Tucked away in the Ohio River Valley near the Scioto and Ohio River is a truly unique geological wonder most people don’t even know exists.
Raven Rock State Nature Preserve is a little-known park you can only visit after you’ve obtained a permit. It’s named after the unique rock formation that overlooks the Ohio River Valley. In addition to stunning views, this overlook connects to a mesmerizing natural arch.
For permit information call 740-858-6652
#4. West Portsmouth, Ohio
Shawnee Park Lodge Ohio
The sprawling banks of the Ohio River are calling. Start on a playful note at Buckeye Dairy Bar & Miniature Golf (idea: Winner doesn't have to pay for dinner!) before heading to a truly off-the-grid experience in southern Ohio's "Little Smokies" at Shawnee Park Lodge. Warning: It may be hard to peel yourself away from the lobby's panoramic views of Turkey Creek Lane. But, you should also take some time exploring the Shawnee Backpack Trail, where chirping songbirds and wildlife dot 42 miles of backcountry paths. After earning your dinner, indulge in the hearty grub at The Smokehouse, though if tomorrow involves a boating or sailing excursion, try to resist a second serving of the fantastic spinach artichoke dip.