Local Attractions

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The 18,000 acres of Wayne National Forest provide excellent hunting, fishing and camping opportunities. Monroe Lake and the adjacent 1,300 acre Monroe Wildlife Area are just right for the outdoorsman. Boaters enjoy a 40 mile stretch of the Ohio River. The Little Muskingum River and Sunfish Creek are an anglers delight.
Beautiful parks and picnic areas dot the countryside. Public and private golf courses, tennis courts and swimming pools are available throughout the County.

Check out these other activities and places of interest throughout Monroe County.

Amish Community of Calais

County Road 2 and SR 379: Drive through this area to see the Amish residents who live in the area. View a packed buggy or children playing in the yard. Many saw mills also exist in this area.

Bethel Community Center’s Annual Harvest Fest

First full weekend in October. Located in Southwestern Monroe County at the junction of St. Rt. 260 and 537 in Marr, OH. Open daily 8 am – 5 pm with FREE admission. Homemade apple butter, beans over the open fire, sassafras tea, wool spinning, churning of butter the old fashion way and basket weaving. Contests include skillet throwing, log throwing, nail driving and apple bobbing and other games for the kids. Come enjoy this country setting and family atmosphere. 26 miles north of Marietta and 15 miles south of Woodsfield in the Hill Country.

Fly/Sisterville Ferry 

SR 7 - Fly, Ohio
This sternwheeler is a transportation link between Ohio and West Virginia located at Fly, Ohio.

Foraker Covered Bridge

County Road 40, four miles west of Antioch.
This covered bridge is one of two remaining in Monroe County. It is located four miles west of Antioch on CR 40. The Foraker Covered Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hannibal Locks and Dam 

State Route 7, Hannibal, Ohio
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed this modem navigational dam on the Ohio River. There are public restrooms and picnic shelters available here, as well as historical and informational displays.

Kindelberger Stone House and Barn

50037 German Ridge Road - Junction of CR 25 & 37 Beallsville, OH 43716 740-458-1507 -- This site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This unique house and barn constructed from hand cut and locally quarried sandstone is privately owned.

Knowlton Covered Bridge

Located just off State Route 26 north of Rinard Mills This bridge is 195 feet in length and is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio. It is located just off SR 26 north of Rinard Mills. There is hiking, fishing and a picnic area available.

Matchstick Jack Memorial Museum

State Route 800, Sardis. Over 100 items on display: Handcrafted from Matchsticks and Toothpicks. “Jack Dempsey Johnson: A Man with a Matchless Talent” Jack used nearly 100,000 matches each year to make his creations. Many items have movable parts. Music also played a large part in his projects, also, through the use of music boxes. Located 4 1/2 miles north on SR 800 from Fly, Ohio or 12 miles south on SR 800 from Woodsfield, Ohio. This is a beautiful scenic drive through part of the Switzerland of Ohio School District. Please call ahead for appointment: 740-865-3035

Monroe County Courthouse 

Main Street, Woodsfield
The courthouse was constructed in 1906. It is a three-floor structure in Greek style architecture with a stained glass dome, with clock and bell tower. This Courthouse is listed on the National register of Historic Places.

Monroe County Fair

SR 26, Woodsfield Held in late August each year. 4-H Clubs have livestock shows, exhibits and sales.

Monroe County Historical Society

Contains tax and census records, historical obituaries, bible records, church records and over 200 Monroe Genealogical complications. Historical maps, books, postcards and photos are available for purchase.

Monroe County, Ohio Bicentennial Barn

On June 8, 2001, Monroe County became the 59th county in Ohio to inaugurate a barn with the Ohio Bicentennial logo. Located 3.5 miles south of Woodsfield on SR 800, the barn is owned by the Mike and Beth Roberts family and welcomes travelers from the south on State Route 800. The goal of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission is to have a barn painted in each of the 88 counties by the commencement of the statewide festivities in March 2003.

Parry Museum, One Room Schoolhouse, Dairy Barn
217 Eastern Avenue, Woodsfield, OH Recreation includes museum, dairy museum and a reconstructed one-room stone schoolhouse. Electric, water and restrooms. The Monroe County Park District acquired the Parry house and 5-acres of land in 1974. The house was built in the 1800’s and furnished in turn of the century style. This property is leased to the Monroe County Historical Society. The Museum contains priceless heirlooms that portray life in Monroe County during the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Archives are also kept in the Museum for Genealogical references. During the summer months, a caretaker and tour guide is on duty to welcome visitors to explore Monroe County’s rich historic past.

Raven Rocks Beallsville
For generations, Raven Rocks has been a favorite place for hikes and outings. “The Raven Rocks,” as old-timers called the largest and most accessible of its dramatic ravines and rock formations, have been the chief attraction. That seems to have been true at least as far back as the year 760 A.D., when, according to Kent State University archaeologists, Indians began a 200-year period of regular use of the Raven Rocks for what appear to have been ceremonial purposes.
There are over 45,000 Christmas trees in production at Raven Rocks through a cooperative land use project with the sales of the Christmas trees contributing money to maintain and expand the project.

Ring Mill 

On CR68 off SR 26 (Camping, picnic shelter, canoe access point; Restrooms). A miller by trade, Walter Ring and his wife, Margaret, purchased this land in 1840, when they started working on the stone house. In 1848, they replaced an old grist mill on this site with a new one, added a sawmill in 1850, and operated until the 1920’s when the mills were both damaged by floods. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Picnic shelter, tables, restrooms and camping are available. Ring Mill is a canoe access point on the Little Muskingum River.

Riverside Golf Course

River’s Edge Activities Center

35104 State Route 7 Sardis, OH 43946 740-865-2288 River’s Edge, located 4 miles south of Sardis, Ohio on State Route 7 on the banks of our beautiful river, hosts a Bluegrass & Old Country jam the first Saturday of each month, except for August, when they do a three-day festival. Free camping available, with a minimal fee for electric. No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed in the building. No admission, but a free-will donation is appreciated. Also available for receptions, family reunions, etc.

Switzerland of Ohio Golf Course 

State Route 26 - Beallsville, Ohio This is a beautiful and challenging 9-hole golf course. Snack bar and club house. Golf cart rentals available.

Monroe County is often called the Switzerland of Ohio. It was settled around 1800 by a group of Swiss immigrants who were flat boating down the Ohio River to a new home further west. They made land in Monroe County one night and fell in love with an area that reminded them of Switzerland. People have been falling in love with Monroe County ever since.

Looking for some recreation?

Hannibal Pool & Tennis Complex 

River High Road in Hannibal, Ohio Recreation includes one large pool, one kiddy pool and two Tennis courts. Electric, water and restrooms. The pool was built in 1976 with Revenue Sharing Funds received from the Ohio Township Trustees. The local Ohio Township Community Civic Group provided funds to build the bathhouse and filter system for the pool. A grant was obtained from the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Act to build the two tennis courts. In 1997, Hannibal Pool & Tennis Complex received an Appalachia Grant for $40,000.00 to conduct repairs & make improvements at this facility. The Monroe County Park District has operated and maintained the facility on 1.0 acres of ground donated by the Switzerland of Ohio Schools.  

Kiedaisch Point Park 

Take 536 NW out of Hannibal, OH for two miles, then C-43 for two miles to T-4 19 Recreation includes an overlook of the Ohio River and hiking trails.  

Lamping Homestead 

State Route 537, between Graysville and Marr. The Lamping family had to build their own house, clear land for farming and growing their own food. New beginnings were a lot of hard work and not always successful. It must have been especially difficult for the Lamping family. The small cemetery located nearby is a testimony to the hardships of trying to raise a family on an early homestead. Today, Lamping offers hunting, fishing, restrooms, picnic tables and primitive camping. Hunting, fishing and picnic area.  

Monroe Lake and Wildlife Area 

Route 800, 6 miles north of Woodsfield, Ohio. 1,293 acres that includes fishing, camping and picnic area. This acres of woodland and 38 acre lake is stocked annually with trout.  Fishing, camping and picnic area.  

Monroe Park & Marina 

Recreation includes two lane boat launch, fishing, picnic shelter and rest rooms.  

Piatt Park 

State Route 78 to CR30 to TR2308119 Acres with recreation includes hiking through a fantastic cave/gorge area, camping, picnic shelter/house, play­ground and a handicapped shower house/restroom. camping fees: $12 per night or $75 per week shelter house reservation fee: $25Shelter house — elect & water Restrooms — flush toilets & showers.  

Stafford Park 

1/4 mi. North of Stafford, OH State Route 145 2.66 Acres includes a picnic shelter house and primitive restroomsShelter house — Elect, water available from a manual pump. The property was acquired by the Park District when the park was abandoned by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Giant White Oak trees give this Park a unique reverence, lending enormously to an enjoyable picnic lunch at the shelter house. During the summer of 1997, the Park District paved the roadway through the park. In the fall of 1999, the Park District added electricity to the shelter. Years ago, the park was used as a gathering place for musicians and storytellers. A natural amphitheater attracted visitors to this location for song and dance, long before auto­mobiles became a reality. This location is one of the few restroom stops between Lewisville and Marietta.   

Veteran’s Memorial Community Park 

State Route # 145; Beallsville, OH 66 Acres with recreation that includes two athletic fields (baseball & Football), playground and hiking trails.  

Wayne National Forest 

The Wayne National Forest is located in southeastern Ohio in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is comprised of 178,000 acres. Over 25,000 acres of Monroe County land concentrated mostly in the southern section of the county is part of Wayne National Forest. Beautiful streams and lakes and opportunities everywhere for hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.