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Naturally inviting Champaign County!

Champaign county America's Hometown

Welcome to Champaign County!  We’ve long been known for our lush agriculture and thriving industry.  Six industrial areas provide more than 500 acres where industry thrives, and there’s easy access from interstates and state roads like I-70, I-75, U.S. 36 and U.S. 68.

Champaign County celebrates its local agriculture with a Farmer’s Market every Saturday in May-October.  Fresh fish, smoked trout and farm tours can be found year ‘round at Freshwater Farms, Ohio’s largest indoor fish hatchery.

If you’re a nature-lover, you’ll appreciate a breathtaking walk at Cedar Bog, Ohio’s first nature preserve.  Take a hike or beautiful bike ride on the Simon Kenton Bike Path…eleven scenic miles that span the county.  Want to explore a cavern full of crystals or watch the kids ‘mine’ for gemstones?  Then head on over to the daily tours at Ohio Caverns!  Like to fish and canoe?  Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Mad River or camp out at Kiser Lake.

History buff’s…there’s so much to do!  Ever wanted to step inside a real castle?  Well, Piatt Castles has two of them where you can explore 200 years of Ohio’s land and people.  Did you know that Urbana University is home to the Johnny Appleseed Museum?  It’s a must see for folks of all ages.  We’re also home to the Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field where you can view World-War II era and other historical aircraft.  While you’re there, be sure not to miss the Airport Café for a slice of homemade pie!

Planning a weekend getaway?  Champaign County has several charming bed and breakfasts to relax in and enjoy your stay.  Take a stroll downtown and enjoy our nostalgic shoppes…boutiques, antiques, art galleries, gift shops and so much more!

When you’re ready to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, casual lunch or dress-up dinner, we’ve got something for everyone!  Check out the Depot Coffee House and Hemisphere Coffee Roasters for a hot cup ‘o Joe, tickle your tastebuds with sweets from The Fudgeman at Braden’s Café & Sweets in St. Paris or enjoy some handmade, old-fashioned kettle-cooked potato chips at Mumford’s.

Champaign County offers year ‘round fun for the whole family!  Check out our events like the Art Affair on the Square, Home & Garden Tour, MERFI Fly-In at Grimes Field, Pony Wagon Days, Champaign County Fair, Barn Quilt Tour, NTPA Tractor Pull, Simon Kenton Chili Festival & Hoopla Parade, Oktoberfest, Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival and much, much more!

Our quaint little towns and villages are bursting with hometown charm.  Who knows, maybe one day, you too will want to call Champaign County home!

Fast Facts

Champaign County is conveniently nestled in the heart of west central Ohio.

  • Established in 1805
  • 30 miles from Columbus or Dayton; 10 miles from Springfield
  • Serviced by U.S. Routes 68 and 36; within 15 miles of Interstates 70 and 75
  • Blend of service, retail, manufacturing and agricultural businesses
  • Miles of bike trails, hiking trails, rivers and wooded area wind its way through the county
  • Population approximately 39,800; 428 square miles
  • Quaint shopping, dining and art/antique shops
  • Home to Warren Grimes the "father of aviation lighting"
  • Well-known Champaign Countians include: William Saxbe, Clancy Brown, Johnny Appleseed and A.B. Graham
  • Airport: Grimes Field (General Aviation)
  • Home to Urbana University
  • Destinations: Simon Kenton recreation trails, Cedar Bog, Ohio Caverns, Johnny Appleseed Museum, Mad River, Champaign County Fairgrounds, Kiser Lake State Park