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Powelson Wildlife Area
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Zanesville, Ohio   43701
(lat:40.0591 lon:-82.0135) map location

Phone: 800-945-3543
Powelson Wildlife Area is a 2,729-acre state wildlife area located 4milesnorth of Zanesville.The property is in Muskingum county.

History and Purpose

Acquisition of the Powelson Wildlife Area began in 1958and continued through 2003. The property was acquired using unidentified state funds. Wildlife Restoration federal funding was used to acquire the property.
History of the Area
The Powelson Wildlife Area is a piece of land located in Athens County, Ohio. The area was named after James G. Powelson, who was a respected wildlife biologist and the first division leader of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife.

The history of the Powelson Wildlife Area dates back to 1950 when the Ohio Division of Wildlife acquired the land. The primary purpose of acquiring this area was to establish a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for game species. The area spans approximately 4,700 acres and is predominantly forested.

Since its establishment, the Powelson Wildlife Area has gone through various ecological restoration projects and management efforts aimed at enhancing wildlife populations and conserving native habitats. These projects include habitat improvement, wetland restoration, and the reintroduction of threatened and endangered species.

Over the years, the Powelson Wildlife Area has become an important destination for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters, and outdoor recreational activities. It offers opportunities for hunting deer, turkey, squirrel, and other game species during their respective seasons, as well as fishing in designated areas.

The area is also open for non-consumptive recreational activities such as bird watching, hiking, and nature photography. Its diverse habitats, including forests, wetlands, and open fields, attract a wide range of bird species, making it a popular birding spot for enthusiasts.

The Powelson Wildlife Area serves as an educational resource, offering interpretive signage and public outreach programs to promote wildlife conservation and management. The Ohio Division of Wildlife periodically conducts research and studies within this area to gain a better understanding of the local ecosystems and wildlife populations.

The Powelson Wildlife Area's history showcases the importance of preserving and managing natural habitats for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of outdoor enthusiasts.

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Area Campgrounds
National Road Campground
2850 South Pleasant Grove Road
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Wolfie's Campground
101 Buckeye Drive
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Area Fishing Related Businesses
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(740) 452-6140
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2980 Dillon School Dr
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849 Pine St
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(740) 452-9905
Area Cabins and Lodges
Center Sanctum The
1204 Brandywine Blvd # C
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(740) 450-1600
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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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.
48.2 miles from park*
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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.
42.7 miles from park*
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The Powelson Wildlife Area is located in Ohio. To get there from Columbus, follow I-71 South and take exit 104 for OH-56 toward Mount Sterling/Williamsport. Turn left onto OH-56 East and continue for about 15 miles. Then, turn right onto Township Road 257 (Old Chillicothe Road) and follow it for approximately 3 miles. The entrance to the Powelson Wildlife Area will be on your left.

If you are coming from Cincinnati, take I-71 North and take exit 84 for US-35 E toward Xenia/Washington C.H. Continue on US-35 E for about 55 miles, then take the OH-753 exit toward Washington Court House/Leesburg. Turn right onto OH-753 South and follow it for approximately 13 miles. Next, turn left onto OH-729 North and continue for about 7 miles. Finally, turn right onto Township Road 257 (Old Chillicothe Road). After driving for approximately 2.5 miles, you will reach the Powelson Wildlife Area entrance on your right.

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