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West Central Ohio

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West Central Ohio includes Allen County, Van Wert County, Auglaize County, Mercer County, Ashland County, Crawford County, Richland County, Hardin County, Marion County, Morrow County and Wyandot County.

Richland County Courthouse in downtown Mansfield
Kingwood Center - Mansfield
Wyandot County Courthouse
Map of West Central Ohio

Cities[edit]

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  • 1 Lima - An industrial city and seat of Allen county.
  • 2 Van Wert
  • 3 Delphos
  • 4 Wapakoneta - The birthplace of Neil Armstrong.
  • 5 Kenton is the county seat of Hardin County.
  • 6 Ada - A small college village.
  • 7 Marion
  • 8 Mount Gilead – A village in amish country and the seat of Marrow County.
  • 9 Upper Sandusky - The seat of Wyandot County
  • 10 Nevada
  • 11 Ashland
  • 12 Loudonville
  • 13 Bucyrus - Known for it's Brautwurst, and the seat of Crawford county.
  • 14 Galion
  • 15 Mansfield - An older industrial city
  • 16 Ontario
  • 17 Shelby
  • 18 Bellville
  • 19 Lexington

Other destinations[edit]

  • Mt. Gilead State Park, Morrow County, 4119 State Route 95, Mount Gilead. 59 year around camp sites with electrical hookups, two small lakes, double volleyball court, horseshoe pits and playground.
  • Grand Lake St. Marys, Mercer County, west of Wapakoneta and south of Route 29. 204 campsites, 166 are equipped with electricity. Facilities include flush toilets, laundry, showers, pet camping, swimming beach, boat launch, boat docks/tie-ups, five air-conditioned Camper Cabins, two spacious Cedar Cabins, naturalist scheduled programs, movies, Friday through Sunday night, boats have no limits on horsepower, seven launch ramps, fuel, boat rentals, seasonal dock rentals are available, wildlife refuge, fishing, hunting, 90 seasonal duck blinds, two public swimming beaches, camp store, games, bike and canoe rentals, miniature golf course, basketball, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and playground equipment.
  • Mohican State Park and Lodge, southern Ashland County. Lodge: 96 air-conditioned rooms, private balcony, color television. The lodge has private meeting, banquet rooms, dining room, sauna, gift shop, lounge, Olympic-size indoor and outdoor pools. Cabins: Twenty-five two-bedroom family cottages, heated, utensils, towels, bed linens and blankets Camping: 120 campsites, electricity, fire rings, picnic tables, full service hookups available at 33 campsites. The main campground has showers, flush toilets, dump station. Hemlock Grove campground has 24 non-electric sites, pit latrines, tables and fire rings. Two camper cabins, equipped with bunk, double beds, a mini refrigerator and fan, can be rented. Other amenities: 13 miles of trails, forest, two waterfalls, scenic wooden bridge and lake.
  • Malabar Farm State Park, southern Ashland County, 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas. 15 Primitive campsites and over 12 miles of back-country trails.The original Bromfield home is now a 19-bed hostel.
  • Mohican State Park and Lodge, southern Ashland County. Lodge: 96 air-conditioned rooms, private balcony, color television. The lodge has private meeting, banquet rooms, dining room, sauna, gift shop, lounge, olympic-size indoor and outdoor pools. Cabins: Twenty-five two-bedroom family cottages, heated, utensils, towels, bed linens and blankets Camping: 120 campsites, electricity, fire rings, picnic tables, full service hookups available at 33 campsites. The main campground has showers, flush toilets, dump station. Hemlock Grove campground has 24 non-electric sites, pit latrines, tables and fire rings. Two camper cabins, equipped with bunk, double beds, a mini refrigerator and fan, can be rented. Other aminities: 13 miles of trails, forest, two waterfalls, scenic wooden bridge and lake.
  • Charles Mill Lake
  • 1 Loudonville Recreation area.
  • Mohican State Forest
  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Mansfield Motorsports Park
  • Pleasant Hill State Park and Lake

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

  • Interstate 71 goes northeast and southwest through the county
  • U.S. Route 30 goes east and west through the county

By plane[edit]

  • Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE IATA), PH: (216) 265-6030. [1]. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is Cleveland's main airport, located on the west side of the city. The airport is served by most of the major domestic airlines, and it is a hub for United Airlines as well.
  • John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH IATA), 4600 International Gateway, Columbus, PH: (614) 239-4083. Direct flights to most major American cities.

By car[edit]

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Richland B & O Bike Trail, +1 419-884-3764. The bike trail is over 18 miles long, paved on the abandoned Ohio B & O Rail Road bed. It is well maintained and protected. It runs from Mansfield to Butler through one of Ohio's most scenic areas.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

A black buggy is drawn by a horse past an old red barn
Slow, horse-drawn Amish buggies without any lights share the road with modern vehicles.
  • Ashland County, like many Ohio Counties, has an Amish population. The Amish in Ashland County are Swartzentruder Amish, who are often described as the most traditional and insular of all of the Amish sects. They live without electricity, indoor plumbing and without lights on their buggies. Use caution on all rural roads, especially at dusk or dark. Dark black asphalt roads and black, unlit buggies are an accident waiting to happen.

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