Northwest Ohio – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (2024)

Northwest Ohio includes areas of the state bordering Michigan and Indiana.


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Map of Northwest Ohio

Defiance County, Fulton County, Hanco*ck County, Henry County, Huron County, Paulding County, Putnam County, Seneca County, Williams County, Wood County


  • 1 Findlay - Flag city USA, and the seat of Hanco*ck County.
  • 2 Bluffton
  • 3 Van Buren - A quiet village with a large state park.
  • 4 Norwalk
  • 5 Columbus Grove
  • 6 Tiffin - An industrial city and seat of Seneca county.
  • 7 Wauseon
  • 8 Bowling Green - A college town, and seat of Wood County.
  • 9 Perrysburg - A small city and suburb of Toledo.
  • 10 Rossford
  • 11 Bryan
  • 12 Defiance - The seat of Defiance county in the far northwest.
  • 13 Fostoria - A city crossed by railroads.
  • 14 Napoleon
  • 15 Montpelier
  • 16 Paulding

Other destinations[edit]

State Parks and Resort Lodges[edit]

For camping and getaway rental reservations on any of Ohio's Parks tel. 1-866-644-6727.

  • Harrison Lake State Park, Fulton County, 26246 Harrison Lake Road, Fayette. 175 campsites, 150 have electric hook-ups, showers, flush toilets, two Rent-A-Yurt units, non-powered watercraft, fishing, 3.5-mile hiking trail , volleyball, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, swimming, fishing, and canoeing.
  • Mary Jane Thurston State Park, Henry County, northeast of McClure at 1-466 State Route 65, on the Maumee River. 35 non-electric campsites, twenty miles of open water for boating, two launch ramps, marina, fishing, hunting, one-mile portion of the Buckeye Trail, six miles of trails in the North Turkeyfoot Area, backpacking, horseback riding or mountain biking.
  • Malabar Farm State Park, Richland County, 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas. [1] 15 Primitive campsites and over 12 miles of back-country trails.The original Bromfield home is now a 19-bed hostel.
  • Van Buren State Park, northern Hanco*ck County, north of Findlay, east of Van Buren at 12259 Township Rd. 218. 27 non-electric sites, tables, fire rings, pit latrines, drinking water, playground, outdoor amphitheater, horseshoe pit, hiking, multi-purpose trail, nature center, lake, pet camping, horseman’s camp with 33 non-electric campsites, fishing, hunting, fishing, hunting, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits.



Due to glacial movements, the land here is incredibly flat, and low lying - It is easy to see for miles, and it isn't uncommon to hear some locals call inclines as short as several feet hills.


Northwest Ohio was one of the last areas of Ohio settled by Europeans, due to the vast Great Black Swamp that dominated the land after the glaciers receded. The swamp was slowly cut down and drained over time, and was re-purposed as fertile farmland. To this day, the majority of the land in this area is used to grow corn, soy and other crops. Bits of the swamp still exist in some parks, and it's common to see businesses, public art, and sports team mascots named after or inspired by the swamp.


In the 1880's oil and natural gas was discovered in this area, leading to a few boom towns becoming proper small cities. Though none grew into a metropolis, they often have grand public buildings and Victorian painted ladies that were paid for with a glut of oil money. Though the oil dried up due to wasteful practices the initially cheap gas attracted industry to the area, particularly companies in the glass and energy sectors. A few of these companies stuck around to this day - a few towns are known for their glassware, and early wind farms were established in this area.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport with regularly scheduled flights is the Toledo Express Airport (TOLIATA) in Toledo. Most travelers will fly in at a major airport in a neighboring region such as the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLEIATA) or the Detroit Metro Airport (DTWIATA)

For travelers who are pilots, there are a number of minor General aviation airports in the area, most of which offer paved runways, fueling, and hanger services.

By car[edit]

I75 is a major interstate that goes through this region from north to south.

I80/I90 goes east to west as the Ohio Turnpike, a toll road. The turnpike is well maintained, and has large plaza rest areas with convenience stores, restaurants, and restrooms. Tolls are based on distance traveled, so don't loose the ticket provided on entry.

Two lane paved country roads are the primary links between cities in this area.

By train[edit]

Amtrak has a stop in Bryan, Ohio, and a larger station in Toledo.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

The majority of area travel is done by car. Parking is usually free. In the few downtown areas that use meters it is relatively cheap.

Electric cars may have difficulty finding dedicated charging stations outside cities on I-75.

By bike[edit]

The geography of Northwest Ohio is noticeably flatter then the rest of the state. This makes cycling a breeze provided there is no significant headwind, and changing gears is rarely needed.




  • Ashland County Historical Society, 420 Center St..


  • Hanco*ck Historical Museum, 422 West Sandusky.
  • 1 Mazza Museum, 100 N. Main St.. Only teaching gallery specializing illustration/art in chidren's books. Northwest Ohio – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (6) Northwest Ohio – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (7)
  • Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center, 817 Harmon St..


  • The Firelands Museum, 4 Case Ave..


  • Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay Street..
  • Tiffin Glass Museum & Shoppe, 25-27 S. Washington St..


  • National Tractor Pulling Championships, in Bowling Green.
  • Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk.
  • 1 Sauder Village (Sauder Historic Village), 22611 St. Rt. 2 Archbold (1 hour west of Toledo, OH), toll-free: +1-800-590-9755. Visit with costumed guides about how families lived over 100 years ago. Marvel at craftsmen blending skill and creativity in glass, metals, fabric, wood and clay. Enjoy scrumptious homemade goodies and the warmth of genuine, old-fashioned hospitality. Northwest Ohio – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (9)


Northwest Ohio is not known for any particular dish. However, as a breadbasket region, the food here is very fresh. Farmer stands are a chance to try very fresh corn on the cob, apple cider, and other agricultural produce.


Beer is king here, though spirits, cider, and wine are also widely available.


Along I-75 and Turnpike exits, there are plenty of hotels to choose from, from family hotels to the lower end of luxury. Outside these areas lodging options are typically limited to campgrounds, farmhouse bed and breakfasts, motels, and smaller hotels.

Stay safe[edit]

Due to the flat terrain winds can be strong, and areas near rivers can flood easily. The Lake Effect from Lake Erie can also make winter weather stronger in the counties near the lake. Be aware of the weather.

Go next[edit]

Major Cities[edit]

  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Detroit
  • Fort Wayne
  • Indianapolis


  • Ohio Erie shore west
  • Lake Erie Islands
  • West Central Ohio
  • Northern Indiana
  • Southeast Michigan
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Northwest Ohio – Travel guide at Wikivoyage (2024)


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What is the oldest town in Northwest Ohio? ›

Established in 1788, Marietta is the oldest city in the state of Ohio, and the first official American settlement territory north and west of the Ohio River. Known as the “Riverboat Town,” it is located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers.

What is the largest city in Northwest Ohio? ›

The city of Toledo is located in northwest Ohio at the western shore of Lake Erie and borders the state of Michigan. The Toledo metropolitan area has a population of approximately 651,000, what makes it the fourth most populous city in the state of Ohio, after Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

What is Ohio famously known for? ›

Ohio is most famous for Buckeyes (a small, shiny brown nut produced by the buckeye tree), Cedar Pointe, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Wright Brothers, and the Ohio River.

What are the 5 regions of Ohio? ›

Figure 2.1: The Five Ohios

As Figure 2.1 shows, Northeast, Northwest, Central and Southwest Ohio form various kinds of rectangles in their respective “corners” of the states, loosely surrounding the dominant cities of each region. In contrast, Southeast Ohio covers a broad semi-circle along the Ohio River .

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Recognized as these four areas, the North includes Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

What counties make up Northwest Ohio? ›

Northwest Ohio
  • Allen County.
  • Defiance County.
  • Fulton County.
  • Hanco*ck County.
  • Hardin County.
  • Henry County.
  • Lucas County.
  • Paulding County.

What are the 4 regions of Ohio? ›

Figure 2.1: The Five Ohios

As Figure 2.1 shows, Northeast, Northwest, Central and Southwest Ohio form various kinds of rectangles in their respective “corners” of the states, loosely surrounding the dominant cities of each region. In contrast, Southeast Ohio covers a broad semi-circle along the Ohio River .

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