Most People Don’t Know These 13 (More) Hidden Gems In Ohio Even Exist (Part II)

Let’s face it, one list of hidden gems in Ohio simply isn’t enough. From secret — and practically magical — nature getaways to truly unique manmade structures, our state is full of lesser known jewels that are just plain fun to discover. The following are 13 of what we consider to be some of the best kept-secrets and hidden gems in Ohio:

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What do you think? Were you familiar with these hidden gems in Ohio? If there are any other hidden treasures in Ohio we haven’t yet recognized in our lists, let us know in the comments below!

Address: Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, 12440 OH-282, Garrettsville, OH 44231, USA
Address: The Wilds, 14000 International Rd, Cumberland, OH 43732, USA
Address: Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek, 10051 Township Rd 47, West Liberty, OH 43357, USA
Address: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 W Canal St, Nelsonville, OH 45764, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
Address: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558, USA
Address: Mound City, MO 64470, USA
Address: Castle Noel, 260 S Court St, Medina, OH 44256, USA
Address: The Temple Of Tolerance, 203 S Wood St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895, USA
Address: Dysart Woods Park, 61961 Dysart Woods Rd, Belmont, OH 43718, USA
Address: Ghost Town Findlay, Ohio, 10630 Co Rd 40, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
Address: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, USA
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Hidden gems in Ohio

August 03, 2021

Are there many hidden gems in Ohio?

The Buckeye State is chock-full of hidden gems — you just need to know where to look! (Shameless self-plug alert: look right here, at Only In Ohio!) For those that have an insatiable appetite for wanderlust, Ohio delivers. This list of 11 hidden gems is a fun one, and features secret spots and treasures that even life-long locals might not know about. One of our favorites on the list is the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, a bright, shiny slice of history. Even if you’ve lived in Cincinnati all your life, chances are, you’ve never visited the American Sign Museum. A passion project of founder Tod Swormstedt, who was the fourth-generation editor of Signs of the Times magazine, the museum began in 1999 and moved into its permanent home in Camp Washington, located just outside the city, in 2012. Easily one of Cincinnati’s best-kept secrets, discovering this museum is a totally wonderful, magical experience.

What are some fun day trips in Ohio?

Well, in keeping with the theme of hidden gems in Ohio, you’ll definitely want to check out our appropriately named Ohio Hidden Gem Road Trip, which explores nine unique treasures in the Buckeye State. A notable stop along the way is Dogwood Pass in Beaver. Did you know there is an impressive replica of an Old West town tucked away in the hills of southern Ohio? Most people don’t! Dogwood Pass in Beaver, Ohio, was built to look and feel as authentic as possible, complete with bath houses, saloons, and gun fights. It’s an authentic little slice of the Old West, right here in the Midwest!

Are there any hidden castles in Ohio?

If you enjoyed exploring Loveland Castle, you’ll be pleased to learn about the Buckeye State’s other royal adventures. The journey starts in Akron, at the Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, an elaborate country estate that’s one of the largest homes in the U.S. An accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, this estate is open to the public for tours and other events and features five historic buildings, eight gardens, and 70 acres. In Put-In-Bay, you can visit Beer Barrel Saloon, the world’s longest bar, and sit back and enjoy the coastal views. And on the James A. Rhodes Appalachian Highway in Coolville, you’ll find Ohio’s (and one of America’s) smallest chapel, a tiny little treasure that you’ll love checking out!

Address: Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park, 12440 OH-282, Garrettsville, OH 44231, USA
Address: The Wilds, 14000 International Rd, Cumberland, OH 43732, USA
Address: Piatt Castle Mac-A-Cheek, 10051 Township Rd 47, West Liberty, OH 43357, USA
Address: Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, 33 W Canal St, Nelsonville, OH 45764, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131, USA
Address: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558, USA
Address: Mound City, MO 64470, USA
Address: Castle Noel, 260 S Court St, Medina, OH 44256, USA
Address: The Temple Of Tolerance, 203 S Wood St, Wapakoneta, OH 45895, USA
Address: Dysart Woods Park, 61961 Dysart Woods Rd, Belmont, OH 43718, USA
Address: Ghost Town Findlay, Ohio, 10630 Co Rd 40, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
Address: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, USA