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Riding a horse is great exercise—it strengthens the core, improves balance and coordination and may even get your heart pumping. Here in north central Ohio, riding a horse also means the chance to soak in the serene natural beauty of family farms and ancient forests. Whether you've never sat in a saddle or are looking for a place to ride and train your own horse, there are plenty of options nearby.
Photo courtesy of Malabar Farms
1. Pleasant Valley Lake Park & Malabar Farm, Perrysville/Lucas
Both Pleasant Valley and Malabar Farm contain riding trails; there is also a trail that connects the two parks. These trails are free to use year-round. Riders can stage their horses from either park. The horseman's ground at Malabar is free to use. The staging area inside Pleasant Hill Park (located off State Route 95) requires a $5 parking fee for non-campers.
If you want to take your horse camping, Pleasant Hill's equine campground has 37 lots, each with its own campfire ring and picnic table and restrooms nearby.
Photo courtesy of Mohican Lodge and Conference Center
2. Mohican State Park and Memorial State Forest Trails, Loudonville
The Mohican Forest is filled with history. Once the hunting grounds of the Delaware tribe, it later became pioneer territory when Native Americans were driven out during the War of 1812. Later, John Chapman (or as he is more commonly known, Johnny Appleseed) planted trees in the area. Today, you can ride through this historic forest on 22 miles of public bridle trails. Two staging areas are available off of State Route 97 on the western side of the Memorial State Forest. They are free to use.
Photo courtesy of Equestrian Valley Farm
3. Equestrian Valley Farm, Mansfield
Founded in 1815, Equestrian Valley Farm is made up of 200 acres of rolling hills, open pastures and pristine Mohican Forest. Trail rides allow you to see it all from atop your horse as you ride up and down the hills and through the woods. You don't need to own a horse to ride at Equestrian Valley -- the farm's herd includes a Quarter Horse, Tennessee Walker, Haflinger, Mustang and Percheron. Rides last about 75 minutes and are suitable for newbie and veteran riders alike.
Photo courtesy of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
4. Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Mansfield
In 1918, Frank Black founded his estate and named it Raemelton Farm after the Irish town where his father was born. In 1995, the estate was converted into a therapeutic riding center with an outdoor riding arena, indoor riding arena, two barns and beautiful pasture. Today it serves more than 100 students each week.
Raemelton's programs are specially designed for riders with physical handicaps, impaired mobility, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, and/or psychological and emotional disabilities. It also offers a non-mounted class for at-risk youth that explores goal-setting and emotional development. Active, inactive or retired military members and their families can access these programs for free through the Hooves for Heroes program.
Photo courtesy of All Hoofed Up Ranch
5. All Hoofed Up Ranch, Crestline
All Hoofed Up is a great choice for kids and beginners as well as skilled riders. The ranch's one- and two-hour trail rides begin with a brief lesson before venturing through the fields, into the woods, and maybe through a creek or two! Take in the breathtaking natural views while you ride a calm Paint horse, Draft mix or gaited Tennessee Walker.
Marc and Lisa Sleeckx also provide horseback riding lessons year round and a kids' summer day camp in June and July.
Courtesy of Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch
6. Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch, Loudonville
Triple M is a non-profit horse rescue that gives riding lessons and guided trail rides. The 3rd generation family-owned ranch consists of 200 acres of some of Ohio's most beautiful forests. Trail rides are led by capable guides in groups of 6 or less for a more intimate, personal experience.
Photo courtesy of Arnold Show Horses
7. Arnold Show Horses, Ashland
Chris and Debbie Arnold have been in the equine business for over 30 years. They offer numerous services including coaching, lessons and a youth equestrian team for junior and senior high students. The Arnolds love coaching riders of all ages and help them train their horses.
8. McCartney Stables, Mansfield
Mike McCartney has over 30 years of experience training horses. He designs lessons based on customers' needs with a focus on safety, horsemanship and establishing a connection between the horse and its rider. In addition to training, McCartney Stables offers trail rides and riding lessons.
Fun Fact: Morgan Freeman boarded his horse at McCartney Stables during the Shawshank Redemption.
Photo courtesy of Berry Valley Ranch
9. Berry Valley Ranch, Mansfield
If you need a place to board your horse, check out Berry Valley ranch. Berry Valley has over 120 acres of pasture and riding trails and facilities including a riding arena, tack room and 12X12 stalls with windows. Boarding options range from full care to stall only.
Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
Imagine a perfect day on the lake - a gentle breeze blows as the waves playfully crash against the side of the boat. The sun beats down on the water, which sprays up in drops of crystal as you whiz by. Or perhaps you'd rather be sitting in a canoe, watching the water, a fishing pole in hand. Either way, the perfect summer day is easier to come by than you think! North central Ohio's abundant freshwater supply means a lake or river may not be far away.
Note: This blog post discusses places to fish, water ski and operate jet skis and motor boats. For information on kayaking and canoeing in north central Ohio, click here.
Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
1. Pleasant Hill, Perrysville
With 850 acres of water surface and no horsepower limit, Pleasant Hill is a no-brainer for boating, fishing, water-skiing and jet-skiing enthusiasts. Fish species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and more. A valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish at Pleasant Hill.
Pleasant Hill Marina offers seasonal docking as well as a public launch ramp. The full-service marina also rents fishing, pontoon and cruise boats as well as waverunners, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards. Multi-day and season passes are available for some boats.
Photo courtesy of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
2. Charles Mill, Loudonville
Charles Mill is located just 6 miles east of Mansfield and is easily accessible via US 30 and I-71. It has a surface area of 1350 acres and a maximum depth of 24 feet. The 10 horsepower limit ensures a more relaxed atmosphere ideal for exploring in a kayak or on a paddle board. Pontoon, fishing and house boats are also popular on the lake. You can rent boats in the full-service marina or launch your own from the public ramp off St. Rt. 430.
The lake is home to channel catfish, flatheads, batfish bullheads, white bass, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappies, bluegills and saugeye. State licenses are required for boating, fishing and hunting.
Charles Mill also has a swimming beach, a nature trail and a full-service campground.
Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.
3. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby
Shelby Reservoir 3 has a concrete boat ramp open to boats of any size. Rowboats, canoes paddle boats and electric-motor watercraft are welcome. Boats with gasoline motors are prohibited.
Bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, channel catfish and rainbow trout live in the stocked reservoir. Controlled fishing is allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield Richland County.
4. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield
The Clear Fork Reservoir contains 997 surface acres of water and 14 miles of shoreline. The public launch ramp on the south side is free to use. The speed limit is 8 mph and while there is no horsepower limit, a no wake policy is enforced. Boat rentals are available at the marina.
Fishing from boats is allowed, provided boats stay at least 500 feet from the dam. Shore fishing is also allowed on the south and west shores. Fish in the Clear Fork Reservoir include largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, white bass and more!
The Clear Fork Reservoir also offers hiking trails and picnic areas.
5. Mohican and Clear Fork Rivers, Loudonville and Bellville
Ready for some fly fishing? If you're angling for some brown trout, you may get lucky in the Clear Fork and Mohican rivers, which are stocked annually. Much of the Clear Fork runs through private property, but the stretch the runs along Gatton Rock Road is a popular spot for fishing. According to Mohican Fly Fishers of Ohio, the best place to fish in the Mohican is in the park, between the Pleasant Hill dam and State Route 3.
Deciding to buy a home is very exciting. Looking through listings for Mansfield homes, finding a few favorites and daydreaming about how you'll decorate. It's fun. But for many, it becomes overwhelming as soon as they look at their bank account. Saving for a down payment requires patience, determination and discipline--but millions of people accomplish it every year so it's definitely not impossible. To help get you started, our agents at Haring Realty have put together a list of five smart ways to save for a down payment.
Richland County has a lot to offer.
The county's rich environments include the rolling countryside of Clear Fork and Lucas as well as the historic downtown Carrousel District of Mansfield. Locals also enjoy choices for higher education in Ontario, beautiful parks, and numerous attractions like Kingwood Center, the Renaissance theater, Snow Trails and the Ohio State Reformatory (just to name a few).
For all of the opportunities we might enjoy this summer, it's also important to remember to give back to our community.
Volunteering is one way to help those in need and make the community stronger. It is also incredibly rewarding. Below, we've listed just a few reasons we believe volunteering is worth your while, as well as some suggestions for places to get started.
1. Meet New People
Whether you're new to the area and looking to make friends or you've lived here for years, volunteering is an easy way to meet people. The people you meet volunteering may be people you would never have met otherwise, yet they might become cherished friends or even valuable business contacts.
If you're looking for a social experience, you may consider joining a service-based club or organization. Richland County is home to a Kiwanis chapter, five Lions International chapters (Bellville, Butler, Crestline, Lucas and Madison), and RSVP of Mid Ohio, a club for retirees and seniors dedicated to serving the community. There are also two divisions of Lions International for teenagers, the Leo Alpha Club in Lexington and the Leo Alpha Club in Lucas.
2. Give Back
Think of someone who has had a positive impact on your life. Where would you be without them? How would your life be different?
There are plenty of opportunities to be a positive, perhaps even life-changing presence in another person's life. Whether that means being a mentor dad or mom through the Richland Pregnancy Center, helping out your local library, or being a smiling face that makes that visit to the hospital a little easier, there's a way for everyone to pass kindness on to another.
3. Pursue Your Passion
Volunteer positions aren't one-size-fits-it-all. There are nonprofits and organizations dedicated to a variety of interests and causes.
Do you love the arts? Consider helping out at the Mansfield Art Center or selling tickets at the Renaissance.
Are you passionate about fitness? Become a sports or aerobics instructor at the YMCA.
If you enjoy gardening, there's a place for you at Kingwood Center Gardens or the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.
If you're skilled at home repair or auto maintenance, you can provide aid to an elderly widow or widower through Samaritans for Seniors.
4. Learn a New Skill
Volunteering can be an outlet for your current skills, but it can also be a way to learn something new. You'll see what it's like behind the scenes at a hospital, food pantry or after-school program and possibly be trained in a task you didn't know how to do before.
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio prepares volunteers to teach economics and personal finance classes to young students.
If you give time at a local hospital, you may learn to assist physical and occupational therapists.
OSU Extension trains master gardeners and certified volunteer naturalists so they can pass on their knowledge to children, the elderly and other gardening enthusiasts.
Many organizations just need someone with practical office skills, and will be happy to show you the ropes.
5. Find a Career Boost
Volunteering can be especially beneficial to job seekers. The search for employment can be draining, but the chance to do something productive and meaningful a few hours a week can improve your mentality and your mood.
Volunteering has been shown to contribute to a positive mindset and give volunteers a sense of purpose. It can also help you land a job—volunteering helps build connections and looks great on a résumé. Your giving of your free time shows a potential employer that you are compassionate and driven. Volunteers are also likely to work well in groups—a valuable attribute for any employee.
6. Strengthen Your Community
A strong community is one where everyone contributes. And there are several local organizations whose daily work is achieving a better community.
Volunteers at the Culliver Reading Center invest in the next generation with homework help and afterschool programs.
Harmony House volunteers help the homeless and unemployed get back on their feet with mentorships and life skills training, child care, transportation to job interviews and much more.
7. Watch a Little Become A Lot
Most people want to make a difference. You don't have to solve world hunger or donate millions of dollars to make a positive impact. Just a little bit of time and effort can generate a better life for someone else.
Every dollar raised at Relay for Life means hope for a cure.
One toy from Toy Time can brighten a child's Christmas.
Being a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters takes one hour a week, but it's been shown to boost a child's confidence as well as reduce risk-taking behaviors.
If you are considering giving your time, go for it! There are so many great reasons to get involved. For a list of local organizations in need of volunteers, click here.
"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." — Winston Churchill
A big beautiful garden can be the heart of your summertime fun. You can stroll among colorful flowers and listen to birds sing early morning songs. Your family can share a leisurely picnic in the grass or sip lemonade beneath a luxurious shade tree.
From kayaks and canoes to less traditional options like tubes and stand up paddle boards, Richland County offers numerous destinations for summertime fun on scenic lakes and rivers.
Photos Courtesy of Mohican Adventures
1. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville
Looking for a fun water activity but lacking proper gear? Mohican Adventures has a variety of watercraft available onsite, including canoes, kayaks, rafts and tubes.
Canoe or kayak down the Mohican and Black Fork rivers with the seven- or fifteen-mile trips. Both one and two-person kayaks are available. After you've finished, Mohican offers a free shuttle back to your vehicle.
For a more relaxed trip, rent a tube and float down the river, taking in the wildlife and natural scenery as you go. Four- to six-person rafts are also available and make a great choice for families and groups. Shuttle service is available.
Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Marina
2. Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Perrysville & Charles Mill Lake Park, Mansfield/Mifflin
Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill are great destinations for every skill level. Guests can bring their own boats; however, both the Pleasant Hill and Charles Mill Marina offer various rental options including kayaks, pontoon boats and stand-up paddle boards. Newbies can enroll in free "try-it" sessions or sign up for beginner lessons. Themed kayak tours offer the chance to discover the wildlife and history of the lakes. Fishing from your kayak is permitted with a valid fishing license.
Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield
3. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield
Bring your own kayak or canoe to the reservoir and take in the natural beauty of the Clear Fork Valley's 997-acre reservoir. Pontoon and fishing boats are available for rent at the marina. The reservoir has no horsepower limit but does have an 8 mph speed limit and no wake policy.
The surrounding park has spaces for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and picnicking. Three picnic areas located along State Route 97 are free to the public and include tables, charcoal burners, shelters, restrooms and drinking fountains. Picnic area #2 is handicap accessible.
Fishing from boats is allowed except within 500 feet of the dam. Shore fishing is allowed on the south and west shores.
Photo courtesy of Loudonville Canoe Livery
4. Loudonville Canoe Livery, Loudonville
One of the oldest canoe leasing companies in Ohio, Loudonville Canoe Livery offers plenty of options for floating down the Mohican river. Choose between eleven canoe trip options that range from a three mile trip to a seven day excursion. Single or double kayaks, tubes and rafts are available for rent.
After your journey down the river, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the free, onsite picnic areas or head to the River Room Lounge for pizza or barbecue on the patio.
Photo courtesy of the City of Shelby
5. Reservoir No. 3, Shelby
Located northeast of Shelby, the reservoir is open to row and paddle boats and boats with electric engines. Boats with gas-powered engines are not permitted. Guests can also stroll along the paved walk path that surrounds the reservoir (1.25 miles) or hike through the wooded nature trail (3 miles). Fishing is permitted in part of the reservoir.
School may be out for the summer, but who says the learning should stop? Whether you've got curious kids or simply love exploring the great outdoors, Richland County and the surrounding area offers a wealth of parks and nature ed programs worth exploring!
1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield
Hiking through the nature trails is just one way to observe local wildlife and natural habitats. The park also has a visitor center that's open Monday thru Saturday from 9 to 4. Inside the center, there are educational displays as well as staff naturalists and volunteers who can introduce you and your family to the center's resident wildlife. All of the animals at the center are native to the state of Ohio, including different species of frogs, snakes, turtles, salamanders and owls.
The Richland County Parks Department sponsors weekly education programs for the public as well as private programs for schools, youth groups, garden clubs, senior citizens and service organizations. Public program topics include naturalist-led guided hikes, field trips, lectures, workshops and night sky programs.
Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.
2. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a nature preserve, rehabilitation center for injured birds and a "living museum" with 60 permanent residents--rehabilitated animals whose injuries would prevent them from flourishing in the wild. The 90-acre preserve is open to the public year round and free-of-charge. Live bird displays include species such as Baltimore Orioles, Great Horned Owls, Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles. The aviary boardwalk wanders through grasslands where songbirds living in their natural habitat. If you stop by the Visitor Center to purchase special feed, you may get to see Blue Jays and doves eat right from your hand!
In addition to free visits, the sanctuary offers nature-themed summer camps, a junior naturalist program and programming designed specifically for homeschoolers and large groups.
Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.
3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield
Everyone knows Kingwood is the place to go to see thousands of beautiful flowers, but the center also has educational opportunities for children and adults. The Peacock Playhouse is a horticultural education center designed for children ages 2-14. It is open daily and offers craft time, painting spaces and displays on birds, plant growth and composting. The newest features of the Peacock Playhouse include a monarch butterfly display, worm and ant farms, and a sensory garden. Kingwood also has one-hour Cultivation Education sessions every Tuesday, where children learn about birds, bugs, planting and the environment. Adult activities vary by season and may include yoga, meditation and cooking classes. For a full list of activities, visit Kingwood's event page.
4. Mohican State Park, Loudonville
Mohican offers numerous educational programs and themed hikes lead by a staff naturalist. Guests can meet some of the snakes and turtles native to Ohio or learn about raccoons and frogs at the Critter Open House. Head into the woods to hunt amphibians, help clean the park, or learn which plants are safe to eat during the Forest Foraging Hike. Additional hikes include the Butterfly Hunt, Night Hike and Owl Hike. These hikes and programs are a great opportunity for hands-on learning and typically last between an hour and an hour and a half. All programs are open to the public. To view the calendar, please click this link and select Mohican State Park.
Looking for a high speed, heart-pumping adrenaline rush? Our list of "outdoor thrills" is sure to help. Below you'll find adventures suited for all ages, all within an hour of Mansfield, OH.
Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures.
1. Aerial Park at Mohican Adventures, Loudonville
Just south of Richland County, Mohican Adventure Park offers numerous outdoor activities, including its newer aerial park. Six courses range from beginner to advanced level so even younger children can participate. Participants can climb up the "spider web" and cargo net, cross the rope bridges and cheese wall, and soar on the lily pad swings. More advanced courses include zip lines and a free fall jump (don't worry, there's a harness!) The green and blue courses, which are 12 and 22 feet high, are most suitable for children under 11. Ultimate thrill seekers will love the black course, situated 42 feet in the air. This exciting activity is great for groups and families.
Photo courtesy of Battle Zone Paintball Park.
2. Battle Zone Paintball Park III, Mansfield
Paintball is a great way to get some exercise and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Battle Zone Park has 5 battlefields including a woodsball fort course, a speedball field with a castle, a village urban-assault course, a full military field and a minefield. All equipment is provided; however, you are permitted to bring their own. Groups must register a week in advance and may customize their own military simulation and objective-based missions. Guests can come without a group or reservation during the park's "free play" hours each weekend (Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
The park also has monthly tournaments, which you can register for on its website.
Photos courtesy of The Infield.
3. The Infield, Lexington
The Mid-Ohio Sports Cars Course draws a lot of visitors to Richland County every year, but you don't have to be a professional to zoom around a racetrack. The Infield's go-cart courses are well-suited for thrill seekers of all ages. Adults and children ages 10 and up can zoom around the ¼ mile track--one of the longest go-cart tracks in Ohio. Children ages four and older can ride with an adult driver or head over to the kiddy course for a five-minute drive. See the Infield's website for height safety requirements.
4. Mountain Biking Trails at Mohican State Forest, Loudonville
These exciting trails are not for beginners. The short, six mile loop begins at the staging area across from the main campground on State Route 3. This "moderately difficult" path winds through the hillside and past the campgrounds. For a more challenging ride, try the 25-mile, one directional trail. Filled with gradual climbs and steep descents, this rollercoaster-like trail takes you past breathtaking Mohican scenery, so you can enjoy the pristine woodland and stunning lake views as you zip by.
Photo courtesy of Tree Frog Canopy Tours.
5. Tree Frog Canopy Tours, Glenmont
Located about 15 minutes south of Loudonville along the Mohican River, Tree Frog's zipline tour is worth the drive. Soar through the forest on a 2 1/2 hour tour with seven ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels. With more than 4,000 feet of zipline cable, a peak point of 120 feet and a highest recorded speed of 51 MPH, Tree Frog is the longest, highest and fastest canopy tour in the state. Professional guides lead the way, so no prior experience is needed.
As the mercury soars in Ohio this summer, many of us will be tempted to crank up the AC. Unfortunately, our energy bills will skyrocket with it. So how do you stay comfortable and cool down those air conditioning costs? Use these ideas from our REALTORS® to cool your home more efficiently, cutting down on utility costs.