Rare beauty lies waiting in a small southeast area of Ohio known as Noble County. Wolf Run State Park has been preserved as one place where people can enjoy nature and relax. Imagine a gorgeous view of forested hills surrounding a lake of clean clear water. The park is where families come to relax, enjoy the camping experience and find solace away from the noises of everyday life in the city. Wolf Run hosts a variety of enjoyable activities every family member can share together.
The Origin of the area surrounding Wolf Run started over 12,000 years ago when glaciers sculpted much of Ohio. Glacier movement avoided the southeast region but left behind melt waters carving out valleys throughout Noble County. It was prime land where eighteenth century settlers from New England farmed and mined vast resources of iron, stone and oil. The area around the park provided vast resources to the new area inhabitants. An idea was sparked in 1963 and 1,338 acres of land were purchased with the intent to build a park for wildlife and recreation. The new plant life featured deciduous forest mix of oaks, maples, beeches and ash. Wolf Run State Park was dedicated in 1968 and has been enjoyed by families since.
If you are looking for fun family-oriented activities, try going to one of Ohio’s state parks. One of the best is Sycamore State Park. It is located near Trotwood, Ohio, on 2,384 acres of land. There are numerous activities to do with your family there.
If you like camping, there is plenty of area to go camping in. You can reserve the campground for your group at the Group campgrounds by calling the park’s office. Group Camping site A is accessible for those who are handicapped and in wheelchairs. It is good for up to 100 people and has restrooms, sleeping shelters, a barn that has power, and grills to cook on. There is also a Camping Site B that is not wheelchair accessible. It has a cabin, fire rings, a shelter with power, restroom, and picnic tables. Both Sites A and B are available for tent camping as well.
Paint Creek State Park is an excellent part of the Ohio parks system. The park is located in Ross County and Highland County. The near 5,700 acre park offers a wide variety of activities that can satisfy the most diehard outdoorsman. The park has sufficient space to handle a large number of visitors and activities that cover all seasons. Here is a look at some of what Paint Creek State Park has to offer.
Camping is very popular at Paint Creek State Park. There are over 180 campsites equipped with electricity. In addition, there are several premium campsites and a couple of fully furnished cabins available to rent all year. Campgrounds include fully functioning toilets, showers, and laundry rooms. The cabins include televisions, gas grills, refrigerators, and a fireplace. Pets are also permitted at the campsites. Since every campsite at the park features electricity, you can do things like plug in a phone or extra lights. There are also campsites designated for people with horses. Campers can also rent sports and camping equipment through the park office.
Indian Lake was once called the “Million Dollar Playground”. The old amusement park on the shore of this 5,800-acre lake is long gone. So is the dance hall and quieter days of the wooden rowboat. What’s taken the place of these by-gone glory days is one of Ohio’s most popular recreational lakes and state parks. According to statistics gathered by the Ohio Division of Parks and Recreation, the number of visitor instances to play and recreate at Indian Lake are well over a million times a year.
The highlights of Indian Lake are almost too numerous to mention. Visitors come with varied interests that include fishing, boating, camping, hiking, nature watching, swimming, snowmobiling, and enjoying the amenities of near-by restaurants, shops, and cottages. The local motto is that Indian Lake is a 4-seasons destination and it’s safe to say there’s never a time when someone isn’t at Indian Lake having fun.
Not far from the Ohio and Pennsylvania state line on the banks of Lake Erie is the town of Geneva-On-The-Lake. A getaway place for many years, the park area has been updated for those wanting a more nature based outing. With almost 700 acres, there are miles of trails for hiking and routes for motorized vehicles. Since northeastern Ohio has some great snowy weather, the park’s trails have been adapted for snow mobiles and cross country skiing as well as hunting. Hunting is only permitted from mid-October to February, and an Ohio state permit is required. Rabbit, deer, and other game wander the park for gun or bow hunting or photography.
Fall is an especially pretty time with various colored maples, oak, and birch trees blazing their colors. There is easy access to the beach areas for sun bathing when the weather permits in summer months. There are lifeguards on duty during certain days and time frames. Picnicking areas are in sunny lawn spots or shade with pavillions. Contacting the park for usage on specific days can be done for reunions, parties, or other private uses. Electricity, water, and restrooms are near. Every season brings something new, and plant as well as animal wildlife is plentiful.