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Fernwood State Forest
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Fernwood State Forest © Matthew Coblentz
Fernwood State Forest © Matthew Coblentz
Fernwood State Forest © Matthew Coblentz
Fernwood State Forest © Matthew Coblentz
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11 Twp Rd 181
Bloomingdale, Ohio   43910
(lat:40.3315 lon:-80.7397) map location

Phone: (740) 266-6021
The 3,023 acre Fernwood State Forest was purchased in 1961. A substantial portion of the land has been strip mined for coal. However, the production of acid mine water is minimal because of the neutralizing effect of limestone deposits. The majority of unstripped lands are located on ridges or in valleys, and are in forest cover. Subsequent reforestration and installation of recreation facilities, funded through the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 and the Ohio Capital Improvements program, have restored the area to a beautiful, healthy forest, providing visitors with many outdoor recreational opportunities. Hidden Hollow Campground, with 22 family campsites, is equipped with picnic tables, fire rings and vault latrines. Campers must provide their own water. Campers must select a site; a forest officer will issue permits, and familiarize visitors with camping regulations. Located just outside the perimeter of the Hidden Hollow Campground is the Fernwood State Forest Land Lab. The land lab is used to promote natural resource and environmental education. A three-mile hiking trail loops around most of Fernwood's largest tract. Picnic tables located in several areas, and the Little Round Top Picnic area provide forest users with ample opportunities to relax, eat, and enjoy the forest's natural beauty. Two scenic vistas provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Parking areas are located throughout in the forest area. The forest is open to public fishing and hunting under Division of Wildlife regulations. Many ponds are scattered throughout the area and have been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Hunters pursue white-tailed deer and many small game species including squirrel, rabbit, and grouse. Hunting is not permitted within 400 feet of any camping area, residence or structure, and firearms may not be discharged on, from or across any road or driveway. Three shooting ranges are located southwest of the Hidden Hollow Campground. There are separate areas for pistol, rifle and trap shooting. Users need to furnish their own targets (paper or clay only), and must clean up their casings and debris before leaving. Ranges are open daily from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. The operation of motor vehicles is not permitted off designated roadways.
GeneralLand, acres3,023
 Hiking Trail, miles3
CampingGroup Camp, capacity22
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Fernwood State Forest is located near Saint Clairsville, Steubenville and Weirton

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 3 Hiking by Matthew Coblentz
park review stars; one to five Had a great hike with my daughter. Some muddy spots but still a great hike.
June 26 Secret of the Area by FUS grad.
park review stars; one to five I think this place is one of the best kept secrets of the area! I went to school out there and found this place on accident one day. Made for great hikes in the snow and in the summer. Very few people ever there!
May 25 Nice area for shooting
park review stars; one to five Visited the rifle and pistol range today. Was impressed with how nice the range was for a public range. Bring your own targets and clean up your trash. Road signs would help make it easier to actually find the range. Prepare for a lot of gravel road. GPS latitude-longitude 40-19-50.2N 80-46-8.6W
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