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Southwest Ohio

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Adams Lake State Park
Buck Creek State Park
Caesar Creek Gorge Nature Preserve
Caesar Creek Lake
Caesar Creek State Park
Clarence J Brown Dam and Reservoir
Cowan Lake State Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
East Fork State Park
Hueston Woods State Park
John Bryan State Park
Kiser Lake State Park
Little Miami State Park
Paint Creek Lake
Rocky Fork State Park
Stonelick State Park
Sycamore State Park
William Howard Taft National Historic Site

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Lawn and slice of sand welcome lake swimmers to Caesar Creek State Park
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Lawn and slice of sand welcome lake swimmers to Caesar Creek State Park
Description - Southwest Ohio is comprised of the Till Plains and the Bluegrass Region. While the Till Plains is extremely flat, fertile farm soil, the Bluegrass Region exhibits rolling hills. Both have showy fields of farm gold. Warmer and wetter than other areas of the state, Southwest Ohio features such favorites as scenic gorges, dolomite caves, 200-acre old growth forest, and famous fossil hunting fields.

Attractions - Featuring 3 federal sites and 14 state sites, Southwest Ohio provides the traveler with a variety of choices. Boaters and anglers find a wide selection of lakes including Clarence J. Brown Reservoir, Caesar Creek, Cowan Lake and Kiser Lake. Each support healthy catches of bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. Marina and mooring facilities round out the sport. Fossil finds attract thousands each year to the receded banks of Caesar Creek State Park while Paint Creek State Park entices whitewater enthusiasts during times of scheduled releases. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park commemorates three exceptional men - Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright, and Paul Laurence Dunbar - and their work in the Miami Valley. The William Howard Taft National Historic Site, offers the public an opportunity to tour the home of the only person to serve as both President (1909-13) and Chief Justice of the United States (1921-30).

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in Ohio explore state and national lands where facilities provide users the enjoyment of hiking, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, viewing historical sites, rock climbing, scuba diving, wildlife watching, boating of various types, fishing, swimming, and an array of winter sports.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Much of it untouched by the Ice Age, Southwest Ohio includes the beautiful cities of Dayton and Cincinnati. The region stretches north to include Greenville and Urban, reaches east to Washington Courthouse, and south to Peebles. Southwest Ohio is bordered by the Ohio River to the south and the state of Indiana to the west.

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Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism, Department of Development, P.O. Box 1001 , Columbus, OH, 43216, Phone: 800-BUCKEYE

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Ohio Travel Regions - The beautiful midwestern State of Ohio offers five travel regions equally divided between the sparkling blue waters of Lake Erie and the serpentine route of the Ohio River.

Ohio Tourism - Official agency website.


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