This Way to Fun and Free in Belmont County
Updated: Feb 4
Belmont County awaits visitors as a unique and beautiful destination that offers many opportunities for making memories with friends and family. Whether it be walking hand-in-hand with a loved one down a wooded trail, enjoying the hospitality of locals that pass by, or discovering small-town hidden gems; Belmont County offers a variety of fun and free experiences just for you.
Many residents and visitors of Belmont County will tell you that it is abundant in beautiful and scenic landscapes. This is especially important to those who enjoy outdoor recreation. We have many parks and trails that will make you choose us as your next destination. Enjoy family time while camping in the hills of Appalachia, Ohio at Barkcamp State Park, Zion Retreat, or Piedmont Lake. You are sure to find plenty of recreational activities such as archery, ziplining, boating, fishing, and hiking. Roam among the canopies and untouched growth of Dysart Woods, the largest remaining tract of old growth forest in Southeastern Ohio.
Another great way to take in the amazing views and to get some fresh air is to go geocaching and embark on a journey that will take you across Belmont County where a total of 25 unique treasures await to be found on the Belmont County Explore More GeoTour. Geocaching is a free outdoor activity in which participants use a GPS system to navigate their way to hidden containers, called “caches.” It began on May 3, 2000 when computer consultant, Dave Ulmer, wanted to test the newest upgrade to public GPS systems by hiding a targeted item in the woods. Originally, it was called the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt.” Later it became known as Geocaching, where people go on a quest to find hidden caches, swap out knick-knacks from previous participants, and sign their names in logbooks. The Belmont County GeoTour has quickly become a regional favorite tour, with thousands of finds from participants within the first year of being launched.
Perhaps you are looking for something simpler and relaxing to do. Belmont County has over twenty historical sites and landmarks that people can visit and learn from. We are home to seven museums which offer rich history of not only Belmont County, but of the geographical area. The Belmont County Heritage Museum offers guests the chance to discover the many communities that make up Belmont County while exploring narratives from locals who have expressed their experiences through stories and artifacts.
Another way to delve into our roots is by attending community events, such as outdoor community concerts, wellness hikes/activities, or free events hosted by our local libraries. There is always something going on. Every summer, local bands and artists offer live public performances for whomever wishes to attend, with the only requirement being to bring your own lawn chair. Local fitness studios such as Restore Yoga & Wellness will often offer free community yoga classes in various locations across Belmont County. The Belmont County District Library hosts book clubs, crafting events, and kids’ activities.
Lastly, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to enjoy a great drive or stroll in Belmont County. We are the only county in the state of Ohio with three scenic byways: Historic National Road (Rt. 40), Drover’s Trail, and Ohio River Scenic Byway. When traveling along these routes, you are sure to have breath-taking views of our hilly farmland, painted barns, and river-front communities. Spin your wheels on well-known streets such as Zane Highway in Martins Ferry and explore the historic Walnut Grove Cemetery and the final resting place of the Zane family. Hop on your bike and travel along State Route 26, which is known as one of the best motorcycle routes in the Country. Cruise along West Captina Highway and follow the windy Captina Creek, a 35-mile-long tributary of the Ohio River, and maybe pull over to dip your feet in the cold-refreshing water.
There are many things to do here that only require a tank of gas. Give your wallet a rest while you explore the great attractions we have to offer. From exploring back roads, earthy trails, historical sites, parks, and attending community events, you are sure to have a fun and memorable time here in Belmont County. Be sure to check out our website visitbelmontcounty.com for a full list of travel ideas. See you soon!