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Add a little European flavor to your vacation when you book an RV in Tuscarawas County. The town of Sugarcreek, about 50 miles south of Akron, owes a large part of its heritage to the Swiss immigrants who first settled there in the early 1800’s. Now a fascinating blend of Swiss and Amish culture, Sugarcreek boasts plenty of Swiss-style architecture, bulk food stores, shops featuring homemade cheeses, and bakeries. You’ll find plenty of these traditional stores mingling with well-known chains and modern business too. Sugarcreek is famous for celebrating its heritage during the annual Swiss Festival which has taken place each September since 1953. The event includes vibrant displays of traditional Swiss dress, opportunities to taste typical foods and wines, listen to regional music and see games and dances performed. In June, the town also hosts the annual 50’s Fling Festival, featuring classic car displays, live music, and entertainment.
There’s also an abundance of outdoor activities in the area, from hiking to wildlife spotting and sailing to scenic driving, which will keep guests of all ages busy during a Sugarcreek RV rental vacation. When it comes to accommodation, Sugarcreek offers a good selection of recommended hotels, family-run inns, campsites, and RV parks to stay in, not to mention a variety of tasty restaurants. Sugarcreek is a popular place to rent an RV in Ohio, and the town is easily accessible by Interstate 77 and State Highway 39 or State Highway 93.
Although Ohio’s outdoor scene is dominated by the Cuyahoga National Park, the region surrounding Sugarcreek is packed full of regional natural parks, forest preserves, and wildlife reserves.
For swimming and water sports, Geneva State Park, in Geneva, is one of the best places to take the RV rental near Sugarcreek Ohio. The park sits on the northeastern shores of Lake Erie, covering almost 700 acres. Here, visitors can take a break from extreme sports and enjoy a day on the park’s sandy beach. There are also freshwater marshes brimming with flora and fauna on the edge of the lake and adjoining estuaries. The park has a total of six miles of trails which are suitable for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiles.
Mohican State Park, in Loudonville, is one of the most natural parks in Ohio. The 1,110-acre state park offers hiking and biking opportunities within the hemlock forest and boating on the Mohican River, plus the chance to swim in Pleasant Hill Lake. Visitors can discover the Clear Fork Gorge or explore wilderness territory in the adjoining 4,500-acre forest.
In the midst of Ohio’s coal-mining region, the Barkcamp State Park offers boating opportunities on a scenic lake backed by forests and rugged hills. As well as kayaking, swimming, hiking, and camping, the park offers excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting and plant observation. There is also a well-equipped campsite with basketball and volleyball courts, mini-golf, and horseshoe courts.
The Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County spans across over 17,000 acres of wildlife-filled woodlands, misty valleys, and sweeping meadows. Within the park, there are plenty of recreational activities on site, including boating, horseback riding, archery, and mini-golf. There are also 14 scenic walking trails and 72 miles of bridal track threaded through the sloping forests. These trails range from easy 0.3-mile strolls to 19-mile paths made for snowmobiles.
There are plenty of places to spend the night in the Sugarceek camper rental in the surrounding area. Many of the nearby state and regional parks, including those mentioned above, have basic camping facilities with electric hookups, restrooms, picnic areas and BBQ amenities. For something more comfortable, Timbercrest Camp and RV Park in Walnut Creek is a good option. The park is located in Holmes County, just a few minutes’ drive from local attractions. The site is pet-friendly and offers laundry facilities, water, sewer, and electric hookups, pull-through sites, showers, restrooms, a dump station, and free WiFi hotspots.
The town of Sugarcreek may be small but it’s certainly not lacking in entertainment. For a mix of culture and comedy, the Amish Country Theater hosts regular afternoon and evening performances from mid-May to mid-November, and from mid-August to mid-December, the town hosts the musical version of Wanda Brunstetter’s bestseller, Half-Stitched.
Another highlight of Sugarcreek is the Alpine Hill Historical Museum, a three-floor audio-visual exhibition dedicated to the town’s Swiss, Amish, and German heritage. Other top attractions in and around the town include the Cabin Creek Golf Club, the Downtown Sugarcreek Brick Wall Sculpture, the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, the Walnut Creek Farm, and the Innovation Plaza.
The Norma Johnson Conservation Center is located just outside of the town center. You can take the Sugarcreek camper rental and drive to the site to enjoy the tranquillity found within the 303-acre reserve. There are picnic areas available and a total of six miles of forested walking trails where wildflowers, birds, other wildlife can be spotted.
Also, nearby is the Dutch Valley, where Amish heritage has been preserved in traditional-style shops selling Amish foods and heirlooms and restaurants serving typical Amish dishes.