There is so much to do in Carroll County. Enjoy a countryside drive, go fishing or boating on Atwood Lake, spend time with Mother Nature on a hike, enjoy camping with the family, attend a festival or visit one of many historical sites.
Reconnect with nature.
With two golf courses, two beautiful lakes and public hunting grounds, Carroll County offers you a chance to enjoy nature.
They are part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The man-made lakes were designed to provide flood mitigation, but provide a beautiful source of recreation too. Both lakes have marinas, camping, hiking, and boat rentals.
The Atwood Lake Region offers two marinas, swimming, camping, cabins, hiking, dining, and boat rentals. Atwood Lake Park features primitive and RV camping, cabins and a swimmer’s beach.
Leesville Lake is a fisherman’s paradise and is known for its record-size Muskies, as well as channel catfish, bluegill, saugeye, perch and bass. It has two marinas with campgrounds and boat rentals.
The lake is also home to several residential youth camps.
Both Great Trail and Carroll Meadows golf courses use the gorgeous backdrop to provide golfers a challenging course. Although, you can always say you were distracted by nature’s beauty.
Valley Run Wildlife Area is located on Bacon Road between Carrollton and New Harrisburg. With 304 acres, you can find wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, fox-squirrels, and white-tailed deer in the area. Hear the sweet sounds of woodland songbirds, like kingfishers, wood ducks, pileated woodpeckers, crested flycatchers, catbirds, Northern orioles, and red-tailed hawks.
Leesville Wildlife Area has three separate parcels, totaling 394 acres. Access to the public land is from state Route 164, Delta Road, and Edgewood Road. In this area, you can find deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, and grey squirrel. Migrant birds can be seen in abundance during the spring migration and black bears have been sighted infrequently in the wildlife area. Hunting is the major recreational use of the area. You may also hike, fish, nature study, and bird watch.
If you like to boat, sail or fish, you will love Atwood Lake. It has a 25-horsepower limit and offers a variety of fish. You can see sail boats, pontoons and fishing boats throughout the summer.
Leesville Lake is a fisherman’s paradise with a variety of fish, including muskies. More secluded than Atwood, it has a 10-horsepower limit.
Enjoy a day on either lake aboard a fishing boat or pontoon. Atwood Lake has a 25-horsepower limit and is perfect for sailing, boating or fishing. Leesville is more secluded and has a 10-horsepower limit.
Make memories with family and friends or just relax and unplug on one of Carroll County’s lakes.
Commune with nature as you hike trails at Community Park on state Route 39 or Bluebird Farm Park off of Alamo Road. Both are located just outside of Carrollton.
There are also hiking trails around Atwood Lake with access at Atwood Lake Park.
Walking paths are available at Minerva’s Bicentennial Park and Malvern Village Park. Both are paved, with Malvern having exercise stations circling the path.
A modern day version, otherwise known as geocaching, has grown in popularity over the years. Geocaching is a fun, unique way to get people outside. It is basically treasure hunting with global positioning systems (GPS). GPS units can range from your smartphone, to a hand held unit. A geocache (commonly a small box) is placed in a specific location and the coordinates are listed on geocache.com. GPS users then use a cache’s coordinates to help locate the actual cache. The caches typically contain a small variety of trinkets. Users are expected to take one item, leave one item for a future user, sign the logbook, and then return the cache to its original location.
A geotrail is a series of geocaches tied together by a common theme. The Atwood Lake Explore the Shores Geotrail, located in the Atwood Lake Region of Carroll and Tuscarawas counties, will take geocachers to the area’s businesses, hiking trails and more. Not only will geocachers find the caches, they will get to enjoy the beauty of Atwood Lake.
After you complete the geotrail, check out several other geocaches hidden throughout Carroll County. There are known geocaches at Ashton House Museum, Carrollton Quilt Square, Hart Mansion, Bluebird Farm Park and Carroll Community Park.