Things to see and do around Galena

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People who live, work, or visit Galena can find a lot to do here.
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Dining in Galena

Popular establishments, all located on the south side of the Village Square:
The Galena Diner
Son of Thurman
The Coffee Vault

Another establishment, that’s off the beaten path but has a reputation for tasty pizza and wings at their party house, is Berkshire Lake Campground.

Check the websites of these establishments for hours, menus and special offerings.

Nature Watching

The Galena area offers all sorts of opportunities for nature lovers, with a variety of habitats and viewing locations to see a variety of flora and fauna  For birdwatchers, Galena is believed to have the largest population of Prothonotary Warblers in Ohio during the nesting season, mid-April to mid-August. When Hoover Reservoir’s water level is low, shorebirds find the Galena mudflats attractive during spring and fall migrations.  There’s also a good chance of seeing Ospreys and Bald Eagles.  In addition to being able to tally a decent bird checklist, the area also affords the opportunity to see a variety of wildflowers, mammals, and reptiles and amphibians. See the map for Galena’s best nature viewing locations.

Hit the Trails

Galena is a popular way point for trekkers following the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET).  The one-and-a-half miles of OTET that goes through Galena is on a former railroad line and passes by Miller Park and on a bridge over Little Walnut Creek.  Downtown Galena, with its public square and restaurants, is just a quarter mile off the trail.  Another paved trail is Kane’s Crossing trail, which includes scenic views from the bridge over Big Walnut Creek.  New neighborhoods being built include pedestrian-friendly access to the trail system.  Galena is also situated on US Bike Routes 21 and 50A.  


Anglers of all ages have success in the waters surrounding Galena, including Big and Little Walnut Creeks, as well as Hoover Reservoir.  When the crappie are running in the spring, popular locations are the Hoover boardwalk and Big Walnut Creek. Catfish, carp, bass and panfish are also possibilities.  


Old Galena is situated on a peninsula between Big Walnut Creek and Little Walnut Creek, and is at the north end of Hoover Reservoir.  Suitability for boating depends on the water levels of the creeks and of the reservoir.  Ohio Department of Natural Resources provides useful information about Hoover Reservoir including a map.


Arrowhead Lakes Golf Course is open to the public.  Located in Galena, at the intersection of State Route 3 and N. Walnut Street, this 9-hole course features three sets of tees for different skill levels and includes a driving range. Rental clubs and rental carts are available.  Check Arrowhead’s website for hours, rates, address, and scorecard with photos so you can pre-visualize your outing.

Study Genealogy and Local History

History buffs are intrigued by the story behind Galena’s origin, the businesses and industries that have been here, the people who spent their lives here, and the changes the town has undergone throughout time. For example, a search through the Galena Cemetery reveals graves of people who were living at the time of the American Revolution. Interpretive signage along the paved trails tell about aspects of life from yesteryear that were were once central to earlier generations who lived here. Careful observers in the old downtown area can find remnants of the original road network that was here before Hoover Reservoir was built, as well as buildings that are either listed on, or potentially eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A popular destination for visitors is the Galena Historic Foundation museum, which contains locally significant artifacts, photographs, maps, documents and exhibits.


Aside from all the active recreational opportunities, some folks just prefer to unwind at either Ruffner Park or Miller Park. Both parks have playgrounds for kids and plenty of open space for playing catch or catching the sun’s rays. The Hoover Mudflats Boardwalk is also a favorite place to take a stroll.

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