12 Places In Ohio Way Out In The Boonies But So Worth The Drive

Here in Ohio, sometimes you have to drive for a few hours to find a hidden gem, but that’s perfectly fine – in fact, we welcome the chance for a drive! From incredible local markets you’ll spend hours exploring to enchanted castles hiding in the forest, the following are our picks for the best hidden places in Ohio.

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Have you been to any of these places before? What other hidden places in Ohio should be added to this list? Let us know! Hoping to go glamping in Ohio? Check out our picks for the best Ohio glampsites.

Address: 1601 OH-4, Bucyrus, OH 44820, USA
Address: 4366 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062, USA
Address: 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH 45654, USA
Address: 3645 Pleasant Valley Rd, Lucas, OH 44843, USA
Address: 26792 US-33, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA
Address: 1995 Broadway St, Stockport, OH 43787, USA
Address: 4845 Fenner Rd, Troy, OH 45373, USA
Address: 561 Twp Rd 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Address: 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618, USA
Address: 5452 OH-557, Millersburg, OH 44654, USA
Address: 75 Water St, Clifton, OH 45316, USA
Address: 14940 Mt Olive Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA
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Hidden Places in Ohio

May 12, 2021

What are some of the most interesting road trips in Ohio? 

Well, that depends – what are your interests? Ohio has, believe it or not, a bunch of different options for fun road trips, so, depending on what you’re into, you’ll probably find something to do to kill a whole day (or weekend). Some of our very favorite Ohio road trips include such epic adventures as the Ohio waterfalls trip, the coastal Ohio lighthouses galore trip, and even an abandoned urban explorer’s dream trip. You can find these, as well as maps for them and many others, in this inspiring article. Get in the car and start driving! You’ve got places in Ohio to see! 

Where can I find secret Ohio gems? 

Ohio is a state with plenty of weird and wonderful to go around. You can find all kinds of strange and unusual places here to satisfy your adventurous tooth; from drunken cave tours (seriously) to abandoned subways, you’re sure to find something interesting anywhere you turn. Some of our favorite secret Ohio gems include the abandoned Cincinnati Subway, which is always fun to explore, the supposedly haunted Moonville Tunnel, and, of course, the Lucky Cat Museum. There are also fun, offbeat attractions to check out like Cinci Mushroom House, Cornhenge, and even a few haunted cemeteries from days of old. Ohio is also home to several interesting and unique castles, all of which makes for an offbeat afternoon filled with amusement. 

Where are the best secret places in Ohio?

Well, “best” is certainly subjective; however, if you know where to look, you’re sure to find unusual and secret spots to bring friends to or just to explore on your own. Such offbeat attractions include the haunted Sidaway Bridge, whose spooky remains in Cleveland are a testament to darker days of history, the Temple of Tolerance, in Wapakoneta, and for those who really like the weird, there’s always the Secret Chamber House of Oddities in Fairborn. Rock and mineral geeks will love the Langsdon Mineral Collection in Celina, and in Newark, you can find a building built to look like a giant basket just kind of hanging out on the side of the road. 

Address: 1601 OH-4, Bucyrus, OH 44820, USA
Address: 4366 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062, USA
Address: 65666 Bethel Rd, New Plymouth, OH 45654, USA
Address: 3645 Pleasant Valley Rd, Lucas, OH 44843, USA
Address: 26792 US-33, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA
Address: 1995 Broadway St, Stockport, OH 43787, USA
Address: 4845 Fenner Rd, Troy, OH 45373, USA
Address: 561 Twp Rd 3352, Loudonville, OH 44842, USA
Address: 4779 Kidron Rd, Dalton, OH 44618, USA
Address: 5452 OH-557, Millersburg, OH 44654, USA
Address: 75 Water St, Clifton, OH 45316, USA
Address: 14940 Mt Olive Rd, Rockbridge, OH 43149, USA