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.
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