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Loudonville, Ohio Travel Guide
 
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Location: North America
Geography: Forest, Grasslands/Plains
Vacation Type: Family, Adventure
Popularity: Off-the-Beaten Path
Costs: Budget
Attractions: Historical Sites, Scenery, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Rafting

Facts and Stats:
Population: 2,623
Land Area: 2.62 square miles
Elevation: 965 feet
Country Dialing Code: 1
Area Code: 419
Languages: English
Electricity: 110V
Currency: US Dollar
Time Zone: Eastern (EST) UTC-5/UTC-4 (Summer)
Current Time:

Introduction:
Loudonville is a small town located in Ashland County in Northern central Ohio. The small town is referred to as a village, with a population of about 2,600 people. The village is built along the beautiful Mohican River which is well known for canoeing. Loudonville has an abundance of canoe liveries and campsites nearby to choose from, earning Loudonville the nickname "Camp and Canoe Capital of Ohio".

Loudonville also borders the Mohican State Park, and the river winds through 6,000 acres of woodlands, making it a popular, family-friendly, summer destination.

Geography:
Loudonville is located near Mohican State Park along the Black Fork of the Mohican River. It is nestled at the base of the Appalachian foothills in Northern Ohio about halfway between the cities of Cleveland and Columbus.

Mohican State Park is roughly 1,100 acres, but it connects to Mohican Memorial State Forest, which is about 4,300 acres. The Park has about 45 miles of scenic hiking trails in addition to biking and bridle trails. Mohican State Park also boasts the deepest gorge in Ohio, Clear Fork Gorge, which is about one thousand feet wide at the top and over three hundred feet deep.

Brief History:
The area that is now known as Loudonville was once occupied by several groups of American Indians tribes during the 18th century, until they were driven away during the war of 1812. The Mohegans (from where the name Mohican was derived) left the most in terms of namesakes around the area, with the river, state park and forest all named Mohican.

The village of Loudonville was founded by James Louden Priest August 6th, 1814. The Priest family had settled in the area in 1812, but the wars in the area drove them to build a stockade around their cabin for protection from attacks, and there they stayed hidden for 2 years. After the wars died down, James Priest laid out plans for a small town along the Black Fork of the Mohican River and named it after his father, Loudon.

People & Culture:
The town of Loudonville is typical heartland America - pleasant, relaxed, and accomodating. Downtown Loudonville is all of Main Street - a charming street lined with flower baskets, art galleries, gift shops and eateries. Every year, Loudonville hosts Ohio's largest free street fair at the end of September.

This part of Ohio is Amish country. Neighboring Holmes County is 50% Amish, and includes the communities of Millersburg and Berlin. There are a number of Amish families in Ashland County and Loudonville as well. As a result, you can check out their shops including ones selling Amish furniture and other crafts.

Food & Nightlife:
As a small town, Loudonville doesn't have much in the way of dining options. Most of what you will find is a lot of casual, traditional American food restaurants and pizza joints. There are a couple of upscale options available a few miles outside of the town that serve elevated American food.

Loudonville has a couple of dive bars, and there are a few other options outside the town. The drinking age in the United States is 21 years old.

Money & Costs:
Loudonville is fairly inexpensive. Most lodging options are under $150/night, and food is reasonable for what you get. Equipment rental (tubes, canoes, etc) and shuttle service are less expensive than many other destinations.

Ohio has a 6.75% sales tax AND 6% occupancy tax for lodging at the time of this writing. Both taxes will apply to lodging.

Standard tipping procedures in the USA are 15% for average service, and higher for very good service.

Credit cards are widely accepted, and there are plenty of ATM's and banks in the area.

Getting There & Around:
The closest commercial airport to Loudonville is the Akron-Canton Airport. It is 61 miles, or about an hour's drive. Port Columbus International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are larger, and each is about 1.5 hours drive from Loudonville.

Once you have arrived in Loudonville, there is a bike path that connects the village to the campsites and cabins along the river. The bike path also feeds into the mountain bike trail system that runs all the way through Mohican State Park. Bike rentals are available. Despite the ease and availability of getting around on bike, it is advisable to have a car so that you can explore the State Forest and visit some sites just outside of Loudonville. The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield was the filming location for the movie Shawshank Redemption. Loudonville is close to Malabar Farm, a 900 acre working farm that was once home to Pulitzer prize winner Louis Bromfield. There is also Wally's Road, a scenic 10.4 mile Byway.

Weather:
During the summer, temperatures are warm with afternoon highs in the 80s and 90s with high humidity. Summer nights cool off and are comfortable. Spring and Fall can be very pleasant with daytime highs in the mid 60's and cool, crisp evenings. Loudonville is most popular in the summer, but the fall foliage in the state park and gorge is stunning and worth a visit. Winters are cold, often with snow accumulations.

Below are the current conditions and weather forecast for Loudonville, Ohio.


The table below shows the average high and low temperatures.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg High 34 38 49 61 71 80 83 82 75 64 51 39
Avg Low 16 18 26 35 45 55 59 57 48 37 30 21
Precipitation 2.81" 2.54" 3.13" 3.55" 4.67" 4.61" 4.42" 3.40" 3.16" 2.76" 3.26" 3.22"
Snowfall 15" 20" 6" 1" 0" 0" 0" 0" 0" 0" 1.5" 5"

Contacts:
  • Emergency: 911
  • Non-emergency police: (419) 994-4151
Tips & Additional Information:
  • The nearest hospital is in Ashland.





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