Explore the Winding Road

Welcome to the Winding Road, providing direct access to authentic experiences, products, stories, and places that showcase the integrity of this place: Ohio’s Rising Appalachia! Visit our About page to learn more about The Winding Road community growth branding initiative. This emerging, active brand aims to preserve and grow this beautiful, unique region of Ohio through…

8th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon set for December 18th

The 8th Annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon will take place on December 18th, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse. This event is presented by Heritage Ohio and Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area, and will celebrate the “inspiring practices” of people living and working in Appalachian Ohio. Tickets are now available for the event here. Come early (at 10:30…

2018 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

The 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival is this weekend (September 14-16). The Winding Road and Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area will have a tent at the festival, which takes place at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio. Come say hello! At the festival, there will be pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops, activities for the kids,…

Shawnee 2nd Saturday June 9 Featuring Apple & The Moon

Visit historic Shawnee on Saturday, June 9 for free music from Apple & The Moon, local beverages, Mt. Airy Beef Food Truck, and many local vendors who will line historic Main Street and fill the restored Tecumseh Theater with local crafts, art  and other local goods. Apple & The Moon will go on at 7:00…

Sign Up for Interpretive Guide Training Today!

Registration is open for the next course in interpretive guiding, put on by the National Association for Interpretation and Ohio University. The course will be held August 23 – 26 at Wilson Hall on Ohio University’s main campus in Athens. This four-day, 32-hour course gives its students the background, skills and strategies to create memorable…

Woven and Shaped: Mother’s Day Open House in Roseville

Visit the studios of artistic power couple Maddy Fraioli and Howard Peller during Mother’s Day weekend for a Mother’s Day Open House between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fraioli and Peller create high-quality baskets and pottery with traditional artistic style that you can pick up in one of Southeast Ohio’s most stories clay producing regions….

Tour de Forest Benefit Bike Ride April 21

It’s not too late to register for the Tour de Forest Benefit Bicycle Ride, offering several different routes that take riders through the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Microregion, the small forest-surrounded former coal mining towns of hilly southeast Ohio which offer an incredible amount of history and natural beauty. Registration/waiver form can be found…

Discover Wild Eats! April 7 @ Burr Oak

Now that Spring has finally sprung, many of us in Southern Ohio will begin to plan our upcoming hiking and camping trips, but with some help from some of this region’s environmental education experts, you could turn your next hike into a food foraging expedition. On Saturday, April 7, from 11 am to 2 pm,…

Birds in the Hills April 20-22

Springtime in Ohio’s hill country means sprouting buds and new growth, as creatures emerge from their winter hiding places to enjoy the abundance of Ohio’s trees and undergrowth. Also emerging with spring sprouts will be numerous bird species who call Ohio home. For three days see, hear, and learn about many of Ohio’s native Warblers…

It’s Almost Ramp Season!

As Spring approaches in Southeastern Ohio, some wide, flat leaves will begin to sprout all around this region beneath the canopy of our dense forests: wild ramps. The bright green, onion-like vegetables are the darling of many foodies, but they are also an indigenous superstar of Ohio’s Appalachian region. Strolling through one of the region’s…

Get Creative in 2018: Art Classes Offered at Decorative Arts Center

The Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster’s Historic District offers an exciting array of artistic talent from artists far and wide, but they also offer opportunities for visitors to pick up the paintbrush, mold clay in their hands, or explore the vast array of artistic styles practiced and exhibited in the beautiful restored mansion and the…