Blog News


March 8, 2020

At Visit Fairfield County, the safety and well-being of our visitors and residents is our top priority. We are committed to supporting our community and will continue to follow the recommendations of our local leaders and the CDC in order to keep Fairfield County as safe as possible.

We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and will continually update our events calendar with changes and cancellations as necessary. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of events in the county. For events not listed, please refer to the individual organization’s website.

Also, know that our local businesses and restaurants are taking all the necessary preventative measures to stay open and safe so visitors and locals alike can continue enjoying delicious food and drinks. Check here for some of your locally owned options.

If you have a trip planned to Fairfield County, are looking to visit or you live in the area, here are some ways to get out and explore while practicing safe social distancing:

*Our green spaces and parks are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, especially as the weather begins to warm up! Smeck Park is a 48-acre park with a working windmill, a playground, and walking trails. You walk across a WPA suspension bridge to enter Cross Mound Park, then hike up to see the world’s only “X” shaped prehistoric mound (#onlyinFC!), believed to be part of the Great Hopewell Road.

*Our local businesses still need our support. Many of our restaurants offer pickup and delivery options – enjoy your favorite meals from the comfort of your home.

*Hop in the car and take a ride to see some of our amazing historical structures like 17 original covered bridges, Stonewall Cemetery, Rock Mill, and Ohio & Erie Canal locks in Baltimore and Pickerington.

*Lancaster has a 10-mile safe and well-maintained bike trail, with lots of interesting stops along the way. The trail goes past the outdoor Nature Playscape at AHA, through Hunter Park Playground (the largest multi-generational, all-accessible playground in the region), and ends at Sensory Trail Park, featuring an ADA-accessible treehouse, swingset, and outdoor musical instruments.

*Everybody loves climbing to the top of Mt. Pleasant! Rising Park also offers some of the prettiest picnic spots you could find anywhere.

*You can always go fishing, Cenci Lake, Lake Loretta (Alley Park), and Buckeye Lake are great spots for all ages to fish (with a valid license, of course!).

*We have disc golf courses all over the county, including two top-rated courses (Flat Rocks at Keller-Kirn Park and Eagle’s Nest at Alley Park).

*Clear Creek Metro Park is the state’s largest nature preserve; Wahkeena Nature Preserve is famous for its abundance of bird species and variety of ferns. Chestnut Ridge Metro Park includes what is considered to be the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and they have an excellent wetland observation deck (as well as fishing for ages 15 or younger).

The details around COVID-19 are rapidly changing. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC, ODH and World Health Organization websites.

Stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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