The Adventure Continues
More ways to find audacious summer fun in Ohio
Where: Spotted Horse Ranch, thespottedhorseranch.com
The spirit of the Wild West is alive and well in Laurelville. This working ranch takes city slickers into beautiful, sprawling acreage in the Hocking Hills. A two-hour trail ride costs $45. For a true cowboy experience, pony up $95 for a four-hour ride with a backwoods cookout.
Where: Zaleski State Forest, ohiodnr.com/forestry
Those geared up for their first backpacking trip at Zaleski State Forest should try the 9.9-mile southeastern loop, which features two campsites and two places to pump drinking water in season. This set
-up allows beginning backpackers to trek deep into the woods without having to leave all comfort behind.
Where: Wind Over Water Sailing School, wowsailingschool.com
Doug Golding is about as decorated as a boating instructor can get, and he shares his experience and expertise through a range of sailing classes on Hoover Reservoir. His two-day windsurfing crash courses ($130) teach everything you need to catch that first ride. Classes run through September.
Where: Headhunter Fishing Adventures, headhunterfishingadventures.com
Launching from the Marblehead Peninsula, Headhunter can introduce you and a group of friends to monstrous hauls of Lake Erie’s legendary walleye. Captain Jerry Abele’s standard charter ($600) includes eight to 10 hours on the water, bait, tackle and expert aquatic knowledge. Walleye season generally runs from April through October.
Where: Land Paintball, landpaintball.com
Military strategy and outdoor adventure collide at this popular Obetz operation. A range of playing fields accommodates extended team matches and quick, every-man-for-himself games designed for novice or advanced players. The $40 rental package includes admission, gun, mask, air refills, 500 paintballs and other supplies.