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Accommodation Line Scenic Byway

Basics
Length:
11.6 miles (18 km)

Description

Travel the Accommodation Line Scenic byway as it follows the early 19th Century Accommodation stagecoach route. Historic farms and towns dot the byway. Stop in Waynesville for a self-guided tour of 40 historic buildings, or explore Mount Holly's old gristmill. Relish the rest of the day with nature, as you relax at one of the byway's two State Parks, Caesar Creek State Park or Little Miami State Park.

Spring Valley, which is at the northern end of the byway, was founded by Quakers and has some of the oldest concrete buildings in Ohio. At the southern end of the byway, Waynesville has been called the 'Antique Capital of the Midwest' due to its 80 shops within only 5 blocks. The town offers self guided tours of over 40 historic homes and several huge festivals each year.

Plan to visit the three month long Ohio Renaissance Festival at Caesar Creek Lake. The Ohio Renaissance Festival sets up camp in Harveysburg, on the banks of the Caesar Creek Lake, and is open on weekends from August to October. Watch continuous plays on two stages and mingle with 150 artisans who recreate the sights and smells of the Renaissance. Saunter over to the other side of Caesar Creek Lake and enjoy the Pioneer Village. Discover over twenty restored pioneer buildings and experience one of three different festivals during the year: the Celtic festival, the Ole' Tyme Music festival and the Pioneer Harvest festival.

Caesar Creek State Park is also a beautiful site for leisurely recreation. Enjoy a day on Caesar Creek Lake boating or taking a relaxing swim along its 1,300-foot long beach. The park offers great hunting and fishing, so take a gun or a pole with you. For a little exercise and inspiring natural and historic scenes, hike, take a horse, or bike on one of the several trails throughout the lake area.

Explore the Little Miami State Park on foot or in a canoe. The park covers 50 miles of the 80-mile Little Miami Scenic Trail and provides canoe access to the Little Miami River. The trail is designed to accommodate a wide range of activities like bicycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, rollerblading, backpacking and horseback riding. While enjoying the gorgeous river scenery, end your journey how you started it, with a bit of history. The Little Miami Scenic Trial takes you on a journey through the past as you amble by Indian mounds, historic buildings, and ancient gristmills.

Traveling the Accommodation Line is an enjoyable and educational way to spend a day or two. Ramble the countryside at the Caesar Creek State Park or along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Stay at historic towns and explore ancient houses and farms. Interact with the past at Caesar Creek's Pioneer Village and celebrate history at one of the area's exciting festivals.

Points of Interest

Points of Interest Along The Way

Caesar Creek Lake (OH)

This is a popular 2830-acre lake without horsepower limitations.The fishing is supposed to be great here. There are also a fewshort, easy trails for hiking around the lake.

Directions

The lake is about 2 miles east of the byway.

Caesar Creek State Park (OH)

Clear blue waters, scattered woodlands, meadows and steepravines combine to greet the visitor with a pleasant outdoorsetting. Watch for red-tail hawk, white-tail deer, raccoon, redfox, and box turtle that live here. You can also camp, boat, hike,swim, and fish. 43 miles of hiking trails lead hikers tointeresting areas of the park with many scenic views along the way.There are 31 miles of horse trail and a horserider's camp. A 5-milemountainbike trail is located between Harveysburg Road and CenterRoad.

Directions

The park is on the eastern shore of Caesar Creek Lake.

Caesar Creek's Pioneer Village (OH)

This is a living history museum with over 20 restored pioneerbuildings. Enjoy the Celtic festival, the Ole' Tyme Music Festival,and the Pioneer Harvest Fesival.

Directions

The Pioneer Village is to the east of Caesar Creek Lake.

Little Miami Scenic Trail (OH)

Opened in 1991, this well-maintained, 63-mile trail is popularfor hikes, walks, biking, rollerblading, and horseriding. The trailhas plenty of picnic areas and places for canoe access.

For much of its length, the pavement is paralleled by a grassystrip suitable for horses, walkers or runners who dislike pavement,and cross-country skiing in rare winters.

The stretch along this byway passes through farm fields, andclose alongside Spring Valley Wildlife Area with its large wetland,providing a favorable spot for birding.

Directions

The trail runs right along the byway. The best access point (for the stretch along this byway) is in Corwin.

Mount Holly (OH)

The first mill dam and saw mill were built here in 1814. The masons and millwrights who came here for John Satterthwaite's grist mill were from Mount Holly, NJ, and brought the name with them. This was a grain center for many years.

Directions

Mount Holly is about halfway between Spring Valley and Waynesville.

Ohio Renaissance Festival (OH)

On weekends from August until October, you can see continuousentertainment on 2 stages, hundreds of costumed performers,swordsmen, and over 150 artisans.

Directions

The festival grounds are on the eastern shore of Caesar Creek Lake.

Spring Valley (OH)

Founded in 1844 by Virginia Quakers, this town used to be atransportation and market center. This village is marked by ahistoric district, highlighted by the oldest knownconcrete-constructed house in Ohio, the Old Hotel, and the PorkHouse. This close-knit community (population of about 500) enjoysfestivals every year, like the Potato Festival.

Directions

Spring valley is at the northern end of the byway, at the intersection of SR 725 and Hwy 42.

The Little Miami State Park (OH)

This park is 50 miles in length and averages 66 feet in width.It runs through 4 counties. This abandoned railroad right-of-way,converted for public use, boasts 47 miles of paved trail. You canfish, camp, picnic, and canoe here.

Directions

The park is just south of Waynesville and Corwin.

Waynesville (OH)

Waynesville has been called the 'Antique Capital of The Midwest' by USA Todaybecause it has over 80 antique shops within 5 blocks. Its large HistoricDistrict offers a brochure-guided walking tour of over 40historical buildings. Many of these are Quaker homes andmeetinghouses. The annual Sauerkraut Festival attracts over 250,000people every year. Christmas in the Village is also popular.

Directions

Waynesville is on the southern end of the byway, at the intersection of SR 73 and Hwy 42.

Waynesville Historic District (OH)

Take a self-guided walking tour of 40 historic buildings. Bricksidewalks, copper street lamps, benches, flower boxes, sweepinggables, specialty windows await the observant visitor.

Directions

Downtown Waynesville.

Details

Length:
11.6 miles (18 km)
Main Roads:
US-42 S

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