Small cities. Rolling hills. Hardwood forests and country fields. Discover the best of small town living with easy access to major metro areas in jaw droppingly beautiful Southeast Ohio.
Embrace the simple life in the Ohio SE. Safer spaces and slower paces make for a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Twenty-five expansive counties gently hug the Ohio River from the State’s southwest border to the northeast corner, where Ohioans who want a self-paced lifestyle make their homes. Explore the unique communities of Southeast Ohio, including Chillicothe’s Old Capital District, Historic Downtown Marietta, Boneyfiddle and surrounding downtown Portsmouth, rustic Millersburg, the quaint streets of Cambridge, Roscoe Village, Zanesville, and more—each steeped in rich history and charm.
World-class artists love the simple life. Sculptors, musicians, printmakers, potters, and painters draw inspiration from the calming beauty of the Ohio SE. The region is rich in festivals, art shows, and Earthworks, with murals and museums drawing fans from around Ohio and across the nation. With space to stretch and room to breathe, the people of Southeast Ohio are free to create, appreciate, and support community arts in unique and unforgettable ways.
The Wilds and its 9,000 plus acres are home to rare and endangered species from around the globe, living in open range habitats. On land that was once devoted to strip mining, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has built North America’s largest conservation facility and transformed wildlife conservation practices. Come observe giraffes, rhinos, and ostriches completely uncaged. Send your kids to Summer Camp for an incredible learning adventure. Enjoy night hikes, zip lining, horseback riding, sunset tours, safari fishing, and more.
Award-winning restaurants, Ohio wineries, distilleries, and farm-to-table restaurants await you in the Ohio SE. You’ll find Amish-style comfort food, fresh cheeses and delicatessen, and deliciously crafted culinary delights worthy of coastal culture but reserved for Ohio’s own. From bakeries to breweries, taverns to estate dining, there’s something for every taste. Grab a cold craft beer at Jackie O’s, sip a fresh cup of joe at River Roasters Coffee Co., try the Ahi Tuna at Strong & Co., or dabble in distinctive dining at The Barker Estate. Whatever tickles your tastebuds.
Trade noisy city streets for a long, white road lined with horses and buggies. You’ll find a pristine paradise of joy and peace in Ohio’s most laid-back community, Amish Country. When you’re here, you’re family—and you’ll enjoy the food, fellowship and friendly hospitality that comes with it. Observe quilting, craftsmanship, faith, and family—all the things that make the Amish lifestyle so beautifully simple. And while you’re at it, sample some fresh-made Swiss at Heini’s Cheese Chalet and unearth a one-of-a-kind find at the Berlin Antique and Craft Malls.
The Ohio Southeast boasts untouched landscapes and adventure for all. The beauty of Wayne National Forest makes way for trail systems, pump tracks, and bikeways, as well as Lakes, camping, and water conservation districts. Hide away in a cabin in the woods or explore the all-four-seasons glory of Hocking Hills State Park, including one-way hiking areas at Ash Cave, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Conkle’s Hollow, Cedar Falls, Cantwell Cliffs, and Whispering Cave Trail. You’re sure to refresh and reset in Southeast Ohio’s great outdoors.
Southeast Ohioans are festival people! From Ohio Brew Week in Athens, the home of Ohio University, to Steubenville’s Nutcracker Village during the holiday season, you’ll find endless festivities waiting for you. Experience the Nelsonville Music Festival—named one of the Midwest’s best. Take a bite out of life at the Jackson Apple Festival or watch fireworks on the water at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. Food and fun, music, arts, and more, there’s something fun for every family in every season.
Go ahead. Hit the open road—you won’t regret it. Ohio’s scenic highways and byways get extra gorgeous in the Ohio SE. Make your way through the mountains on the Appalachian Byway of Ohio. Drive by the riverside along the Ohio Scenic River Byway. Explore the Tuscarawas and Muskingum River Water Trails for a captivating ride you’ll never forget. All roads lead to heaven in the Ohio SE.
The Ohio Southeast Region employs nearly 500K people in three primary, highly specialized sectors—manufacturing, energy, and agriculture. Our authentic culture and strong work ethic attracts and retains talent from across the nation. If you’re looking for job security, you’ll be happy to know that companies in the Ohio SE have higher productivity and lower turnover than facilities in other locations. But if you want a big-city job and a small-town home environment, you’re in luck. Nearly 100K more Ohio SE residents enjoy a straightforward and beautiful commute into Ohio major metros for work.