Carrollton and Carroll County

atwood-lakeCarrollton and Carroll County Ohio Attractions

Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler

Are you looking for a relaxing, scenic get away that isn’t too far away from home? Then you will want to check out Carroll County, Ohio. The rolling hills in East Central Ohio are a beautiful backdrop for small towns and two lakes that make it easy to Retreat, Relax and Rejuvenate! The area is great for a day trip, weekend or the entire summer, however long you have to get away!

Carrollton, the county seat and the largest village in the county, has a New England style Public Square as its centerpiece of the historic downtown. The County Courthouse and the McCook House Civil War Museum are two of the buildings around the square that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area is also home to; Archer’s Restaurant, Ashton’s 5&10 Cent Store (general merchandise opened during the Great Depression), Betty Kaye Bakery (third generation of bakers), Bud’s Farm Toys, Carroll County Arts Center, Donna’s Deli, Trunks & Treasures Antiques, the Virginia Restaurant & Lounge, and more. The village of Carrollton is also home to the Ashton House Museum and Bluebird Farm Park and other dining and shopping options. Carroll Meadows Golf Course offers eighteen holes of challenging golf and finish the day with a nice dinner at Knickers Restaurant on site.

The county is home to two Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lakes that were built in the 1930’s for flood control for the Ohio River. Leesville and Atwood Lakes are still being used for their original purpose but also are now know for the recreation opportunities they provide both residents and visitors. Leesville Lake is home to seven youth camps, two marinas, a campground and numerous vacation homes. The 10 horsepower limit for boaters makes it a great place to catch all kinds of fish and is known for the record size “muskies”.

The better known Atwood Lake is home to; two marinas, public boat launch, Atwood Lake Resort (Atwood Lake Resort has re-closed as of April 2016) and Golf Club, several restaurants, a bed and breakfast, and a winery. The 103 guest room Atwood Lake Resort reopened in October of 2012. The “Vistas” full service restaurant showcases fabulous food prepared by Chef Matt Smith. “The View” offers a full lounge with various entertainment on the weekends. Both overlook the beautiful lake. The Chalet with a new patio offers a lighter fare for food and will be the place to start your golf adventure on the completely renovated, lighted nine-hole par 3 course or the new driving range. Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast, a Victorian Home with nine guest room is another choice for visitors when looking for an overnight stay. Atwood Lake Park located on the west end of the lake has a public swimming area and plenty of room for campers and tent camping. Atwood Lake Boats operates both of the marinas on the lake and they offer both boat rental and sales. There is also a restaurant at each location, both of which offer lake view dining. The village of Dellroy at the east end of the lake is home to the Dellroy Drive-In known for their fried fish and ice cream. ALBI Winery also is on the lake in Dellroy with a view of an Osprey nest.

Carroll County is less than a two hour drive from Cleveland, Akron, and the Pittsburgh areas making it a great getaway without a long drive to get there. It can be that great place to stay while you also visit Amish Country or the Canton and New Philadelphia areas which are both less than a half hour drive.

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