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.
Paint Creek State Park offers trails for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, and horseback riding. There are four major hiking trails that range in length from a half mile to over two miles. These go through flat areas and wooded areas. Different trails require different amounts of physical activity, so you can get a full workout just by hiking. For horseback riding, there are almost twenty miles of trails. Horses are only permitted on these trails and not on the other park trails. If biking is your thing, there are over twelve miles of mountain bike trails in the park. The trail system in the park is very impressive and offers something for everyone. You can get a great feel for the nature and wildlife in the park while getting a great workout. Picnic areas are available throughout the park and include tables, grills, and trash cans.
If you enjoy hunting and fishing, Paint Creek offers opportunities for both. The creek has a large number of fish that you can catch in all seasons. The vast size of the water area means there is plenty of room to handle a large number of fishermen. Boating of all types is also permitted in the water, including gas powered boats. There are three main areas where you can launch watercraft. If you don’t have your own, boat rentals are also available. If you prefer hunting, there are areas for that as well. Deer and rabbit are among the popular game that hunters go after. Ohio guidelines must be followed for all hunting and fishing activities.
Paint Creek State Park has a large beach area for swimmers to enjoy. The beach is big enough to support people who just want to lie out in the sun. Changing rooms are provided and water equipment can be rented. There are concessions available along the beach and a lifeguard is there to protect swimmers.
In addition to all the above activities, there are other unique activities at Paint Creek State Park. There is a miniature golf course for families to enjoy. There is a nature center that showcases the local wildlife. In addition, you can see all the wildlife you want around the natural areas in the park. The park designates the best area to spot birds and animals in the park. During the winter, sledding and cross country skiing are permitted in the park. Also, certain areas of the park permit rock climbing. This is a great physical activity that also showcases some of the wonderful rocky areas in the park.
Paint Creek State Park has a lot to offer. The park caters to people of all interests throughout the year. The camping areas might be the most popular draw in the park, but there is much more to do here. Educational and nature programs are offered as well. Any questions regarding park rules and regulations can be directed to the park office at 937-393-4284. Paint Creek State Park is in a wonderful area. With all there is to do or see it is the perfect destination for people who love the outdoors.