Backroads Of Wayne County

wayne-cvb-fallExcerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, invites you to grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather on a Backroads of Wayne County, Fill Your Picnic Hamper Tour.

Your first stop should be at their office at 428 W. Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster. They will be happy to furnish you with maps and information on the area. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. If you’d rather, visit them online

While in Downtown Wooster, stop by Local Roots Market and Café, a year-round indoor local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, arts and crafts and seasonal ready-to-go salads and soups.

New to Downtown Wooster is the JAFB Brewery, featuring freshly made hand-crafted beer.  JABF invites you to enjoy your picnic lunch in their tap room as they make just one thing…beer, and they do it right.

Another great place to enjoy the outdoors is the beautiful Secrest Arboretum & Gardens on The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College campus in Wooster. Open daily from dusk to dawn offering scenic walking and biking paths and the oppurtunity to explore the diverse landscape theme gardens.

Wayne County boasts two award-winning wineries, Troutman Vineyards and Winery in Wooster and Silver Run Vineyard and Winery in Doylestown.  Both establishments offer tasting rooms with scenic views of the rural countryside.

Take a short drive north on scenic route 94 to the village of Marshallville and the Marshallville Packing Company.  This is where you’ll be glad you packed the cooler…as they offer a complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats and cheeses.

The self driving tour, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, highlights some of the less traveled backroads of Wayne county.  Enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries.

Bring your picnic hamper to the following locations and pack it with delicious, fresh from the farm, homemade and homegrown treats…the very best of backroads county cusine!

Local Roots Market and Café
140 S. Walnut St.
Wooster, OH 44691


A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, arts and crafts.  All from Ohio producers. Fresh seasonal dishes.

JAFB Wooster Brewery
120 Beall Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

Fresh American handcrafted beer made in historic Downtown Wooster. They invite you to bring your picnic to their tap room as they only do beer. Growlers available to go.

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens
2122 William Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691

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The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.

Troutman Vineyards and Winery
4243 Columbus Ave.
Wooster, OH 44691

Bring a picnic lunch and sample home-grown wine in the shade of their backyard.  Feed the goats and take a stroll through the vineyard.  Learn about the wine making process.

Silver Run Vineyard and Winery
376 Eastern Rd.
Doylestown, OH 44230

Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country setting.  Relax by the coxy fireplace or on the covered back porch.

Marshallville Packing Co.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645

A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses.