Ohio's more than having 2 great amusement parks, or world class zoos. Ohio's more than having an abundance of urban attractions, it is more than some of the best agricultural production in the world. Ohio is really the "Heart of America" in more ways than one.
Ohio has an abundance of things to see and do, especially when comparing actual size of states. Thirty-three states are large than Ohio, but only 12 with more square miles of water. Ohio has always been blessed with abundant natural resources: navigable waterways, rich soils, abundant wildlife, wood, a climate with 4 seasons, salt, flint, coal, iron, oil and gas.
These natural resources attracted people from the beginning. The early cultures, the later Native Americans, and of course the pioneers were attracted to the land not only for their survival, but that their families would have a better life someday, but it was never easy. Those that survived the environment, were a hardy lot. Those that survived the Indian wars were more often than not, lucky.
Ohio is great because of its people, both yesterday and today!
What would one day become a state was a battleground that lasted more than 50 years before the final outcome was realized. Great Britain left Ohio for good. Native Americans that supported the British were temporarily confined and eventually moved west of the Mississippi. Eventually, even those Native Americans that had become friendly with the Americans, were also moved. The threat of Native American conflicts was over.
Historically, Ohio was 4th state admitted to the Union in 1803, just 20 years after the Revolutionary War. It was the first state to be formed from lands that had been originally assigned by treaty to Native Americans. This fact meant Ohio had to be forged out of conflict. While treaties may have eventually led to Native American removal, those treaties were the result of years of fighting, almost unspeakable brutality on both sides, with the treaties resulting almost solely because of overwhelming numbers. This was not the first time the land south of Lake Erie had been conquered.
Long before Native Americans visited their seasonal hunting grounds here in Ohio, long before European explorers canoed Ohio's boundary waters, there were cultural centers across what would one day become Ohio. These civilizations understood complex mathematics, the sciences, and had a strong historic connection with their ancestors and all those that came before them and respect for those that would come after them. How wonderful it would be if we could visit these cultures and see them functioning instead of just seeing the earthen constructions they built with great care and engineering.
Today we have a bunch of fun things to do when we're not working. Ohio's North Coast is a bonanza of fun not only for the shear beauty of the lake, but the natural habitats that have been preserved, the amusement parks, the great urban centers.
There's also a number of wineries along the north coast, but then, most of Ohio has been blessed with great wineries. In the southern half of the state we have the Wayne National Forest and the Shawnee State Forest, two areas that have been protected and preserved and offer visitors a real sense of what all of Ohio was like at one time. A little less rugged, but just as beautiful are the Hocking Hills. Here state parks have been created around a number of spectacular geologic features that date back to the melting ice ages.
Looking for a little more wild life? Ohio has a number of zoological gardens and of course The Wilds in southeast Ohio gives visitors a real safari-like experience that will be talked about for years to come.
The hollows and caves of the park complex have long attracted Ohio's residents. Evidence of the ancient Adena Culture illustrates man first inhabited the Hocking Hills recesses more than 5,000 years ago.
The scenic features of the 6 areas of the Hocking Hills State Park complex are carved formations in the Blackhand sandstone. This bedrock was deposited more than 350 million years ago as a delta in the warm shallow sea which covered Ohio at that time. Subsequent millions of years of uplift and stream erosion created the awesome beauty seen today.
Amish Country in Ohio is composed of Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Knox, Ashland, Richland and Stark Counties. All combined, these areas offer a variety of good food, attractions and some of the most beautiful country in the state.
The Amish found a way to not only survive but to thrive in our technology filled world, without compromising their beliefs in their total obedience to their church and their separation from the rest of the world.
Ohio is the only state without a state flag? What we call our state flag is not really a flag, it's a burgee! Ohio has plenty of other symbols. Did you know Ohio has a state fossil? A state bug? A state rock song? Yep, and these are just a few of Ohio's official symbols.
We've divided the state into 5 regions, each providing visitors a unique experience. Those same regions attracted early settlers for specific reasons and those reasons can still be seen in the people living there today.
Northwest | Northeast | Central | Southwest | Southeast