A piece of paradise sits just outside of Columbus in southeastern Ohio, and it could be your next favorite adventure destination. It’s also home to the annual Washboard Festival, a musical extravaganza in celebration of the enduring role of the washboard in America. A short hour-long drive from Columbus brings you to the Hocking Hills region, home of multiple state parks, nature preserves and forests. Its resplendent with the incredible beauty of deep gorges, cascading waterfalls over sandstone cliffs, recess caves and activities like zip lining and rappelling. Vast stretches of poplar, oak, hemlock and beech trees provide shade on hiking trails. Stunning displays of wildflowers and vivid foliage greet visitors during spring and fall.
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Written by Lavanya Sunkara.
Originally published April 28, 2019.