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Summer Fun in the Ohio State Park Lodges

From Lakeside Water Activities to Hiking, Biking, and Nature at its Best

Memorable summer experiences in Ohio happen by the water, on the trails, in the woods, and by the campfire. The Ohio State Park Lodges offer diverse summer activities for families, couples, groups and solo travelers. The varied geographical regions that surround Salt Fork, Deer Creek, Mohican, and Punderson Manor lodges give you endless options to create your own perfect summer.

All four lodges offer indoor and outdoor pools, playgrounds, and court games along with outdoor activities, so you can explore nature or simply appreciate it from a lounge chair.

Salt Fork State Park Lodge

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Summer is high season at Salt Fork State Park Lodge, which is located in Ohio’s largest state park. Miles of wooded hiking trails, outdoor archery targets, horseback riding, and the 250-acre golf course will keep you busy.

One of the most popular features of Salt Fork is the 2,970-acre unlimited-horsepower lake, which welcomes anglers, water skiers, boaters, and swimmers in permitted areas. Two marinas make water activities convenient with boat rentals available.

Children enjoy organized activities like sand castle creation, T-shirt painting, and nature hikes. Salt Fork also offers gem mining and tours through the historic Kennedy Stone House.

Your summer days end at Salt Fork with s’mores and a bonfire.

Deer Creek State Park Lodge

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With colorful sunrises over Deer Creek Lake, there is no doubt that great summer days are in store at Deer Creek State Park Lodge. Spend your afternoons on the water by renting a paddleboat, paddleboard or kayak from the lodge marina. Grab a rod and reel and fish for bass or just lounge on the beach and soak in the day.

Land dwellers can enjoy summer breezes with a round of golf, a hike on one of the nature trails or by renting a bike from the lodge to explore on two wheels.
Organized children’s activities keep kids busy and family memories are made with evening s’mores around the campfire.

Mohican State Park Lodge

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Miles of trails at Mohican State Park Lodge cater to full days of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

If water is more your style, Mohican is located in Ohio’s canoe capital, which means canoe liveries abound for treks down the Mohican River.

Summer naturalist activities include night hikes, river walks and live birds of prey demonstrations from the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.

Evenings at Mohican Lodge mean outdoor dining and relaxing by the campfire.

Punderson Manor State Park Lodge

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Punderson Manor State Park Lodge, with its rolling landscape and large lake, caters to both adventure and relaxation.

Spend a day on the fairway at Punderson’s championship golf course, hike on 14 miles of trails, or take a stroll on the floating boardwalk along Punderson Lake.

The on-site marina with a nearby beach and picnic area is where you will find boaters and anglers enjoying the afternoons.

For adventure, try geocaching for treasures, hit the 9-hole disc golf course, or start a game of badminton with your friends. All equipment is available from the front desk.

On-site naturalist programs include wildlife bingo, archery, and workshops on topics like monarch butterflies and frogs.


Written by: Anietra Hamper