Diners, Dams & Covered Bridges: Mohican State Park

Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio, USAMohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio, USATwelve thousand years ago during the Ice Age, a glacier entered Ohio and formed a glacial boundary. Once the glacier melted, a dramatic gorge known as Clear Fork of the Mohican River today was formed. Dramatic is a bit of an understatement though. Anyone standing on the ridge would be breathless looking down. Sandstone bedrock is exposed on the sides and create steep cliff walls. Looking out as the trees are in various states of autumn shades gives one pause in order to appreciate the natural wonder in view. The gorge is one thousand feet wide at the top and three hundred feet deep. While it’s possible to hike up and down and all around, be prepared for some difficult drop offs and rock faces to scale in some spots, though they’re are easier paths for anyone not interested in scaling a wall during their meander into the forest. Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio, USA Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio, USA

Trees tower above as well and due to the the history and the historical growth on the lands, the National Park Service has dedicated this area as a Registered National Natural Landmark. There are 13 miles of hiking trails in Mohican State Park and 32 more miles of hiking trails in the adjacent State Forest. There are 8.5 miles of mountain bike trails and bridle paths too. And those are just the selling points for visiting written down on paper. Some of the paths are even equipped with wooden planks making them easy to walk on for young children that drag their feet and might trip on tree roots or rocks.

This state park is not only for the outdoors enthusiast, but there’s also a driving course for the family with little ones or the couple that would just prefer to lackadaisically take a gander.Landoll's Mohican Castle, Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio, USAThe park is outfitted with cabins available for rental as well, but if you’re in the area try something a little more unique like The Mohicans Treehouses or the Landoll’s Mohican Castle.

Some of the suggested views to take full advantage of the park include the gorge overlooks, a covered bridge, a discovery forest and the Pleasant Hill Dam built in 1936. The driving course allows one to see all of these and a few more along the way. There is also a historic fire tower that overlooks the area and is one of only eight fire towers that still exist in Ohio. It looks a bit steep and narrow to climb, but can provide some amazing panoramic views of the park.

Built in 1968, the covered bridge uses wood to look a bit vintage on top of steel construction beams engineered for safety. While many of the covered bridges in Ohio are no longer in use or blocked off, this one still provides a road that can be used and aisles on either side that can be walked across.

The Pleasant Hill Dam was constructed in 1936 on Clear Fork of the Mohican River for flood control. The 113 foot tall dam constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers formed the Pleasant Hill Lake which people now spend time canoeing and swimming in among other various activities.

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Loudonville, Ohio, the town closest to the park is known as the “Canoe Capital of Ohio” and that should give you a pretty good idea of another activity that is widely popular here along the Mohican River. When not taking in the natural wonder of the landscape or the historical viewpoints along the way, be sure to stop in Loudonville for a walk down a picturesque main street. Laid out in 1814, this town has been up and running with a post office since 1820.

img_3259img_3252While the main drag seemed a bit desolate and closed down as we visited during the week just after high season, it was still fun to walk along. Stop into Hanover House Diner, an old school feel diner on the main strip just next to Hollinger’s for lunch. Note their very short hours and plan to get there in time as they’re only open from 11:00am to 3:00pm, but they are well worth a stop for some diner fare at its best. We literally ate their twice because it was the only place we could find.img_3258The little town is actually not super easy to navigate (the ONLY market in the area is down some back alleys), but on the main strip you will find a tourist office with ample information and all of the shops had very helpful staff. From canoe rental facilities to horse riding and more, there’s so many ways to enjoy the state park and the surrounding natural flora and fauna. img_3185

Mohican State Park is one of those places in Ohio that I absolutely adore. It’s got everything from history to nature, small town grub and plenty of outdoor activities. What’s not to love?

 

 

Mohican State Park

Diners, Dams & Covered Bridges, Mohican State Park, Ohio, USA: From dams to covered bridges, towering trees and gorge overlooks, Mohican State Park in Ohio, USA has everything. Historical stop-offs and hiking trails galore. There's something for everyone.Address: 3116 State Route 3, Loudonville, Ohio 44842, USA

Phone: 419-994-5125

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9 Responses

  1. Thanks for the introduction – I actually enjoy State Parks more than National Parks throughout the US – they seem to be much more authentic and real. I feel as though the National Parks go overboard in trying to cater to tourists, but the State parks often don’t have the same budget so they let nature be. I would love to visit Mohican State Park and go hiking throughout the gorge! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Whoa! I love how empty it is. This is definitely the type of place I would love to visit. I focus a lot on photography and when there is a ton of people around , it is hard. So lovely that it was empty when you were there – also beautiful.

  3. This looks like a great place to explore especially with kids. We love covered bridges and I took my kids exploring the covered bridges in Pennsylvania. The USA is blessed to have so many protected parks – state, county, and national.

  4. Nisha says:

    Lovely place to spend a week outdoors. I love the photo with red leaves. The town has an old world charm about it. So if not the cabins in the woods , I would not mind staying in the town 🙂

  5. I had never heard of this place and I am so glad you shared because it looks like such a beautiful place to visit. I always love being out in nature and its cool to come across someone who takes as many photos of leaves as I do! 🙂

  6. melbtravel says:

    I not heard of this place by oh my it looks beautiful in Autumn with all those beautiful leafs. I am a big hiker so the13 miles of hiking trails in Mohican State Park and 32 more miles of hiking trails in the adjacent State Forest is something that would be right up my alley.

  7. I visited my first state park last week in upstate New York. it was only a small one but it was fantastic. I love hiking and I think this time of year, although a bit chilly, is a great time to go. I love the fall colours. This park sounds great and I love your images!

  8. sridharsalian says:

    love the way you tell about this place. It’s amazing information the places with wonderful pics. I’ve never gone there before. Noted it!

  9. Those perfect red leaves are so beautiful. I think among it all, visiting Pleasant Hill Dam might be the most of interest! Beautiful Pictures!

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