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Unique Lodgings in the Ohio State Parks

Presidential Cabin, Loft Rooms, and Hot Tub Chalets

Imagine starting your morning watching sunrise reflections from the porch of the lakeside cabin where a former U.S. president found his personal solitude. Or, waking up to the chirps of migrating birds outside of your family cabin window.

These are just some of the experiences you will find in the unique accommodations at the Ohio State Park Lodges. Deer Creek, Salt Fork, Mohican and Punderson Manor are all located within picturesque state parks and offer a little something extra for your time away from home. After all, your getaway is about more than just the destination; it is about the memories that you make there.

Historic Harding Cabin

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The Historic Harding Cabin at Deer Creek State Park offers guests an authentic glimpse into the private hideaway of President Warren G. Harding. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this one-and-half-story cabin, known as The Shack, served as a personal presidential retreat for Harding in the 1920s. The restored cabin is rustic, but it is updated with modern conveniences including kitchen appliances, a gas fireplace and a washer and dryer.

The cabin accommodates eight people with three upper-level bedrooms, an open living room and oversized dining room. Outside, the full-length screened porch gives you a private view of the 1,277-acre lake where the morning sunrise steals the show.

For more information and reservations, visit deercreekstateparklodge.com.

Bunk Rooms/Loft Rooms

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Bunk rooms and loft rooms give families a comfortable alternative to traditional rooms.

Bunk rooms include two double beds and a set of bunk beds. The bunk rooms at Salt Fork are available with patio and poolside walkouts for added convenience. Deer Creek offers bunk rooms with views of the woods or the lake. Both locations offer ADA accessible bunk rooms.

Loft rooms at Deer Creek accommodate larger families (up to eight people) with views of the woods, golf course, or lake.

For more information and reservations, visit deercreekstateparklodge.com or saltforkstateparklodge.com.

Hot Tubs

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The only thing better than enjoying the beauty of the outdoors from the comfort of your cabin is enjoying it from your hot tub at the Salt Fork chalet cabins. The two-bedroom chalets, set in the heart of Ohio’s largest state park, provide an unmatched experience when it comes to a private getaway.

Perfect for couples, friends, or families, your gas fireplace, charcoal grill, fire pit, and private hot tub on the enclosed porch set the scene for stories and memories that will last a lifetime.  

For more information and reservations, visit saltforkstateparklodge.com.

Multi-Bedroom Cabins


Salt Fork, Deer Creek and Punderson offer cabins with two bedrooms that can accommodate up to six people. Each cabin is also complete with a fully equipped kitchen, 3/4 bath (shower only, no tub), living room, WiFi and a screened-in porch. Salt Fork offers cabins with a hot tub on the screened in porch and a gas fireplace in the living room-a perfect setting for a romantic getaway.

Several of the cabins at Deer Creek are ADA accessible with roll-in showers. All tree of these lodges offer cabins that are Pet-Friendly. Ask for these specifically when you call to reserve your cabin.

The cabins are comfortably furnished to make you feel at home and include modern amenities. Relax with a book or coffee and sit back to enjoy the nature that surrounds you from the large living-room windows.

For more information and reservations, visit ohiostateparklodges.com.

Estate rooms

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The Manor House Estate Rooms at Punderson Manor offer guests the luxury of lodge amenities with the comfort of a B&B. Each estate room in the renovated 1929 English Tudor-style Manor House is uniquely decorated for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Rooms range from estate queens and doubles to the Hospitality Room with two queen beds and a communal living area with several couches. The elegant Windsor Suite is a popular honeymoon choice with a king-size bed in the separate master bedroom, a walk-in closet, vaulted ceilings, and a Jacuzzi off of the living area.

For more information and reservations, visit pundersonmanorstateparklodge.com.

For more travel experiences available at the Ohio State Park Lodges, visit ohiostateparklodges.com

Written by: Anietra Hamper