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October
4

Tools for Fall Leaf Pickup - Haring Realty

Our REALTORS® know one of the best things about owning your own home is being able to enjoy all kinds of seasonal activities in your outdoor space. And fall is a great time to do exactly that. Crisp air and colorful leaves truly make it a season to enjoy here in Ohio. And while those colorful leaves look stunning on the trees, eventually you'll probably need to clean up some in your yard.

As far as yard work goes, getting rid of the leaves isn't a horrible chore. Raking a few leaves can even help you enjoy the fall weather and maybe even get a little excited about the season. But depending on the size of your yard and how you do it, it can get time-consuming. And who wouldn't rather be spending their time enjoying fire pits, football games, or hayrides instead?  So try these tools to make leaf clean up at your Mansfield or Ashland homes for sale a whole lot easier.

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June
28

Early Offer - Buy a House - Haring Realty

You've been browsing Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale for quite some time now and have finally found something perfect for you and your family's needs. You're ready to take the plunge and put in an offer on the house. But how long should you wait ?There's really no conventional answer to that question. But in a seller's market, when inventory is low and demand is high, you may have to go above and beyond to make sure you submit an early offer and that it stands out from the competition. Here's what you should know about making early offers along with strategies for making a winning one.

Potential Problems with Early Offers

Making an offer isn't as simple as knocking on the door and informing the seller you'll take the house. Your intentions trigger the start of an intricate process between you and the seller. Don't expect the seller to accept your offer just because it came in first. Sellers usually think they've priced their home too low when an offer comes in fast. So, they want the house to have the longest exposure possible on the open market and get bids from a large number of buyers. An early offer would need to be mighty attractive for the seller to accept it instead of waiting too long for better offers.

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January
20

Museums Around Mansfield, OH - Haring Realty

According to iconic science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, "A generation which ignores history has no past and no future." Explore the area's rich historical legacy at these incredible museums near Mansfield homes for sale.

  • Little Buckeye Children's Museum - 44 W. 4th St., Mansfield 44902
    Kids have so much fun at Little Buckeye Children's Museum that they don't even realize they're learning. Scientific studies show playtime goes beyond simple entertainment by helping kids develop problem-solving abilities along with social and motor skills. Exhibits are designed to use real-life concepts such as a post office, an auto repair shop, and even a McDonald's to teach practical skills and spark imagination. The museum is also available for birthday parties accommodating up to 50 people. Daily admission is $9 for guests aged 2 and older. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Note that the museum is closed Monday and Tuesday between Labor Day and Memorial Day.

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August
4

Mini golf courses have been around for over 100 years, but they're still as beloved as ever. Whether you're a first timer or a seasoned pro, these courses are a great place to put your skills (and your luck) to the test.

Photo courtesy of Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf

1. Kelly's Dairy Bar and Mini Golf, Mansfield

Nothing says summer like mini golf and an ice cream cone. Putt your way through the 18-hole course, complete with trees, a pond and a creek, then head to the patio to enjoy a cool, creamy ice cream cone. Kelly's serves 22 hard dip flavors and 40 soft serve flavors, including classic chocolate and vanilla as well as unique options like cheesecake and Jamaican rum. 

 

Logo courtesy of Roselawn Miniature Golf

2. Roselawn Miniature Golf, Shelby

Located in downtown Shelby, this family-run, 18-hole miniature golf course offers lots of surprises, including putt putt staples like the windmill and loop-d-loop. You can also enjoy a game of pinball in the arcade and satisfy your sweet tooth at the candy counter.

 

Photos courtesy of The Infield

3. The Infield, Lexington

An 18-hole putt putt course is just one of the family-friendly activities you'll find at the Infield. Adult and child-size go-karts, a video arcade, batting cages and a playground mean hours of summer fun.

 

Photo courtesy of Mohican Adventures

4. Mohican Adventures, Loudonville

Mini golf is just one of the summertime activities you can enjoy at Mohican Adventures. The park offers three courses, including the challenging Grist Mill, the rock and stream-filled Adventure Course and a Level Skills Course.

 

Photo courtesy of Bellville Der Dutchman

5. Der Dutchman, Bellville

Der Dutchman is known for its delicious, Amish-style fare and wonder-filled Carlisle gift shop, but it also offers an 18 hole mini golf course that's great for all ages!

July
28

Riding a horse is great exerciseit 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.

July
28

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.

July
20

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.

 

 

 

July
14

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.

 

July
7

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. 

June
30

Exercise—we all know we need it. Why not enjoy it? From gorgeous flower gardens to woodland paths to 5K runs, there are plenty of places nearby to take in the beauty of the outdoors during your next workout.

1. Gorman Nature Center, Mansfield

Mansfield's 150-acre nature park includes over five miles of free public trails that are open from dawn to dusk, all year round. Hike, run or walk at your own pace through deciduous forests and grassland prairies while taking in the surrounding ponds, streams and wildlife. The trails are not paved; however, there are no major inclines and the paths are not considered strenuous for the average hiker. Dogs on short leashes (no longer than six feet) are permitted to hike with their owners; plastic baggies for clean-up are available at the beginning of each trail. Bikes and motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted.

 

Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield—Richland County.

2. Richland B&O Bike Trail

Originally a railroad track, this scenic stretch was converted into a public trail in the late 1980s. The 18-mile trail begins at North Lake Park in Mansfield and winds it way south through Lexington, Bellville and Butler. The B&O trail is a paved blacktop and goes through sunny spots, shaded wooded areas and across historic bridges. It's level surface is great for walking, jogging, running, roller skating, rollerblading or riding a bicycle. Dogs with short leashes are permitted. Motorized vehicles (with the exception of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) are not permitted. Parking is available in various spots along the trail. This trail is free to use.

 

Photo courtesy of Kingwood Center Gardens.

3. Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield

The history and beauty of Kingwood Center makes it one of Mansfield's most unique attractions. The former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelley King opened to the public in 1953, a year after Mr. King's death. Since then, the 47-acre estate has been meticulously maintained. Brick paths through the gardens as well as the pebble foot trails through the woods create an easy network of paths that's great for all ages. There are also a few grass paths. Pets are not permitted in the park. Admission is $5 or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.

 

Photo courtesy of Malabar Farm.

4. Malabar Farm, Lucas

This historic farm contains four moderate-level trails as well as short path to the Mt. Jeez overlook. Butternut Trail forms a loop through the forest to a small cave. The Doris Duke Woods Trail circles through the woods. The Jungle Book Trail meanders through lowland areas teeming with undisturbed plants and wildlife. The fourth and longest trail, the Pleasant Valley Bridle Trail, is the only one open to horses as well as foot travelers. This trail features over five miles of scenic views, winding streams and stunning rock formations. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Cross country running is permitted. Parking and admission are free.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

5. Mohican State Park & Memorial State Forest, Loudonville

Roaming through the beautifully preserved Mohican forests is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. The State Park and State Forest offer one- and two-mile hiking trails with varying levels of difficulty. The Discovery Forest Trail is a two-mile educational trail that's wonderful for kids. Use of the trails is free.

 

Photo courtesy of The City of Mansfield.

6. Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield & Reservoir No. 3, Shelby

The trails at the Clear Fork Reservoir are one of the lesser-known hiking options in the area. Dirt paths along the north side of the lake offer approximately 15 miles of trails through the woods. Dogs on leashes are permitted and there is no entrance fee. 

Shelby Reservoir No. 3 offers two public trails: a 3-mile wooded nature trail and a 1.25-mile paved surface surrounding the reservoir.

 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

7. Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield

Bird watchers will love strolling through the trails at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, which is home to 52 species of breeding bird and migrating species. Four miles of foot trails lead through 90 acres of meadows, marshes, forest and waterside terrain. The Wood Duck Trail, one of the most populated bird habitats, has a wheelchair accessible portion. The trails and Sanctuary are free to visit. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trails but not near bird enclosures or buildings.

 

Photo courtesy of the Shawshank Trail.

8. 5Ks, 7Ks, half and full marathons

Running is a great way to get fit. It's also a great way raise funds for some of Richland County's beloved organizations and landmarks. Annual runs include the Kingwood 5K, the Ohio State Reformatory's Shawshank Hustle 7K, Lexington Blueberry Festival 5K & Glow Run and Ontario's Liberty 5K. All of these runs benefit community organizations, parks and local sports teams. Just outside of Richland County are Galion's Pickle Run 5K and the Mohican Trail Marathon.

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