The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Ohio Who Loves The Outdoors

Here in Ohio, our nature scene is severely underrated. There’s simply so much more to see and do than most people ever realize! If you have an insatiable appetite for adventure, read on! We’ve put together 10 bucket list adventures in Ohio sure to satisfy even the most acute case of wanderlust. Get ready for some incredible experiences in The Buckeye State!

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What other bucket list adventures in Ohio could you add? Did we miss any Ohio wonders? Let us know in the comments below!

For more things to do and see in Ohio, check out our previous article: The Ultimate And Definite Bucket List For Everyone In Ohio.

Address: Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
Address: 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094, USA
Address: Oak Harbor, OH 43449, USA
Address: 975 O D N R Mohican Rd 51, Perrysville, OH 44864, USA
Address: Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Rocky River Reservation, Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070, USA
Address: 13291 US-52, West Portsmouth, OH 45663, USA
Address: Youngstown, OH 44509, USA
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Bucket List Adventures In Ohio

May 11, 2021

What are some outdoorsy things to do in Ohio?

The Buckeye State really is one giant playground for outdoor enthusiasts. From absolutely perfect waterfalls and hidden beaches, to stunning mountains and pristine lakes, beauty abounds in The Buckeye State. There is so much untapped potential here, just waiting to be explored. If you’re into hiking, you’ll find some of the most scenic trails in the country — right here in Ohio! We also love our water recreation here in The Buckeye State. One of our favorite places to get out on the water is Salt Fork State Park, 17,229 acres that showcases Ohio’s natural beauty. Often called the crown jewel of Ohio’s state parks, at the heart of Salt Fork you’ll find what is perhaps the most jaw-dropping lake in Ohio. Salt Fork Lake is a beautiful body of water that’s perfect for a variety of outdoor recreation, and is most notable for being one of the largest inland beaches in the state, spanning 2,500 feet.

What are some fun outdoor adventures in Ohio?

If the above list of bucket list adventures in Ohio whet your appetite for more, read on! From hidden waterfalls, to abandoned places nature is reclaiming, Ohio is FULL of unexpected adventures — all you have to do is take them. We outline 15 bucket-list level adventures in this article, but we’d be remiss not to share one of our favorite hidden gems.  “America’s Most Colorful Caverns” — the Ohio Caverns — can be found in West Liberty, Ohio. The caverns were formed thousands of years ago when an underground river cut through ancient limestone and created vast rooms and passageways. These passageways are now filled with crystal stalactites, stalagmites, and many other formations. Within the Ohio Caverns is one of the world’s largest and most perfectly formed stalactites. Crystal King is nearly five feet long, weighing an estimated 400 pounds, and is estimated to be more than 200,000 years old. Visiting the Ohio Caverns is one of the most unique things to do in Ohio.

Does Ohio have many scenic hiking trails?

You don’t have to travel out of the country for some awe-inspiring time in nature. You don’t even have to travel out of state. All you really have to do is explore your own backyard. Ohio is filled with beautiful hiking trails just waiting for an adventurous soul to take advantage of them. One of the state’s most scenic — and underrated — hikes is hiding in Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, Ohio. Part of a larger trail, the trek to Horseshoe Falls is an easy, eventful journey that’s perfect for a short day hike. Along this 1.2-mile portion of the trail, you’ll encounter gorgeous views, a swinging bridge, and a waterfall. Glen Helen Nature Preserve has towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and interesting rock formations, there’s so much to see within this little-known nature preserve. 

Address: Hocking Hills State Park, 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Rd, Swanton, OH 43558, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
Address: 9550 Sperry Rd, Kirtland, OH 44094, USA
Address: Oak Harbor, OH 43449, USA
Address: 975 O D N R Mohican Rd 51, Perrysville, OH 44864, USA
Address: Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Rocky River Reservation, Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070, USA
Address: 13291 US-52, West Portsmouth, OH 45663, USA
Address: Youngstown, OH 44509, USA