassing 2,983 acres, it’s a prime spot for fishing, hiking and mountain biking amid steep gorges and narrow ridges that are picturesque reminders of the iron ore and coal production in days gone by. The park’s 120-acre lake is a peaceful spot to enjoy the surroundings. “Only electric motorized boats are permitted on the lake,” says Grupenhof. “We have a concession at the marina that rents battery-operated pontoons, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and hydrobikes. There’s also a beach for swimming.”

Where to Stay & Eat Whether you want to rough it or find a luxury cabin with modern amenities, Vinton County has the ideal overnight stay just for you. But visitors who want all the comforts of home and then some should look no further than the Laurel Lodge at Lake Hope State Park. Accommodating up to 24 guests, the amenities include eight bedrooms, five bathrooms, a main living area with TV, a stone wood-burning fireplace inside and a patio charcoal grill and fire pit outside. All linens and cooking equipment is provided. It’s easy to taste why Lake Hope Lodge has become a premier casual dining spot in Southeast Ohio. The menu includes a palette of entrees for everyone, including smoked meats, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Be sure to save room for three-berry cobbler or a slice of New York-style cheesecake.

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Each of us plays a crucial part in preserving and protecting our forests and parks. Here are a few tips to ensure your safety and make your visit enjoyable for everyone for years to come.

PLAN AHEAD & PREPARE • Know the regulations of the area you’re planning on visiting. • Prepare for unexpected weather conditions, hazards and emergencies. • Repackage food to minimize waste. • Use a map and compass or GPS to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.

TRAVEL & CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES • In popular areas, stick to existing trails and campsites, walk single file in the middle of the trail, keep campsites small and set up your site in areas with little vegetation. • In pristine areas, disperse use to prevent the creation of new campsites and trails.

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY • Do not leave toilet paper and hygiene products at the campsite. • Carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes for bathing and dishwashing.

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND • Photograph, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures. • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you found them. • Do not build structures or dig trenches.

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MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACT • Use a lightweight stove and opt for candlelight after the sun goes down. • Keep fires small, and use dead wood that can be broken by hand. • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfire completely and scatter cool ashes.

RESPECT WILDLIFE • Observe wildlife from a distance and do not approach them. • Never feed animals because it can damage their health and expose them to predators. • Control your pet at all times.

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS • Yield to other trail users. • Take breaks and camp away from trails. • Enjoy the sounds of nature by talking quietly.

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Lake Hope is located within the 27,822-acre Zaleski State Forest, Ohio’s second largest state forest. Popular pursuits include hunting and, a safe distance away, traversing the 28 miles of backpack trails leading to destinations that include an Adena ceremonial mound and the historic Moonville Tunnel that’s said to be haunted. Horseback riding is one of the best ways to enjoy the pristine beauty along 30 miles of equestrian trails, and the Zaleski State Forest Horse Camp provides drinking water for you and a pond for your equine companion, along with a map of the six primitive bridle trails winding through hills and valleys of hardwood and coniferous trees. A large population of wild turkeys can be found in Vinton County, and the intimate, 292-acre Lake Alma State Park is an ideal spot to keep an eye out for them and other species. The quiet park, with its 60-acre lake, is also a popular place to swim and fish. In addition to having the distinction of being home to the state’s largest known population of bobcats and timber rattlesnakes, the Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest comprises one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States. Research is also being conducted there on how best to restore oak trees in Ohio forests. Remnants of an iron furnace and Belgian coke ovens can be found along the forest’s secluded trails.


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Its 300 picturesque miles of trails attract hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and off-highway vehicles riders. Comprising 15,857 acres, the Raccoon Ecological Management Area was once used for logging. Today, it’s a popular destination for wildlifewatchers to spot white-tailed deer, grey fox, squirrel and wild turkeys, along with a variety of wildflowers and tree species. The 377-acre Turkey Ridge Wildlife Area provides access to Raccoon Creek, a fishing spot containing largemouth bass and bluegill. Wellston Wildlife Area features 1,446 acres offering the perfect setting for birdwatching and hunting. The 325-acre Lake Rupert is filled with Northern pike, largemouth bass, walleye and bluegill, and major game species including cottontail rabbit and grouse.

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Managed by the Division of Forestry, Richland Furnace State Forest is dedicated to wildlife habitat improvement and watershed protection. Visitors are welcome to travel state-managed all-purpose vehicle (APV) areas operated by the state. A variety of recreational opportunities await guests to Tar Hollow State Forest, Ohio’s third largest state forest comprising 16,446 acres. In addition to a 46-site primitive horse camp at the southern end and 33 miles of bridle trails surrounding it, the woodland features 22 miles of hiking trails in the northern half. Seventeen miles of paved roads and 14 miles of gravel roads allow for scenic drives and access to all parts of the forest. Set amid the foothills of the Appalachians, Wayne National Forest encompasses over a quarter million acres stretching into Vinton County.


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You won’t find Moonville, Ohio, on the map — the little mining town has been completely abandoned for nearly a century — but one historic (and spooky) landmark of the hamlet remains, along with plenty of legends and ghost stories. The Moonville Tunnel was built in the mid-1850s as part of an expansion project by the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad. The tiny town of Moonville had a population of less than 100 but included a depot and was a pick-up stop for coal and lumber hauls. The heavily forested and ruggedly hilly area was tricky to navigate, and the desolate stretch of railroad saw more than its fair share of accidents. People frequently walked or rode horses along the tracks, and with no signals along the route, trains would speed out of the darkness faster than many poor souls could get out of the way. By the 1940s, Moonville was essentially abandoned. Trains continued to run into the 1980s. The haunting remnants of the Moonville Tunnel continues to provide the perfect backdrop for scary tales. Some say they've heard the haunting laughter of a young girl, and others have claimed to see specters of the victims of a tragic smallpox outbreak in 1895. One legend has it that in 1859 a railroad brakeman fell asleep on the job and tumbled beneath the wheels of a moving train. Some have claimed to see the man’s ghost wandering down the tracks, his lantern still aglow. In recent years, new life has been breathed into the tunnel and the abandoned railroad route. The Moonville Rail Trail Association is transforming the former train line into a muscle-powered trail for the public to enjoy. With the help of donations and grant money, the association has installed 11 new bridges along the route, cleaned and improved the path, and established a preservation plan. In 2021, the Moonville Tunnel was even added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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EXPLORE THE TUNNEL TODAY The Moonville Rail Trail currently runs about 10 miles between Mineral and Zaleski, and meanders through scenic Zaleski State Forest and Lake Hope State Park. (It's a work in progress with eight new bridges installed in 2021). In addition to the Moonville Tunnel, the trail also passes through the timber-lined King Hollow Tunnel, which is carved through rock. Whether you’re interested

in outdoor recreation, visiting historic sites or curious about the paranormal, there’s a way to explore the tunnel — day or night. The trail is free and accessible year-round to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. Bird watchers, wildlife spotters and fall color fanatics will especially enjoy the route. Horse lovers can book a guided tour on horseback with Uncle Buck's Riding Stable & Dance Barn. Occasional tours of Moonville

Tunnel are also offered as programs through Lake Hope State Park. Want to experience the tunnel at its most spooky? The Vinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau has also established an annual festival to celebrate the tunnel’s supernatural reputation. Midnight at Moonville, held on the second Saturday in October, features wagon rides, storytellers and creepy characters, live music and a paranormal investigation.

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Imagine standing on a hilltop with a vista of vineyards, meadows and forest stretching out in all directions with a lovely round pond at the foot of the hill. Two friendly border collies have run to greet you from a 19th century farmhouse, and would be perfectly willing to frolic at your side should you choose to amble through the vineyards. Welcome to Le Petit Chevalier Vineyards and Farm Winery, Vinton County’s first winery. In French, Le Petit Chevalier means “The Little Knight,” but Chevalier also happens to be the family name of owners Mark and Margit, who opened the winery in 2020 after a long period of selling the grapes on their six acres of vineyards to other wineries. Now that they’ve mastered the art of winemaking themselves, they can serve guests in a rustic tasting room adjacent to their farmhouse home. More often, however, the guests prefer to sit on an outside deck or at nearby picnic tables to take in that magnificent hilltop view. The Chevaliers focus on growing native American grapes like Catawba and Norton or cold-hardy French-American hybrids such as Seyval Blanc and Chambourcin that can withstand Ohio’s winters. They also grow newer varietals like Marquette and Itasca and are currently producing a line of fruit wines made from apples, blackberries and strawberries. Soon to join their suite of wines is one made from native Alexander grapes — the Chevaliers are the only farmers in the Midwest growing them — and in 2023, wines made from Maréchal Foch grapes, a French-American hybrid, will come on line. Mark is proud that all wines he produces with his wife Margit are 100 percent estate-grown and come from their own vineyards. “So if you find a wine you really love, you can go out and hug the vines that produced it,” he says. Stay even longer in this lovely setting by renting the spacious Winery Loft above the tasting room, where up to four guests can overnight in the roomy quarters that have a complete kitchen and private balconies. Nearing completion is a two-bedroom Vineyard Cottage overlooking the pond that can accommodate four to six people. Visitors electing to stay overnight can enjoy that idyllic view even longer!

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Kids of all ages will delight in a visit to Hammond Hardware & Lumber in Hamden. Since it’s housed in a building dating back to 1902, owners Steve and Melissa Hammond pride themselves on providing a trip back in time, right down to the original maple floor and tin ceiling. In addition to stocking primarily Ohio-sourced tools, camping equipment and pool supplies, the shop is a magical emporium featuring handcrafted gifts, including hand-painted birdbaths from Burley Clay Pottery in nearby Roseville; and locally made balms and bath bombs. The old-fashioned candy counter is full of nostalgic favorites, and the vintage 1964 Coca-Cola cooler is filled with the iconic soft drink in glass bottles. “It’s always fun to hand the kids a Coke, say ‘Here you go,’ and watch them master how to use an old-fashioned bottle,” Steve says.

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SHOPPING LEFT: GET THE LATEST FASHIONS AT WEEPING WILLOW BOUTIQUE. RIGHT: TAKE HOME A PAINTED SIGN FROM THE HOPE SCHOOLHOUSE WELCOME CENTER.

It doesn’t take long to feel at home in Weeping Willow Boutique in McArthur. Specializing in casual women’s apparel available in a generous assortment of sizes, the store has an ambiance like no other, ranging from the tree branches that serve as clothing racks to the realistic-looking weeping willow tree at the checkout counter. “We pride ourselves in providing a personal shopping experience,” says owner Nicki Martin. “We want to make sure you not only look good, but feel good in your clothes.” Located in a restored one-room schoolhouse replicating life in the late 1800s, the historic Hope Schoolhouse Welcome Center near Lake Hope State Park features a variety of T-shirts, hoodies, key chains and Vinton County memorabilia, as well as exquisite acrylic landscape paintings created on slate by the center’s volunteer manager Sharon Conner. While you’re there, be sure to pick up a piece of chalk and add your name to the list on the giant blackboard of folks who’ve paid a visit. “This year alone, we’ve had visitors from as far away as California, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky,” Conner says.

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JOHN HUNT MORGAN HERITAGE TRAIL During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers — led by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan — marauded their way through 557 miles of Ohio trying to distract and divert Union troops from battlefields in Tennessee. The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail follows the entire route now known as Morgan’s Raid. You’ll find interpretive signage at various locations in Vinton County, including in the town of Wilkesville, where Morgan spent the night with his cousins at the Cline Mansion, a privately owned home that still stands today. After clashing with Union troops at Buffington Island — Ohio’s only Civil War battlefield — Morgan and his men traveled through Vinton County before being forced to surrender in northeastern Ohio near the border with Pennsylvania.

COVERED BRIDGE TOUR More than 60 covered bridges once crossed Vinton County’s scenic streams and rivers, but only four still stand as a testament to a bygone era when horse-and-buggy traffic was the predominant form of overland transportation. The Arbaugh Bridge, built in 1871, may be the oldest, but it’s the only one preserved for motorized traffic. The others — Mount Olive, Bay and Cox — are a picture-perfect backdrop for a day touring the rural byways or stopping for a picnic. PICTURED: BE AWESTRUCK BY THE VIEWS ON A HOCKING HILLS SCENIC AIR TOUR. RIGHT: TAKE A RIDE THROUGH THE HISTORIC ARBAUGH BRIDGE.

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Everything is up in the air for pilot Harry Sowers, who takes passengers on sightseeing tours in his single-engine, four-seat plane based at the Vinton County Airport. “You know it when you fly,” his motto states, “you see it better from the sky.” Within minutes of take-off, you’ll have a whole new perspective on the geology of southeastern Ohio. The highlight is soaring over a stunning tapestry of dense trees punctuated by the rocky outcroppings and waterfalls of the Hocking Hills.

When you’re ready to leave the crowds behind, the rural backroads of Vinton County make for an exciting joyride on two or four wheels. Motorcycle enthusiast Sarah Guthrie turned her many jaunts through the region into a series of self-guided driving routes collectively known as The Serpent’s Bones. Together, they take the form of Kinepeikwa, a serpent from Shawnee mythology. Its body stretches through the region from the Hocking Hills to the Ohio River, but its heart can be found at the scenic Lake Hope State Park, and from there, you can follow a variety of meandering roads that twist and turn around the rock sandstone outcroppings that punctuate the landscape. Plan your journey along The Serpent’s Bones at serpentbones.com. VINTONCOUNTYTRAVEL.COM

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GHOST TOWNS AND HISTORIC SITES Several once-thriving, 19th-century mining communities have long since disappeared from Vinton County, but remnants of these ghost towns remain. The most infamous of them all is Moonville. You may spot a few foundations and a cemetery, but the Moonville Tunnel is the biggest draw. The dark, brooding train tunnel is reputed to be haunted. The 10-mile Moonville Rail Trail starts in Zaleski, passes east through the tunnel and heads to Ingham Station, a long-abandoned company town that left behind a few foundations, mine shaft entrances and a few other remnants. More historic sites include the remnants of the Oreton train depot on State Route 160, the Hope Furnace at Lake Hope State Park, and the furnace and Belgian coke ovens at Vinton Furnace State Forest.

QUILT BARNS In 2001, Donna Sue Groves set out to honor her mother’s memory by painting a quilt block on the side of her tobacco barn in Adams County. The concept soon spread throughout the state and beyond. Today, there are 1,000 quilt barns in Ohio. Be on the lookout for 27 of these unique murals as you cruise backroads and byways on the driving tour called A Stitch in Time: The Quilt Barns of Vinton County. While many are located on private property, you can linger longer at Hope Schoolhouse Welcome Center near Lake Hope State Park for a closer look at Shortcut to School. Get a map of all the locations at vintoncountytravel.com/what-to-do/quilt-barns.

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Time to head for the hills, the Hocking Hills. You’ll be greeted with breathtaking landscapes, unforgettable hiking, sparkling waterfalls, prehistoric caves and plenty of outdoor adventures. Stay in a cozy cabin or luxury lodge big enough to accommodate any size group. Revive your mind, body and soul in the Hocking Hills, Ohio’s Natural Crown Jewels.

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Wild Turkey Festival May 5–8, 2022 & May 4–7, 2023 Turkey season can be any season. The streets of downtown McArthur bustle with activity during the Wild Turkey Festival. Stuffed full of fun for the entire family, the event features carnival rides and games, a car show, contests and more. You might find yourself gobbling on a turkey leg as you watch the festival’s great nightly entertainment. The festival culminates with the must-see Grand Parade and crowning of the Wild Turkey Queen.

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MIDNIGHT AT MOONVILLE October 8–9, 2022 & October 14–15, 2023 A night of encounters at the Moonville Tunnel might just leave you believing in ghosts. See for yourself at the Halloween-themed Midnight at Moonville festival held the second weekend in October. Full of fun and fright, you’ll hear the eerie details of the area’s over-150-year paranormal history. Bring your ghostbuster get-up for the event’s concluding interactive investigation and demonstration. It’s a Halloween haunt you won’t want to miss!

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111 South Market Street www.boothrealty.net McArthur, Ohio 45651 www.boothinsuranceagency.net D. Randall Booth, Broker, rbooth@boothrealestate.net David M. Booth, Broker, dbooth@boothrealestate.net 24

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MIDNIGHT AT MOONVILLE: TINA STEEL MCKEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Our family of companies has served Vinton and surrounding counties since 1953.


BAILEYS TRAIL SYSTEM Beginners and experts alike are loving the Baileys Trail System in Athens County, Ohio. This super fun, 31-mile network of flowing singletrack takes you into the hills of the Wayne National Forest where adventure is found around every turn.

Find more information about all our MTB, road, bikeway and other fun things to do on two wheels at BIKEATHENSOHIO.COM.


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EVENTS

February

August

Raccoon Creek Partnership’s Annual Owl Prowl Hoop & Stick Con at Ravenwood Castle

Lake Alma Beach Party

March

Vinton County Air Show Wilkesville’s Annual Bean Dinner

Lake Hope’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt

October

April SEOTR Iron Furnace Trail Run Lake Hope’s Wildflower Walk

May RAVENWOOD CASTLE

Wild Turkey Festival Old School Survival Boot Camp Southern Ohio Forest Rally Lake Hope’s Regional Craft Show Lake Hope’s Youth Fishing Tournament Lake Hope’s Migration Bird Walk Hanging Rock 500 at VC Airport

June Countywide Yard Sale

July HAND-FEED HUMMINGBIRDS AT LAKE HOPE

September

Christmas in July at the Hope School Welcome Center Independence Day Parades at McArthur and Wilkesville Vinton County Jr. Fair Lake Hope’s Hummingbird Banding

Midnight at Moonville Festival Leaf Peep/Young Eagles at VC Airport Lake Hope’s Annual Fall Hike Lake Alma’s Halloween Campout R.O.A.R. Day (Rural Ohio Appalachia Revisited) at Lake Hope

December McArthur’s Christmas in Downtown Santa and Wagon Rides at Lake Hope

Recurring Events Farmers Market in McArthur on Saturdays Flea Markets at Hammond Hardware Hand-Feed Hummingbirds at Lake Hope Hocking Hills Drive & Discover Murder Mysteries at Ravenwood Castle Scenic Way’s Stained Glass Workshops

For a full listing of events and programs

check us out online at vintoncountytravel.com.

Step back in time to our small town hardware store built in 1902. We have something for your sweet tooth. Enjoy an ice-cold Coke from our Coke cooler while you shop. Items carried are: • Hardware • Burley Pottery • Kalmbach Feeds • Silver Bridge Coffee • Authorized Case Knife Dealer • Garden Seeds • Mosser Glass • Old Fashioned Candies 106 N. Main St Hamden, Ohio 45634 hammondhardware@outlook.com 740-855-4178 hammondhardwarelumber.com

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“Much more than a hardware store.”


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LOCAL RESOURCES Cabins by the Pond 30060 St. Rt. 93 McArthur, OH 45651 740-331-4840

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Cedar Ridge Lodge 63402 Woodgeard Rd. Creola, OH 45622 614-354-3977 airbnb.com/h/ cedarridgelodge Cottage at Scenic Way 63775 St. Rt. 56 Creola, OH 45622 740-596-1913 scenicway.com

Directory and services for all your needs.

AttractioNs B&J Monster Katz 69304 Prattsville Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-818-4573 facebook.com/monsterkatz Double D Ranch 58501 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4711 doubledranch.info Equestrian Ridge Riding Stable 26711 Pumpkin Ridge Rd. New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-603-2523 equestrianridge.com Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours 66285 Airport Rd. New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-380-2031 hockinghills.com/airtours

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Hope School Welcome Center 27300 Wheelabout Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5033 or 800-596-4459 vintoncountytravel.com Hutchison’s Horsedrawn Wagons 75860 Worley West Rd. Albany, OH 45710 740-698-8922 or 740-818-8280 hutchisonshorses.com Lake Alma State Park 422 Lake Alma Rd. Wellston, OH 45692 740-384-4474 parks.ohiodnr.gov/lakealma Lake Hope State Park 27331 St. Rt. 278 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5253 parks.ohiodnr.gov/lakehope

Lake Rupert/ Wellston Wildlife Area Hamden, OH 45634 wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/ lakerupert Le Petit Chevalier Vineyards 26328 Locust Grove Rd. Creola, OH 45622 740-596-0452 McArthur Brick Co. Historic Preserve Opening to the public in 2023 600 S. Market St., McArthur, OH 45651 vintoncountyparks.org Moonville Rail Trail Association P.O. Box 513 McArthur, OH 45651 800-596-4459 moonvillerailtrail.com Mound Hill Farms 38790 Mound Hill Rd. Radcliff, OH 45695 moundhillfarms.com Raccoon Creek Outfitters 74815 U.S. Hwy. 50 Albany, OH 45710 740-698-0000 raccooncreekoutfitters.com Richland Furnace State Forest Wellston, OH 45692 740-493-2441 forestry.ohiodnr.gov/ richlandfurnace Salt Creek Hunting Preserve 26515 Narrows Rd. South Bloomingville, OH 43152 740-398-1245 or 330-635-867 saltcreekhunting preserve.com Serpent’s Bones Touring Routes serpentsbones.com

Southern Ohio Hunting Preserve 31625 Goosecreek Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5917 southernohiohunting preserve.com

Vinton County Visitor Center 101 E. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5033 or 800-596-4459 vintoncountytravel.com

Sparky’s Spot Shot Archery & Firearms 33821 Ponetown Rd. Ray, OH 45672 740-701-8127 facebook.com/sssarchery

Vinton Furnace State Experimental Forest Experimental Forest Rd. Wilkesville, OH 45695 740-596-5781 forestry.ohiodnr.gov/ vintonfurnace

Superior Wildlife Area McArthur, OH 45651 740-589-9930 wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/superior Tar Hollow State Forest Clark Hollow Rd. South Bloomingville, OH 43152 740-663-2538 forestry.ohiodnr.gov/ tarhollow Treebeard's Retreat Accessible by permit in fall 2022 35037 Lake Rd. Hamden, OH 45634 vintoncountyparks.org Turkey Ridge Wildlife Area St. Rt. 328 New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-589-9930 wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/ turkeyridge Uncle Buck's Riding Stable & Dance Barn 73930 Buck Ln. New Marshfield, OH 45766 740-664-2428 unclebucksstable.com

Wayne National Forest 13700 U.S. Hwy. 33 Nelsonville, OH 45764 740-753-0101 fs.usda.gov/wayne Zaleski State Forest St. Rt. 278 Zaleski, OH 45698 740-596-5781 forestry.ohiodnr.gov/zaleski

LODGING Altenbrauch Farm Camping & Events altenbrauchfarm.com Beverly Hills Cabin 23290 Locust Grove Rd. Creola, OH 45622 740-596-3900 beverlyhillscabin.com Big Timber Cabin at Goshen Place 69310 Prattsville Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 airbnb.com/rooms/46490414

Vinton County Airport 66285 Airport Rd. New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-596-2588 vintoncountyairport.com

Bittersweet Farm Cabins 6070 Scott Rd. New Marshfield, OH 45766 740-541-0042 bittersweetfarmbb.com

Vinton County Historical & Genealogical Society Alice’s House, 207 S. Sugar St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-0253

Cabins at Pawpaw Hill 62256 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-331-4840 pawpawhill.com

Country Cabins of Hocking Hills 30518 St. Rt. 93 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4444 countrycabinsof hockinghills.com Creek’s Bend Cabins 31126 and 31130 St. Rt. 356 New Marshfield, OH 45766 740-593-8228 creeksbendcabins.com Fiddlestix Village 24180 St. Rt. 93 Creola, OH 45722 614-452-3356 fiddlestixvillage.com Frank's Country Cottage 61698 Locker Plant Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-988-7031 hockinghills.com/ frankscottage Getaway Cabins 26366 Chapel Ridge Rd. South Bloomingville, OH 43152 740-385-3734 getawaycabins.com Gingerbread Haus 27200 Pumpkin Ridge Rd. New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-707-9738 hockinghills.com/ gingerbread Hawk's Landing Retreat Center 29361 Locust Grove Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4288 hawkslanding.biz Hocking Hills Farm / Pleasant View Cabins 25120 Locust Grove Rd. Creola, OH 45622 hockinghillsfarm.com Honey Fork Run 66437 St. Rt. 56 New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-385-1952 newplymouthvacation rentals.com Horseshoe Cottage 740-249-5660 horseshoecottagellc.com

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LOCAL RESOURCES

Inn a Cabin 63218 St. Rt. 56 Creola, OH 45622 740-596-5856 innacabin.com

Oakwood Cabins 28180 St. Rt. 93 New Plymouth, OH 45654 877-596-2211 oakwoodcabins.com

Lodge at Diamond B Ranch Dunkle Creek Rd. Creola, OH 45622 614-875-5688 lodgeatdiamondbranch.com

Plymouth Rock Cabins 24218 St. Rt. 328 New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-380-2910

Majestic Vacation Homes 64046 Bethel Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 866-566-1900 majesticvacationhomes.com Meadow View Cabins P.O. Box 635 60117 Siverly Creek Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 937-829-0050 meadowviewcabin. weebly.com Nature Mystique Retreat 646-575-3492 Nestled Between the Hills Inn airbnb.com/rooms/46814690

Ravenwood Castle 65666 Bethel Rd. New Plymouth, OH 45654 740-596-2606 ravenwoodcastle.com Rookery Hills 33452 St. Rt. 683 McArthur, OH 45651 740-395-1316 rookeryhills.com

DINING Club Vinton 58869 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-9991 Giovanni’s Pizza 318 W. High St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4000 Lake Hope Dining Lodge 27331 St. Rt. 278 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-0601 lakehopelodge.com

Nichols’ Carry-Out 59868 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4078 Percelli's Pizza 417 S. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5281 Subway 111 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5800

SHOPPING

The Main Eatery 511 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4596

Bud’s One Stop 101 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-0405

The Suite at Union Ridge Wildlife Center airbnb.com/h/ unionridgewildlifecenter

Mama Renie's Restaurant 100 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-3300

Walnut Lakes Cabin Retreat 35241 Benner Rd., Hamden, OH 45634, walnutlakescabinretreat.com

McDonald’s 63865 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-0065

Campbell’s Market 630 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-7066

Whispering Oaks Cabin 35163 Kelly Rd. Ray, OH 45672 740-253-9197 whisperingoakscabin.com

Mullins’ Pizza 105 E. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5906

Clark’s Pump-N-Shop 301 S. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-2962 Cross Creek General Store 58522 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-2213

Dettwiller True Value Hardware 63907 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-0114 Dollar General – Allensville 57496 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-2005 Dollar General – Hamden 365 N. Main St. Hamden, OH 45634 740-384-5633 Dollar General – McArthur 550 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-9136 The Enchanted Christmas Shop 28460 Centenary Rd. McArthur, OH 45651 740-988-0277 Family Dollar – McArthur 554 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5747 Family Dollar – Wilkesville 160 Main St. Wilkesville, OH 45695 740-301-1500 Gas-N-Stuff 144 S. Main St. Hamden, OH 45634 740-384-5605

Fiddlestix Village

Sleep with history in restored vintage buildings near all parks & attractions. Quaint cottages, houses and more. Book Online or By Phone fiddlestixvillage.com 614-452-3356 • contact@fiddlestixvillage.com

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LOCAL RESOURCES Goodwill 574 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5545 Hamden Food Mart 38321 St. Rt. 93 Hamden, OH 45634 740-384-9888 Hammond Hardware / Gift Shop 106 N. Main St. Hamden, OH 45634 740-855-4178 hammondhardware lumber.com L & S Drive Thru 33689 St. Rt. 93 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-8300 Mill House Flowers & Gifts 104 W. Mill St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-292-2932 themillhouseflowers.com The Outpost / Military Surplus / Bait 123 E. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-577-1647 R & C Quick Stop 63867 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-9524

Shrivers Pharmacy 530 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-2566 shriverspharmacy.com Weeping Willow Boutique / Bronzer Tanning 206 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-8266 weepingwillowstrunk.com Yoder's Greenhouse 52702 Eagle Mills Rd. South Bloomingville, OH 43152 740-887-2431 facebook.com/ yodersgreenhouse

Booth Real Estate & Insurance 111 S. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5815 boothrealestate.net

Dodrill Realty 121 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5110 dodrillrealty.net EZ Wash Laundromat 65082 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-486-1158 ezwashlaundromat.net

Zaleski Candle Works 107 Commercial Square Zaleski, OH 45698 740-596-7054 zaleskicandleworks.com

SERVICES

Circle C Deer Processing 60049 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-253-3246 facebook.com/ circleprocessing

Forget Me Knot Event Venue 64 W. Chestnut St. Zaleski, OH 45698 440-787-6589 forgetmeknotvenue.com Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library 120 N. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5691 The Jubach Company 25368 Creola-Hue Rd. Creola, OH 45622 866-626-7440 jubach.com

McArthur Tire 33645 St. Rt. 93 S. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4992

Vinton County EMS 31931 St. Rt. 93 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4122 or 911

McDonald's Towing & Garage 63911 U.S. Hwy. 50 McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-4405 mcdonaldstowing andgaragellc.com

Vinton County National Bank 112 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 800-542-5004 vintoncountybank.com

Mossy Oak Properties Matt Whiteman 740-603-1174 landinohioforsale.com Redbud Ridge Hunting Leases 740-285-0010 redbudridgellc.com Remy’s Wrecker 33264 St. Rt. 683 McArthur, OH 45651 740-288-6647 Vinton County Economic Development 205 S. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-3529 vintoncounty.com

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Vinton County Sheriff's Office 106 S. Market St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5242 vintoncountysheriff.com WesBanco Bank 115 W. Main St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-5263 wesbanco.com Zinn Brothers Automotive 105 S. Sugar St. McArthur, OH 45651 740-596-7010

SADDLE THE SKY GIDDYUP AND FLY! 740-380-2031

Please call to schedule your flight! Or reserve online at hockinghillsscenicairtours.com

Hocking Hills Scenic Air Tours 66285 Airport Road • New Plymouth, Ohio 45654 hockinghills.com/airtours VINTONCOUNTYTRAVEL.COM

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MAP KEY

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Moonville Rail Trail

PROXIMITY TO McArthur

Public Land

Distance in miles

Water

Akron | 173

Village

Athens | 57

Primary Road

Cincinnati | 106

Connecting Road

Zaleski State Forest

Cleveland | 191

Moonville Rail Trail

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Columbus | 77 Dayton | 108

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PLACES OF INTEREST R a dcl i ff

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689

Airport

Iron Furnace

Scenic Spot

Moonville Tunnel

Ghost Town

SOCIAL MEDIA

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Covered Bridge

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Carol Dodrill, Broker Live Where

YouTo Visit! Love

121 W. Main Street P.O. Box 454 McArthur, Ohio 45651

740-596-5110 •740-596-2154 caroldodrillrealty@gmail.com


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