Unity Woods in West Union, Ohio

Welcome to Unity Woods in West Union, Ohio.

Unity Woods in West Union, Ohio:  Network television has recently discovered what Cindy and Jeff Cates have known for years – Americans want to stop the world and get off, if just for a day or two. Much as large audiences are drawn to Colonial Days, The Simple Life or Amish in the City, Unity Woods draws Southwest Ohio’s city-dwellers to a place in nature,especially during September through Novembers’ Autumn splendor.

The Cates, owners of Unity Woods, set three goals as they sought to exchange Cincinnati’s skyscrapers for peace, quiet and the beauty of nature: Save land from a developer, build a woodland paradise and share it with the world. Succeeding on all accounts (plus saving their own dwelling from its previous inhabitants – chickens), the Cates purchased 175 acres of unspoiled, secluded woodland complete with pond, creek, wildlife and scenic hiking trails adjacent to a 196 acres State Nature Preserve located in the heart of rural Adams County Amish community and outdoor activities haven.

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Guests can choose from three Amish style cottages, pet-friendly on weekdays, reflecting life of Ohio’s frontier more than a century ago. Visitors often discover they are not alone in the sense that woodland visitors often stop by. These include wild turkeys, grouse, indigo buntings, owls, fox, raccoons, hawks and prancing deer. Evenings are often spent lounging in the cool breeze rolling through a screened-in cottage porch or listening to the crackle of the Unity bon fire while gazing at nature’s starlit ceiling. By day, guests explore the miles of scenic trails, fossil-laden creek beds, hunting for Morel mushrooms and fishing in a spring fed pond stocked with bass and other fish. The surrounding area provides shopping at a large Amish community, bird watching along the Appalachian Discovery Birding & Heritage Trail, and driving the rural countryside in search
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The cottages provide the ultimate privacy as they are nestled in the au naturel serenity of Unity Woods. Equipped with complete bath, plenty of hot water and full kitchen, these cozy cottages are a throwback from modern living and conveniences such as electricity, which enhance the unfettered quiet – except for that of nighttime creatures. And it brings people together like few getaways can, thus…Unity Woods.

Unity Woods isn’t for everybody. It caters mainly to outdoor enthusiasts such as bird watchers, campers, hikers, and hunters (although hunting is prohibited on the property). It also attracts many seniors and couples looking for a romantic retreat without the kids. For more information about Unity Woods, call 937-544-6908 or log onto www.unitywoods.org.