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…

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…

Maple Syrup Tapping Taught at Dawes Arboretum Jan. 27

Looking for something to do this winter? Bundle up and come down to the Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio on Saturday, January 27 to learn the entire process of making maple syrup, from tree tapping to cooking and storage procedures. The Tap Your Trees Maple Syrup Workshop will be held in the Visitor’s Center of…

Face Jugs: A Mystery of History

Some parts of Appalachian Ohio hold some fascinating chapters of American history, but local potter Maddy Fraioli is bringing a story that stretches south beyond the Mason-Dixon right back to Shawnee, Ohio. Fraioli has been making pottery and stoneware in Muskingum County for years. With her husband, Howard Peller, she owned and operated Fioriware in…

What is Upcycling?

Everyone has heard of recycling, but many people may not know that recycling has two sides: downcycling, which most of us know about and try to do, and upcycling. We know storing and disposing of waste is a major issue, but some people are pushing a slightly different solution to the problem. In a nut…

Holiday Up-cycle Workshop & Open House Dec. 2

Saturday, December 2, the Winding Road Marketplace will hold extended hours for the Holiday Up-cycle Workshop & Open House. Experienced Up-Cycler Don Turner will be at the Marketplace all day, providing his expertise, as well as locally sourced materials to make holiday crates. For $20 each, attendees can customize their crates to make the perfect…