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Western Ohio Highlights

State Resources:
 7 - State Parks
 6 - Historical Sites
 7 - Nature Preserves
 2 - Hunting/Fishing Areas

Counties / Major Cities:
AUGLAIZE - Wapakoneta, St. Marys
CHAMPAIGN - Urbana, Bellefontaine
CLARK - Springfield
DARKE - Greenville, Versailles, Greenville
LOGAN - West Liberty, Bellefontaine
MERCER - Fort Recovery, Celina
MIAMI - Troy, Piqua
SHELBY - Botkins, Fort Loramie

Featured Western Ohio Attractions

Piqua Heritage Festival
  MIAMI County
Visit a Native American village or mountainman camp at this celebration of pioneer life drawing 200,000 each year. Re-enactments, traditional craft skill demonstrations, arts and crafts plus a popular melodrama take you back in time.

Johnston Farm, Piqua (513) 778-0441
Labor Day Week-end, September

Piqua Historical Area
  MIAMI County
Located in the Great Miami River Valley, the 174-acre Piqua Historical Area offers visitors the opportunity to discover several cultures in one setting.
Brukner Nature Center
  MIAMI County
The 165 acre nature preserve's attractions include 6 miles of hiking trails, educational programs for students and adults, wildlife rehabilitation center, interpretive center, and the iddings Log House, a restored 1804 log home built by one of the county's earliest settlers. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy (513) 698-6493
  MERCER County
Grand Lake St. Marys served as a reservoir to supply water for the Miami & Erie Canal. The project began in 1837 and was completed in 1845 at a cost of $600,000. However the canal and b thriving business was shortlived due to railroad industry. The lake has 52 miles of shoreline and is approximately nine miles long and three miles wide. For years the 17,500 acre reservoir was the largest artificial body of water in the world.
  MIAMI County
Visit downtown Troy, the county seat, and enjoy the warm hospitality of our Midwest, as well as a pleasurable day of shopping and dining. The 1888 Court House known as 'Miami's Pride' has the reputation as one of the finest courthouses of its era. Hobart Arena, a nationally known center for ice skaters, hosts basketball,concerts, trade shows, and many special events.
  MERCER County
Fort Recovery State Memorial is composed of two reconstructed blockhouses with connecting stockade, a monument and a museum, the last of these built in 1955. The museum exhibits use mannequins to portray dress of Indians and Wayne's legionnaires, fort construction, and use of a pack cannon. Other exhibits describe the Indian wars of the 1790's. A balcony gallery is devoted to historical collections of the Fort Recovery Historical Society.
  MIAMI County
Completed in 1888, the Courthouse known as 'Miami's Pride' has the reputation as one of the finest courthouses of its era. The massive three story Neo-Renaissance style architectural wonder stands 114'2' square and 185'tall with its wrought-iron dome patterned after the U.S. Capitol. The interior decorative detailing includes plastered ceilings and arches ornamented with representations of local agricultural produce as well as faces from around the world. Admission free.
215 W. Main Street, Troy (513) 332-6800, (513) 773-0774
OPEN: Mon.-Fri. 8AM-4PM, tours by appointment
  MIAMI County
Antique lovers will discover Tipp City's charming atmosphere where shopping for collectibles of all kinds is rewarding and fun! You're onlv a few miles away from Charleston Falls Preserve, 169 acres of county park natural lands that take you back to the original wilds of Miami County with hiking trails, a waterfall, limestone cave and observation tower.
The Piatt Castles
  LOGAN County
Castle Piatt Mac-A-Cheek, a Norman-French style chateau, (C.1864) was built by Civil War Gen. A. S. Piatt. Castle Mac-o-Chee, a Flemish style castle (c. 1879) was built as a retirement home for Col. Donn Piatt, a soldier, statesman and poet. These two magnificent limestone homes are furnished with possessions of many generations of the Piatt family. Also on display are a war relics collection, an Indian artifacts collection and a European/Asian antique collection.
  MIAMI County
A step back in time brings you to this faithfully restored 1808 log structure built by Benjamin Overfield which served as an inn, courthouse, jail, church, and school. Currently the building houses a fine Collection of early 19th century household furnishings and implements.
Admission free.

201 E. Water Street, Troy (513) 339-6206
OPEN: Mar.-Nov.; Thurs./Sun., 2-4PM and by appointment

  MIAMI County
Located in the 1914 restored Hayner family mansion, the center offers cultural programming and visual and performing arts with changing topical displays, house tours, and public meeting facilities. The extensive collection in the genealogical research room is open Tues.-Sat. 10AM-4PM, Tues./Wed. 7-9PM, Sun. 1:30-4:30PM.
Admission free.

301 W. Main Street, Troy (513) 339-0457

  MERCER County
Named in honor of Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon, the museum chronicles Ohioans' contributions to the history of flight. Among the items on display are a moon rock, an F5D Skylancer, a Wright Model G Aero-boat, and the Gemini VIII spacecraft. In the museum's Astro-Theater, multi-media presentations of the sights and sounds of space unfold against a starry background.
  LOGAN County
This is the largest of all Ohio caves, noted for 'Crystal King.' Exquisite crystal-white stalactite/stalagmite formations are found in great profusion and artistic settings.
  MIAMI County
First full week-end of June The strawberry reigns as king in Troy when over 200,000 people visit to enjoy superb arts and crafts, parade, free entertainment, hot air balloons and yes -- delicious sweet ripe Troy strawberries!!

Miami River Levee, Troy (513) 339-7714

  LOGAN County
First-class snow skiing with lift capacity of 8,400 skiers per hour and snow machines capable of producing five tons of snow per minute, The Mad River Inn offers quality overnight accommodations, and 'The Loft' provides great indoor entertainment.
  MIAMI County
Lighting of the Falls
The serene beauty of the falls at one of Ohio's natural gorges is set aglow with 30,000 lights by the Ludlow Falls Volunteer Fire Department enticing over a million visitors since 1950.

State Route 48, Ludlow Falls (513) 698-4654
Mid-December to January 1

Featured Western Ohio Businesses

GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS BED & BREAKFAST - (AUGLAIZE County)  St. Marys - This 1890s landmark is located near lake activities, shops, theater, fine dining & outdoor recreation. Mid-week discounts, romantic packages & generous breakfast. Open year-round....
AT HOME IN URBANA BED AND BREAKFAST - (CHAMPAIGN County)  Urbana - Restored 1842 Home on National Register of Historic Buildings in Historic District two blocks from downtown quaint shops. At center of Simon Kenton Historic Corridor....
LIBERTY HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST - (LOGAN County)  West Liberty - Awaken to the aroma of fresh baked bread, midts traditional/Victorian furnishings, with many old and new quilts providing a warm and friendly ambiance....
WAPAKONETA KOA - (AUGLAIZE County)  Wapakoneta
HICKORY HILL LAKES - (SHELBY County)  Fort Loramie - Hickory Hill Lakes invites you to enjoy our scenic quiet, yet fun-filled family RV park. Home of the annual Country Concert in July....
MEADOW LAKE RESORT - (CHAMPAIGN County)  Urbana - Friendly, clean, rural, finest campground beach/swimming facility in statep Near Ohio Caverns, River Canoeing, Air Force Museum. Halfway between Columbus and Dayton.p Waterslide....
THE SPRINGFIELD INN - (CLARK County)  Springfield - Located downtown minutes from area business, directly across from the Marketplace shops, and close to Wittenburg University. Convenient to Dayton International Airport....
EXECUTIVE INN - (CLARK County)  Springfield - I-70 Exit 54 to North Street. Take a left on Plum Street. Left one block. Take SR 4 in downtown Springfield....
RAMADA LIMITED - (CLARK County)  Springfield - Free executive continental breakfast. Indoor pool & hot tub. Data ports. Close to Cedarville & Clark State colleges, Wittenburg University, Buck Creek Reservoir & Reid Golf Course....
WHITMORE HOUSE - (LOGAN County)  Bellefontaine - 100 year old antique filled Victorian home with 4 acres of lawns and gardens. Providing full restaurant, tourist attractions, reservations requested....
DARKE COUNTY FAIR - (DARKE County)  Greenville
ELDORA SPEEDWAY - (DARKE County)  New Weston
APPLE BARN - (DARKE County)  Greenville
BEAR'S MILL - (DARKE County)  Greenville
DARKE COUNTY FAIR - (DARKE County)  Greenville
GARST MUSEUM - (DARKE County)  Greenville
BEAR'S MILL - (DARKE County)  Greenville
BOB EVANS - (DARKE County)  Greenville

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