Description - Perry State Forest consists of 4,567 rugged acres of reclaimed strip mine land, resulting in very rugged, sometimes barren terrain. Since the state acquired the area in 1961, some reclamation has been accomplished, including a large area along County Road 48. Several reforestation and test tree planting have been established on the forest.
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Perry State Forest
- Whether you come to Perry State Forest to ride APVs (all purpose vehicles), go horseback riding, hunt or just visit, you will have an enjoyable experience. The Perry APV area is the most popular public riding area in Ohio. Eight color-coded trails offer miles of challenging terrain. The APV area is closed annually, December 1 through Marsh 31. Picnic tables and latrines are provided at the parking area.
Perry State Forest has a very scenic, day use bridle trail system. Parking for horse trailer rigs is provided along County Road 48. The Miles Lake water is suitable for horses.
The diversity of forest cover encourages a variety of wildlife species and hunting opportunities.
Berries, nuts and mushrooms may be gathered and removed except from tree seed orchards or posted areas.
Perry State Forest is open to visitors between the hours of 6 AM and 11 PM.
Recreation - Recreations available at Perry State Forest include APV use, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife viewing, berry picking and nut and mushroom gathering.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Perry State Forest is located off of State Route 345, 4 miles north of New Lexington.