Located in the north-central part of the United States, Ohio is a popular destination for families that love exploring the outdoors as well as families who enjoy the city life. Lake Erie sits along the northern border of the state, and there are Pike Lake State Park, Vinton Furnace State Forest, and other protected areas for boating, hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking. Find a log cabin in the woods or choose a vacation rental closer to a town for easy access to shopping and local restaurants. No matter the time of year, check out these top seven hot spots to find a cabin rental in Ohio for your next getaway.

1. Berlin

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Located in the heart of Ohio Amish country, Berlin is a great place to unwind and relax. In town, shop for Amish-made goods, including quilts, jams, and baked goods. On a rainy afternoon, leave your rustic cabin and visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center to learn more about these two religions. Bring home some unique items when you visit the Berlin Village Antique Mall, or shop at the local farmers market to pick up some fresh vegetables, fruit, jams, and baked goods to make dinner back at your vacation rental. Pass the days biking around the country roads and reconnecting with your family.

2. Logan

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Enjoy a cabin by the lake when you select Logan as your vacation destination. This friendly town sits within easy driving distance of the Lake Logan State Park. Bring a boat and pass the days fishing, swimming, and water skiing. Your vacation rental should have room for a canoe or kayaks in the garage. In the winter, use the paths in the park to enjoy some time cross country skiing. Spend a day at the Rockbridge State Nature Preserve that’s known for its natural bridge, where you can hike and try your hand at some rock climbing. For a unique experience, stop by the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum to see its collection of pencil sharpeners.

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3. Sandusky

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Located along the shores of Lake Erie, Sandusky provides a great backdrop for a variety of water sports. Pass the day in the sand beach along the lake, where your kids can build sandcastles, play in the water, and fly kites on a windy day. Rent a boat from one of the local outfitters and head out on the water for a day of fishing and soaking up the sun. If you visit during the evening, take the family to Cedar Point to ride the amusement park’s rides, play carnival games, and grab some tasty fair-type food. This amusement park dates back to 1870. Any time of year, stop by the indoor Castaway Bay Water Park for water slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, and a dedicated kids’ area.

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4. Put-in-Bay

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Located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, a Put-in-Bay cabin provides quality family time and relaxation. Choose a vacation rental close to the town on the island, or consider something a little more remote for extra privacy. Pass the days biking around the island and exploring the shoreline. If your log cabin comes with a dock, you can tie your boat up there for easy access to the water. Visit the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center to learn more about the critters that share the local ecosystem. During the summer, enroll your kids in a camp day at the center to learn more about conservation.

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5. Loudonville

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Select a rustic cabin on the outskirts of Loudonville, and pass your days in the Mohican-Memorial State Forest. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing are popular sports within the recreational backdrop of the forest, and you’re sure to spot wildlife enjoying their natural habitats. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the facilities within the park, or bring canoes or kayaks to enjoy time on the river that runs through the forest. For a relaxing afternoon, fish along the banks of the river, then have a fish fry back at your vacation rental. Inside Mohican State Park, climb the fire tower for amazing views in every direction, especially in the fall, when the leaves turn a riot of reds, browns, and golds.

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6. Sugarcreek

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Known as the Little Switzerland of Ohio, Sugarcreek is a year-round hot spot for vacationers. There are pockets of Amish communities throughout the area, making it essential to pick up some local crafts and homemade items in the downtown shops and galleries. While staying in the area, see the cuckoo clock that was once the largest of its kind in the world. Ride the trolley through town, or spend an afternoon at one of the local wineries, where you can enjoy a tasting and purchase a bottle to take home.

7. Athens

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With Strouds Run State Park and Burr Oak State Park within easy driving distance, Athens is a great place to make a log cabin your base while you spend the days fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Strouds Run State Park includes the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, making it a challenging place for snowshoeing in the winter. Enjoy the exhibits at the Kennedy Museum of Art, or visit during one of the museum’s special events or lectures.

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