enjoy the works of artisans, musicians, museums and historic landmarks along the Appalachian byway of Ohio
Enjoy the rustic beauty of southern Ohio while traveling along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The 120+ mile Appalachian Byway of Ohio connects with The Ohio River Scenic Byway at SR 7 and winds along State Route 78 from Clarington, Ohio crosses through Monroe County into Noble County, and continues along SR 78 into Morgan County ending in Nelsonville, Ohio (Athens County). Byway travelers may also enjoy a short trip north of SR 78 along SR 83 to The Wilds in Muskingum County and then travel south along SR 284 to pick up the byway again. Also, enter the Byway from I-77 at Caldwell at exit 25.
Morgan County Points of interest along the byway
Burr Oak State Park & Resort
Perched atop a hill overlooking Burr Oak Lake, Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center blends beautifully into the surrounding forest setting. Accommodations include a 60-room lodge with a variety of guestrooms and 30 cottages scattered throughout the adjacent hillsides. All cottages are located within one mile of the lodge, offering air-conditioning, screened-in porches, fully furnished kitchens, televisions, and four to six beds.
Within the lodge you will find the Cardinal Dining Room, the Wren Lounge, a Fred Harvey Gift Shop, an indoor pool, a beautiful A-frame ceiling and glass-enclosed lobby with lovely lake views, wood-burning fireplace, large screen TV, and 6 meeting rooms that accommodate up to 250 people. With its “getting away from it all” feeling, Burr Oak is the logical choice for retreats and conferences of all kinds.
In fact, the lodge’s architectural design makes it a perfect location for weddings and receptions, many of which are held at the lodge year-round. Tour groups are also welcome. There is ample parking for buses.
Whether you are planning a getaway for your family, that special wedding day, a family reunion, or simply in need of a business conference away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center provides the perfect atmosphere.
Miner's Memorial Park & Big Muskie Bucket
Big Muskie was the largest dragline ever built and an engineering marvel. Today, visitors can climb inside the bucket and imagine what it took to make such an enormous thing move.
The Wall of Honor is another highlight of the area, showcasing past and present employees of Central Ohio Coal Company, the AEP subsidiary that operated the Big Muskie. In addition to the memorial features found in this part of the park, visitors can enjoy a picnic area with a shelter and a scenic overlook of the area.
The Wilds is a private, non-profit conservation center located on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land in rural southeastern Ohio. It was created as the conservation center of the future by a group of civic leaders, political leaders, and zoo professionals who believed that a serious scientific approach was required to find solutions to environmental concerns.
From its inception, The Wilds has been envisioned as a facility that combines cutting-edge conservation science and education programs with unique visitor opportunities.