ohio state reformatory
The Ohio State Reformatory is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio - only 1 mile away from Hale's Harley-Davidson! Built between 1886 and 1910, the prison has been out of operation since December of 1990.
Often described as Germanic castle architecture, the prison is impressive in scale and construction. The prison’s East Cell Block remains the largest free standing steel cell block in the entire world and is six tiers high, it OSR's lifetime it housed over 154,000 inmates.
No matter what the crime, some to went to the Ohio State Reformatory never left. Over 200 people died in and around the prison while it was still in operation, including a handful of guards who were killed during escape attempts. The building is visited by many who believe in the paranormal as it is considered haunted.
The Ohio State Reformatory has been made famous by being features in many movies, TV Shows, and music videos. Some of the most popular include The Shawshank Redemption, Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Adventures, Tango & Cash, and most recently Eric Church filmed the music video for the song "Some of It".
Guided Tours & Self Guided Tours are available April 1st - September 30th - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Explore the prison - learn about the history of the facility. Whether you're hunting for the paranormal or simply looking to tour the beautiful architecture, you can find it at The Ohio State Reformatory.
Created for The Shawshank Redemption fan - as the popularity of the movie grew and visitors from all around the world began asking the location of film sites, the Shawshank Trail was born.
This isn’t your typical movie tour experience. The Shawshank Trail is truly one of a kind for movie fans. You can start where you want and end where you want because you’re in the drivers seat! It’s as if you stepped right into the movie with each site you visit.
The hope and friendship of The Shawshank Redemption movie lives on . . . through the fans, in these pages and all around the world. And like Andy said to Red, “No good thing ever dies.”
MOHICAN STATE PARK - GORGE OVERLOOK
Mohican State Park’s scenic beauty and natural features can be attributed to events that occurred over 14,000 years ago during the ice age in Ohio. The last glaciers to enter Ohio, the Wisconsinan, ended their advance in the Mohican region, leaving behind and array of glacial deposits such as end and ground moraines, linear ridges of soil and rock, and till deposited along the edge of the ice sheet.
The erosional forces of glacial meltwaters hastened the carving of the narrow Clear Fork Gorge. This gorge cuts into sandstone bedrock, creating steep cliff walls and bedrock outcroppings . The gorge is more than 1,000 feet wide at the top and more than 300 feet deep. The gorge’s towering hemlocks and stands of old-growth white pine, are of national significance. The National Park Service has dedicated the area as a Registered National Natural Landmark.
Located about 40 minutes from Hale's Harley-Davidson.
mohican state park - fire tower
This overlook certainly isn’t for the faint of heart or those with a fear of heights. If you can muster the courage to climb the 80 foot tower, you’re rewarded with sweeping views of the forested Ohio countryside in virtually every direction. This fire tower was built in 1934 & has over 100 steps. Climb at your own risk!
mohican state park - covered bridge
Ride through the Mohican State Park covered bridge while you are out visiting the Gorge Overlook & Fire Tower.
The covered bridge was built in the late 1960s and dedicated in 1970. It replaced an iron bridge with quite a history of its own. The iron bridge originally spanned Clear Fork of the Mohican River, just upstream of where Pleasant Hill Dam was built. The dam was completed in 1938.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, those responsible for establishing what would become Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial State Forest sought a way to link the northern and southern parts of the park via roadway. The iron bridge near the dam was slated to be removed before the lake was filled in. So, in March 1938, Civilian Conservation Corps workers dismantled it and moved it to where the covered bridge now stands.
PLAN YOUR RIDE
Part of the fun of riding is experiencing the unexpected… the sights, the sounds, the smells and the people you meet. But you need some kind of plan…right?
If you are always on the lookout for new routes to ride then you need to check this out.
Create your route to get the most out of your time on the road with the new Harley-Davidson® Ride Planner.