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Deriving its name from a salt well used by Native Americans, Salt Fork State Park was once part of a great forest wilderness. A challenge to early settlers, the towering trees were mostly decimated and the land planted with crops. Decades of conservation efforts have created a magnificent re-growth and Salt Fork now boasts a rich blend of lush woodlands and rolling meadows. At the heart of the region is Salt Fork State Park - Ohio's largest state park - encompassing the woodlands and fields flanking Salt Fork Reservoir and offering a wealth of recreational facilities including Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center. Constructed in the early ...

Deriving its name from a salt well used by Native Americans, Salt Fork State Park was once part of a great forest wilderness. A challenge to early settlers, the towering trees were mostly decimated and the land planted with crops. Decades of conservation efforts have created a magnificent re-growth and Salt Fork now boasts a rich blend of lush woodlands and rolling meadows. At the heart of the region is Salt Fork State Park - Ohio's largest state park - encompassing the woodlands and fields flanking Salt Fork Reservoir and offering a wealth of recreational facilities including Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center. Constructed in the early 1970s, the resort features massive pine beams and stone with 148 guestrooms and 54 cottages. More than 14 miles of hiking trails wind throughout the park, including wheelchair accessible hard-topped paths. Naturally, abundant wildlife, songbirds and beautiful wildflowers have made the park their home. For anglers, Salt Fork Lake is a major draw, said to be one of the best fishing spots in the area. Top catches include catfish, large and smallmouth bass, muskie, bluegill, sunfish, black crappie and walleye. At 2,500 feet long, Salt Fork Lake beach is Ohio's largest inland beach and a wonderful place for swimming and other water activities. The Nature Center features a variety of programs and activities and has displays of both replicas and live wildlife found in the park.

Jackie Finch
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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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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June, before the weather gets too hot and water activities are most enjoyable