See Ohio’s First World Heritage Site

Discover the wonders of Cambridge, Ohio, located just under an hour away from one of the newly designated World Heritage Site, Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Newark, Ohio.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience such a remarkable piece of history! Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks is the only World Heritage Site in Ohio and just the 25th World Heritage Site in the United States. There are only about 1,000 sites worldwide.

The National Park Service and Ohio History Connection manage eight sites within the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, including Mound City Group, Hopewell Mound Group, Seip Earthworks, High Bank Works and Hopeton Earthworks at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe. Additionally, you can explore the Great Circle Earthworks and Octagon Earthworks in Newark and Fort Ancient Earthworks in Oregonia.

These earthworks were built by Native Americans over 1,600 to 2,000 years ago and are exceptional among ancient monuments worldwide for their enormous scale, geometric precision and astronomical alignments.

On your way to or from the sites, be sure to stop in Cambridge and enjoy a relaxing overnight stay in one of our cozy cabins or delightful hotels. Conveniently located off of I-77, Cambridge offers a variety of local restaurants for your dining pleasure. Take some time to explore our historic downtown district, where you can shop for unique treasures to keep or give away. And for those who love the great outdoors, Guernsey County is the perfect destination to stretch your legs. With Ohio’s largest state park, Salt Fork, and the scenic beauty of Seneca Lake, there’s plenty to explore and enjoy in Cambridge.

For a travel guide to Cambridge/Guernsey County and more, visit the Cambridge/Guernsey County VCB office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email, or log onto