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Lake White State Park
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Lake White State Park © Aesopposea / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Lake White State Park © Aesopposea / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Lake White in Pike County, Ohio.
Lake White State Park © Aesopposea / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Lake White in Pike County, Ohio.
Lake White State Park © Aesopposea / CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Lake White in Pike County, Ohio.
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2767 OH-551
Waverly, Ohio   45690
(lat:39.0985 lon:-83.0194) map location

Phone: (740) 493-2212
Picturesque Lake White is nestled between the ridges of southern Ohio's rugged hills. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing at this scenic park.
Nature of the Area
Located in the Appalachian foothills near the Scioto River, Lake White State Park supports a variety of natural wonders. The forested hills are similar in character to the southern Appalachians with magnificent stands of oak, hickory, tulip, ash, maple and scores of other hardwood species. In spring, the forest trails are lined with flowering dogwood and redbud trees and numerous woodland wildflowers. The sandstone outcroppings are coated with various ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi including the prized morel mushrooms in spring.

The dense forest and remoteness of the area create excellent habitat for some of Ohio's most elusive wildlife. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and the secretive wild turkey are abundant in this region. Red fox, skunk, opossum, gray squirrel and raccoons are often sighted. Many reptiles and amphibians find the park's cool waters desirable.
History of the Area
The cultural history of this area dates back to the Adena and Hopewell Indians who settled in the Scioto Valley around 800 B.C. These mound building tribes left behind extensive earthworks throughout the Scioto Valley region. Adena, near Chillicothe, was the site of the first mound excavation attributed to these prehistoric people. Other mounds in the area include Seip Mound, Spruce Hill, Fort Hill and Serpent Mound.

The Scioto River played an important role in the early history of this area. Indian and frontiersmen alike paddled the stream from the Ohio River to the heart of the new frontier. The Shawnee used the river as their primary means of transportation from one village to another. The river also brought the first European settlers to the area in the 1790s. Many of these first Ohioans were veterans of the Revolutionary War claiming land due them for military service.

The construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal heightened the hopes of those along its path that were destined to prosper from canal traffic. Initial plans placed the canal through Piketon, bypassing Waverly. This aggravated an intense rivalry between Piketon and Waverly citizens. After persistent lobbying by Waverly promoters, the canal route was changed and Piketon was bypassed. The Waverly cause was aided greatly by Ohio Speaker of the House, at that time, Robert Lucas, who owned land near Waverly and stood to gain greatly by the new route.

In 1832, the canal was opened. It was announced that the water would reach Waverly on the morning of September 6, and preparations were made to welcome its arrival. The canal banks were packed with residents for a great distance, but the water never arrived. Unfortunately, it had hit an expansive gravel deposit which absorbed most of the water. Eventually the gravelly areas became saturated and the water reached Waverly by noon much to the delight of cheering crowds.

The prosperity of the canal era was short lived. With the advent of rail transportation, goods could be shipped more efficiently throughout the country. As early as 1860, use of the canals had dropped dramatically. In 1913, the Ohio and Erie Canal was officially closed.

Part of Lake White State Park includes the remains of the old canal channel. The lake was built during the depression by the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). Most of the land surrounding the lake is privately owned. Lake White was officially dedicated as a state park in 1949 when the Division of Parks and Recreation was created.
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
GeneralLand, acres92
 Water, acres337
 Nearby State Forest, acres21,000
 Picnic Shelters, #2
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Launch Ramps, #1
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
1. Beach Swimming: Lake White State Park offers a beautiful sandy beach where visitors can enjoy swimming in the lake. The designated swimming area is monitored by lifeguards during certain hours, ensuring safety for swimmers of all ages.

2. Boat Swimming: Another option for swimming in Lake White is from a boat. Visitors can bring their own boats or rent one from the park's marina. Boating allows for a more secluded and peaceful swimming experience, away from the crowded beach area.

3. Fishing & Swimming: For those who love to fish, Lake White State Park offers the unique opportunity to combine fishing and swimming. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore or from a boat, and take occasional breaks to cool off with a refreshing swim in the lake.

4. Picnic Area Swimming: The park features several picnic areas with scenic views of the lake. These areas are equipped with tables, benches, and grills, making it an ideal spot for families or groups of friends to enjoy a swim followed by a leisurely picnic.

5. Camping Swimming: Lake White State Park offers camping facilities for those who wish to spend several days enjoying the park's natural beauty. Campers can take advantage of the park's swimming options, whether it be at the beach, from a boat, or at a nearby fishing spot.

Remember to always follow park regulations and guidelines for swimming, and prioritize safety by wearing appropriate swimming attire and ensuring that children are supervised at all times. Enjoy a refreshing day of swimming and relaxation at Lake White State Park in Ohio!
The 350-acre Lake White offers unlimited horsepower boating. A launch ramp provides access to the lake.
Lake White provides excitement for anglers, offering nice catches of bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, saugeye and catfish. The current state record for Kentucky Spotted Bass was caught at Lake White in 1978. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

Lake White offers a picturesque setting for picnickers. Two picnic shelters are available on a reservation system, then on a first-come, first-served basis.
1. Lake White Loop Trail: A 3-mile moderate trail that circles the entire lake, offering panoramic views of shimmering waters and lush greenery.

2. Pine Grove Pathway: An easy half-mile hike through a dense pine forest with an enchanting aroma filling the air as you walk on soft needle-covered ground.

3. Overlook Ridge Route: This challenging uphill trek leads to breathtaking vistas from atop limestone cliffs overlooking Lake White's sparkling blue surface below.

4. Beaver Creek Crossing: A tranquil two mile path following along babbling brooks where hikers can spot local wildlife such as beavers building dams or deer sipping water at dawn and dusk.

5. Wildflower Waypoint Walkway: In springtime this one-and-a-half mile route is adorned by vibrant wildflowers creating a colorful spectacle against verdant backdrops; perfect for nature photographers seeking inspiration.

6. Fern Gully Track: Meandering through ancient fern-filled gullies, this three-quarter-of-a-mile track offers cool shade during summer months while providing glimpses into Ohio's prehistoric past when giant ferns dominated landscapes.

7. Heritage Oak Passage: Named after its centuries-old oak trees standing tall like sentinels throughout your journey, it provides ample opportunities for birdwatchers eager to catch sight of woodpeckers hammering away in search of food within these majestic oaks' barky crevices.

8. Sunset Point Promenade: As implied by name itself,this short but steep climb rewards hikers with stunning sunset views over serene lake white making every step worth effort put forth.

9. Lakefront Leisure Stroll: Ideal for families with young children or those looking for leisurely walks,this paved pathway runs parallel to shoreline allowing visitors enjoy gentle lapping waves whilst soaking up picturesque lakeside scenery.

10. Raccoon Run: For adventurous souls who prefer off:beaten paths,a rugged trail through dense undergrowth where raccoons are often spotted foraging at twilight hours..

11. Waterfall Wander Trail: A hidden gem within park, this moderate hike leads to a cascading waterfall that's especially impressive after heavy rains.

12. Eagle Eye Peak: This strenuous uphill climb culminates in an eagle's eye view of the entire Lake White State Park; perfect spot for panoramic photography or simply soaking up expansive views while catching your breath.

13. Misty Meadow Path: An early morning walk on this path offers hikers chance to experience ethereal beauty as dawn breaks over dew-kissed meadows adjacent lake white.

14. Sycamore Shade Stroll: Ideal during hot summer days,this easy stroll takes you beneath towering sycamores providing much needed shade and tranquility amidst rustling leaves whispering secrets carried by gentle breezes.
For cycling enthusiasts, the park offers several trails suitable for different skill levels. Be aware of varying terrain.

One option is a 1.3-mile trail that's perfect for beginners or casual riders; it has gentle slopes and paved paths.

More experienced cyclists might prefer the challenging 18-mile loop around the lake area which includes steep hills and off-road sections.

Always remember to wear your helmet while biking as some areas can be quite rocky with sudden drops on either side of narrow pathways.

During winter months, certain routes may become icy or snow-covered making them potentially hazardous so please exercise caution during these times.

Nighttime riding isn't recommended due to limited visibility in wooded regions within this recreational site.

Also note that not all trails are open year-round - check local listings before planning any trip here.

Remember: safety first! Always stay alert when sharing roads with vehicles especially along busier highways near campgrounds & picnic spots.
Area Attractions
Pike Lake State Park and State Forest are located south of Bainbridge, near State Route 124. Pike Lake features camping, cabins, swimming, fishing and hiking.

Scioto Trail State Park and State Forest are about nine miles south of Chillicothe off S.R. 23. Camping facilities, fishing and hiking are available. The forested hills, typical of southern Ohio, are ideal for an enjoyable walk or a quiet weekend.

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L B Camping
2483 Greenbriar Road
Bainbridge, OH
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4308 State Route 220
Waverly, OH
(740) 947-2542
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(740) 289-3125
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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Cottages and Cabins
Trickle Creek offers luxury cabins in Hocking Hills. The cabins are situated on nearly 236 acres of secluded cabin rentals in the deep wooded ravines in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Hocking County, Ohio.
42.6 miles from park*
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Hidden Cave Cabin - Rockbridge, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Hidden Cave Cabin is an authentic log cabin with 2 bedrooms in a private wooded setting. It is located on one of the most scenic drives in Hocking Hills and just 3.6 miles to Rock House and less than 10 miles to Conkle's Hollow and Old Man's Cave.
37.1 miles from park*
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2767 State Route 551, Waverly, Ohio 45690

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