Spring — and soon summer — is here! It’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. And if you’re looking for a (literal) change of scenery, how about a quick trip to one of Ohio’s state parks. Several of the state park lodges and cabins are opening for the season, so check out these eight spots and have some sunny days filled with hiking, golf and scenic scenes.
Punderson State Park
Punderson Manor is an English Tudor-style manor surrounded by 150 acres of a glacial lake. While the lodge is closed, their cabins are open. You can book a cabin and enjoy hiking, bird watching and maybe even some s’mores by the campfire. You can also play a round of golf on their 18 hole disc golf course.
Burr Oak State Park
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Burr Oak Lodge is a perfect retreat from city life. Part of Wayne National Forest borders Burr Oak State Park, and with over 40 miles of hiking trails, you’ll feel like you’ve truly escape city life for the serenity of nature. Book one of their cabins now, and for an added adventure, head over to Burr Oak Marina.
Deer Creek State Park
Deer Creek boasts over 31,000 acres of woodlands and the Historic Harding Cabin. You can book one their cabins and enjoy a nice trip with hiking, on-site marina and a golf course with challenges that include 10 ponds and 46 sand traps.
Hueston Woods State Park
Book one of Hueston Woods‘ cabins and experience the fun of the outdoors with their naturalist programs and fossil hunting. Or book a tee time on their 18 hole championship course — designed by prominent golf course architect, Jack Kidwell.
Maumee Bay State Park
Smack dab between rolling hills and Lake Erie, Maumee Bay has breathtaking views no matter where you look. Cabins are open for booking — there’s even several pet-friendly accommodations! While enjoying your time away, play a couple holes on Maumee Bay golf course or walk part of the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
Mohican State Park
Take advantage of ample canoeing and mountain biking opportunities around Mohican State Park. Or explore its 13 miles of hiking trails, like Hog Hollow Trail and Pleasant Hill Trail. Those two trails, along with Lyon Falls start or pass the Mohican Covered Bridge (an added sight-seeing bonus). While the lodge is closed, check out some of the nearby cabins for your stay and relax near Pleasant Hill Lake — home to several kinds of fish like large-mouth bass, bluegill and white crappie.
Salt Fork State Park
The largest inland beach awaits with Ohio’s best water skiing and tubing opportunities! Sugartree Marina is open and ready for your summer fun. Try one of their new pontoons, perfect for tubing or water skiing, grab a line and spend the day fishing or explore the water with a one/two person kayak. Ready to book your stay, then check out any one of their cabins. While there, don’t forget to learn all about the historic Kennedy Stone House, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Shawnee State Park
Submerge yourself in 63,000 acres of rolling hills and hardwood forests of Shawnee State Forest. With over 65 miles of hiking trails with the 1,095 acre state park, you’ll be sure to experience all of nature’s wonders. And it’s no surprise boating and sailing are favorite area pastimes, with two lakes — Turkey Creek Lake and Roosevelt Lake — located at the park. Book your trip for one of their cabins, and maybe take a ride through their mountain bike trail system too!