Amish Country is perfect for those who want to get closer to the land. Its rolling hills, natural features and stunning views have inspired plenty of outdoor recreation and fun. Family outings can include camping, farm visits, hayrides, bike trips and more. Try the Wilderness Center in Wilmot, protecting 619 acres of forest, prairie, and wetland, with 10 miles of walking trails meandering through it. Hikers can visit Wilderness Lake, climb an observation tower or walk the banks of a small creek.
As the first trail in the nation to accommodate Amish buggies, the unique Holmes County Trail is a greenway winding north to south, with 15 miles of trail now open through rolling fields, woodlands and protected swamp areas, including observation decks for beautiful views. One lane is paved with asphalt for biking, roller-blading, walking, running, and wheelchairs, while the adjoining buggy and equestrian trail is paved with “chip and seal” for horse-drawn vehicles and horseback riding. Trail Etiquette: Buggies and horseback riders yield to all other users, while cyclists yield to hikers and walkers.
The Mohican Valley Trail to the west is a multi-use rail-to-trail that lets you experience the sights and songs of indigo buntings, orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks. The Bridge of Dreams—longest covered bridge in Ohio—provides beautiful views of the Mohican River valley. The 1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest offer hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking and lodging.
If keeping both feet on the ground seems old hat to you, try zipping through a wonderland of tree canopy instead. At Tree Frog Canopy Tours in Mohican Valley, you can experience Ohio’s longest, fastest and highest zipline tour. Soar through the treetops via seven ziplines, two suspended bridges and two rappels. Get out and see the sights!