Welcome to Vinton County, Ohio. With a population of just 13,435 (US Census, 2010), Vinton County is one of Ohio’s most rural communities.

The county is over eighty percent wooded and home to numerous state parks and forests where visitors and residents alike enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, and other types of outdoor recreation. The county has no cities, but is home to some quaint villages that will remind you of another time and place. We’re proud to have only one red light in the whole county!


Located in the center of Vinton County, McArthur serves as the county seat. The town is home to the County Courthouse, a grocery store, pharmacy, dollar stores, a fitness center and a newspaper as well as several other businesses. It sits at the intersection of St. Rt. 93 and U.S. 50 and sees much commercial traffic as a result. The town is conveniently located close to several state parks and forests making it easy to break away for a little recreation.

The county’s consolidated high school and junior high school are located in McArthur along with one of the county’s three elementary schools. The Sheriff’s Department, Health Department and EMS station are also located here. An active volunteer fire department serves McArthur and much of the surrounding area. According to the 2010 Census, McArthur’s population is 1,701.

The town’s mayor is Kim Wortman. The village council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Mayor Kim Wortman 740-596-4920
Juanita McNickle 740-596-5078
David Gill Sr. 740-596-5543
David Bolender 740-596-4324
Bruce Knox 740-596-4870
Steve Hammond 740-596-7118
Dan Peters 740-596-2646
Troy Howdyshell (Solicitor) 740-596-1700


The village of Hamden is located along St. Rt. 93, just north of the Jackson County line. Conveniently located near Lake Rupert and Lake Alma State Park, there is no shortage of outdoor activity for residents to enjoy.

The town has an active fire department with a new fire station. According to the 2010 census, Hamden’s population is 879.

The town’s mayor is Gary Eberts. The Village Council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Hamden Village Hall.

Mayor Gary Eberts 740-384-6557
Chuck Boyer, President of Council 740-384-5238
Tom Howell 740-988-0449
David Cottrill 740-395-6817
Angela Caudill 740-384-5144
Mike Woodruff 740-384-6486
Terry Wiseman 740-384-4082


Located in the very southern tip of Vinton County, Wilkesville is one of Vinton County’s most special places. This village hosts a number of community events throughout the year and welcomes newcomers. An active volunteer fire department serves Wilkesville and much of the surrounding area. Two of the county’s five covered bridges are located in the Wilkesville area and the town played a role in Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s raid through southern Ohio. The town is conveniently located just off St. Rt. 32, a four-lane highway that cuts through the county. According to the 2010 Census, the town’s population is 149.

The town’s mayor is Catherine Bowles. The village council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Wilkesville Community Center.

Mayor Catherine Bowles 740-669-3772
Clerk/Treasurer Joe White 740-669-7001
Bonnie White
Cheryl Lathey
Tracey Barnes
Retha Gowin
Janet Barney
Shawna Adkins


Located near Lake Hope State Park and in the heart of the Zaleski State Forest, the village of Zaleski is surrounded by beauty. According to the 2010 census the town has just 278 residents. The town is home to a village park, three Indian Mounds and one Quilt Barn, all in the village proper. They also have an active volunteer fire department.

The town’s Mayor is Annice Erickson and village council meets at the Town Hall at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.