Monroe County's 25,000 acres of Wayne National Forest provide excellent hunting, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities. Monroe Lake and the adjacent 1300-acre Monroe Wildlife Area are just right for the outdoorsman. Boaters can enjoy a 40-mile stretch of the Ohio River, and the Little Muskingum River and Sunfish Creek are an angler's delight. Beautiful parks and picnic areas dot the countryside, and tennis courts and swimming pools are available in several communities. Check out these activities and locations of interest throughout Monroe County.
**National Register of Historic Properties are listed in red.**
Ables Cheese is a special treasure located along SR 7 in Sardis, Ohio. It is a specialty grocery store that features a wide and unexpected variety of homemade cheese, along with trail bologna, wine, crackers, and a deli selection that attracts visitors from far and wide. It's easy to miss, but once you find it, you'll want to return time and time again.
Foraker Covered Bridge is located on CR 40, four miles west of Antioch. It is one of two historic bridges remaining in Monroe County. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recently major structural restoration in the summer of 2016.
Hannibal Locks & Dam is located along SR 7 at Hannibal, Ohio. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed this modern navigational dam on the Ohio River over an 8-year period (1967-1975). For visitors' convenience, there are public restrooms, picnic shelters, as well as informational and historical displays in the recently created Visitors Center. Visitors can also see a section of historic dam wickets.
Hollister-Parry Park Museums, One-Room Stone Schoolhouse, and a Dairy Barn are located at 217 Eastern Avenue, Woodsfield, OH: Recreation includes the historic Hollister-Parry House museum, an original dairy museum and a reconstructed one-room stone schoolhouse. "Amenities" include electric, water and restrooms. The Monroe County Park District acquired the Parry house and 5-acres of land in 1974. The house was built in the 1860s and is furnished in turn-of-the-century style. This property is leased to the Monroe County Historical Society. The Museum contains priceless heirlooms that portray life in Monroe County during the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Archives are also kept in the Museum for Genealogical References. During the summer months, a caretaker and tour guide welcome visitors to explore Monroe County’s rich historic past, but hours are limited, and Children’s Summer Programs are offered in the month of July. Please call for information and to schedule tours. 740-472-1933
Kiedaisch Point Park: Take 536 NW out of Hannibal, OH for two miles, then C-43 for two miles to T-4 19: One of the highest points in the county, this location provides an amazing overlook of the Ohio River vista, along with hiking trails. It is one of the most-photographed and most popular visitor destinations in Monroe County. Bring a camera & picnic basket.
Kindleberger Stone House & Barn: This National Register Property is located at 50037 German Ridge Rd., (off SR 556) Beallsville, Ohio. It is a privately owned working farm dating back to 1846 and has remained in the same family for the past 170 years (as of 2016). This is a unique destination because the house and barns were constructed in1883 from hand-cut sandstone quarried off that property. The owners ask that you please call ahead to schedule a tour: 740-458-4507
Knowlton Covered Bridge is located just off SR 26 north of Rinard Mills. This bridge is 195' in length and is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio. It was constructed in 1887 and is notable because of the multiple king-post truss & arch engineering, which supports its extensive length and weight load. Hiking, fishing, camping and picnicking are permitted; however, this bridge is closed to all kinds of traffic until major restoration can be done.
Lamping Homestead Park is off State Route 537, between Graysville and Marr. The Lamping family had to build their own house, clear land for farming, and grow their own food. New beginnings were a lot of hard work and not always successful, and it must have been especially difficult for the Lamping family. The small cemetery located nearby is a testimony to the hardships of trying to raise a family on an early homestead. Today, Lamping is a beautiful, secluded park area that offers hunting, fishing, primitive camping, hiking trails, picnic tables, and restrooms beside a small, serene lake. It is also one of the "darkest sites" in the state, which makes it an ideal location for night sky observation.
Monroe Arts & Visitors Center, located at 118 S. Paul St, in Woodsfield, Ohio, exhibits and sells the artwork of local Monroe County artists. It is a non-profit organization established in 1995 by concerned residents in an effort to supplement the loss of art programs being cut in schools. it continues to promote heritage and artistic talents of local residents by offering a variety of classes, performances and other activities that celebrate the arts and "cultivate unity through creative expression." The Center has limited hours from 10-4 on Tuesdays-Fridays and 10-2 on Saturdays. 740-472-4848
Monroe County Courthouse: 101 N. Main Street, Woodsfield
This courthouse was constructed in 1906. It is a three-floor structure in Greek style architecture featuring a stained-glass dome, clock and bell tower, and a two-story stained-glass window on the northside dedicated to Monroe County.
Monroe County Fairgrounds, located on SR 26 north of Woodsfield, hosts the Monroe County Fair in late August each year. 4-H Clubs have livestock shows, exhibits and sales. Distinguished for its longevity, this county fair recognized its 150th year in 2000. In addition to this annual event, the Fair Board welcomes the opportunities to host other county events, such as the annual Fall Festival in October, truck and tractor pulls, and the Monroe County Pow Wow in July of 2017.
Monroe County Historical Society contains tax and census records, historical obituaries, bible records, church records and over 200 Monroe Genealogical compilations. Historical maps, books, postcards and photos are available for purchase. The office is located in the Senior Citizens Center at 118 Home Ave. in Woodsfield.
Monroe Lake and Wildlife Area is located 6 miles north of Woodsfield, Ohio, on State Route 800. The Wildlife Area has 1,293 wooded acres of public land that are perfect for a day of fishing, camping, hiking and picnicking; however, there are no restroom facilities, and the park closes at dusk. The 38-acre Monroe Lake is stocked annually with trout.
Monroe County's Ohio Bicentennial Barn: On June 8, 2001, Monroe County became the 59th of 88 counties in Ohio to inaugurate a barn with the Ohio Bicentennial logo. Located 3.5 miles south of Woodsfield on SR 800, the barn is owned by the Mike and Beth Roberts family. They welcome travelers who want to stop and take a picture of their barn, but remember that it is private property. Monroe County's Bicentennial Barn is unique because the state of Ohio is painted in black. The goal of the Ohio
Bicentennial Commission was to have a barn painted in each of the 88 counties by the commencement of the statewide festivities in March 2003. Mission accomplished.
Monroe Park & Marina is located on State Route 7 near Sardis at the site of old "Locks and Dam #15.” (In fact, although the dam is no longer there, you can still see the homes built for the dam keeper’s families.) Recreation includes two lane boat launch for easy river access, fishing, picnic shelter and rest rooms.
Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington, Ohio, houses an unexpected variety and number of local artifacts related to early riverfront life. Clarington has long played a part in the river's history. In 1912, a river boat named the "Liberty" was built in the village by skilled craftsman. Later on, another steamboat named the "City of Wheeling"
was built and launched into service. Both boats traveled the river, moving supplies and passengers for many years. Pictures of the boats are on display at the museum. The community may not have been large in size, but it played a large part in commercial development of the river, just as the river played a significant part in the development of Monroe County.
Patchwork Quilt Barns: (a Driving Tour CD is available from Monroe Arts & Visitors Center) This is a self-guided driving tour to see a variety of painted barns that feature several traditional pieced quilt patterns common to our region. Originally, there were 21 Quilt Barns, but one was destroyed in high winds and another was eventually sided over, leaving 19 barns that were painted by Scott Hagan, “The Barn Artist.”
Piatt Park is located four miles east of Woodsfield off State Route 78. Turn left onto CR 30 then left onto TR 2308. Enjoy 119 acres of hiking trails through a fantastic cave/gorge area, camping, picnic shelter/house, playground and a handicapped shower house/restroom. Restrooms include flush toilets & showers. Contact Monroe County Park District concerning extended-use fees: Camping fees: $12 per night or $75 per week; Shelter house reservation fee: $25, includes electric & water.
For generations, Raven Rocks has been a favorite place for hikes and outings. “The Raven Rocks,” as old-timers called the largest and most accessible of its dramatic ravines and rock formations, have been the chief attraction. That seems to have been true at least as far back as the year 760 A.D., when, according to Kent State University archaeologists, Native Americans began a 200-year period of regular use of the Raven Rocks for what appears to have been ceremonial purposes. Today, there are over 45,000 Christmas trees in production at Raven Rocks through a cooperative land use project with the sales of the Christmas trees contributing money to maintain the park and expand the project.
Ring Mill: On CR68 off SR 26 (Camping, picnic shelter, canoe access point; restrooms). A miller by trade, Walter Ring and his wife, Margaret, purchased this land in 1840, when they started working on the stone house. In 1848, they replaced an old grist mill on this site with a new one, added a sawmill in 1850, and operated it until the 1920’s when the mills were both damaged by floods. Picnic shelter, tables, primitive restrooms, camping areas and mapped hiking trails are available for visitors to enjoy. The Ring Mill is also a canoe access point on the Little Muskingum River.
Russell Family Bowling Center: SR 78-E, Woodsfield, Ohio
This new bowling center is under new ownership and has been completely renovated and hosts league bowling and several office & company events throughout the year. If you haven't gone bowling in a while, or ever, don't miss this team or family sport. "It will bowl you over." Call for hours or to reserve a lane. 740-472-9004
Sistersville-Fly Ferry: SR 7 - Fly, Ohio
This once-vital and still used form of transportation continues to be a popular link between Ohio and West Virginia. Located in Fly, Ohio, at a point known locally as the Tuel Landing, where there has been continuous ferry service here since 1817. This ferry is one of only four operational ferries remaining on the Ohio River.
Stafford Park is located 1/4 mi. north of Stafford, Ohio, on State Route 145. The park is 2.66 acres with picnic tables, a picnic shelter house, and primitive restrooms. The shelter house has electric and water that’s accessible from a manual pump. Giant White Oak trees give this park a peaceful atmosphere that lets you relax with nature and slow down. Years ago, the park was used as a gathering place for musicians and storytellers and had a roll as part of the Underground Railroad. **This location is one of the few restroom stops between Lewisville and Marietta.
This is a beautiful and challenging 9-hole golf course. Snack bar and club house. Golf cart rentals available.
Veterans Memorial Community Park, on State Route 145 near Beallsville, Ohio, provides 66 acres of recreation space that includes two athletic fields (baseball & football), a playground, a fishing pond, walking trails, and the Veterans Memorial site.
Wayne National Forest is public property located in southeastern Ohio in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. 25,000 acres of WNF are in the southern portion of Monroe County. Visitors can enjoy beautiful streams and small lakes and opportunities everywhere for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, bird watching, and horseback riding.
*Information taken from Monroe County Parks District's brochure: "Fun in the Sun"