Do you ever wish life could slow down sometimes? Do you ever wish you could stop and enjoy the simple things in life more often? If so, you might want to consider moving to a small town. Here are 14 beautiful, slow-paced small towns in Ohio where life is still somewhat simple:
1. Grand Rapids
This charming village is located along the southern bank of the Maumee River, just southwest of Toledo. This restored canal town is truly one of a kind, with a population of about 986. (You can even ride on a canal boat pulled by mules down the restored Miami & Erie Canal.)
This small town of approximately 731 residents is near Zanesville. (Fun fact: Just south of Philo, you can find Ohio's only Earthship, AKA a house made entirely out of trash.)
Known for its historic architecture and New England character, this Licking County village is home to the historic Avery Downer House, The Buxton Inn, The Granville Inn and Denison University. Additionally, it is the location of the prehistoric Alligator Effigy Mound, built by people of the Fort Ancient culture.
Along the Scioto River you'll find this quiet Pike County village, with a population of about 2,158. Chances are, everyone here knows your name, where you went to school and who your family is.
Milan is the proud home of the birthplace of the famous American inventor Thomas A. Edison (pictured.) Milan is a village in both Erie and Huron counties, with a population of approximately 1,351.
Home to the breathtakingly beautiful Mohican State Park, Loudonville is a true gem for nature lovers. The Mohican River flows right through the town and park. Popular activities here include smallmouth bass fishing, canoeing and hiking. For an unforgettable visit, rent a nearby cabin for a quiet, overnight getaway.
Greenville is home to the historic Fort Greene Ville and Bear's Mill. It is also home to the Garst Museum, which features the largest known collections of memorabilia of Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas. (Both Oakley and Thomas were born close to what is now Greenville.)
Along the banks of the Maumee River is Perrysburg, home to Fort Meigs, the largest wooden wall fortification in North America. In addition to rich history and cultural entertainment, crime rates are very low, making it one of Ohio's safest places to live.
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.
With a population of just 1,032 and a total area of 0.37 square miles, the people of this Ross County village are likely on a first-name basis.
11. Yellow Springs
Home to Antioch College and a colorful downtown, this artsy little town is a safe haven for those looking to indulge in creativity and the quirkiness of small town living. Knit graffiti is common here, and popular amenities include the twice-a-year Yellow Springs Street Fair, the Glen Helen Nature Reserve and the nearby John Bryan State Park.
12. Upper Sandusky
Serving as the county seat of Wyandot County along the Sandusky River, the town of Upper Sandusky derived its name from an earlier Wyandot Indian village of the same name. Rich in history, Upper Sandusky was home to the Wyandotte Native Americans until 1842.
"The Little Switzerland of Ohio" covers a total area of a little more than three and a half square miles. It's a popular tourist destination for anyone looking to explore Ohio's Amish Country.
Mostly known for its Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, this lovely village of approximately 2,655 residents in Tuscarawas County is home to rich history, charm and friendly people.