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Discover Ohio’s Rising Appalachia Along 

The Winding Road

As the Ohio landscape changes from Midwest farmlands to Appalachian foothills, so do the opportunities for exploration and learning. The Winding Road is a compilation of active, authentic experiences in Ohio’s Rising Appalachia that are anything but typical. With an emphasis on “guided” and “small scale”, the cultural story is accented by emerging arts, local foods, and outdoor recreation. Unique exploration of off-the-beaten path destinations await you on these experiences and in real time.

The Winding Road: An Initiative of Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area

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The Winding Road is made possible by a collaboration of creative organizations, businesses and individuals convened by Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area’s Gateway to Public Lands initiative. In its first year, this collaboration focuses on destinations in the southeastern Ohio’s Morgan, Athens, Perry, Hocking, and Muskingum Counties, situated in the Hocking and Muskingum River Valleys. Anchored by the Wayne National Forest, Burr Oak State Park, the Little Cities of Black Diamonds, beloved college-town Athens, and historic communities such as McConnelsville, Somerset and Zanesville, the region is within a half-day or less drive from urban centers Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.

Watch The Winding Road grow over the coming years as this region of Ohio leads a growing appreciation for recovery from a sometimes challenging past into a vibrant future where “place” and “stewardship” matters. From ‘A’ to ‘Z’ (Athens to Zanesville), and the spirited lands in between, let us guide you to our fresh and inspiring story of creative communities working together to enliven the place where we live!

Visit us at The Winding Road Market Place/Ohio Hill Country Headquarters at 117 West Main Street in Shawnee, Ohio 43782.  We have lots of cool art, books, and food all local from the region.  Open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM.  Call 740-394-2852 or e-mail us at windingroadohio@gmail.com.

Expand your horizons in Ohio’s Rising Appalachia!

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The Winding Road is manage by an incredible team of individuals, including members of AmeriCorps through Rural Action, Ohio Stream Restore Corps.

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