Of the many things to do in Ohio, the Bellville area of North Central Ohio offers visitors and residents the most diversity. The Clearfork River, which meanders through the landscape, provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. For the fishing enthusiast, the annually stocked river is the premier brown trout fishery in the northern half of Ohio.
Mohican State Park, just a short drive from Bellville, has many winding trails for hiking and trail riding on horseback. The B&O Bike trail passes through Bellville on its 18.5 mile trek from Butler to Mansfield, affording bikers and runners alike a safe, smooth surface to enjoy. Winter sports venues, like downhill and cross country skiing, are just a short drive away.
Outdoor events, like the Prairie Peddler primitive craft show, performances at the Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Theater, the Great Mohican Indian PowWow, an Old Time Farming demonstration, and the Log Cabin Days exhibition where Amish craftsmen share their skills, are all less than an hour drive from the heart of Bellville.
Visit Kingwood Center Botanical Gardens, browse the Mansfield Museum of Art, tour the gothic Oak Hill Cottage and author Louis Bromfield's Malabar Farm.
It's all here waiting for you. Come, visit us in Bellville, Ohio. You are always welcome here.
4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, Ohio 44843 | 419-892-2784
Type: Museums & Monuments, Animals, Guided Tours, Stores, Other, Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, and Playgrounds & Playspaces Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Hours of operation: times vary-please check website for specific dates and times Website: http://www.malabarfarm.org/
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Malabar Farm State Park offers a variety of activities, including tours of the big house, hiking, hayrides, and a program of special events in the rich, green surroundings so beloved by Bromfield. Amenities include a youth hostel, primitive campground, horse camp, an onsite, award winning restaurant, and picnic grounds. The park, however, aspires to a larger educational function as well. It already maintains a working farm (on a smaller scale than of old, lacking Bromfield's lavish staff), exhibits on grass farming, interpretive programs, and a twenty-five-hundred-volume library on sustainable agriculture.
75 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902 | (419) 522-4223
Type: Interesting Neighborhoods and Other Ages: All Ages Cost: $ Hours of operation: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 pm S Website: http://www.richlandcarrousel.com/
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Richland Carrousel Park opened in 1991 as the first new, hand-carved carrousel to be built and operated in the United States since the 1930's.
The Carrousel figures were carved in the style of G.A. Dentzel, one of the most revered carvers of the early 1900's. All 52 figures were designed, carved and painted by Carrousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio.
There are 30 horses and 22 menagerie figures, including 4 bears, 4 ostriches, 4 cats, 4 rabbits, a goat, giraffe, lion, tiger, zebra and a mythical hippocampus...
1285 W. Hanley Rd, Mansfield, Ohio 44904 | (419) 884-1797
Type: Other and Nature & Gardens Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Hours of operation: May Through End of Season: Mon-Sat 9a-7p, Sun 11a-5pm Website: http://www.theblueberrypatch.org/
U-Pick blueberry farm with a gift shop, greenhouse, and Blossoms Cafe. Specializing in all thing blueberry!
221 N. Main St., Centerburg, Ohio 45458
Type: Sports, Nature & Gardens, and Playgrounds & Playspaces Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Website: http://www.cwpd.org/
The park includes an all-access playground area with wide ramps, large swings, belt swings, infant swings, and benches that sway. Children of all abilities can play side by side on the play equipment. The sprayground is a zero depth splash pad with fun features that spray or dump water. The shelter has restrooms and picnic tables and can be reserved for groups of thirty or fewer for a fee. Funding for the playground, sprayground, and shelter included donations from the Centerville Kiwanis Club, Centerville Noon Optimist Club, Centerville-Washington Foundation and the State of Ohio NatureWorks grant program.
1875 Nutt Rd., Centerburg, Ohio 45458
Type: Sports, Hiking & Walking, and Playgrounds & Playspaces Ages: All Ages Cost: Free Website: http://www.cwpd.org
Schoolhouse Park is home to the Centerville Wee Elks Football Association and the Centerville Middle School Football programs. Along with the two football stadiums, the park offers a picnic shelter with restrooms and vending machines, a small stand of trees, a playground, tennis and basketball courts, and walking paths.
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