Summer Camping and Canoeing

Mohican has long been considered the Camping & Canoeing Capital of Ohio.

This hot spot for Ohio travel and tourism is casual. Wearing shorts, tennis shoes, hiking boots, jeans and a tee shirt are pretty much all you need to wear even at area restaurants. Mohican has plenty of casual eateries that offer dining inside or out. The Mohican State Park Lodge’s, Bromfield’s Restaurant; Malabar Farm Restaurant; and the Copper Mug Bar & Grille at Landoll’s Mohican Castle all offer deck or patio options.

If you are looking for some great hiking options, many places on the bike trail are good. The stretch from the Discovery Forest to the covered bridge is probably the best part of that trail. Some places off of the horse trails lead to abandoned homesteads. If a horse or mountain biker is on the trail, please safely step off to the side and allow them to pass. For more information about hiking in Mohican, call the Mohican Visitors Bureau at 419-994-2519.

Most visitors make a weekend or week of their Mohican adventure. has a lot of options to consider. Some overnights offer year-round discounts. A number of the vacation rentals use or If the owner’s number is available, don’t hesitate to call with any questions about packages, etc. Some lodging facilities even offer movie discounts for shows playing locally at The Ohio Theatre.

Mohican isn’t just about the outdoors. Downtown Loudonville is small town America at its finest offering a variety of little shops as well as the Loudonville Public Library. It may be a small town, but the library has a lot of activities that are free and open to the public.

Some other sites to trek are The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum and Wolf Creek Grist Mill, which is one of the oldest working mills in Ohio. Memorial Shrine features the names of Ohio Veterans, who made the ultimate sacrifice, handwritten in the books on display. Another interesting stop is the Discovery Forest Exhibit in the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. On a hot summer day you may want to take a swim at the Mohican State Park Lodge. Programs offered by the naturalist and the Live Birds of Prey programs are free and open to the public.

Here is a list of the top-5, free activities for the whole family to enjoy while staying in Mohican Country:

  1. Parks and trails:  Mohican State Park and Mohican-Memorial State Forest have free entry. This enables the family to enjoy the hiking trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails. There are over 100 miles of trails available to everyone in Mohican.
  2. Nature programs: The Mohican State Park naturalist provides weekly programs and hikes. They are free and open to the public. Learn about the diversity of life that is native to Mohican, while having fun at the same time.
  3. Take a trip down memory lane at the The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. It offers free admission to explore Mohican area’s unique history and individuals who helped put Mohican on the map.
  4. Year-round events & festivals: Yes, the majority of the Mohican events are free. This includes the award winning Loudonville Car Show and fireworks for the 4th of July weekend.  Pleasant Hill Lake Park throughout the summer will offer free canoe and kayaking on Pleasant Hill Lake. In fall, return for the Free Loudonville Street Fair, Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour and more. Visit for a full calendar of events.
  5. Mohican State Park Lodge:  It doesn’t matter if you are paying to stay the night or not, the Mohican State Park Lodge is open to the public all year. Several programs are offered at the Mohican Lodge that are free and open to everyone. See the Live Birds of Prey program every Saturday, now through October. See the birds up close and personal while learning about their diets and more.

All of those free activities allows room to choose that perfect place to stay, eat and of course, spend a day floating down the ultimate lazy river. Whether at a castle, lodge, campground, inn, or private rental there is something for everyone.

Find your summer adventure in Mohican and Discover Why Mohican Rocks!