Ohio March 08, 2019
Our 8 Favorite Day Trips To Take In Ohio Before Winter Ends
Within a matter of weeks, winter will officially make its way out the door.
Although you might be dreaming of long summer days and springtime flowers, consider making the most of the season while it’s still here. At the very least, doing something fun will take your mind off the lingering cold temperatures and unexpected snowfall. The following are some of our favorite day trips to take in Ohio during the winter season. See which ones you can squeeze into your schedule before spring arrives:
1. Snow Trails Winter Resort (Mansfield)
Learn to ski, snowboard or snow-tube at this winter fun ski resort in Mansfield. This family favorite destination features the Timberline Trail (the longest in Ohio,) the longest tubing lanes in Ohio, a 9,000 sq.ft. Rental Center, a Children's Learning Center and more. You'll find it at 3100 Possum Run Rd., Mansfield, OH 44903.
2. Old Man's Cave (Logan)
Ohio's favorite hiking spot transforms into a magical winter wonderland during the winter months. Frozen waterfalls, snow covered trees and eerie caves abound. (Pictured: The bridge over the Devil's Bathtub.) Hocking Hills State Park is located at 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138.
3. Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack (Burton)
There's nothing quite like a trip to Ma & Pa's, a picturesque log cabin the woods featuring speciality gifts, handcrafted furniture and old-fashioned sleigh rides. You can take a journey through the wooded area on a two-horse open sleigh all winter long on Saturdays and Sundays. (Note: Reservations for sleigh rides are required, so be sure to call ahead.) Ma & Pa’s Gift Shack is located at 15161 Main Market Rd., Burton, OH 44021.
4. The Chalet (Strongsville)
Cleveland Metroparks features a truly spectacular toboggan chute you need to experience this winter. The Chalet in Strongsville’s Mill Stream Run Reservation is home to the tallest and fastest ice chutes in Ohio. The Chalet in Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation is located at 16200 Valley Parkway, Strongsville, OH 44136.
5. Ohio Amish Country Scenic Byway
Taking the Amish Country Scenic Byway during the winter is a special experience. It warms your heart in ways you can’t describe, making you long for home, family and simpler times. That’s why we think it’s the most scenic and enjoyable drive you can take in Ohio during the winter months. Before you end your drive, make a stop at your favorite Amish restaurant.
6. Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)
Although ski resorts and chair lifts are probably some of the last things that come to mind when you think of Ohio, you should know that Ohio is home to a pretty epic winter resort. Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield, Ohio features all the wintertime fun you could possibly want—and then some. It’s the largest ski and tubing resort in Ohio, featuring 144 acres. You'll find it at 1000 Snow Valley Rd., Zanesfield, OH 43360.
7. Equestrian Ridge Farm (New Plymouth)
Experience a winter wonderland adventure this season at Equestrian Ridge Farm in New Plymouth, Ohio, which features customized horseback riding year-round. During the winter months, this 200-acre Vinton County farm is a true winter wonderland. To schedule a ride, be sure to call ahead. Equestrian Ridge Farm is located at 26711 Pumpkin Ridge Rd., New Plymouth, OH 45654.
8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Ohio's national park is also breathtakingly beautiful during the winter months. Find your favorite waterfalls and photograph them frozen. The scenic railroad still operates during the winter months. For a train schedule, click
Have you ever visited any of these parks and attractions during the winter season? If so, share your photos and experiences with us!
For more winter fun in Ohio, check out our previous article:
This Snow Tubing Adventure Is The Most Fun You’ll Have In Ohio All Winter.