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Wild Western Holmes County

Western Holmes County features towns with fascinating histories, beautiful views, and outdoor adventures. The areas around Glenmont, Killbuck, Nashville, Holmesville, and Lakeville are excellent for outdoors-folk, wine lovers, Sunday drivers, and off-the-beaten-path travellers. The Holmes County Rails-to-Trails is a fun way to enjoy scenery from your bike and offers village stops for snacks on your route. Locals and visitors can enjoy the wetlands north and south of Millersburg for bird-watching of native species as well as rarer migratory birds. There’s also public hunting and fishing as seasons permit. The Mohican River area provides kayaking, canoeing, or tubing near Loudonville. There’s hiking, camping, zip-lining, and fishing nearby. Several wineries in this area will provide the perfect break from all that adventure. Many of these stops serve-up food along with weekend entertainment and some sweet serenity.

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Back East in Holmes County

Eastern Holmes County has the highest concentration of Amish residents and visitor activities dedicated to exploring Amish culture. If you’re looking for photo-ops, fun shops, and personal pie-eating contests, visit Berlin, Walnut Creek, Charm, Mt. Hope, Trail, and Winesburg. Many know Berlin as the hub of Amish Country because of its walkable shops and restaurants. To find an array of quilts and notions, materials for your next DIY project or gear for the outdoors, check out Charm. Walnut Creek is excellent for traditional and nouveau fare, bulk food shopping, and chocolate. Mt. Hope holds its farmers’ auction each Wednesday, and stops in Winesburg and Trail will satisfy your inner carnivore with custom meats. Holmes County is rural, with towns scattered a few miles apart, but you’ll find plenty of sites in the countryside. Cheese factories provide samples and bakeries prepare treats daily. You can see farmers at work and sample local produce from farmstands. For homemade Amish goods, follow the hand-lettered signs found at the ends of driveways. Many cultural activities are located in the country, including home tours, buggy rides, and domestic and exotic animal farms. 

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Head Downtown in Millersburg

Millersburg is in the center of Holmes County at the intersection of OH-39 and US Route 62/OH-83. Shops, artisans, and restaurants line Jackson Street in Historic Downtown. It’s a great place to grab a brew or ice cream cone. This larger village also offers visitors the opportunity to find banks, grocery stores, fuel, pharmacies, and emergency medical services. It is the business and county government hub of the area. Interestingly, much of the countryside surrounding Millersburg is designated as having a Millersburg address. This is particularly important to remember when visiting locations including Berlin, Mt. Hope, parts of Walnut Creek, and Charm. If you see a Millersburg address for a shop that you’d like to visit, check your Ohio Amish Country Map & Visitors’ Guide. If you wind up in Millersburg mistakenly, stop in at the Tourism Bureau at the corner of Jackson and Clay Streets for local guidance and enjoy the excellent attractions downtown. 


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The Amish Country Byway

Known for scenic views and a simple lifestyle, Ohio Amish Country is the perfect road trip destination. Our winding country lanes are a wonderful way to explore the beautiful landscape that sets our area apart. One of the most popular routes is the Amish Country Byway. As you travel this road through the hills of Holmes County and beyond, you’ll gain an appreciation of the Amish way of life.The 160-mile stretch is a peaceful and easy-to-navigate route that runs through Wilmot, Walnut Creek, Berlin, Millersburg, Killbuck, Loudonville and Brinkhaven. With plenty to see and do along the way, you’ll have everything you need to create your own adventure.There are many opportunities for delicious Amish country meals, pastries or produce. And the beauty and simplicity of country life can be found in the small farms and homesteads that dot the landscape. For those interested in the history of the local people, be sure to stop at the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center & German Culture Museum. Traveling the Amish Country Byway, you will be amazed at all there is to see and do. 



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