The Ultimate Ohio Hidden Gem Road Trip Will Take You To 9 Incredible Little-Known Spots In The State

The Buckeye State is full of surprises, and one of our favorite things to do is get out and explore the most bizarre and amazing hidden gems in Ohio — via an epic road trip, of course! That’s why we created this beauty, The Ultimate Ohio Hidden Gems Road Trip. From ideal family day trip destinations to little-known natural wonders, the following trip leads to some of our absolute favorite hidden gems in Ohio. See which ones you’ve visited before and which ones you need to add to your Ohio bucket list:

What do you think? Would you take this road trip? What other hidden gems in Ohio would you add to this trip? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Address: Dogwood Pass, 722 Adams Rd, Beaver, OH 45613, USA
Address: Serpent Mound Historical Site, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, OH 45660, USA
Address: Loveland Castle Museum, 12075 Shore Dr, Loveland, OH 45140, USA
Address: American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
Address: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, USA
Address: Sugarcreek MetroPark, 4178 Conference Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305, USA
Address: Hartman Rock Garden, 1905 Russell Ave, Springfield, OH 45506, USA
Address: Topiary Park, 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Address: The Ohio Railway Museum, 990 Proprietors Rd, Worthington, OH 43085, USA
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Hidden gems in Ohio

May 14, 2022

What are some hidden gems in Ohio even the locals don’t know about?

We love our hidden gems here at Only In Ohio, and are always thrilled to share some new-to-us places that our readers might not know about. And while there are some well-known roadside attractions Ohioans know and love, there are some that even the most in-the-know Buckeye State residents might not know about. For example, in Southwest Ohio, did you know that the world’s largest horseshoe crab has taken up residence? Put this one down as one of Ohio’s more bizarre attractions: a 28-foot wide and 68-foot long horseshoe crab known as “Crabby” (of course!). You’ll find this incredible crustacean in the fields of Hillsboro, and he’s absolutely something you must see to believe. Another Ohio oddity is an actual ghost town in Findlay. That’s right: a ghost town in Ohio! Most people don’t know about Findlay’s Ghost Town, a unique roadside attraction adults and kids alike will enjoy exploring. (And during the Halloween season, it gets extra spooky.) If you’ve never been to this one-of-a-kind landmark before, you’ll want to visit soon. Created by the Galitza family, this unique roadside attraction in Findlay features a replica of an 1880s-era ghost town. It was first open to the public in the 1950s. Since then it has closed, been renovated and is now up and running again. It’s truly one of the most bizarre places in the state, which makes it the very best kind of hidden gem in Ohio, if you ask us!

Address: Dogwood Pass, 722 Adams Rd, Beaver, OH 45613, USA
Address: Serpent Mound Historical Site, 3850 OH-73, Peebles, OH 45660, USA
Address: Loveland Castle Museum, 12075 Shore Dr, Loveland, OH 45140, USA
Address: American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
Address: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, USA
Address: Sugarcreek MetroPark, 4178 Conference Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305, USA
Address: Hartman Rock Garden, 1905 Russell Ave, Springfield, OH 45506, USA
Address: Topiary Park, 480 E Town St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA
Address: The Ohio Railway Museum, 990 Proprietors Rd, Worthington, OH 43085, USA