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Waterloo State Forest
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Waterloo State Forest, located in southern Ohio, is a pristine natural haven characterized by its breathtaking beauty and diverse ecosystem. Spanning over 24,000 acres, this forest offers a rich tapestry of towering oak and hickory trees, interspersed with vibrant wildflower meadows and gently meandering streams. The forest's extensive trail network beckons outdoor enthusiasts to explore its wonders, leading them through enchanting woodlands and offering ample opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting. In this serene sanctuary, visitors can immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature, experiencing the harmonious symphony of chirping birds, rustling leaves, and the soothing trickle of water, offering a remarkable escape from the bustling modern world.
History of the Area
Waterloo State Forest is a state forest located in northeastern Ohio, primarily in the counties of Portage and Stark. It has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century.

In the early 1800s, the area was part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, a region in northwestern Ohio that was given to Connecticut settlers as compensation for land claims in the eastern part of the United States. Many of these settlers were farmers who cleared the land and established homesteads.

In the mid-1800s, the forested land in the area attracted the attention of industrialists who saw the potential for timber production. Logging companies began harvesting the forest, and a sawmill was established in the village of Waterloo, which was later renamed Deerfield after the local township. The timber industry played a significant role in the local economy.

By the late 1800s, concerns about deforestation and the need for forest preservation arose. In response, the Ohio State Forestry Bureau started acquiring land in the area to establish a state forest. In 1928, the state officially designated Waterloo State Forest, named after the former village of Waterloo.

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was active in the forest. The CCC was a New Deal program that aimed to provide employment for unemployed young men while carrying out conservation projects. In Waterloo State Forest, CCC crews planted trees, constructed trails, and built various infrastructure such as picnic areas and fire towers.

The state forest has continued to be managed for multiple uses, including timber production, recreation, and wildlife habitat conservation. Today, Waterloo State Forest covers approximately 2,700 acres and offers various recreational opportunities such as hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing. It is also home to a diverse range of plant and animal species.

Waterloo State Forest in Ohio has a history deeply intertwined with the state's settlement, logging industry, and conservation efforts. It has evolved from a heavily logged area to a protected state forest that provides both recreational opportunities and conservation benefits.
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16.1 miles from park*
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A lakeside retreat in the beautiful Hocking Hills on scenic Lake Logan. Full kitchen, Hot Tub, Satellite HD TV, sitting room, breakfast nook, and electric AC/Heat.
17.8 miles from park*
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Hidden Cave Cabin - Rockbridge, OH
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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.
21.7 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.
22.3 miles from park*
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Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
15.2 miles from park*

1. Start by heading north on State Route 93 out of McArthur.
2. Continue on State Route 93 for approximately 6 miles.
3. Turn right onto Township Road 36/Stevens Road.
4. Follow Township Road 36/Stevens Road for about 4 miles.
5. Turn left onto Waterloo Road.
6. Follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile.
7. You will see the entrance to Waterloo State Forest on your left.

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