Enjoy local parks

We often hear local residents complaining that there is nothing to do around here.

That is simply not the case. So, perhaps with spring on the way, it is time to take a look around our region to gain a fresh perspective on all it has to offer.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it is easy to follow the same route to and from work or school without really seeing the interesting sites that we pass. When it comes to some of our local parks and recreational areas that lie somewhat off the beaten path, local residents may associate them with nothing more than a directional sign and an entry road.

But those who have become bored with the same old routine should take a little time to explore these facilities and the wide variety of options they provide for outdoor activities.

Nearly everyone who lives in the western part of Belmont County knows where Barkcamp State Park is, but they may not realize all the fun that can be had there. People can visit the park to walk or run for fitness; they can camp in RVs, tents or cabins; they can take to the lake for boating, fishing or swimming in the summer months; and they can find playgrounds, an archery range, snowmobile trails, equestrian trails and much more throughout the park.

In nearby Harrison County, Sally Buffalo Park is located right off Ohio 9 just outside of Cadiz. It offers a wide open area with several trails, fields and lakes for public recreation. It features full-service hookup areas for RVs, as well as areas for tent camping.

The park has several shelters for picnics and other events, and there are numerous areas where people can fish and swim in the warmer months. In September, the park hosts Sally Buffalo Days, a two-day celebration with food, games and activities.

Wayne National Forest reaches into the southern portion of Monroe County, where 25,000 acres of streams, lakes and woodlands provide a beautiful setting for hiking, fishing, camping and more. Similar activities and many more are available at Tappan Lake, Piedmont Lake, Seneca Lake and Salt Fork Lake in eastern Ohio.

If you haven’t visited these facilities lately, get out this spring and explore them.


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