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Ohio State Parks and Forests



A.W. Marion State Park
Adams Lake State Park
Alum Creek State Park
Barkcamp State Park
Beaver Creek State Park
Blue Rock State Forest
Blue Rock State Park
Brush Creek State Forest
Buck Creek State Park
Burr Oak State Park
Caesar Creek Gorge Nature Preserve
Caesar Creek State Park
Cleveland Lakefront State Park
Cowan Lake State Park
Dean State Forest
Deer Creek State Park
Delaware State Park
Dillon State Park
Eagle Creek Nature Preserve
East Fork State Park
East Harbor State Park
Fernwood State Forest
Findley State Park
Forked Run State Park
Geneva State Park
Gifford State Forest
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park
Great Seal State Park
Guilford Lake State Park
Harrison Lake State Park
Harrison State Forest
Headlands Beach State Park
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking State Forest
Hueston Woods State Park
Independence Dam State Park
Indian Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
Jefferson Lake State Park
John Bryan State Park
Kiser Lake State Park
Lake Alma State Park
Lake Erie Islands State Park
Lake Hope State Park
Lake Logan State Park
Lake Loramie State Park
Lake Milton State Park
Lake White State Park
Little Miami State Park
Madison Lake State Park
Malabar Farm State Park
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Mary Jane Thurston State Park
Maumee Bay State Park
Maumee State Forest
Mohican State Park
Mohican-Memorial State Forest
Mosquito Lake State Park
Mt. Gilead State Park
Muskingum River State Park
Nelson Kennedy Ledges State Park
Paint Creek State Park
Perry State Forest & APV Area
Pike Lake State Park
Pike State Forest
Portage Lakes State Park
Punderson State Park
Pymatuning State Park
Quail Hollow State Park
Richland Furnace State Forest & APV Area
Rockbridge Nature Preserve
Rocky Fork State Park
Salt Fork State Park
Scioto Trail State Forest
Scioto Trail State Park
Shade River State Forest
Shallenberger Nature Preserve
Shawnee State Forest
Shawnee State Park
Springville Marsh Nature Preserve
Stage's Pond Nature Preserve
Stonelick State Park
Strouds Run State Park
Sunfish Creek State Forest
Sycamore State Park
Tar Hollow State Forest
Tar Hollow State Park
Tinkers Creek Nature Preserve
Tinker's Creek State Park
Van Buren State Park
West Branch State Park
Wolf Run State Park
Zaleski State Forest

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Scioto Trail State Forest
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Scioto Trail State Forest
Description - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources manages 20 state forests and 73 state parks. Much of the recreation is centered around the many scenic lakes, rivers, and gorges. By visiting an Ohio park or forest, visitors can learn about the environment, learn about the state's rich natural heritage, or just kick back and enjoy an array of outdoor recreation opportunities that change with the season.

Attractions - From the blue glistening shores of Lake Erie to the deep crevices of Hocking Hills to the fishing waters at Stonelick, Ohio State Parks and State Forests manage land and recreation facilities designed for all tastes, ages, and abilities. Scheduled hunts and stocked waters are located throughout the state enhancing what nature has already shed upon Ohio. Recreational boating is one of Ohio's favorites. The many U.S. Army Corps of Engineer water management projects are oftentimes a joint venture with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources who manage the recreation associated with the dam. From fishing, camping, and picnicking, to sailboating, swimming, and waterskiing, Ohioans and her visitors will find award-winning state parks in every corner of the state.

Quail Hollow in northeastern Ohio is a divine hidden treasure where history comes to life at the Manor House and along the paths of a beautiful and well-manicured garden. Southeastern Ohio offers rolling hills where rustic lodges such as Burr Oak and Salt Fork entice the vacationer into airy entertainment lobbies where stone fireplaces, wooden board games and comfortable chairs give reason to linger and gaze outdoors. Rolling scenery at the backdrop of dangling busy bird feeders yield a memorable experience. Travelers in southwestern Ohio can enjoy the unique experience of fossil digging at Caesar's Creek State Park while northwestern travelers can enjoy scenic bike rides along the island shores of Lake Erie. Pausing at one of the many local cafes for a scoop of fresh dipped ice cream or a fresh hot cup of cappuccino can be a prelude to a guided fishing trip into the rich perch waters. Central Ohio is not to be forgotten. Alum Creek is the perfect recreation lake. When the speedboats come to rest at dusk, catfish anglers emerge silently trolling the water's edge.

Many of Ohio's State Parks and Forests offer full-service camping with facilities that include water, electric, ice, phone, and environmental programs. Picnic facilities are some of the best in the country where swimming beaches rest adjacent to tables, grills and concessions. Hiking is mostly easy, offering splendid sights even for the young, aged or disabled. Mountain biking is another of Ohio's favorites with many state park trails linking with metro park trails that travel to and beyond entertainment destinations. Equestrians will find their sport enhanced by several well-equipped horse camps. Anglers and hunters can also find their fill of sport. Park offices provide thorough details pertaining to stocked waters and seasonal hunts.

Recreation - Many outdoor recreations are enjoyed at Ohio State Parks and State Forests. Visitors will find camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, nature walks, boating, fishing, lodging, interpretive programs, historic exhibits and sights, and more. Snorkeling and scuba diving are allowed in 29 state park lakes. Campers should note that facilities vary, and surprisingly, campgrounds near densely populated areas can be primitive in nature while those in more remote locations can have modern facilities. Also, campers that enjoy biking may do so along park and campground roads.

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 - Ohio's state parks are located throughout the state's five travel regions. The state forests are concentrated in the Southeast and Northeast Travel Regions with one forest lying in the Northwest Travel Region.


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Contact Information:
Ohio State Parks Information Center, 1952 Belcher Drive, C-3 , Columbus, OH, 43224-1386, Phone: 800-AT-A-PARK
, infomail@dnr.state.oh.us

Additional Information:
Ohio - This large mid eastern state lies on the southern shore of Lake Erie and immediately west of Pennsylvania. This is a predominantly rural state with population centers in the northeast, central and southwestern regions.

Links:
Ohio State Parks - Official agency website.

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