Tuscarawas County: Escape, Experience, Enjoy

Tuscarawas County's Atwood LakeThe hallmarks of Tuscarawas County include a multitude of historic museums, Amish settlements, a diverse array of eateries and restaurants and relaxing recreation. The area is also home to nearly a dozen public-access golf courses, including River Greens Golf Course, the 2010 Ohio Golf Course Owner's Association Course of the Year.

Just 90 minutes from Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh, Tuscarawas County's location lends itself nicely to a long weekend, but the wealth of attractions it offers could keep you entertained for weeks.

Here's a brief look at what awaits on a vacation to east central Ohio:

Golf Courses

Dominated by green space, public parks and hiking trails, Tuscarawas County takes outdoor recreation seriously. The area's committment to maintaining natural beauty is visible during a round of golf at any of the area's fine golf courses.

Spanning 197 acres of countryside and surrounded by lush rolling hills, stately trees and acres of protected wetlands, Oak Shadows Golf Club perfectly encapsulates the natural beauty of picturesque Tuscarawas County.

Located in New Philadelphia, Oak Shadows is one of the area's premier championship public golf courses. Challenging and playable for all skill levels, this par-72 course features five sets of tee ranging in length from 5,208 yards to 7,015 yards and pristine Bent grass fairways, tees and greens. Discover Oak Shadows online at www.oakshadowsgolf.com.

Oak Shadows Golf Course

Situated along the Tuscarawas River, the beautiful tree-lined fairways and gently flowing terrain make Wilkshire Golf Club the most scenic course in the Tuscarawas Valley. For more information about the course, visit www.wilkshiregolf.com.

River Greens Golf Course has matured into one of the most enjoyable and finest tests of golf in the state of Ohio. The soft, lush, tree-lined fairways are maintained and manicured to the highest standards. This contributed to River Greens receiving a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest.

River Greens was recently hailed as the 2010 Golf Course of the Year by the Ohio Golf Course Owner's Association. The course is located in West Lafayette. For more information, visit www.rivergreens.com.

Other notable area courses include Atwood Lake Resort Golf Course, Zoar Village Golf Course, Auman Timbers Golf Course, Green Valley Golf Course, Big Bend Golf Course, Five Waters Golf Course and Willandale Golf Course.

A number of area lodging establishments partner with local golf courses, enabling visiting golfers to create great "Stay and Play" packages. Participating hotels include the Ramada Inn in Strasburg, the Schoenbrunn Inn & Suites in New Philadelphia, the Sleep Inn in Bolivar and the Hampton Inn located in Newcomerstown. CLICK HERE for more information on area golf courses and accommodations.

Museums and More

Nearly 20 historic museums and hundreds of annual events and festivals are responsible for Tuscarawas County's popularity as a tourist destination in Eastern Ohio.

The kids will enjoy the county's newest attraction, the 18,000-square-foot Uhrichsville Water Park. The park is expected to open Memorial Day weekend.

Historic Schoenbrunn Village

Adults will enjoy learning about the exciting and varied history of Tuscarawas County. For a county with a population of a little more than 90,000, this place has a decorated and diverse past.

Go back in time at Zoar Village, a lasting monument to the community formed by German Separatists in the early 19th century, and Schoenbrunn Village, a replica of a Moravian mission founded in 1772. There's also Fort Laurnes, site of Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort built in 1778.

For a complete listing of museums, historic sites, Amish Country attractions, recreational opportunities, golf courses, shopping and entertainment, please visit www.ohiotimelessadventures.com.

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