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“Our weekend camping trip to Salt Fork”

Salt Fork State Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The 20,000 acres of Ohio's largest state park include a 3,000-acre lake and a 2,500-foot beach.
Reviewed 27 September 2013

Some pictures and other adventures in camping here: http://walkerinet.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-visit-to-salt-fork-state-park.html

Our Rating is 4 stars out of 5 - Ohio's largest state park. The campground is large with several widely spaced camping loops. Some sites offer full hookups. Beautiful park and campground that is showing its age around the edges but is well maintained.

This being our first year of camping we still don't have a lot of places to compare against. But this was by far the favorite of any of the campgrounds we've visited to date. Our loop (Area G) was large, level, paved with a shower house on one end and a flush type toilet facility located in the center. The sites were HUGE compared to any other place we've stayed to date. The sites are also generally at an angle to the road making for easy back in. This loop was a mix of open area with some trees to more wooded and shaded areas. There is no vegetation between sites except for maybe a tree here and there but the sites are angled and so large that privacy was no issue.

The combined check-in station and camp store offers a fairly small assortment of items - about what you'd expect. There are restrooms outside at the rear of the building and a small play area next to the aforementioned weird parking lot. The play area appears to be newer equipment in good condition but strangely located very far away from any of the camping areas. Campers have access to a campers only swimming beach, and marina/boat launch. There are also several trails that start at or cross the campground. The electric posts and water as well a sewer connection were well placed and functioned without any issues. There is no cable or Wifi as you'd expect in a State Park. Television reception was OK with a little experimentation you could get fairly good over the air reception. Cell phone service at least for my provider (AT&T) was adequate or strong just about everywhere we went in the park. Other services and activities available elsewhere in the park include golfing, mini-golf, hiking, fishing, hunting in certain areas. Horse back riding opportunities, a full blown lodge with dining and indoor/outdoor pool (not included in camping fee) and probably 100 other things I didn't even notice in our short weekend stay.

I'd have to grade pretty much all of the facilities as follows: They are generally clean and well maintained. However there are definite signs of age. The lodge, shower houses, restrooms - while all appear to be well cared for, clean, and in working order are dated at best. The exception was maybe the grounds of the golf course. It looked like it would be an outstanding and challenging course to play if you are of a mind to do so. The play equipment in our camping loop was old but the kids still had a great time on the swings or monkey bars.

If you are interested in pioneer times and old buildings be sure to make a vist to the "Stone House". It's a restored 1840 homestead that you will enjoy. Until recent years it was reachable only by boat or by hiking in. There is now a road and you can drive but be aware it's a bit of a steep decent on a fairly twisty rough gravel road. I'd call it easy to navigate except maybe in very snowy or icy weather.

One note on hiking to the Stone House or elsewhere in the park. Please mind the signs and warnings about staying on the marked trails. Be watchful of the little ones and do not get overconfident of yourself either. There have been deaths due to falling on some of these trails.

It's not a deep woods camp, it's not just an open field... It's not brand new, and it's not decrepit. It's a very nice place to visit at least for a weekend. We will be back for sure.

2  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We went to the park for a family reunion. Several of our group stayed in the lodge while others stayed in the lakeside cabins. This worked out well. When the sun was shining we were at the cabins; when it rained we stayed at the lodge.The best thing about the lodge is that guests on the lake side would often see deer grazing right outside their patio deck. (The grandkids fed them cookies.) The best thing about the cabins was the campfire. Now the worst thing about the lodge is that it is spread out and on different levels. At first it was like a maze. Some of the older members of our group had a problem with this. The worst thing about the cabins is that almost all of them are on a hillside. And again some of the older members of our group had a problem with this. We plan to return next year but now we know what to ask for when we make our reservations.

1  Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I believe this is the largest state park in Ohio. It is huge. I recommend finding a map to assist you in getting to the part of the lake you are interested to being. There are several boat docks and plenty of parking for boat trailers. There is no question that the lake is absolutely gorgeous and stocked. Without a map, it may be difficult to find certain spots. There are plenty of hiking trails and cabins that can be rented. There is a camp site that you can only enter if you are registered. So, I have not seen the camp ground yet, but if it is anything like the rest of the park, I am sure it is great. If you are fishing, bring your bait, we have not found anywhere within the park that sells it. I say definitely don't miss it, it is truly gorgeous.

2  Thank jacqueburger
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

What a huge park it took me 15min to get to the lodge once I entered the park.There is a lot of hiking trails and a huge lake with a white sand beach area.Hardly anyone was in the park when I was there visiting.

1  Thank cainrcc
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

What a wonderfully beautiful place. So much to do and peaceful at the same time. Can't wait to go back.

Thank Deborah H
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