There’s no denying that Ohio is home to some really beautiful towns. Some towns, however, notably showcase more beauty than most. From flowing rivers to hidden waterfalls, and rolling hills to eerie caverns, Ohio has a little bit of everything in terms of scenery. The following are 12 of what we consider to be the most scenic towns in Ohio.
At the tip of the scenic Marblehead Peninsula, the charming town of Marblehead features the iconic Marblehead Lighthouse, beautiful views of Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay and boating culture. The lighthouse is the Great Lakes' oldest continuously operating lighthouse and is open for tours during the summer.
Home to what's arguably Ohio's most beloved state park and hiking trails, (Hocking Hills State Park and Old Man's Cave,) you will find that breathtaking waterfalls, gorges and caves abound in this unassuming town.
The historic riverboat town of Marietta is known as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory. The town borders West Virginia and is nestled along the banks of both the Muskingum and Ohio River. Its also known for its Victorian-style houses, European ambience, brick streets and sternwheelers.
Experience the view atop Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial (pictured) and Ohio's very own island life at this popular waterfront destination.
As part of the Akron Metropolitan Statistical Area, this charming town sits in the middle of the stunningly beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park (pictured.) Additionally, the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail runs close to downtown Peninsula, making Peninsula a popular stop for many bikers.
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With a name like Loveland, how could it not be beautiful? Home to the historic Loveland Castle, this lovely little town covers just five square miles in the greater Cincinnati area. Loveland also straddles the Little Miami River (pictured,) and is known for its beautiful bike path (also pictured,) the Little Miami Scenic River Bike Trail.
Located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country in Holmes County, this countryside town is undeniably one of Ohio's most scenic rural areas.
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Tucked away in Logan County, this beautiful town is home to the stunning Piatt Castles (pictured) and the Ohio Caverns (also pictured.)
Although many people associate Sandusky with Cedar Point Amusement Park, the town is home to some of the most stunning Lake Erie beaches in the state.
Home to the breathtakingly beautiful Mohican State Park, Loudonville is a true gem for nature lovers.
In addition to beautiful railways and parks, Ashtabula features the stunning waters of Lake Erie at Walnut Beach.
Youngstown is home to the second largest metropark in the U.S. (after Central Park in New York City,) and it's unbelievably gorgeous. This quiet gem amid the hustle and bustle of the city features some of the area's most popular attractions such as Fellows Riverside Gardens and Lanterman's Mill (pictured.)
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