One Tank Travels Through Ohio’s Amish Country

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April 29, 2009

As you drive through the Buckeye State, you’ll pass by beautiful and rugged terrain, and enter into a state rich with history – Ohio has been the home state of more U.S. Presidents than any other – where your opportunities for getting out and enjoying nature are virtually limitless. There are enough campgrounds with RV hookups to make this one of the most rig-friendly states in the Union, so let’s take a look with this one-tank trip from the folks at Woodall’s.

Dalton’s a great place to start off. Located in the northern part of the state, Dalton is a small village with a predominantly Amish population, so this is a place best seen by foot. The Dalton Historical Museum is a particular point of interest, as it tells the story of this small community with exhibits and artifacts from this village. Plan your trip around the time of the annual Strawberry Festival and sample some of the best strawberry jams, preserves, and other strawberry products you’ll ever taste. The rest of the time, be sure not to pass up the local bakeries, where you’ll surely come in contact with a few things that may be detrimental to the waistline…but worth it!

Leaving Dalton by way of the southbound OH-94, take it for 8 miles until it becomes the OH-241, which you’ll stay on for 16 miles until you come to Millersburg. The downtown area has much to offer, including antique shops, the palatial 28-room Victorian House Museum, and many other unique stores to keep your interest. There’s even a 12-mile trail winding through the local wetlands, so bring your binoculars and see how many different species of birds you can spot. A local animal park offers you a chance to come face-to-face with some docile farm animals, which will even eat from the palm of your hand.

Next stop, Berlin. Head east on the OH-39 for 6 miles and you’re there. This region is rife with Amish and Mennonite history, and Berlin is the home of the Amish/Mennonite Heritage Center. The center shows a cross-section of Amish life with murals, art, and crafts displays, and various items used by both the past and modern day Amish folks. There are several local attractions in the area, including buggy rides, Amish farms open for tours, and it’s unquestionably an antique lover’s paradise. Grab some of the handmade candles made locally – they’re truly one of a kind.

Just 12 miles ahead on the eastbound OH-39 lies the town of Sugarcreek, referred to as the Little Switzerland of Ohio. This is due to the large Swiss population, but the town is also a diverse mix of German, Amish, and others. In the fall, the area comes to life with the Ohio Swiss Festival, which features games, a parade, and several Swiss-themed costume contests. Attendance swells every year, so come to Amish country and see what all the excitement’s about! **Disclaimer: Since my grandma was born in this area of Ohio and I’m 1/4 Swiss (from Zurich), I could be a little biased in my excitement for this excursion!

Where to Stay
Looking for a place to camp? There are several great RV parks to accommodate your rig in between sightseeing excursions. Try one of these area sponsors:
Baylor Beach Park
Clay’s Park Resort
Cutty’s Sunset Camping Resort
Evergreen Park RV Resort
KOA-Bear Creek Resort Ranch
Scenic Hills RV Park
Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort

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  1. Christina Wrobel

    Thank you for this post. It brings back many pleasant memories. We have spent many pleasant weekends camping near Millersburg and Berlin. Options range from Ohio’s wonderful State parks to KOA’s and other Private Campgrounds. Our favorite by far is Whispering Hills near Charm, OH. It is very close to all of the major central OH Amish attractions, not far from the Longeberger Factory and the family that owns and operates the campground is wonderful. We moved to Missori two years ago and when we recently asked our 9 year old where she wanted to go for vacation this summer, her response was “Whispering Hills.” It’s not fancy, there isn’t an amusement park nearby, but it’s welcoming, friendly, safe and convenient to a lot of other activities.

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