Barkcamp State Park is one of the few places where visitors can glimpse what Ohio’s forests looked like prior to settlement. The park’s picturesque hills and quiet lake draw campers, paddlers, anglers, horseback riders, and hikers to experience the region’s natural splendor.
The sandstone hills of the area are part of the Appalachian Plateau, which envelops the southeastern part of Ohio. Layers of coal lie hidden within the sandstone bedrock, formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period. Belmont County leads Ohio in coal production; an estimated 5,668 million tons of coal lie below the earth’s surface.
The hills and valleys of the area are blanketed with an impressive second-growth forest, one of the few areas showcasing what Ohio’s original forests may have looked like. The woods support various plants, such as wild geranium, hepatica, bloodroot, and other spring blooms. Animals thrive here, including a variety of songbirds, squirrel, white-tailed deer, and wild turkey.
Barkcamp State Park Ohio
65330 Barkcamp Park Rd, Belmont, OH 43718, United States
Nature Center: Open Fri-Sun, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Ohio remains one of the few states in the country that does not charge a general admission or parking fee at its 74 state parks. Day use facilities, including trails, beaches, picnic areas, boating and fishing facilities are free of charge.
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.