Description - Clermont County's rolling hills and meandering river valleys provide a colorful backdrop for spacious East Fork State Park. Shaped by the forces of the Illinoian and Wisconsinan glaciers, the East Fork region is characterized by beautiful hill country scenery and is noted for the occurrence of remnant prairie habitats. Illinoian glacial deposits are not common in Ohio but can be observed at East Fork and the surrounding area.
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East Fork State Park
East Fork's diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This diversity lends well to an abundance of plant and animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild black cherry. The swamp forests contain silver maple, American elm, sycamore, and black gum. The meadows and remnant prairies contain big bluestem grass and purple coneflower among others. Animals of the area include eastern plains garter snake, fence lizard, red fox, deer, raccoon, Canada geese, song sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and the barn swallow.
- East Fork State Park has one of the largest camping areas in the state with 416 sites. The campground offers electrical hookups, showers, drinking water, camper's beach, flush toilets and boat ramps. Pets are permitted in designated areas. A 17-site equestrian camp is available as well. Six Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months. Six Rent-A-RV units are also available.
For the hiker and backpacker, the 12-mile Backpack Trail traverses many scenic park areas. In addition, the 37-mile Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail circles the park and is available for hikers, backpackers, and horseback riders. Four primitive campsites are located along these trails. Permits for their use are available through the park office. For those less adventuresome, shorter trails are easily accessible. A 5-mile mountain bike trail begins just west of the park entrance on S.R. 125.
Those who enjoy water sports East Fork Reservoir, built in 1978 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is very accommodating. There are 2,160 acres of water and unlimited horsepower boating with access available at five launch ramps. The lake offers quality fishing with excellent catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. Other fishing opportunities exist along East Fork, which is stocked with the Hybrid Striper.
A 1,200-foot swimming beach with a concession and picnic area provides the perfect setting for a fun family outing. Picnic areas with tables, grills and drinking water are located around the park. Two picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas only. Valid Ohio hunting and fishing licenses are required.
Recreation - Specific activities enjoyed at East Fork include picnicking, camping, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, hunting, sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing.
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.
East Fork State Park is found in southwestern Ohio on the outskirts of Cincinnati off State Route 125.