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“Nice place for camping and kayaking”

Rocky Fork Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Hillsboro
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Campground:
Great campground. Not too crowded, a lot of options to satisfy most campers, big lots, small lots, some are pull through, most are not. A lot of trees, so you can get anything from full sun to full shade. Everything is easy to find and signage is good. most of the parking pads are slightly off level, but nothing that can't be fixed with the standard leveler jacks.

General Store:
Nice little place, they have some decent quality and decent price clothing with the park name on it. A very good selection of camping stuff, and all the stuff you forgot to pack. did not try any of the ice cream or good

Facilities:
Overall, relatively clean, Similar to any other Ohio state park, they are Spartan in nature, but functional and well lit. See below for bathroom concerns.

There are several playgrounds, and all seemed in very good condition. There is also an amphitheater, although no activities on the weekend we went.

Parking, boat ramps, and boat slips all good, nothing worth noting.

Lake:
We came here to kayak. The lake at the campground is generally shallow and is no wake for a good stretch. This is a huge lake and we kayaked the lower 1/3. We made it past the fishermans wharf by a quarter mile or so. The eastern shore has a lot of inlets and is fun for paddling. The fishermen also like this area. The western edge is a little more mundane, but the heavily wooded shoreline was changing colors and was still nice to look at. We saw a lot of turtles, and heron. Schools of fish congregated in the shallow inlets on the eastern shore.


Watch out for . . .
There are two or three "shower houses" that include bathrooms. There are also 7 or 8 "bathroom only" structures around the campgrounds. The shower houses contain soap and electric hand dryers. The other bathroom only bldgs. do not have soap, any type of hand drying or toilet seat covers. Be sure to carry your own soap and paper towel if you use one of these.

Skunks and raccoons are frequent night visitors, do not leave any food or trash outside, not even the sticks you roast marshmallows on, otherwise you will have visitors.

You are very very close to the Hillsboro airport, so don't be surprised if you hear small aircraft revving their motors for take-off. Even late at night or early in the morning.


Overall
Not my favorite lake to kayak, but the campground and surrounding make it nice enough to visit again.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We enjoy being able to rent a boat and fish the lake. The lake is always clean and the park well maintained.

1  Thank Luv2BeGrandma
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

My family went there to hike on the short trails. The park is very clean and nice. The campground check in and store was convenient and helped us. It was super close to town and the trails were great for us with all different ages in the family.

Thank jimpol
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

not much to it really. there's a relatively small lake with some docks, a sliver of beach, and a couple of grills and picnic table. that's about it. pretty disappointing as far parks go.
it seems like a good quiet place to go fishing or take your boat out. although i know of better lakes with nicer scenery. nice quite place for locals to hang out with the fam. if you are out of town and looking for a good park, i'd say skip this one and find another.

Thank OHTravel_Junkies
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

A few friends and I decided to spend an hour or so on the beach. It was nice taking our time and enjoying nature. There was a beautiful blue heron hanging out by the water when we first arrived. I had fun wading the shallow water, skipping rocks, collecting sea shells and watching baby fish swim by. I was really surprised at the amount of shells I found. We watched the sun start to set then headed back to Blueberry Hill Cabins on Dixie Highway, very cute and cozy little cabins with an ice cream shop on site. I recommend a night or two in Hillsboro at Blueberry Hill!

Only reason I gave Rocky Fork Lake itself a three is because it really is just an average lake, but by all means, that doesn't mean it's a bad place or not a place I would recommend. You can't go wrong with swimming, the beach and boating no matter what kind of setting you're in!

Thank LadyLacie
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