Inspiration abounds in Richland County from vibrant downtown Mansfield to the close-knit surrounding towns. Come appreciate the land, connect with welcoming folks and explore growing communities across the county.
Formerly a manufacturing city located on the Erie Railroad line, Ontario stays true to its industry-driven roots with plenty of retailers, restaurants, hotels, North Central State College and The Ohio State University’s gorgeous Mansfield campus.
Explore: Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Concerts at Marshall Park (pictured), Steve’s Dakota Grill, Ontario 4th of July Festival
The fertile fields of Lucas have a long history of drawing in pioneers looking to stake their claim. Home of the legendary Johnny Appleseed and renaissance man, author and environmentalist Louis Bromfield, the community is a nature-lover’s respite ripe for outdoor exploration.
Explore: Malabar Farm State Park (pictured), Mt. Jeez Overlook
Plymouth is a unique sight in Ohio, with a charismatic downtown (pictured) full of strollable streets and modern-day shops inside 19th century commercial buildings and a diamond-shaped layout reminiscent of east coast towns.
Explore: Village Roots Market, Silver King Festival, Hound Dog Hop
At the vibrant heart of Richland County, you’ll find the welcoming and diverse community of Mansfield. The city has your evening and weekend plans lined up with concerts, shops, nightlife and local restaurants downtown, the B&O trailhead, plus the Richland Carrousel Park.
Explore: The Shawshank Trail, Kingwood Center Gardens (pictured), Mansfield Art Center, B&O Trail
Slow down and unplug in the serene village of Butler. Situated near Mohican-Memorial State Forest and Clear Fork Valley, the Butler area begs to be explored on two feet with opportunities for biking, walking, camping and more.
Explore: The Whiffletree Restaurant, B&O Trail, Prairie Peddler Festival (pictured), Bullfrog Mountain Cabins
As the site of Ohio’s gold rush, Bellville is a postcard-worthy paradise with its quaint Italianate bandstand from 1878, the iconic Blue Bridge over Clear Fork Mohican River, and picturesque bike trails and golf courses.
Explore: Bellville Street Fair, Elzy Milling and Trade, Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast and Winery (pictured), Panchos Tacos Bellville
Experience the growing haven of Lexington, with family-friendly activities, high-octane sports car racing, relaxing dining and heart-filled community events. The village has proud roots as a notable stop along the Underground Railroad.
Explore: Laxton Hollow Brewing Works, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (pictured), B&O Trail, The Blueberry Patch, Tito’s Cantina & Grill
Previously the site of the Shelby Cycle Manufacturing Company, the laid-back community of Shelby keeps leisure and whimsy central, with joyous community events like Shelby Bicycle Days. The city was also where Charles W. Follis, America’s first Black pro football player, saw his start.
Explore: Shelby Black Fork Wetlands, Roselawn Miniature Golf, Glen’s Surplus Sales, The Vault Wine Bar (pictured)
The peaceful village of Shiloh is one of Richland County’s most verdant and vibrant. Bask in the quintessential Ohio landscape with visits to fruit farms, greenhouses and gardens galore, and discover artisan wares at one of the locally owned shops.
Explore: Springhill Fruit Farm, Annual Firemen’s Ox Roast (pictured), Planktown Hardware & More
By Casey Mazzoli