Forked Run State Park is an almost 800 acre state park located in Southeast Ohio. The Ohio state park is full of beautiful landscape, wildlife and history.
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Located in southeast Ohio, Forked Run State Park is a 791+ acre state park. Forked Run State Park is full of history, beautiful landscape and lots of wildlife. The Forked Run State Park landscape 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 of Forked Run State Park.
In the mid 1800s most of the forested area was cut to fuel iron furnaces. Most of the cut first has regrown. The forest at Forked Run State Park 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 at Forked Run State Park, 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 habitat for 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. Many songbirds take refuge at Forked Run State Park. This is a birdwatcher’s paradise! Make sure you remember to bring the binoculars when you visit!
Forked Run State Park Campground
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 at Forked Run State Park, you can make reservations up to 6 months in advance by calling: (866) 644-6727.
Boating Forked Run State Park
There are two launch ramps to access the lake at Forked Run State Park. 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 at Forked Run State Park. Ohio fishing regulations apply and a valid Ohio fishing license is required for anglers 16 years of age and older.
Hiking at Forked Run State Park
If you enjoy hiking you can find three hiking trails at Forked Run State 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
What people are saying about Forked Run State Park
We have checked out reviews on TripAdvisor and TheDyrt when it comes to visiting Forked Run State Park. The reviews range from the experiences being “okay” to “disappointed.” Below are a few quotes.
“Very disappointing campground. Hardly any sites were level. Park was closed, had to register online. Hiking okay.” - BL
“Bathrooms were dirty, buggy and smelled. The shower house was clean. The campground was pretty and mostly well kept.” - BP
“I went camping with my son’s cub scout group in the rustic camping area. The area was clean and ready to be used. Park office offered a fishing class for all the kids. Enjoyable weekend.”
“This state park has a beautiful lake and nice beach. The campgrounds, however, leave a lot to be desired.” -MM
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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 to Forked Run State Park we could find. Be sure to check out AirBnb and VRBO and to read the reviews of all properties before cooking.
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
Where is Forked Run State Park?
Forked Run State Park is located at 63300 State Route 124 Reedsville, OH 45772 - (740) 767-3570 - Website - Forked Run State Park is located right next to Shade River State Forest.
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