A man on a bike.

Explore Ohio’s Wilderness

Wayne National Forest has many multi-use trails for hiking, ATV riding, horseback riding and biking. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

Yearning to be one with nature? Well, the wait is over—Ohio campgrounds have reopened. Keeping the safety of campers in mind, the Ohio Department of Health has created the Camp Safe Ohio Order for campers and campsite operators to observe. Before you book your next camping trip, it’s a good idea to visit the campsite’s website or call ahead to see if there are any other safety precautions to observe due to COVID-19.

Here are four state parks that are waiting for you should this summer.

  • Wayne National Forest. Located in southeast Ohio, this park is broken into several patches of land near the Appalachian foothills. Highlights of the park include the National Forest Covered Bridge Scenic Byway, Oak Hill Campgrounds and a boat launch.
  • Punderson State Park. Punderson State Park is located in Newbury in northeast Ohio. Recreational activities for campers include swimming, fishing, camping, golf and even disc golf. Interestingly, the park’s history is filled with many unusual deaths and is reportedly haunted.
  • Salt Fork State Park. This is the largest state park in Ohio and contains more than 17,000 acres of land to explore. The crown jewel of this majestic park is Salt Fork Reservoir that has a 2,500-foot beach. Other attractions include an 18-hole golf course, two marinas, camping and a large lodge.
  • Lake Loramie State Park. This peacefulpark boasts over 400 acres of rural Ohio’s finest wildlife and an 843-acre lake. You can swim, hike, bike, boat and camp or visit the charming nearby village of Fort Loramie.

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