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Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area
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Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area in Ohio is a breathtaking natural playground that seamlessly combines scenic beauty with abundant wildlife. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the park enchants visitors with its sprawling 17,229-acre expanse, offering an array of outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and boating. With its serene lakes, lush forests, and undulating hills, Salt Fork State Park provides an idyllic backdrop for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the tranquil ambiance and witness a diverse range of wildlife, making it a haven for photographers, adventurers, and those seeking a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
History of the Area
Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area is located in southeast Ohio and encompasses over 17,000 acres of land in Guernsey County. The park is notable for its beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife, and recreational opportunities, but its history is equally fascinating.

The area that is now Salt Fork State Park has a rich Native American history. The Shawnee and Delaware tribes were the primary inhabitants of the region, using the land for hunting and gathering. The park's name, Salt Fork, is derived from the salt springs that were once present in the area. These natural salt licks attracted a variety of wildlife and were significant to the Native American tribes.

During the early 19th century, settlers began to make their way to the area. The land was initially used for farming, and small communities sprang up in the vicinity. In the mid-20th century, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recognized the value of the region's natural resources and embarked on an initiative to create state parks and wildlife areas.

In 1948, the state of Ohio acquired over 3,000 acres of land, including the Salt Fork region, to establish a state park. The park officially opened to the public in 1953. Over the years, the park has expanded to its current size, comprising not only the scenic Salt Fork Lake but also a vast wilderness area.

Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area's natural features include forests, wetlands, and rolling hills, providing a diverse habitat for many species. The park is teeming with wildlife, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, waterfowl, and various songbirds. This abundance of wildlife attracts nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and hunters throughout the year.

In addition to its natural attractions, Salt Fork State Park offers various recreational activities. Boating, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming are among the popular activities enjoyed by visitors. The park also features a lodge, cabins, and a golf course, making it a popular destination for vacationers.

Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area continue to be a cherished natural gem in Ohio. Its fascinating history, breathtaking landscapes, and abundant wildlife make it a favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
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Timberline Cabins - Cambridge, OH
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Situated at the heart of Salt Fork Lake, our cabins all offer privacy and seclusion,with hot tubs, decks, grills, private bonfire pits and beautiful rock wood burning fireplaces. All cabins are extremely clean, well furnished and equipped. Wonderful for all occasions. Hunters are welcome at our cabins
5.5 miles from park*

Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area is located near Cambridge, Zanesville
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November 22 The perfect park by Freeloader
park review stars; one to five Lots of things to do in all types of weather. If you want to get bored, you have to work at it! Well cared for by the staff and the visitors.
May 27 Our favorite state park
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Area Campgrounds
Rocky Fork Dude Ranch RV Resort & campground Ohio
74978 Broadhead Road
Kimbolton, OH
Hillview Acres Campground
66271 Wolfs Den Road
Cambridge, OH
Grand Haven Resort
9 Rocky Fork Road
Kimbolton, OH
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Bakers Bait & Ammo Barn
10681 Plainfield Rd
Kimbolton, OH
(740) 439-1427
Area Cabins and Lodges
Grand Haven Resort
74411 Rocky Fork Rd
Kimbolton, OH
(740) 498-9140
Salt Fork Resorts at Buckett Hill
74978 Broadhead Rd
Kimbolton, OH
(740) 498-4134
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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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.
71.4 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.
66 miles from park*
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1. From Columbus, take I-70 East towards Cambridge.
2. Continue on I-70 East for about 80 miles.
3. Take Exit 186 for OH-513 toward Old Washington/Lore City.
4. Turn left onto OH-513 North.
5. Stay on OH-513 North for approximately 10 miles.
6. Turn left onto Cadiz Road.
7. Continue on Cadiz Road for about 5 miles.
8. Stay straight onto Salt Fork Road.
9. Follow Salt Fork Road for approximately 1.5 miles.
10. You will reach the entrance of Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area on your right.
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