3 FREE places to take your family within one hour of Amish Country, Ohio

i.e. What to do when the kids have had enough of crafts, quilts, and Amish

Mohican State Forest with just the beginning of fall color.

Once you’ve petted the farm animals, ridden a wagon past the exotic animals, and tasted enough cheese to to make the French jealous, your kids may be sick of Holmes County.  While Amish Country has gotten more family-friendly in the past 10+ years,  the kids may get anxious for more than primitive decor and baked goods.

Never fear!  I’ve made a list of 3 places to engage your kids again.  A picnic (with the perfect Swiss cheese, of course!) to any of these spots will get them out of their slump:

1.  Secrest Aboretum, Wooster, OH

Walk among the blooming flowers or falling leaves, eat your lunch in the shade, then conquer the giant slide.  If you have little ones, the paths are perfect for bringing the stroller to burn off some of those family-style meals you have enjoyed. 🙂

Teenagers or toddlers- everyone will enjoy this slide!

2. Mohican State Park and Forest, near Loudonville, OH

Just to the west of Holmes County is a state forest with cascading waterfalls, ancient rock formations, and a fire tower climb that is NOT for the faint of heart.  We like to park near the  covered bridge and hike the Big Lyons trail.  When you come through Holmes County on SR 39 west, be sure to stop at Harvey’s farm market near Nashville and pick up some fresh produce for your picnic.

Knox Co 4Honey Run waterfall near Howard, OH

Recently acquired by the local park district, this 25-foot waterfall and adjacent hiking trail are popular among locals.  The creek bed is a nice place to cool off on a hot day, but the surrounding colorful foliage makes for a fun daytrip in the fall.  If you’re coming to Holmes County from Columbus, this is the perfect place to stretch that isn’t too far off of SR 62.  (More to do in Knox County HERE)


Have you been to Amish Country before?  Did your kids enjoy it?  Have you been to any of these places?  

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