Nature Lovers Enjoy Outdoor Escapes in the Oh-Penn Region

Parks, hiking trails, golf courses and fish-filled lakes make the Oh-Penn Region the perfect place for outdoor junkies.

By
Robert Springer
On Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 05:00

Parks, hiking trails, golf courses and fish-filled lakes make the Oh-Penn Region the perfect place for outdoor junkies.

Pennsylvania Parks

McConnell's Mill State Park in Lawrence County comprises more than 2,500 acres of the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge, which offers rugged hiking trails, while the Slippery Rock Creek is ideal for whitewater boating. Additionally, the park has climbing and rappelling spots, including in the Rim Road and Breakneck Bridge areas.

Also in Lawrence County, West Park Nature Center has walking trails, a wildlife sanctuary and wetlands, and includes the two-mile Park Harbor Bike Trail.

In Mercer County, the 2,856-acre Maurice K. Goddard State Park has 14 miles of hiking trails, as well as a 12-mile bicycle trail that also accommodates snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other activities. The park encompasses more than 1,150 acres of hunting and trapping areas and is home to the 1,860-acre Lake Wilhelm, which has largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, Northern pike, muskellunge, bluegill, crappie, catfish, perch and sunfish.

Ohio Parks

Eastern Ohio also has plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors, including Mill Creek MetroParks, a park district that spans more than 4,400 acres in the Mahoning Valley area. The district includes Mill Creek Golf Course, which has two 18-hole courses, as well as Fellows Riverside Gardens, where more than 400,000 visitors travel annually to see 12 acres of plants and flowers. The district also has an 11-mile bikeway, hiking trails and paths, and several lakes.

Ohio is also home to the 43-mile Western Reserve Greenway, which stretches from Ashtabula to Warren, as well as various state parks, including Guilford Lake State Park, Beaver Creek State Park and Mosquito Lake State Park.