Celebrate Treasures, Travel, and Trails June 2-6 in Belmont County
The first weekend of June in Belmont County is jampacked with events including the always popular Historic National Road Yard Sale and the National Pike Wagon Train. While in Belmont County be sure to celebrate National Trails Day on June 5 at one of our many scenic trails.
The National Road Yard Sale has returned to its traditional time of year. This year’s dates are June 2-6 . The event, often referred to by several other names such as the US 40 Yard Sale, Route 40 Yard Sale, and Route 40 Flea Market, stretches 824 miles across the nation from Baltimore, Maryland to St. Louis, Missouri. Passing across the center of Ohio, the six-state long yard sale is reportedly the longest continuous garage/yard sale in the whole country. The event started in 2004 when an antique store owner in Dublin, Indiana had an idea to sell her items in front of her store to passing motorists. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the event.
This bargain extravaganza runs through some very historic areas of Ohio, from Belmont County on the east to Guernsey County on the west.
“Belmont County Tourism promotes this event, as we have visitors from close and far away, who will be traveling National Road-US Rte. 40 to shop for other’s unwanted items. Belmont County residents go through their storage, attic, basement, garage, and any other place that they may have items that could turn into treasures for others. It is said that you can find everything from antiques to furniture, artwork, glassware, and pottery,” Belmont County Tourism Director Barb Ballint said.
Visitors look forward to traveling US 40, visiting historic areas and looking for bargains. Residents of Belmont County set up tables from dawn to dusk, from Bridgeport to Morristown as well as many other areas of the county. For more info about this event, go to visitbelmontcounty.com, Facebook @belmontcountytoursim, or call the tourism office at 740-695-4359.
Another popular event taking place on National Road that weekend is the Belmont County National Pike Wagon Train. The tradition resumes this year as wagons and outback riders travel through Belmont County June 5th and 6th. Belmont County Tourism sponsors this event in which the wagon master will leads horse-drawn wagons along Rt. 40 and country roads in Belmont County, drawing attention to a way of travel that was common along the original National Road, the nation's first federally-funded highway.
Participants will camp at Lynn Hunkler Memorial Park in Morristown (a historic Pike town) and set off Saturday morning on Old Highway 26 to historic Epworth Park in Bethesda, where they will be served lunch among the majestic oak trees and Victorian era cottages. From there, the wagon train will travel Badgerstown Road back to Lynn Hunkler Memorial Park.
Day two’s itinerary will take participants from Old 26 to Stenger Road and then onto State Route 149 all the way to Barkcamp State Park in Belmont where they will be served lunch. Leaving Barkcamp, the wagon train will travel Mueller Road to National Road (Route 40) and back to Lynn Hunkler Park in Morristown.
“Belmont County Tourism always looks forward to sponsoring this event, as it brings visitors to our area and allows us to showcase a few of the county’s attractions,” said Ballint.
Participate in some two-legged travel by celebrating National Trails Day. Held annually on the first Saturday in June, it recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure to nature. The day encourages people to discover their local trials. Belmont County has hiking, biking, walking, and horseback riding trails. Other trails to explore include the Captina Creek Birding and Aquatic Trails and our Art Barns Trail.
For more information about Belmont County’s attractions and events call the tourism office at 740-695-4359, visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Youtube.