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Jesse Owens State Park
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9290 State Route 284
McConnelsville, Ohio   43756
(lat:39.7068 lon:-81.725) map location

Phone: 740-767-3570
Jesse Owens offers four no-fee campgrounds. Campers should follow the self-registration process. Campsites may be occupied on a first-come, first-served basis with a two-week maximum stay.
History of the Area
Jesse Owens State Park is a relatively new state park located in the southwestern part of Ohio. It was officially opened to the public on July 21, 2016.

The park is named after Jesse Owens, a legendary American track and field athlete who gained international fame during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, Germany. Owens won four gold medals in various track and field events, breaking multiple world records in the process. He became a symbol of triumph over adversity, disproving Adolf Hitler's theory of Aryan superiority.

The idea to name a state park after Jesse Owens originated from the Ohio State Parks and Natural Resources Bond Issue of 1993. This bond issue led to the acquisition and development of various state parks, including a new one to be named after Owens.

Jesse Owens State Park is situated in Fairfield and Pickaway counties, covering approximately 5,735 acres. The park is still in the process of being fully developed and currently offers limited public access. The primary feature of the park is the Jesse Owens State Park and Wildlife Area, which covers about 1,000 acres and serves as a nature preserve.

The park also includes the Jesse Owens Story and Museum, which provides visitors with information about Owens' life and achievements. Additionally, the park offers opportunities for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, hunting, and birding.

The development of Jesse Owens State Park is an ongoing project, with plans for expansion and further improvements in the future. The park aims to honor Jesse Owens and provide visitors with an opportunity to learn about his remarkable legacy while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
Hook Lake
Also known as Campground A, Hook Lake site are located at the east end of the park at 9160 N. State Route 83 in McConnelville. The campground offers youth-only 15 and under fishing ponds. The sites are primitive no water, no electric, no pad and each has a picnic table and fire ring. The campground features multiple latrines, shelter houses and archery range. Open seasonally, generally April 1 to mid-December.

Maple Grove
Known as Campground G, Maple Grove sites are located 7580 State Route 284 in McConnelsville. The sites are primitive no water, no electric, no pad and each has a picnic table and fire ring. There is a latrine for the campground.

Sand Hollow
Known as Campground C, Sand Hollow sites are at the north end of the park at 9290 State Route 284 in McConnelsville. It borders Horse Run Lake which has boat ramp access. The sites are primitive no water, no electric, no pad and each has a picnic table and fire ring. Several sites border the lake. This campground has a shelterhouse and several latrines. This camping area is open seasonally, generally April 1 to mid-December.

Known as Campground D, Sawmill camping area is located at the east end of the park at 10390 N. State Route 83 in McConnelsville. The sites are primitive no water, no electric, no pad and each has a picnic table . The campground offers a latrine and a covered bridge access to one of the sites. These sites are open seasonally from April 1 to mid-December.
Jesse Owens State Park in Ohio offers various swimming options for visitors to enjoy. The park features a beautiful beach where visitors can swim and relax by the water. Lifeguards are typically on duty during designated hours to ensure the safety of swimmers. Additionally, the park has a designated area for children to safely splash and play in the water. Swimming is a popular activity at Jesse Owens State Park, providing a fun and refreshing way to cool off during the summer months.

1. Scioto Trail: Located in the Jesse Owens State Park, the Scioto Trail is a popular hiking trail offering scenic views of the Scioto River. This moderate-level trail covers a distance of approximately 2.5 miles and is perfect for nature lovers and avid hikers looking for a refreshing outdoor experience.

2. Blue Stem Trail: Another noteworthy hiking trail within Jesse Owens State Park is the Blue Stem Trail. Stretching over 3 miles, this trail is known for its diverse flora and fauna. Hikers can enjoy the natural beauty of the park while encountering various wildlife species along the way.

3. Buckeye Trail: The Buckeye Trail is a section of the larger Buckeye Trail System that passes through Jesse Owens State Park. As part of this extensive trail network, hikers can enjoy a challenging and rewarding experience. The trail offers stunning views, serene forests, and opportunities to spot birds and wildlife.

4. Deer Trail: For a shorter hike, the Deer Trail is a great option within the park. This easy, 1-mile trail takes hikers through lush greenery and allows for peaceful walks in nature. It is ideal for beginners, families, or those looking for a quick escape into the outdoors.

5. Forest Trail: The Forest Trail is a 2-mile loop trail that showcases the natural beauty of Jesse Owens State Park. Hikers can immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings, observing towering trees, vibrant wildflowers, and possibly catching a glimpse of woodland creatures on this moderate-level trail.

6. River View Trail: Offering captivating scenic vistas, the River View Trail is a must-visit for hikers exploring Jesse Owens State Park. This trail follows the natural contours along the river, providing breathtaking views and a peaceful ambiance. It covers approximately 1.5 miles and offers a moderate hiking experience.

Note: It is advisable to check the park's official website or contact the park authorities for any trail closures or updates before planning a hike.

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From any direction, head towards Columbus, Ohio. Once you reach Columbus, take the exit for I-270 East. Continue on I-270 East until you reach the exit for US-33 East. Take the US-33 East exit and continue on this road for about 14 miles.

After 14 miles, take the exit for OH-674/Lancaster-Ringgold Road. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto OH-674 South. Follow OH-674 South for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the entrance to Jesse Owens State Park on your left.

Upon entering the park, follow the signs and directions provided within the park to reach your desired destination or area of interest. Enjoy your visit to Jesse Owens State Park!

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