We loved our recent visit to Ohio's Mohican State Park and stay at the lodge there, but it's also worth visiting the Mohican Adventures complex nearby, a place where you'll find plenty in the way of outdoor sports and adventure for the entire family.
Dick Frye loved canoeing, skiing and other outdoor sports. His enthusiasm for river canoeing, in particular, led him to establish the Mohican Canoe Livery in Loudonville in 1961, which became a catalyst for popularizing the sport on the Mohican River as well as other rivers in Ohio.
Frye's work in promoting the Mohican area and co-founding the area's Camp and Canoe Association eventually led to the area's fame as the "Camp and Canoe Capital of Ohio".
His original canoe livery eventually became Mohican Adventures, which today offers canoeing, camping and more.
We recently visited Mohican Adventures to see some of the different activities available to visitors.
There is, of course, canoeing in addition to kayaking, rafting or tubing. You can choose among several different trips along the Blackfork and Mohican Rivers from April through October.
Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks or rafts for 7-mile or 15-mile trips, depending on whether you want to go out on the river for a couple of hours, or make a 4-5 hour trip of it. You can also rent a tube for a nice, lazy float down the river on a hot summer day.
If the water conditions aren't quite right for a river trip, you have other options like miniature golf with three lighted courses of varying levels of difficulty, riding go-karts or tackling Mohican Adventures' Aerial Park, which has five different courses ranging from a comfortably low-level course for beginners and the youngest climbers to a challenging course which finds more experienced climbers taking on more high-level feats of balance and skill.
The advanced Aerial Park climbers were fun to watch, although I don't think you'll see me up there any time soon!
Be sure to also check out my story about our stay at the Mohican State Park Lodge.
Looking for outdoor adventure? I always suggest taking along the Ohio Atlas and Gazetteer, one of Delorme's great map guides to roads, rivers, campgrounds and more!
Thanks to Xanterra Parks and Resorts and Mohican State Park Lodge, which provided lodging, meals and on-site activities for my review, with no further compensation. I was free to express my own opinion about my stay and experiences, and the opinions expressed here are mine.
© Text Dominique King 2015 All rights reserved
© Photos Dominique King and Tim Marks 2015 All rights reserved