Even though this years leaf color has been far from the stellar year we had last year here and here, a few Sundays ago we decided to take an afternoon drive to the Mohican State Park. We should have gone one week earlier for peak, but some areas still had nice color.
Couldn't resist taking this photo at the Amish neighbors gathered for church.
Mohican State Park is located in southern Ashland county and is comprised of 1,100 acres. The Mohican-Memorial State Forest surrounds the park with 4,795 acres.
Our first stop was the firetower which is one of the last remaining in Ohio. We climbed the 100 plus steps to the top to take in the views.
A few views from the firetower.
It was windy up on the tower and it caused just enough blur to make this picture look like a painting.
Covered Bridge over the Clear Fork of the Mohican River.
The Clear Fork of the Mohican River.
Clearfork Gorge from the Overlook
Wolf Creek/Pine Run Grist Mill
This grist mill in 1831 and was originally located north of Loudonville at Wolf Creek. It was moved and restored at this location in 1971 next to Pine Run Stream.
I was disappointed to find they had closed for the season.
Landoll's Mohican Castle
Since we were in the area we decided to take a little time and find this resort in a very remote area not far from Mohican. Up a narrow, gravel, winding road, miles from the nearest highway is not where you would normally find a castle. Just as we were certain we were on the wrong road, there it was.
Love the beautiful stone work!
We took a longer scenic route 'Wally Road Scenic Byway' on the return home and came across this beautiful old 1800s schoolhouse. Almost reminds me of Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.
The plaque says Mohican Log Cabin, also on Wally Road.
LOVE old barns!