Mohican Ablaze in Color


From a past edition of OhioTraveler

Mohican in the fall is on fire, with color of course. The leaves are transforming the hills of Mohican into a brand new landscape full of reds, yellows and oranges. Local farmers markets have pumpkins, mums and more out and ready to sell. Visitors are amazed at the view of the Clearfork Gorge Overlook as it changes to sea of color each day. It truly is a sight to behold.

As the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohio, canoeing is not over. What a treat to float down the Mohican State Scenic River under an arbor of color. Some of the canoe liveries are open through October. It is a perfect time to grab a camera with family and friends and enjoy the serenity of the river.

Fall is full with activities that will keep everyone having fun while enjoying all there is to offer. Whether staying for a week or weekend, discover why Mohican rocks any time of year. Stay in a castle, resort, inn, historic bed and breakfast, or a choice of one of many private cabins. Several of the private cabins or cottages have hot tubs, spectacular views; all the amenities of home and some are even pet-friendly.

Sporting events are still going strong with mountain biking and a 5k. Whether a first timer or a more experienced rider, the Ohio Mountain Bike Championship Race will start at noon on October 3rd. This race is perfect and open to anyone, even if the participant has never raced on the circuit before. New this year is a Novice Loop. Cash prizes and more to those who qualify.

Fitness with a cause is a good excuse to get into shape for October, to run or walk in the Mohican 5k. The Annual Mohican 5K Run & Walk benefits the Loudonville-Mohican bike path with proceeds helping to complete and maintain the area’s bike path. The race will begin on Wally Road, just south of its intersection with West Main Street in Loudonville and adjacent to the bike path. Racers will head south on Wally Road to Route 3 where they will then run on the bike path south to the halfway point, and then return, heading north but staying on the bike path to the finish point near the Wally Road ball fields along the river.

There are plenty of events happening this fall. October features the  Loudonville Street Fair. Family fun and affordable, with free admission and free entertainment will have everyone feeling like a kid again. This year’s theme is “Make It, Grow It, Show It.” Loudonville hosts a big fair that is truly an old-fashioned, family-oriented event. The fair offers five days of free admission, free entertainment, free exhibits, free livestock shows and auctions, free power pulls, rides, food and more.

Mohican also has its Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour. Take a leisurely drive through the Mohican State Park and the Mohican-Memorial State Forest during the peak of the season. Hike or bike the trails and enjoy nature as the trees and wildlife get ready for winter. Then enjoy time at the restaurants and independent stores. Special offers are available for a limited time. Visit for a map and more information.

Join in on the Lyons Falls Geology Hike. Spanning more than 5,000 acres, Mohican State Park and Forest is known for its fascinating geologic history. Geologists will be on hand to discuss how Ice Age glacial activity helped shape the gorge, where huge sandstone rock features stand among mature trees that tower above the beautiful Clearfork River. Saturday’s hike will focus on the geology of Lyons Falls, Clearfork Gorge and the greater Mohican area, fall tree color analysis, and a glimpse into the history of the park and forest.  Dress for the weather.

October also brings in ghost enthusiasts at Landoll’s Mohican Castle. Throughout the year, they offer public Ghost Walks. These walks will take one through the history of the property and also allow the opportunity to communicate with the “other side” by using ‘tools of the trade.’ If wanting to go more in-depth ask about the possibility of a Ghost Hunt. This will take several hours and permits the visitor to conduct a paranormal investigation.  Landoll’s Mohican Castle will host its popular murder mystery dinner. “The Monster Mash Costume Ball” will include a four course buffet meal. Come in costume and solve a murder for Halloween.

During November and December, make sure to plan an individualized adventure in Mohican. Fishing, outdoor sports and more occur all year long. This is also a perfect time to visit the Mohican State Park Lodge & Conference Center. Throughout the week, every week, enjoy free programs hosted by the Mohican State Park Naturalist. Learn about the nature and wildlife specific to the Mohican area. Live demonstrations and more will keep everyone entertained. Then warm up in the lobby by the open fireplace. Take a tour through the local museum. One might be amazed at the wealth of history that changed the world.

All of this and more await – Discover Why Mohican Rocks!