Dominated by East Fork Lake, a 2,160-acre reservoir created in 1978, this state park is located in the hills of southwestern Ohio. It includes some ravines and streams, remnants of prairie, and hardwood forests of maple and beech.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on several trails, including a 12-mile Backpack Trail and the 32-mile East Fork Backcountry Trail, which forms a huge loop around the park, and is utilized by the Buckeye Trail for a stretch.
There are also some bridle paths, and the Back-country Trail is open to horses. Cross-country skiing is a winter option in the park. Fishing is possible, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Primitive camping is limited to four designated areas along the trails. Each area has tent sites and also two wooden shelters. A permit is required, and it’s possible to self-register at the entry point. No fee is charged. Camping is allowed at each site for a maximum of one night. Campfires are restricted to fire rings. Pets are prohibited.
For Further Information: East Fork State Park, P.O. Box 119, Bethel, OH 45106; (513)734-4323.