Nature & Adventure
Nature and Adventure Itinerary Suggestion
Waynesville is the perfect place to stay as a ‘home base’ for a weekend adventure of outdoor activities when the weather permits. Of course, enough time has to be allowed for investigating the dozens of shops, galleries, and restaurants in town! Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, hopefully sunglasses, and maybe bug spray!
Here are just a few suggestions for a one, two, or three day stay.
Check into one of Waynesville’s charming Bed and Breakfasts or The Creekwood Motel. All accommodations are conveniently located on Main Street.
Make reservations ahead for an amazing experience for the Midwest’s largest zipline canopy tour! Ozone Zipline at Camp Kern can be reached at (513)932-3756, or book online at campkern.org/ozone/.
After the thrill of ziplining, head back to Waynesville for lunch at Cobblestone Cafe for a fresh, delicious, meal.
After lunch, browse through Waynesville’s unique shops of antiques, furniture, home decor, galleries and gifts. When your eyes ‘need a rest’, hop on your bicycle and go the short distance to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail for some late afternoon/early evening exercise. The trail is 75 mile long, paved, and is an easy ride through the beautiful countryside. This bike ride should work up an appetite, so tuck your bike away, and head to The Stonehouse Tavern for a gourmet burger & sides, or a tasty dinner entree.
Start out with a hearty country breakfast at the Village Family Restaurant.
Hot Air Balloons need to fly at dawn or close to sunset. If you are an early morning person, schedule ahead for the magnificent adventure of a hot air balloon ride.
Contact a local pilot, Gentile Breezes Hot Air Balloon (513) 933-8359, or Bella Balloons, Lebanon, (513)932-3552 as an example/option.
If this isn’t your ‘cup of tea’, make the short drive to a local canoe livery. Rent a canoe or kayak for a leisurely trip down the Little Miami National Scenic River. Pick up a box lunch at Lilly’s Cafe,or one of the other restaurants to enjoy on the trip. One such canoe livery is Morgan’s at (513) 932-6608 or morganscanoe.com.
After this adventure, take another stroll in historic Waynesville to visit more of the shops that you missed yesterday.
Late afternoon/early evening is the perfect time to make the short trip to Caesar’s Creek State Park to enjoy one of the 43 miles of hiking trails, ranging from mild to rugged. Another option would be to drive to Cox Arboretum in Dayton to visit a premier park area with ponds, prairies, walking trails, woods, specialty gardens, picnic areas, an observation tower-Tree Tower, and a Butterfly house.
Call (937)434-9005 for informatin. 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton.
This busy day must leave you ready for a good meal. Check out Bentino’s and one of their specialty pizzas or calzones, or the Village Family Restaurant for one of the daily specials and a piece of homemade pie!
After breakfast, how about a game of golf at a local course? Heatherwoode Golf Club in nearby Springboro is an 18 hole, public course. Conveniently located off Rt. 741, call (937) 748-3222 for tee time, or www.golfheatherwoode.com.
Or schedule ahead for a ride at Caesar’s Creek Gliderport. Yes! A glider ride. Call (513)932-7627, 5375 Elbon Road, Waynesville.
Horse back riding at a local stable is also an option. Example, Lochmoor Stable, Inc. (513)932-7332,or Skipping Rock Stables, (513) 934-4520.
For another idea, visit nearby Spring Valley Wildlife Area which features birding, fishing, archery, target shooting, and nature trails. (937) 372-9261 for information.
After your morning adventure, don’t miss the Hammel House Inn for a delicious lunch. Homemade and hearty fare is featured with decadent, freshly made desserts.
Finish your stay in Waynesville with last minute shopping for treasures and souveniers to take back home wih you.
So… after your adventuresome get-away, hopefully you drive back home with wonderful pictures, memories, and plans to visit Waynesville again in the future.
It’s been our pleasure to have you visit our town.