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Wolf Creek in Sycamore State Park

Wolf Creek in Sycamore State Park. Photo: THX0477, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sycamore State Park is one of the most beautiful state parks in Ohio.

Situated in the southwest region of the state, just a 20 minute drive from Dayton, the park spans over 2,380 acres and is surrounded by lush greenery and a tranquil lake. This makes it the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a peaceful escape from the pressures of city life.

The park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and visitors can enjoy various activities like hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, and birding while they are there.

As you would expect, given how close it is to the city, many people come to Sycamore on a day trip. However, for those who want to stay for a couple of days or more, there is a modern campground available onsite.

All up, it offers 80 sites that have hookups for water and electricity, as well as a splendid range of amenities that will ensure you have a very comfortable stay.


Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor recreational activities at Sycamore State Park.

Showcased below is a quick summary of some of the most prominent leisure activities you can engage in while you are there.

Boating at Sycamore State Park

Boating is a popular activity at Sycamore State Park, thanks to the park’s serene 407-acre lake.

The lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and fishing. Boating enthusiasts can bring their own boats or rent them at the park’s boat rental facility.

To help you access the water, the park has several boat launches. Once on it, boaters can explore the lake’s peaceful waters, which are surrounded by scenic views of the park’s lush vegetation and wildlife.

Fishing at Sycamore State Park

Sycamore State Park is a great destination for anglers of all ages and experience levels. The park’s lake is home to a variety of fish species, including bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie.

Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line from the park’s fishing pier or from their boats, which they can bring or rent at the park’s boat rental facility. The park also has several fishing access points around the lake, making it easy for visitors to find a great spot to base themselves.

Visitors planning to fish at Sycamore State Park should note that they must have a valid Ohio fishing license, which can be purchased at the park office or online.

For those who want to fish with the family, the park offers a ‘Fishing is Fun’ program for kids. This program is designed to teach children the basics of fishing, including knot-tying and fish identification.

Hiking at Sycamore State Park

For those who enjoy hiking, Sycamore State Park offers visitors an opportunity to explore the park’s lush vegetation and wildlife through its well-maintained trails. Overall there are more than 7 miles of trails that meander through forests, fields, and along the lake’s shoreline.

Along the trails, hikers can enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery, including wildflowers, towering trees, and wildlife like deer, rabbits, and songbirds. The park also has several benches along the trails where hikers can rest and enjoy the scenic views.

Visitors planning to hike at Sycamore State Park should dress appropriately for the weather and terrain and bring plenty of water and snacks. Additionally, visitors should stay on the marked trails and observe park regulations, including no littering or removing plants or wildlife from the park.

Picnicking at Sycamore State Park

Sycamore State Park offers several scenic picnic areas where visitors can enjoy a delicious meal while taking in the park’s beautiful surroundings. The park has six picnic areas, each equipped with picnic tables, grills, and trash receptacles.

The picnic areas are located near the lake and offer spectacular views of the water and surrounding forest. Visitors can choose from several picnic spots, including the beach area, the west picnic area, and the east picnic area, each of which has its own unique charm.

Birding at Sycamore State Park

Sycamore State Park is home to a variety of bird species, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers.

The park’s wooded areas and wetlands provide a habitat for a diverse range of bird species, including woodpeckers, songbirds, and waterfowl.

Visitors can bring their binoculars and explore the park’s trails and wetlands to spot some of the park’s feathered residents.


Sycamore State Park is a pet-friendly park, and visitors are welcome to bring their dogs as long as they are on a leash.

Whilst dogs are allowed in many parts of the park, they are not permitted to go on the beach, in the swimming area, or in the park’s rental cabins.

In addition, guests are also required to clean up after their pets and dispose of waste properly.


Sycamore State Park offers a variety of camping options for those who want to stay for a couple of nights or more.

All up, the park has over 80 campsites, which are equipped with electric and water hookups. The campsites also have access to a dump station, showers, and restrooms.

As an alternative to these, the park offers several rental cabins for visitors who prefer a more comfortable camping experience. These cabins are equipped with heating and air conditioning, a kitchen, bathroom and a range of other home comforts.

Regardless of whether you stay at the campsites or cabins, it is worth making a reservation to secure a spot, as it does get busy there.

Park Location

Sycamore State Park
4675 Diamond Mill Rd
Dayton, OH 45426
Phone: 937.854.4452

Park Website




Here is a video showcasing several of the trails at Sycamore State Park: