Located near Ohio’s capital city, Alum Creek State Park is a popular boating and camping destination. Visitors can spend the day jet skiing across thousands of acres of water or find a quiet cove to fish or paddle. Perfect for swimming and sunning, the beach is the largest inland beach in the park system. The park’s large campground also offers a camp store, boating access, and a nature center for campers. Visitors with children can try the family-friendly mountain bike trail or the half-mile Storybook Trail.

Alum Creek’s 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630-acres of gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity, including mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, boating, and more, just minutes from Ohio’s capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park’s northern reaches while sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio’s largest inland beach. Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County.

In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale. The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago.

That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to the fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tail deer and many other species of wildlife.

Location

Alum Creek State Park Ohio
3400 Lewis Center Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035, United States

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Hours

Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Visitors are permitted to actively engage in legitimate recreational activities outside these hours.

Park Office: 8am to 4:30pm Monday-Friday

Fees

Day Entrace Fee: Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.

Camping Fee: $40/night.

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Contact Details

Phone: (740) 548-4631

Email: jason.meyers@dnr.ohio.gov

Official Website: Alum Creek State Park Ohio

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Alum Creek State Park Ohio:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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Alum Creek State Park is a must-visit state park in Ohio. Check out other state parks in Ohio here.

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