Area Attractions

 

Malta lies in the heart of a beautiful and historic region along the scenic Muskingum River in Southeastern Ohio. The Muskingum River is the largest river lying solely within Ohio flowing 112 miles from Coshocton to the Ohio River at Marietta. Missionaries settled along the headwaters of the Muskingum in 1761. Soon after the settlement of Marietta in 1788, one of the city's founders, General Rufus Putnam, recognized the economic potential of the Muskingum River for transporting raw materials to eastern markets.

West Point graduate Major Samuel Curtis designed a system of 10 dams and 11 locks to connect the Muskingum River to the Ohio and Erie Canal at Dresden. Opened in 1841, the system provided navigable waterways from Marietta to Lake Erie. These locks are still operated by hand today more than 150 years after their construction. Boaters and other historical enthusiasts can take a step back in time by traveling up the Muskingum River.

The Malta area as a whole represents a great place to come for those who possess a certain affinity for either history or the great outdoors. The Village of Malta is very near to a number of historical landmarks, state parks, wildlife areas and other outdoor recreation opportunities. If you have never come to Malta, this is an area you will want to explore and discover!

 

Historical sites near Malta
 
Big Bottom State Park
1685 Broadway Street
Stockport, OH 43787
Phone: 740-559-2411

Site of the skirmish between Ohio Company settlers and Delaware and Wyandot Indians on January 2, 1791.

 

Blue Rock State Park
7924 Cutler Lake Rd.
Blue Rock, OH 43720
Phone: 740-674-4794
http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/bluerock

Escape to nature's solitude 15 miles north of Malta, and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of this scenic 322 acre state park. Visitors can enjoy activities such as camping, boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and more! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources maintains 4,573 acres of the Blue Rock State Forest surrounding the park.
 

Blue Rock Station
1190 Virginia Ridge Rd.
Philo, OH 43771
Phone: 740-674-4300
http://www.bluerockstation.com

Visit Blue Rock Station to get ideas on how to create a sustainable living way of life, or just to marvel at the various construction techniques. Tour the 2,200 square foot house, currently under construction that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles and mud to form a home heated by the sun, earth and wood.
 

Burr Oak State Park
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd.
Glouster, OH 45732
Phone: 740-767-3570
http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/burroak

Malta is only about 15 miles away from one of the premier state parks in Ohio. Burr Oak State Park offers a wide array of overnight accommodations with its lodge, cabins and campground. Burr Oak Lodge, overlooking the lake, offers sixty guest rooms, five meeting rooms, a dining room, a full-service lounge and a gift shop.

In addition, the park features thirty family cabins designed to sleep six individuals comfortably with kitchen and shower facilities. Facilities for lodge and cabin guests include a swimming beach, tennis courts, playground equipment, boat launch ramp and an indoor swimming pool.
 

Dillon State Park
5265 Dillon Hills Dr.
Nashport, Ohio 43830-9568
Phone: 740-453-4377
Reservations: 866-644-6727

30 miles north of Malta, the Dillon area provides visitors the opportunity to see some of Ohio's most magnificent wildlife. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and wild turkey can be seen, along with numerous species of waterfowl. Most recently, sightings of bald eagles have been reported.

COTTAGES
There are 29 family cottages nestled in the woods overlooking the north lakeshore. Each cottage has air conditioning, color cable television, gas heat, two bedrooms, bath, living room with sofa bed, all-electric kitchen, dining area and screened porch. Please call 740-453-0442 for more details.
 

Stockport Mill & Inn
1995 Broadway St.
Stockport, OH 43787
Phone: 740-559-2822
http://www.stockportmill.com/

Built in 1906, it is the last mill remaining on the Muskingum River. The fully renovated Mill opened in 2000 as a country inn and restaurant with beautiful views of the river.
 

The Twin City Opera House
15 W. Main St.
McConnelsville, OH 43756
Phone: 740-962-3030
http://www.operahouseinc.com

Located in the heart of Morgan County, the Twin City Opera House is one of Ohio's most well-known historical landmarks. Many employees and visitors to the Opera House feel the building is home to the "spirits" of the theater's past. Paranormal investigators, or "ghost hunters," frequently search for evidence of spirits in the Twin City Opera House.

Still in operation today, the Opera House hosts movies every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights at 7 p.m., as well as Sunday matinees. On the third Saturday of each month the Opera House plays host to "The Ohio Valley Opry."
 

The Wilds
14000 International Rd.
Cumberland, OH 43732
Phone: 740-638-5030
https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org

Just a short drive from Malta and Morgan County, individuals can experience the largest wildlife conservation facility in North America. This facility is a place where African, Asian, and North American wildlife can roam freely. The Wilds exists in order to promote conservation through education and research programs to protect and manage wildlife resources. From May to October, visitors can take a bus on a guided tour through part of the facility.