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OH Aerial Alum Creek SP
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
OH Aerial Alum Creek SP
Description - Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County. In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale.

The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago. That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to the fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tailed deer and many other species of wildlife.

Attractions - Alum Creek Reservoir contains 3,387 acres of water with surrounding field and woodlands encompassing 5,213 acres. Visitors will find a variety of activities available all seasons.

Campers will find a well designed campground including a beach and boat ramp exclusive to overnight guests. Each site has an electrical hookup, and heated shower facilities are located throughout the campground.

Hikers and equestrians enjoy the rugged northern reaches of the park. Over forty miles of trail wind along the lakeshore through mature beech-maple forests and across deep ravines. Equestrians will find their own camp along Howard Road. Pressurized water and a latrine are provided, however, they must provide their own mounts. Mountain bikers have 5 to 10 miles of easy and moderate trail.

Known for its boating opportunities, the broad expanse of the lake south of Cheshire Road is a boater's paradise with unlimited horsepower and plenty of room for skiers. The northern portion offers a quieter scene with tree-lined shores, shale cliffs and sheltered inlets for canoeists. The narrow coves and quiet inlets offer fine catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, catfish and saugeye.

Hunters should note that the northern half of the park is best for harvesting squirrel and deer, while the southern half offers better opportunities for rabbit and other upland game. Valid Ohio hunting and fishing license are required. Be aware of restricted areas.

Scenic picnic areas with tables, grills, restrooms and drinking water enhance the lakeshore. Additionally, two shelters are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Alum Creek dam. Contact the Corps office at 614-548-6151 for information regarding their use.

Swimmers will find Ohio's largest inland beach. The 3,000-foot beach offers a changing area, concession stand, picnic tables, and expansive lawn where on any given spring or summer day visitors can be found tossing a Frisbee or football. Beach hours are from dawn to dusk.

Recreation - Alum Creek's visitors will find 40 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, up to 10 miles of mountain bike trail, expansive picnic areas, seasonal hunting, waterskiing, boating, day and night fishing, and swimming. In winter, recreational pursuits include ice boating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowmobiling.

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.

Location - Alum Creek State Park is located in Delaware County just north of Columbus. The park rests west of Interstate 71 and east of State Route 23. Access points include Africa Road, Hollenback Road, Peachblow Road, Cheshire Road, U.S. Highway 36 and several more.

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Filed By: Jennifer Erwin
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great beach! My two children (5 & 7) and I drove an hour with my friend and her (3 & 6 yr old) to get to this beach. It was well worth it! Although there was a lot of people (went on Monday 12AM-3:30PM) there was still plenty of space to park our blanket in the sand while watching the children wading for quite a ways before the water even reached their knees! We were all excited to see a Blimp circling the beach for a couple hours. They also have a nice play area for the youngsters. I do have to say when we first arrived the restrooms were a big dissapointment. There are no doors on the 3 stalls in the womens bathroom and there was no toilet paper. But the toilet paper situation had been remedied by our next trip to the bathroom. Also, be sure to bring plenty of sunblock. Due to my own lack of preparation I returned from the beach with a bad sun burn because I failed to reapply! Again we all had a great time and will be going back!

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Alum Creek State Park, 3615 South Old State Road , Delaware, OH, 43015, Phone: 740-548-4631

Additional Information:
Central Ohio - Home to Ohio's beautiful capitol city, Columbus, Central Travel Region has several of the state's largest recreation lakes affording both daytime and nighttime fun.
Ohio Lakes and Reservoirs - Ohio has more than 2,500 lakes and 44,000 miles of rivers and streams. Lake Erie, the southernmost Great Lake, is a major recreation attraction.
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.

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