Coshocton in the Spring
A Place to Relax
By Mindy Brems
Coshocton County is filled with outdoor adventures for all. Scenic water trails, historic sites, historic neighborhoods, public gardens, and trails offer options for adventure seekers and those searching for a place to relax, no matter the season. It’s the perfect place to plan your next outdoor experience.
Families love coming to Coshocton for fun. Lake Park Recreational Complex is the perfect place to spend the day. It features the Lake Park Aquatic Center, a riverside campground, walking, hiking and bike trails, playgrounds and picnic shelters. The Basin, a remnant of the Ohio and Erie Canal, is stocked with fish each spring. Visitors also enjoy seeing the Lake Park Pavilion, which was built in 1923 and is one of a few remaining dance pavilions in the state, now a popular site for parties and weddings.
Visitors of all ages love Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1830’s Ohio and Erie Canal Town. This charming neighborhood is filled with shops and restaurants housed in historic buildings. The Roscoe Village Foundation offers self-guided tours and canal-era crafts year-round. On summer weekends, a float back in time on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride is a must. Annual events include Spring & Fall Homeschool Days, Corvette Cruise-In, Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival and Christmas Candlelighting Ceremonies.
Clary Gardens, an emerging botanical garden, is free and open to the public year-round. Its 20 acres of hillside gardens, ponds, rose garden, outdoor amphitheater and children’s garden create the perfect place for a day of family fun, romantic stroll or picnic. The new open-air pavilion is available for private functions. Clary Gardens hosts annual events which include a Butterfly House and Family Fall Festival, and is also Ohio’s top outdoor wedding destination.
Geocachers can enjoy a variety of “hides” in Coshocton County. The Coshocton Visitors Bureau launched its first trail, the Coshocton Crow Geotrail, in 2014. The response has been overwhelming. We are thrilled to be launching an all-new trail this May. Geocaching is a great way to introduce navigational tools and wayfinding to kids of all ages. Using the technology within a smartphone, cachers use satellite technology to find hidden clue boxes throughout the county. Once the passport sheet is completed, it can be redeemed for an exclusive coin, available only at the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.
Guests are sure to find an adventure on one of the county’s many trails. In addition to Geocaching, wine lovers and road warriors will find their place. The Three Rivers Wine Trail features eight unique wineries and a brewery all within a scenic drive of one another. Earn your free Three Rivers Wine Trail T-shirt by having your passport signed at each stop.
On the Three Rivers Ride, motorcyclists and motorists can travel on 105 miles of gravel-free scenic roadways, enjoying the best of Coshocton’s rolling Appalachian foothills. Stops along the way include many of the attractions mentioned here, along with World Champion Pearl Valley Cheese and a selection of locally loved restaurants.
Race season is quickly approaching and athletes won’t want to miss the opportunity to run in the first-ever Friends of the Parks Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Races on April 16. Benefitting the local park district, the course winds through Lake Park’s many paved paths and through Coshocton’s Historic Downtown District.
June 25 brings the 10th Annual Indian Mud Run, a nationally recognized extreme obstacle course race (OCR.) Racers from across the country come to participate and earn their spot to compete at nationals. A 5K, “easier” course and Kids Course are available for weekend warriors, too.
Love adventures on the water? Coshocton’s five scenic waterways are perfect for paddling, fishing and birding. Public access points are easy to find and offer ample parking. At last count, there were 14 nesting pairs of Bald Eagle and several pairs of Osprey along the waterways. They are commonly seen flying along the slow-moving water of both the Walhonding and Tuscarawas Rivers.
Hunters from around the state and country travel to the area each year to hunt. Coshocton has been the top Ohio county for white-tailed deer harvest for more than a decade and is consistently in the top three for wild turkey. Ohio’s largest public land, The Woodbury Wildlife area, sits just west of the city of Coshocton and features more than 19,000 acres. Nearly 10,000 more acres are found within the Muskingum Valley Watershed Conservancy District and on the AEP Conesville Coal Lands. Shooters can practice their skills at Woodbury Shooting Range and Thunder Valley Precision ranges.
Outdoor opportunities are abundant in Ohio and Coshocton is fortunate to have so many excellent attractions. It’s easy to spend several days here.
The Coshocton Visitors Bureau staff is happy to assist guests with their travel plans and itineraries. Request a free visitor packet today at VisitCoshocton.com or call (800) 338-4724.
Coshocton in the Spring