Forked Run State Park is an almost 800-acre state park located in Southeast Ohio. The Ohio State Park is full of beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and history.
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Located in southeast Ohio, Forked Run State Park covers an area of more than 791 acres. It is full of history, beautiful landscapes, and lots of wildlife. The landscape here was not reached by the glacial ice that touched most of Ohio. While it was not touched by the glacier ice it was affected by the glacial meltdowns. The melting glaciers helped to form the valleys and hillsides.
In the mid-1800s, most of the forested area was cut to fuel iron furnaces. Most of the cut first has regrown. The forest is full of large oak, hickory, maple, and other trees. Forked Run State Park is known for the amazing wildflowers that beautify the area. You can find wildflowers continually blooming, except in the winter. Think beautiful flowers like blue phlox, bloodroot, dame’s rocket, cardinal flower, daisy fleabane, goldenrod, asters, and many more.
Forked Run State Park is the habitat of multiple wildlife species. You can find gray foxes, raccoons, opossums, white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, and wild turkey. If you love songbirds, you are in luck, this is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Make sure you remember to bring the binoculars when you visit!
Forked Run State Park has a campground onsite. In the campground, you can find 79 electric sites, 64 non-electric sites, showers, latrines, a dump station, and playgrounds. If you want to camp, you can make reservations up to 6 months in advance by calling: (866) 644-6727.
There are two launch ramps to access the lake. There is currently no horsepower limit but boats over 10 HP must operate at a no-wake speed. The boat ramp at the dam has boat tie-ups and is wheelchair accessible. You can find a bathroom at the beach parking lot. Seasonally, kayaks and canoes can be rented from the Camp Office.
If you enjoy fishing, you can expect catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Ohio fishing regulations apply and a valid Ohio fishing license is required for anglers 16 years of age and older.
If you enjoy hiking you can find three hiking trails at this park. They range from easy to moderate.
- Honeysuckle Trail – 0.6 Mile – Easy
- Lakeview Trail – 2.2 Miles – Moderate
- Riverview Trail – 0.75 Mile – Moderate
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Vacation Rentals Nearby Forked Run State Park
Entire Residential Home in Reedsville – Sleeps 8 – 4 bedrooms – 5 beds – 3.5 baths
Tiny House in Coolville – Sleeps 2 – 1 bedrooms – 2 beds – 1 bath
These are the two closest rentals we could find. Be sure to check out AirBnb and VRBO and to read the reviews of all properties before booking.
Quick FACTS about Forked Run State Park
- Kayak and Canoe Rental
- Disc Golf – 24 holes
- Picnic Area
- Reservable Shelterhouses
- Located In Reedsville Ohio (southeast Ohio)
- Open 6 am to 11 pm daily
Cindy’s Insider Ohio Tips
Forked Run State Park has wonderful hiking trails, and in the spring the wildflowers and wildlife are abundant! I think the beach is beautiful on a sunny day, a great way to relax after or during a hike.
Very nice family gathering place. Camping, their little beach, and for the most part stays clean. I’ve gone there since I was a kid myself. Now my kids and I go.Jessie F (Yelp)
Where is Forked Run State Park?
- Address: 63300 State Route 124 Reedsville, Ohio 45772
- Phone: 740-767-3570 | Website
- Located right next to Shade River State Forest.
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