A woman enjoying an evening of axe throwing.

How to Beat the Winter Blahs

If the winter weather has you feeling cooped up and stir crazy, check out one of these suggestions for fun things to do in Belmont County to beat the winter blahs. Get outdoors, curl up with a good book, learn something new, or plan your spring or summer adventure.

Learn to throw an axe at Route 40 LumberJaxe

Learn something new. Learn more about local and national history by attending the 8th Annual Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society’s Winter Lecture Series. These free events are held at the Bellaire Public Library each Wednesday from February 5-March 25 at 6 p.m. Download the lecture flyer at www.greatstoneviaduct.org/events.html.

Learn to throw an axe at Route 40 Lumberjaxe. 41761 National Rd., Belmont, OH 43718. Ohio Valley’s first axe throwing and recreation venue, also offers a variety of other fun games. Call 740-782-1707 for hours and reservations. https://www.facebook.com/Route40LumberJaxe

Raven Rocks

Take a winter hike. Belmont County offers many great places to take a winter hike such as Barkcamp State Park, Dysart Woods, Egypt Valley Wildlife Area, Captina Creek Birding Trail, Zion Retreat & Nature Center, Barnesville Memorial Park, National Road Bikeway, Newlin Falls Nature Trail, Piedmont Lake, and Raven Rocks. The Friends of Captina Creek are hosting a Winter Walk at Raven Rocks on February 16 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/2603391676607238/


Curl up with a good book and escape the weather for a time. Belmont County has nine public libraries. They include the Belmont County District Library locations of Martins Ferry, Bethesda, Bridgeport, Powhatan, Shadyside, and Victoria Read Public Library in Flushing, as well as St. Clairsville Public Library, Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library, and Bellaire Public Library.

The Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville also has BAM! Books A Million book store and New Dimension Comics. Visit https://www.ohiovalleymall.net/directory/ for more information.

Pair your book with a great glass of wine from Vino Di Piccin Winery & Tasting House, 55155 National Rd., Lansing, OH 43934. (740) 738-0261. Vino di Piccin Winery & Tasting House is a family-owned winery in Lansing. Visit https://www.facebook.com/VinoDiPiccin/ for hours and more information.

Take an exercise class: Work up a sweat and de-stress at one of Belmont County’s many fitness facilities where you can find a variety of ways to exercise, have fun, and meet new people. See visitbelmontcounty.com/fitness for more information.

Plan a trip. Plan a trip to one of Belmont County’s 18 museums and historic attractions. Stay in one of our 17 lodging facilities. Have a blast at one of 40 annual events. Travel on one of our three scenic byways. Request a free copy of our 2020 Travel Guide by calling 740-695-4359 or at visitbelmontcounty.com.