Central Ohio is surrounded by outdoor resources, so it makes sense that Columbus has spawned a thriving handful of locally owned gear shops. Making the top of the list this year is Clintonville Outfitters, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary in July.

Central Ohio is surrounded by outdoor resources, so it makes sense that Columbus has spawned a thriving handful of locally owned gear shops. Making the top of the list this year is Clintonville Outfitters, which will celebrate its fourth anniversary in July.

Kayaks are a specialty at this friendly neighborhood store. So are backpacks, high-performance clothing, trail meals, climbing gear and regular instructional clinics. Offered on Tuesday nights, the classes teach everything from backpacking basics to keeping equipment in good repair. They're a great way to learn new skills and meet people eager to hit the trail.

Runners-up: Roush Sporting Goods, The Outdoor Source