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MOUNT GILEAD STATE PARK
MOUNT GILEAD STATE PARK
3615 S Old State Road
Delaware, Ohio   43015

Phone: 740-548-4631
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Mount Gilead State Park
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Mount Gilead State Park
© Gene Shirk 2009

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Mount Gilead State Park
© Gene Shirk 2009

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Mount Gilead State Park
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Mount Gilead State Park
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Mt. Gilead State Park is a quiet, small park centrally located in the state of Ohio. Picnicking, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed year-round at this beautiful location.
Nature of the Area
The wealth of natural wonders found at Mt Gilead State Park can be traced back to the Ice Age--a time when two-thirds of Ohio was frozen land covered with glacial ice, nearly a mile thick in places. During this age many changes occurred in the Ohio landscape: the stream systems were altered, topography changed and the Great Lakes were formed. The glaciers left Ohio a legacy of valuable natural resources.

In the vicinity of Mt. Gilead, three end moraines (linear ridges of glacial sediment deposited along the ice edge) converged and account for the rolling terrain seen today. A beautiful stand of second growth beech-maple forest exists at Mt. Gilead.

The mature woodlands provide a glimpse of what Ohio was to the early settlers. Wildflowers such as wild geranium, hepatica, trillium and bloodroot, carpet the spring forest floor. The leafy canopy is occupied by the woodthrush, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina wren and other songbirds. Skunks, raccoons, white-tailed deer and a variety of other mammals make this park their home.
History of the Area
Mt. Gilead State Park is located in Morrow County near the center of the state. The first permanent settlers came into the county after the close of the War of 1812. The first gristmill and sawmill were built on Whetstone Creek in 1821. The town of Mt. Gilead, the county seat, served as a major stop on the underground railroad prior to the Civil War. In more recent history, an oil boom occurred in Morrow County. In 1961, a well was drilled on the Orrie Myers' property that produced 200 barrels a day. As a result of that wells success, 30-40 well are drilled in Morrow County annually.

The first lake at Mt. Gilead was built in 1919 on the upper level of Sam's Creek. On July 10, 1930, a larger lake was completed below the first one on this same tributary of Whetstone Creek. The recreational area was originally under the supervision of the Bureau of Engineering. In 1949, it was turned over to the newly formed ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation to be maintained as a state park.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres181
 Water, acres32
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles6
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingElectric Sites, #59
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Camper Cabins, #2
 Group Camp, capacity200
 Youth Group Camp, capacity200
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsGolf Courseyes
Camping
A scenic camping area, set in a pine forest, is open all year for camping enjoyment. Facilities include fire rings, picnic tables, waste-water drains and latrines. Four Rent-A-Camp sites which provide a tent, dining canopy, cookstove, sleeping cots and other gear are available near the west end of the park for organized groups. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites.
Boating
Mt. Gilead allows boating with canoes, rowboats and boats with electric motors only. A launch ramp is provided.
Fishing
The two small lakes at Mt. Gilead offer good catches of bass, bluegill and other panfish. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas are located on the south side of the park. Three picnic shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis or may be reserved for special occasions.
Trails
More than three miles of hiking trails transverse Mt. Gilead State Park. The Sam's Creek Self-guided Nature Trail starts near the east end of the camping area. Trails provide opportunities for exercise, nature study and wildlife observation.
Area Attractions
The town of Marion is located west of the park on State Route 95. The President Harding Home and Museum is located at 380 Mount Vernon Avenue. It was from this home that Warren G. Hading conducted his "Front Porch Campaign" in the 1920 presidential elections. Guided tours are available seasonally.

Marion also contains the Harding Memorial on Delaware Avenue at Vernon Heights Boulevard. The memorial --a circular, pillared monument of white Georgian marble--contains the tombs of President and Mrs. Harding.

Kokosing Lake and Knox Lake wildlife areas are found east of Mt. Gilead in Knox County. Both lakes offer fishing and boating opportunities.

Mid Ohio Race Track is located twenty minutes from the park. The course offers weekends of exciting racing, known nationwide on the race circuit.

The city of Mansfield is located northeast of the park on State Route 42 with six shopping centers, the Mansfield Art Center, the Renaissance Theater and the world-famous gardens at Kingwood Center.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 15 my favorite park by country girl
we love this park. it is ohios best kept secrert.
May 1 Favorite Park by LADYVET(COL,OHIO)
we have been going to this camp site for the last three years,we enjoy the place because the others campers are so friendly and they have breakfast for a small fee durning the hoildays also show movies at dusk.


Area Campgrounds
Dogwood Valley Camping Resort
4185 Twp. Road 99
Mount Gilead, OH
419-946-5230
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park- Mansfield
6500 Black Road
Bellville, OH
419-886-2267
Autumn Lakes Campground
8644 Porter Central Rd
Sunbury, OH
740-625-6600
Cardinal Center Campground
616 State Route 61
Marengo, OH
419-253-0800
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