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Mohican State Park
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Mohican State Park
Description - The scenic beauty and natural features of the Mohican region can be attributed to events that occurred over 12,000 years ago during the ice age in Ohio. The last glacier to enter Ohio, the Wisconsinan, ended its advance in the Mohican region forming a glacial boundary. Several moraines, linear ridges of soil and rock till deposited along the ice edge, are evident in the area.

The Mohican State Memorial Forest surrounds the park and contains great plant and animal diversity. Ridgetops contain stands of white, red and black oaks, red maple and white pine. Beech, ash and tulip can be found in the middle and lower slopes with hemlock and yellow birch. The bottomlands contain sycamore, willow, buckeye, hawthorn and dogwood. The diversity of ferns in this region is astounding with as many as fifteen different species identified, including the rare walking fern.

Attractions - The striking Clearfork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cottages provide luxurious seclusion and comfortable accommodations. The lodge offers 96 air-conditioned rooms, each with a private balcony and color television. It is equipped with private meeting and banquet rooms for groups up to 425, a dining room, sauna, gift shop, lounge, and Olympic size indoor and outdoor pools.

Twenty-five family cottages are located along the river in a wooded area. Each of the cottages will accommodate six people. The cottages are heated for year-round use and contain cooking utensils, towels, bed linens and blankets.

The family campground at Mohican offers 153 campsites with electricity, fire rings and picnic tables. Full-service hookups are available at 33 campsites. The main campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, dump station and a camp commissary. A second campground with 24 sites has pit latrines, tables and fire rings. The group camp can accommodate organized groups of up to 100 people. An Olympic-size pool is located in the campground for use by campers and cottage guests.

Over twelve miles of trails take the visitor to the more interesting areas of the park and forest. Lyons Falls trail follows Clear Fork Gorge and features two waterfalls. The Hemlock trail leads to the scenic wooden bridge, and Pleasant Hill trail follows the lake shoreline and offers beautiful views of the lake. Other trails are available in the adjacent state forest for equestrians as well as hikers.

Picnic areas are located around the park and offer tables, latrines and drinking water. Four shelters may be reserved. Contact the park office for details.

The Mohican River, which flows through the park, is one of the finest canoeing rivers in Ohio. Anglers routinely catch smallmouth bass. Largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, perch and bluegill are also abundant in the river and at nearby Pleasant Hill Reservoir.

Hunting opportunities are available in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.

Recreation - Recreation diversity reigns at Mohican State Park. The year-round facility offers overnight resort accommodations, family camping, pet camping, group camping, teepee camping, canoeing, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, snowmobiling, nature study, picnicking, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting.

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 - Mohican State Park is located in northeast Ohio, approximately 20 miles southeast of Mansfield, Ohio - near Loudonville.


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Filed By: john
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As pretty a place as I've ever been (and I've lived in lots of the country from Wyoming to West Virginia to Florida to Arizona).The Hemlock,pine and hardwood hardwood forest is exquisite when the leaves start to turn.The air is fresh and clear and smells like forest and river,clean.The picnic area by the covered bridge has just a few people during the week,maybe someone fly fishing for trout in the clear river.A perfect place to cook some hot dogs or read a book surrounded by the beautiful hills. For hiking,try the horse trails (watch your step);they lead deep into the forest and are wide,free of undergrowth and pretty free of other hikers.Saw lots of deer, turkeys;a hiker said he saw a bear in the forest.From the gorge to the covered bridge to the steep hills and all the wildlife-this is a beautiful treasure.When here,you can't believe Cleveland is only an hour away or Columbus 1 1/2 hours away.You can almost feel the prescence of the remnant band of Mohicans that settled here in the early 1700's-giving the area its name.This isn't wilderness,you will see other people;but it certainly isn't crowded and it is a treasure. This is a special place.The city of Loudonville is nice too;friendly people,it seems like Maybury was pulled up and planted in Ohio. If you are from Cleveland or other metropolis,you won't believe you are still in Ohio.A beautiful, unhurried place to recharge your soul.

Filed By: Maria
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The forest is lovely at this time of the year. Unfortunately, we got COMPLETELY lost and had to ask a guardian angel living nearby (I use the term 'nearby' loosely) for a ride back to our car after dusk (we were on some rural dirt road near a gas line access). My advice is don't try to follow the yellow dotted trail and if you feel lost ask people hiking around you where they started their hike, etc... I will laugh about my experience tomorrow, but I do hope the trails are marked better next time we go, since it was pretty unnerving to be out like that with 3 young children in tow. Overall, until getting lost, it was a beautiful hike and we are fortunate to have such a lovely resource in Ohio.


More Information

Contact Information:
Mohican State Park, 3116 State Route 3 , Loudonville, OH, 44842, Phone: 419-994-5125

Additional Information:
Northeast Ohio - Experience the beautiful Northeast Travel Region! Rich cultural heritage, lush green meadows and moist fern-covered gorges offer the visitor endless natural enjoyment.
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.

Links:
Mohican State Park - Official agency website.
Ohio State Parks - Official Agency Website

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