The area of Malabar Farm in Mansfield is well known for its history and its fall panorama of colors. Those trees that offer the color are now filled with the sweet goodness of Ohio maple syrup.
Malabar Farm State Park will demonstrate sugaring techniques from earlier days back when the area was home to Native Americans to the way maple syrup is made today. A self-guided tour of the sugar camp and sugarhouse will produce all the action of the evolution of sugaring equipment and how the sap becomes syrup.
Bring the whole family as the kids, parents and grandparents will enjoy the horse-drawn wagon rides to the sugar camp. Free samples of the Ohio "grown" maple syrup will be available at the sugar house. Pure Ohio maple syrup, homemade maple walnut fudge, maple cotton candy, maple popcorn and other maple products will be available in the Malabar Farm Gift Shop throughout the season.
Visitors will be treated to live music and light refreshments are offered in nearby Pugh Log Cabin. The festival runs March 4-5 and 11-12, from noon to 4 p.m.
Take some time to tour Malabar Farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married. It was the home of famed author Louis Bromfield. More information can be found at www.MansfieldTourism.com.
Head two hours south of Mansfield for more sweetness. Travelers will find a maple syrup celebration at Hocking Hills State Park. Naturalists will welcome visitors to Maple Sugaring in the Hills March 11-13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Naturalist’s Cabin behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. A great place to not only take in the maple events but also enjoy the forest, rock formations and waterfalls of Old Man’s Cave. Visitors will find the naturalists and costumed interpreters showing the very oldest techniques of sugaring once used by the prehistoric tribes to the most contemporary methods used today to distill maple syrup. It is a true tree-to-table event as visitors will get to see, taste and see how local maple sap is collected and boiled down to create syrup. Samples to taste will be available and bottles will be available for sale.
When you visit one of the most interesting area in Ohio, make sure to walk one of more of the trails and other adventures located in Hocking Hills State Park. Detailed information is available at www.ExploreHockingHills.com.
More to do
Mansfield and Richland County offers an wide array of unusual travel adventures and experiences. Spend the night in the haunted former state prison where the Shawshank Redemption, and other Hollywood movies were filmed. From motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf and so much more, there is a little bit of everything for visitors of all ages to do in Mansfield. For more visitor information and a free visitors guide visit MansfieldTourism.com or call 800-642-8282.
Hocking Hills is located 40 miles southeast of Columbus and the area offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and many free activities including miles of hiking trails, parks and forests. Visitors will find that Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest, with more than 55 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Enjoy perusing the unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, off-road Segways, belly boat fishing, horseback riding and spas. Make it an overnighter as there are plenty of affordable overnight options. Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or by calling 800-462-5464.