This is another story in the Dayton Outdoor Recreation Examiner’s series, “Special Places.”
Traveling from Champaign County, settled under the farm lands of Logan County, visitors enter into an opportunity to explore some of nature’s wonders; Ohio Caverns.
Noted as Ohio’s largest cave system, Ohio Caverns is also said to be the United States most colorful caverns! Visitors come from across the nation to see “where nature formed a fairyland,” showcasing countless crystal stalactites and stalagmites. Ohio Caverns is conveniently opened year round.
Traveling onward to Northern Logan County, visitors pass by the Piatt Castles; two nineteenth century castles built by journalist brothers; Abram Sanders and Donn, which are on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public along with a gift shop.
Mac-A-Cheek and Mac-O-Chee Castles along with Marie’s Candies are in the rolling hills of Logan County and part of the quaint village of West Liberty. Maries has graciously offered travelers delicious homemade chocolate treats since 1956. Traveling onward, visitors are provided with more natural wonders including “Mad River Mountain” Ski Resort, home to professional snowboarder and Olympian, Louie Vito, as well as beautiful Indian Lake offering boating, fishing and swimming.
If a private retreat is what you’re after, lying in the historic land of Logan County, Briarwood Sporting Club offers outdoor sports enthusiast a truly unique experience with the largest private fishing resort east of the Mississippi and the opportunity to harvest the “buck of a lifetime!”
Logan County also claims other interesting historical facts, from being the home of Indian Chief Blue Jacket, to having the first concrete street in America, as well as the shortest street in the world; McKinley Street.
To learn more, stop by the Orr Mansion and Logan County Museum, or travel down the road to a one-of-a-kind atmospheric theatre with a Dutch city scape; Holland Theatre. The Holland Theatre is also on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a variety of entertainment to the local community or those just stopping by Bellefontaine.
Interest doesn’t stop here however, as unique crafters; Country Home & Harness, Stinson Organ as well artisans such as Blue Jacket Dairy add to the list of things to see and do.
If you’re a horse enthusiast, no worries, catch the long lost craft of “cutting” competitions at the Lazy H or Rittenour Equine Center or if you have the time, take the family to Marmon Valley Farms, seated in the land once familiar to Wyandot and Shawnee Indians and now operating as a Christian camp and retreat center with year round activities!
For more information on these and other interesting things to do or see in Logan County, go to seelogancounty.com or call 888.564.2626.