Sometimes. you just need to get away from it all—as in, off-the-grid away from it all.
Fortunately, Ohio is full of beautiful resorts and remote places in nature that can give you the peace and serenity you need. Chances are, your next adventure is just around the corner. The following are 12 of our favorite off-the-grid destinations in Ohio that will truly take you away from it all.
1. Wayne National Forest
Have you ever wondered where the most remote, isolated spot in Ohio is? Southeast Ohio is home to some breathtaking scenery and Ohio’s only national forest. Encompassing more than a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills, Wayne National Forest stretches across 12 counties in southeast Ohio.
2. Edge of Appalachia Nature Preserve
The Edge of Appalachia Preserve in Adams County is best known for its biological diversity, steep cliffs and the Wilderness Trail; a 2 1/2-mile loop that's perfect for a one-day hike. It's located at 4274 Waggoner Riffle Rd., West Union, OH 45693.
3. Deer Creek State Park Lodge
The best getaways are the little-known getaways tucked away in (seemingly) the middle of nowhere. Near central Ohio you’ll find just that. Deer Creek State Park is home to an incredible lodge and conference center that’s the perfect place for some peace, quiet and a little adventure. You'll find it at 22300 State Park Road 20, Mt Sterling, OH 43143.
4. Shawnee State Forest
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Ohio's largest state forest is known as "The Little Smokies of Ohio," and covers 63,747 acres. It features 60 miles of bridle and hiking trails, 60 miles of backpacking trails, 58 horse camp sites and an 8,000-acre wilderness.
5. Magee Marsh Wildlife Refuge
Arguably the state's top bird-wathcing spot—featuring more than 300 species of birds—you can find this peaceful refuge along western Lake Erie, between Toledo and Port Clinton. It's located at 13229 West State Route 2, Oak Harbor, OH 43449.
6. Nomad Ridge at The Wilds
Nomad Ridge at The Wilds in Cumberland is arguably one of Ohio’s best kept secrets. It’s a hidden gem tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and miles away from the small town life. This glampground features several private yurts that provide all the comforts of home just steps away from open pastures, breathing views and exotic animals. You won't even miss wifi and cable in this gorgeous setting. The Wilds are located at 14000 International Rd., Cumberland, OH 43732.
7. Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Once a sacred spot to the Shawnee and Iroquois tribes, this 2,200-acre tract in Ross County is one of only a few privately owned state nature preserves in Ohio. You can find it at 7660 Cave Rd, Bainbridge, OH 45612
8. Mount Jeez
Within the Mohican Hills in Monroe Township, you’ll find one of Ohio’s most stunning summits. At 1,310 ft. tall, Mount Jeez offers a wide open, beautiful view of Ohio’s countryside. (You can find the path for Mount Jeez Overlook off of Pleasant Valley Road.)
9. Mineral Springs Lake
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Tucked away in Adams County, you’ll find the hidden gem of Mineral Springs Lake, a picturesque lake fed by natural spring water that’s loaded with nature’s healthy minerals. The lake covers more than 100 aces with five and a half miles of peaceful shoreline. It is surrounded by approximately 500 acres of serene nature—and it’s a truly peaceful, all natural getaway from it all. You'll find it at 160 Bluegill Rd., Peebles, OH 45660.
10. Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve
This rugged, rocky gorge is often considered one of the deepest in Ohio with 200-ft. cliffs, according to the state park's website. You can hike the Gorge Trail or Rim Trail here. The Rim Trail features breathtaking views you have to see, but the Gorge Trail is just as beautiful. Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve is located at 24858 Big Pine Rd., Rockbridge, OH 43149.
11. Dysart Woods
Near the village of Belmont within the Dysart Woods, you will find some of Ohio's oldest and largest trees. Though the woods stretches for 455 acres, only about 50 of the 140 ft. tall, 4 ft. in diameter and 300-400 year-old trees are still there.
12. Zaleski State Forest
Ohio's second largest state forest covers 26,827 acres. For the advanced hiker who can backpack through the woods overnight, Zaleski State Forest trails are a must-do. Along the way, the trails feature vacant farms, abandoned mines, beautiful views, Indian ceremonial grounds and an old mining town. (The North Loop is approximately 18.4 miles, and the South Loop is approximately 11.7 miles.)
Have you been to any of these places before? Where do you like to go in Ohio when you want to really get away from it all? Share your experiences and recommendations with us!