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An ancient shallow sea once covered Ohio. When it receded, the water left behind a wealth of natural resources, many of which can be seen at Hueston Woods State Park. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of that long ago sea, along with fossilized remains of ancient marine animals so abundant that people come from all over the world to collect them. The state park is also home to a unique stand of virgin timber on 200 protected acres that gives visitors a look at Ohio's primeval forest. Hueston Woods got its name from Matthew Hueston, a man who fought with General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in the Indian Wars. In 1797, Hueston bought ...

An ancient shallow sea once covered Ohio. When it receded, the water left behind a wealth of natural resources, many of which can be seen at Hueston Woods State Park. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of that long ago sea, along with fossilized remains of ancient marine animals so abundant that people come from all over the world to collect them. The state park is also home to a unique stand of virgin timber on 200 protected acres that gives visitors a look at Ohio's primeval forest. Hueston Woods got its name from Matthew Hueston, a man who fought with General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in the Indian Wars. In 1797, Hueston bought the land and left part of the woods intact for his descendants. When the last remaining Huestons died in the 1930s, a conservationist named Morris Taylor bought the woods to hold in trust. Cloyd Acton, a local legislator, convinced the legislature to buy the land in 1941 and have it designated a state forest. In the summer of 1956, a 1,200-foot earth fill dam was built across Four Mile Creek, creating Acton Lake (named for you know who) the following year. Not long afterwards, Hueston Woods was dedicated as a state park. Situated on a bluff overlooking Acton Lake, the 96-room Hueston Woods Lodge offers a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, meeting rooms, lounge, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, game room and lighted tennis court. The park also has a campground and 25 family cottages that can sleep six people.

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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Location: Hueston Woods State Park is a state park located in Butler and Preble counties of the U.S. state of Ohio, about five miles northeast of Oxford in the southwestern part of the state. It has 3,596 acres, including a man-made lake of 625 acres.
  • Research: Wikipedia | Ohio State Parks
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    Autumn for the fall foliage