OUTDOOR RECREATION

Boating and Watersports

Downtown Ripley has a FREE LAUNCH ramp
located on Front and Main Streets
for BOATS, KAYAKS AND PADDLEBOARDS.

Marinas, Docks, & Boat Ramps

Ripley Boat Club

109 S. Front St., Ripley, OH 45167
(937) 392-9275
Facebook Link
Open May 1st- November 1st
Restaurant, beer and wine,
marina, and campground

Eagle Creek Boat Dock

6612 US 52, Ripley, OH 45167
(937) 392-1440
Bait, Dock, Camping, Boat Rental, Pedal Boat Rental

Eagle Creek Marina

3017 US Government Ramp, Ripley, OH 45167
(937) 392-4989
Facebook Link
Boat launching for fee, docks, gas, camping, showers, boat storage

Tara Villa Campground and Marina

4228 US 52, Ripley, OH 45167
(937) 392-4801
Facebook Link
Camping, Dock

Straight Creek Marina

4274 US 52, Ripley OH 45167
(937) 392-1676
Web Site
Boat launching for a fee; Dock; Winter storage

Biking

Adventure Cycling Association
Underground Railroad (UGRR)

Ripley_Ohio_Day_Trip_Map.pdf
ACA UGRR Web Site

The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route  memorializes the Underground Railroad, a network of clandestine routes by which African freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War.  The history of this remarkable period comes alive as you pedal along the 1,997.1-mile corridor that traces the Underground Railroad route from the Deep South to Canada, passing points of interest and historic sites.

North Pole Road Covered Bridge

North Pole Bridge

Bike Trail Directions: Take an 11.6 trip along Eagle Creek on scenic one-lane road (little or no traffic) to the historic Eagle Creek Bridge. One section of road says closed to through traffic but bikes and walkers will have no problem.

  • Start from center of town
  • Travel East on US 52
  • Immediately after leaving Ripley turn left on Scoffield Road
  • Follow for several miles and then left on Eagle Creek Road
  • At the T-intersection turn left on North Pole Road and then head uphill to the bridge

Car Directions: From Ripley go north on U.S. 68 1 mile then turn right on North Pole Road (C.R. 15) for 3 miles.

Hiking

Rankin House “Freedom Stairs” Hike

 

Kope Hollow Nature Preserve

5051 US, US-52, Ripley, OH 45167
Web Site
54-acres of wildflowers, mature woods, and stunning waterfalls.  Kope Hollow Preserve is geologically significant—featuring excellent examples of the Kope rock formation—and is a place where a unique variety of native wildflowers grow. This land lies on a hillside and is home to hundreds of native plant species as well as a remarkable variety of fauna. This landscape in Southwest Ohio gives us a window into what the state looked like 500 years ago.
Self-guided hiking.  No restroom or service facilities are available.

Hunting

Eagle Creek Wildlife Area
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

North Pole Road, Ripley, OH 45167
Web Site
Phone Number: 1-800-WILDLIFE

Eagle Creek Wildlife Area is a 2,341-acre state wildlife area located 5 miles east of Ripley.  Hunting and Trapping in the Eagle Creek Wildlife Area is by Permit Only from September 1 to May 31.

  • Natural Features: River, Fall Color, Woods, Streams
  • Available Trails: Hunter Access
  • Activities: Hunting, Birding, Fishing

Background Information Link