Spending a weekend on an enjoyable getaway with the family is always fun. How about making that getaway even more fun spending the night roughing it in “unusual” lodging. This summer Loudonville, Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, is pleased to offer many unusual places to spend the night.
New this year on the Wally Road Scenic Byway, Jeremiah’s Tipi Retreat features 4 tepees to spend the night. Situated near the Mohican River, the tepees are clustered around a common area with fire pit and tree stump benches. Plans call for tepees to have paddle fans, overhead light, and power strip. Guests provide their own bedding and other necessities. Portable toilets and water are available on-site. Showers available at the Loudonville Pool Complex in town. It is located next to Jeremiah’s Country Store at 3185 Wally Road. For more information contact 419-994-0111.
With miles of area bridle trails, Loudonville has been a favorite for horse lovers for many years. Horse owners can also spend the night at one of three area horse camps. Mohican State Memorial Forest has 24 horseman’s camping sites off State Route 97. The primitive Camp includes latrines, water, and horse tie-up. It is open weekends May through October. The Mohican State Forest has 9 miles of scenic bridle trails, parts of which are shared with mountain bikers. After the horseback riding, enjoy Mohican State Park’s gorgeous scenery and special sites like the Clear Fork Overlook Gorge, Fire Tower, Memorial Shire, Wolf Creek Grist Mill and campground nature programs. For information and to make reservations call the Mohican State Forest office at 419-938-6222 or www.OhioDNR.com/forestry. The Forest is located just minutes from downtown Loudonville. Unfortunately, the Mohican Forest is booked for this year so make reservation really early.
Malabar Farm State Park has a 15 site primitive horseman’s camp. The Camp includes fire rings, picnic tables, drinking water, hitching posts, gravel parking pads, pressurized water, handicapped-accessible, self-composting restroom; pets are permitted. The Camp is adjacent to 12 miles of riding/hiking trails. It is located on a secluded part of the Malabar Farm complex with a self-guided tours of the working farm and Visitor’s Education Center with 30 interactive exhibits, both are free. A Malabar highlight is the 32-room country estate that offers scheduled tours for a small charge. The Farm hosts many incredible special events are held throughout the year to make an overnight stay at the Horse Camp complete. For more information contact Malabar Farm State Park 419-892-2784 or www.MalabarFarm.org.
Near to Malabar is Pleasant Hill Lake Park, part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. Part of the huge lake, camping, picnicking, swimming beach, a marina, fishing, and boaters paradise, Pleasant Hill Lake provides 37 horse camping pads large enough to accommodate a truck and trailer all just a stone’s throw from the shimmering Lake. The Camp includes group horse highlines, porta-a-potties, water, and manure bin. Showers are available at the Park campground. In addition to the Park facilities, horse camp guests also can enjoy planned Park activities. The Park horse trails connect to the Malabar Farm State Park bridle trails, making an enjoyable 20 mile round-trip horse back ride. Like Mohican, the trails are shared with hikers. The Horse Camp is open April – October. For information and reservations call 419-938-7884 or www.mwcd.org.
It should be noted the reservation process, costs, days and month of operation vary from horse camp to camp. So contact the horse camps for exact overnight and reservation details.
This year “go climb a tree” takes on new meaning with the addition of a 2-story tree house for vacation rental. The Mohican Cabins is completing a luxury tree house with a unique design located on a steep hillside. Rather than building the house in the tree, the tree houses “floats” on heavy pedestals in the upper branches around the tree. That makes the structure more stable, especially during inclement weather. The unique accommodations features small kitchenette, living room, bathrooms, one bedroom and a loft that can sleep six, plus an outdoor shower. They are located on Vess Road in Knox County near Tree Frog Canopy Tours zip lines off Wally Road, about 6 miles from Loudonville. The tree house is expected to open in late July and is the only one in Ohio. The property also provides one deluxe full-service cabin that sleeps 15. Three new full-service cabins opened this summer that can sleep from 9 – 12 guests. For information contact 440-799-3419 or www.TheMohicanCabins.com. If you really want to climb a tree, Natural Fit Outdoor Adventures on the grounds of the zip line provides a unique tree-climbing experience.
These really neat places to spend the night are just minutes from Loudonville’s six famed canoe liveries, their quaint Victorian downtown, more than 100 year-round fairs and festivals. This time of year, weekend openings may be limited with weekdays having more overnight availability. If you’re interested in spending the night “roughing it” in style, make your reservations today.
For help planning your Loudonville getaway and to request a free 2012 Getaway Planner, contact the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau toll-free at 877-2MOHICAN or email requests to Info@DiscoverMohican.com. The 2012 Planner is packed with 48 pages of family fun including a special canoe livery map. A virtual Getaway Planner and River Report is also available on their web page, www.DiscoverMohican.com, now with a mobile application for smart phones.