30 Ohio State Parks You Should Visit Before Summer is Over

Ohio has dozens of amazing state parks to choose from, and whether you like camping, hiking, biking, swimming, boating or watching wildlife, there's definitely something for even the most novice of explorers. Pick one park out and make the drive from Cleveland before summer ends ?— or try to hit them all.

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West Branch State Park
5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna, 330-296-3239 
West Branch State Park is known for its 2,650-acre lake, which makes a great site for swimming, boating and fishing. The park is also home to bog land and lots of wildlife.
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West Branch State Park

5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna, 330-296-3239
West Branch State Park is known for its 2,650-acre lake, which makes a great site for swimming, boating and fishing. The park is also home to bog land and lots of wildlife.

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Salt Fork State Park
14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, 740-439-3521
Salt Fork State Park is frequently known as the location of many Bigfoot sightings, so it’s the perfect place to do some searching. There’s also park programming centered around the mysterious Sasquatch. 
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Salt Fork State Park

14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, 740-439-3521
Salt Fork State Park is frequently known as the location of many Bigfoot sightings, so it’s the perfect place to do some searching. There’s also park programming centered around the mysterious Sasquatch.

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Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park
State Route 282, Nelson Township, 330-654-4989
Known for its cliffs, this park is a great destination for hiking and picnicking. 
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Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park

State Route 282, Nelson Township, 330-654-4989
Known for its cliffs, this park is a great destination for hiking and picnicking.

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Alum Creek State Park
3305 S. Old State Road, Delaware, 740-548-4631
If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise to soak up some rays, this park could be your next destination. Check out the beach and the boating opportunities.
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Alum Creek State Park

3305 S. Old State Road, Delaware, 740-548-4631
If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise to soak up some rays, this park could be your next destination. Check out the beach and the boating opportunities.

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Hocking Hills State Park
19852 State Route 664 S, Logan, 740-385-6842
Hocking Hills is famous for its gorgeous hiking trails and large variety of engaging activities.
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Hocking Hills State Park

19852 State Route 664 S, Logan, 740-385-6842
Hocking Hills is famous for its gorgeous hiking trails and large variety of engaging activities.

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John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, 937-767-1274
This park offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, but it’s known best for its limestone gorge, a national natural landmark.
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John Bryan State Park

3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, 937-767-1274
This park offers opportunities for hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking, but it’s known best for its limestone gorge, a national natural landmark.

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Lake Loramie State Park
4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road, Minster, 937-295-2011
Known as a laid-back camping destination, Lake Loramie State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. It’s also pet friendly!
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Lake Loramie State Park

4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road, Minster, 937-295-2011
Known as a laid-back camping destination, Lake Loramie State Park offers a variety of outdoor activities. It’s also pet friendly!

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Findley State Park
25381 State Route 58, Wellington, 440-647-4490
Findley State Park was once a state forest, so it’s filled with wooded areas and extensive hiking trails. There’s even a connection to the Buckeye Trail from within the park.
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Findley State Park

25381 State Route 58, Wellington, 440-647-4490
Findley State Park was once a state forest, so it’s filled with wooded areas and extensive hiking trails. There’s even a connection to the Buckeye Trail from within the park.

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Lake Hope State Park
27331 State Route 278, McArthur, 740-596-4938
Lake Hope State Park rests in the Zaleski State Forest, and its interesting geography attracts many photographers to the park.
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Lake Hope State Park

27331 State Route 278, McArthur, 740-596-4938
Lake Hope State Park rests in the Zaleski State Forest, and its interesting geography attracts many photographers to the park.

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East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, 419-734-4424
Located on a Lake Erie shore, East Harbor State Park provides visitors with ample opportunities to see wildlife, such as waterfowl, shorebirds and wetland dwellers.
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East Harbor State Park

1169 N. Buck Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, 419-734-4424
Located on a Lake Erie shore, East Harbor State Park provides visitors with ample opportunities to see wildlife, such as waterfowl, shorebirds and wetland dwellers.

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