1. Exploring Ohio’s largest state park
Salt Fork State Park offers boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, and a dog park, but the scenic golf course might be the most unique thing about it. The views and rugged terrain earned this course a four-star rating in Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”There’s plenty to do before and after tee time in the park’s 17,000+ acres. The terrain includes open meadows, forested hills, and streams that can lead to a number of inevitable adventures — some of the most popular are boating on Salt Fork Lake (nearly 3,000 acres of open water for fishing, jet skiing, and kayaking) and geocaching.
2. Getting away from it all (in the middle of town)
Cambridge City Park is Americana at its finest, back before Americana meant cubicles and fast-food Italian. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time spending a day here, fishing in the pond, grabbing some ice cream, and walking the trails through a covered bridge. The lazy vibe does wear off leading into the weekends; it’s common for there to be city band concerts (Thursday evenings May-Sept.) and festivals.
3. Honing your outdoor skills at Deerassic Park Education Center
Deerassic Park may not have a blockbuster movie to its name, but it’s a great place to work on your canoeing, hiking, archery, and a general outdoor adventure resume. In addition to the curriculum of classes, there are trails, a pond, and a herd of deer living at the 130-acre park. On display are replicas of ancient animals like the Megaloceros, an Irish Elk that was seven feet tall at the shoulder and went extinct over 10,000 years ago. If your idea of “outdoor adventure” is less hiking and more sitting in the grass, double fisting a hot dog and a beer, the Deerassic Classic Giveaway & Outdoor Expo is worth a visit. It’s a mix of trade show, charity raffle, and outdoor education events that takes place in August.
4. Checking out a free youth rodeo at the Rocky Fork Ranch Resort
Few things are as humbling as watching a 7-year-old ride a bull, except maybe you and your friends flailing around on the guided trail ride at Rocky Fork’s Horse Camp. The resort also runs barn tours and pony pulls for those of us who aren’t up for extreme sports. If you’re the living-vicariously-through-7-year-olds-braver-than-you type, the rodeos happen every other Saturday after Memorial Day, with the finals taking place in September.
5. Touring the local S bridges
These historic bridges were constructed when the National Road was built back in the 1820s (yep, highway planning goes back that far) to open the nation up to the west, becoming a corridor for the movement of goods and people. The “S” shape was chosen because, when a road crossed a river at an angle, the main span of the bridge was built perpendicular to the flow of water to cut construction costs. Only a handful remain in the US today; one stands along US-40 in Cambridge, and there are three others in Guernsey County.
6. Camping on Seneca Lake
Ohio’s third largest inland waterway offers tons of options for outdoor adventure. Campgrounds are open year round; you can rough it in a “primitive” site or rent a cabin if you want the outdoor experience without the whole sleeping-on the- ground thing. There’s more than just a campground, though — check out the large beach along the lakeshore with plenty of room for volleyball and other sand-centric activities, and boat rentals and a restaurant at the marina.
7. Browsing art at the Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival
Every year, Cambridge City Park fills with tents, juried artists, live music, and delicious Ohio-made food during the Salt Fork Arts & Crafts Festival. A hundred or so artists from around the country display their skills and wares at the lively three-day creative gathering. The main attraction may be the arts and crafts, but thousands of people turn out in mid-August every year for the cold drinks, good food, and to show their appreciation for Ohio’s student artists and performers.
8. Hunting for ghosts at the Colonel Taylor Inn
Many guests of this B&B have spotted Colonel Taylor and his wife or caught a whiff of his pipe wafting through the halls of the beautiful, rambling Victorian home. The many porches, winding staircases, and fireplaces are perfect places for ghosts to hide. Even if the spirits don’t show up, you’re still situated two blocks from the City Park, a fiveminute walk to downtown, and within striking distance of the Appalachian foothills.
Whether you are a glass collector, a history buff or are just looking for a unique road trip, then Guernsey County has just the ticket for you! Cambridge features a unique glass factory and a museum honoring our glass industry.
In the early 1900s, Guernsey County, and particularly Cambridge, became known worldwide for its production of quality glass, mainly from The Cambridge Glass Company. Today, Cambridge glass is a much sought-after collectible. The company produced thousands of designs and color combinations, considered one of the finest quality glassware lines in the world.
Visitors to the National Museum of Cambridge Glass may take a guided tour through two display rooms that are frequently rotated with historic and iconic glass pieces. The Sample Room features the original door and shelving from the factory and is decorated with Cambridge glassware as it may have appeared in the original Sample Room at the Cambridge Glass Company. The second room features glass from the period based on a theme from private collectors’ collections.
The History of Glassmaking is represented using mannequins in 1100 square feet of exhibits with a mock furnace, tools, molds, and other items involved in the manufacturing process of fine handmade glassware. Within this area, visitors can see an etching table, a decorating area, and an engraving/cutting area.
An original movie, made by The Cambridge Glass Company in the 1940s, is available for viewing during the tour. The museum offers a gift shop where visitors may purchase small glass items and select from a variety of library books for research. Open April through December: Wednesday - Saturday 9 a.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Since 1971, Mosser Glass has manufactured the highest quality glassware. A blend of beauty and fine craftsmanship, Mosser Glass is open for free guided tours Mon.-Fri. 8-10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The showroom and retail store features glassware and gift items offering a unique blend of traditional and modern designs. Hours for the showroom at Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
It's a primal call that harkens to a man's soul. It is the call of the untamed, adventurous, great outdoors. Guernsey County's plethora of woodlands, lakes, streams, and challenging golf courses make it the ideal spot for a manly man's getaway.
Any manly man's retreat demands great grub. Before checking in to a hotel or cabin, before unloading the truck or SUV, you have to get to the Downtown Arena, the premier sports bar in Cambridge. This local spot features flat screen TVs, great food and service, along with live music.
LODGE VS. CAMP FIRE
Eagle Rock Lodge is situated on 700 acres of private property known for its rolling hills and natural beauty. Expect to be in awe from the time you drive up the lane and amazed when you enter the lodge. With 25-ft. ceilings, this lodge is big, open and perfect for groups up to 12. You will find hiking trails and a floating dock anchored to the shoreline of a large pond, providing the perfect spot to fish in private. Oh, but for those that need to feel the dew on their brow or welcome the sunrise from their sleeping bag, then the Seneca Lake Campground will provide your clan the rustic setting you are seeking. If you go RVing, the Spring Valley Campground offers the creature comforts of a home-away-from-home.
WE'VE GOT GAME
Whether you're waiting for the fish to bite, or in hot pursuit of the perfect golf score...Guernsey County's got game. Cast your reel at Ohio's third largest lake, Seneca Lake, right here in our backyard. Consisting of 3,550 acres of water, Seneca Lake is best known for channel catfish, flathead catfish, bullheads, white bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, yellow perch and walleye. Fishing from shoreline or boat is permitted, though there is a 399-horsepower limit for boat motors on the lake. Boats are available for rental at Seneca Marina.
Another great fishing opportunity is through a membership at the Wilds, an innovative wildlife conservation center. In partnership with Mad River Outfitters, a fly-fishing shop and guide service, the Wilds offers an exclusive fly-fishing experience on some of the 150 lakes and ponds teeming with huge bass, bluegill and catfish. The Wilds sits on 14 square miles of reclaimed mine land that is now home to rare and endangered species from Asia, Africa, and North America. Visitors may also enjoy a Safari Transport tour through the open-range animal areas, horseback riding, and ziplining.
With names like Salt Fork State Park, Seneca Lake, and the Wilds...you'll have plenty of trophy stories to take home.