Just Down the Road

The scenic and historic villages sprinkled throughout beautiful Guernsey County are warm, welcoming slices of small town America. Whether following the National Road or enjoying some leaf peeping, let our leisurely back roads guide you to charming places and friendly faces.

In Byesville, browse a wide selection of antiques, vintage goods and crafts at DealBusters Marketplace. History buffs can take a trip back to the town’s early 19th century origins with a visit to the Byesville Historical Museum. And don’t miss the homemade treats and fresh donuts from Pure Love Bakery – they’re made fresh daily.

Don’t miss breakfast, lunch, or especially dessert at The Station on Twenty-Two near Antrim: a family-owned, hand-dipped ice cream shop inside a renovated service station.

In Lore City, visitors can traverse the Great Guernsey Trail by foot or by bike, or visit the annual Lore City Car Show.

The quaint Quaker City is home to the Ohio Hills Folk Festival, the state’s oldest. Sit down for a bite and enjoy the locally-sourced flavors, family atmosphere and homemade pies at The Home Towner Cafe or grab a whole pizza or a slice from Brown House Pizza – now offering live music.

Swing by for a fair or event at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds in Old Washington, or look for Ohio National Trail Markers on your joyride along a historic byway.

Just 3 miles east of Salt Fork State Park in Winterset, riders ages 7 and up can embark on guided horseback tours led by Salt Fork Stables. Afterward, stop by The Pot House Garden Center shaped like a giant upside down flower pot. Don’t be alarmed if you see a man perched atop it: a male mannequin with seasonal clothes and outfits can often be seen with his legs dangling over the edge.

In Kimbolton, make camp at Rocky Fork Ranch; they offer a blend of classic rustic camping and modern amenities and activities (from canoeing to paintball to horseback riding) perfect for your next country getaway.

Buffalo’s Valley View Complex Trade Days provide summer and fall bargain shoppers with the ultimate treasure hunt, with new and used antiques, toys, furniture, collectibles, a food fair and more.

When visiting Senecaville, there’s no better place to end the day than a sunset dinner overlooking the lake at The Dockside Restaurant at Seneca Marina. Groups can pre-arrange for a tour of the nearby Senecaville Fish Hatchery, open to visitors and the birthplace of up to 10-15 million fish per year.

In Fairview, the Pennyroyal Opera House hosts national champions, Grammy winners and more for family-friendly bluegrass performances.

To experience all there is to see and do in the Cambridge/Guernsey County, Ohio, check out visitguernseycounty.com.