Great Fun Nearby
What’s Close By?You’re in for lots of delightful surprises when you camp at Lock 30. Enjoy feeling secluded in this private, pine-forested woodland, cradled in the sandstone hills of Ohio. Yet, just minutes away you’ll find a shopper’s paradise of collectibles, antiques, good food and world-famous pottery, plus all the last-minute items you may have forgotten to pack. Take a look at what’s close by Lock 30—Ohio’s best-kept secret:
Bargain Hunting at Rogers Community AuctionThe small town of Rogers is 4.3 miles north on S.R. 7 and is home to one of the Midwest’s largest free-admission, open-air flea markets and auctions, boasting more than 3 miles and 1300 stalls with everything from fresh produce to Grandma’s attic junk. Open every Friday, year round, up to 50,000 people shop and snack at the “Rogers’ Mall” on busy summer weekends. www.rogersohio.com
Camp early in the week and check out the farmers and folks from across the state buying and selling goodies from their barns, basements and garages at the monthly farm machinery and “miscellaneous” auction. It’s a hoot and it’s held year-round on the first Tuesday of every month. In Rogers you’ll find a post office, friendly, corner gas station and a grocery, which offers supplies from propane to plastic forks!
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Antiques and Collectibles GaloreJust 11 miles north of Lock 30 is the quaint village of Columbiana, with its offerings of antique shops, casual dining restaurants, fast-food establishments, banks, a bowling alley, and department/grocery stores. The Hummel Gift Shop offering 30,000 square feet of Hummel and Royal Dalton figurines, is conveniently located just north of Columbiana off S.R. 7. It features a year-round Christmas center, exclusively decorated for Santas eager to learn home-decorating tips for Christmas. www.dasdutchvillage.com
Collectors will find world-famous Homer Laughlin’s Fiestaware, East Liverpool’s Pottery City Antique Mall and the Hall China Company just moments away from Lock 30. All offer outlet-price shopping bargains. Plan on discovering champagne-quality goods at beer prices or if you aren’t into buying, just book a guided tour to learn how these beautiful items are made. www.hallchina.com and www.hlchina.com
Plan a Special Weekend GetawayAn hour from Lock 30 is Canton, Ohio, the site of the Canton Classic Car Museum and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Drive east one hour to Pittsburgh for an afternoon of big city life entertainment with museums, a conservatory, zoo, theaters and major shopping centers.
The Shaker Woods Festival, Pottery Festival, and Johnny Appleseed Festival are just a few of the annual events that draw folks from all over Ohio and collectors from across the Midwest. This year’s August Shaker Woods Festival, the 20th, will host craftspeople— blacksmiths, weavers, furniture makers and artists from 15 states as they display their wares to tens of thousands who come to Ohio for this internationally recognized annual celebration in Columbiana—just twenty minutes from the campground. . Call Lock 30 for dates and details. www.shakerwoods.com
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