Abundant in Beauty & Pleasure
The Wayne National Forest covers over 68,000 acres of Lawrence County and is home to covered bridges and the remains of several iron furnaces.
Lake Vesuvius, a 143-acre lake nestled in the wooded hills, provides an active recreation area. Its wide range of water activities includes boating and fishing.
It is part of about 559 acres of separate lakes that also includes the 100-acre Timbre Ridge Lake in Mason Township. Camp Oak Hill is one of two campgrounds around Lake Vesuvius and is complete with hot showers, playgrounds and more.
The national forest offers hiking trails that travel through striking scenes of vegetation and rock outcrops. Wildlife watchers will see songbirds, deer, beaver and turkey. Some may see hawks and ospreys. Wildflowers are abundant.
Mountain bikers will find some incredible trails as well. There are plenty of jumps, expertly bermed turns and long downhills.
Another choice would be Symmes Creek, which runs 99 miles and is ideal for a family canoe trip. There are areas along the creek suitable for camping and fishing. A variety of fish such as muskie, bass, crappie, catfish and rockbass are typical catches.
Lawrence County also offers a variety of hunting possibilities with both designated and private land where wild turkey and deer are abundant.
Other attractions include Dean State Park, Scottown Covered Bridge, Historic Old 75 Tunnel, Timbre Ridge Farm and Taylor’s Farm, as well as recreation along the Ohio River.