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Recreational opportunities abound in Harrison County, Ohio. Whether you hike, bike, boat, fish, hunt, swim, camp, water ski, or ride horses, this is the place for you...and all within a two hour drive of Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, PA.
Born in New Rumley in northern Harrison County on December 5, 1839, George Armstrong Custer became one of the most controversial military leaders in our country's history. Following his graduation from West Point, Custer served the Union Army in the Civil War, rapidly rising in rank, attaining the rank of Brevet General. Following the war, he served throughout the west, meeting his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876. A statue and historical markers are located in a park dedicated to Custer in New Rumley.
Clark Gable, the King of Hollywood, was born in Cadiz, the Harrison County seat. The Gable Foundation has acquired the site of Mr. Gable's birth and has reconstructed the home where he and his parents resided. The building is operated as a museum and gift shop. The exhibit includes many items of Gable memorabilia, including items donated by his fans. The collection has grown with the donation of a large collection of items belonging to his wife, actress Carol Lombard.
The Buckeye Trail is a 1,250 mile trail, primarily used for hiking, which makes a large loop around the State of Ohio. Nearly 42 miles of the trail are located in western Harrison County. The Buckeye Trail enters the county from the north at Bowerston and follows a route which crosses the dam at Tappan Lake and connects Tappan Lake, Clendening Lake, and Piedmont Lake before entering Guernsey County southwest of Freeport. Portions of the trail are open to horses on Muskingum Watershed Skull Fork BridgeConservancy District property at Tappan Lake.
Harrison County is home to three of the ten lakes operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District ("MWCD"). Tappan Lake, Clendening Lake, and a portion of Piedmont Lake are located in Harrison County. Collectively these lakes provide more than 4,200 acres of public recreational water in the county.