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Escape to Burr Oak State Park

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Burr Oak State Park in Glouster

Escape to Burr Oak State Park

By Heather Rader

Posted On: Oct 18, 2021

Fall in Ohio is spectacular! There are plenty of great spots to view fall foliage throughout the state and Burr Oak State Park is one of the top locations.

Located in Southeast Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachians, Burr Oak State Park is a year-round destination for nature enthusiasts. With more than 2,500 acres of forested ridges and hollows, during the autumn, the forest displays remarkable colorful foliage.

Here are 5 fun ways to experience fall foliage in Burr Oak State Park:


Immerse yourself in fall colors while hiking in the park, miles of trails will lead you through some of southern Ohio's most scenic landscapes. From easy Storybook Trails (great for children), short, moderate hikes, lengthy and difficult trails to an 18-mile backpacking trail (13 miles are part of the Buckeye Trail), there's plenty of hiking trails for every type of hiker.

family standing in front of airstream camper along burr oak river next to canoes at burr oak state park in ohio
Photo credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Flickr


Cruise the open waters of the 664-acre Burr Oak Lake. Surrounded by lush woods, seeing the colorful leaves reflect off the lake is a sight to behold. Be sure to watch for wildlife on the shore and bald eagles and osprey that swoop down to pluck fish from the water.

The lake features four launch ramps and seasonal boat rentals can be found at Dock 1 and Dock 4.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up your horse and hit the park's bridle trails for a fun way to spot the changing leaves. Burr Oak State Park features nearly eight miles of bridle trails, and the campground has an equestrian camp available for those who enjoy overnight getaways with their horse.

If you're looking for guided trail rides and horse rentals, located seven miles from Burr Oak State Park is Smoke Rise Ranch.

car pulling airstream camper along road at burr oak state park in ohio along burr oak river
Photo credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Flickr

Scenic Drives

Southern Ohio has some of the best scenic drives in the state. Whether you're ready to hit the open road on your motorcycle or cruise in your vehicle, the scenic byways surrounding Burr Oak State Park will not disappoint. The Appalachian Byway, Ohio's Tail of the Dragon (Route 78) and the Triple Nickel (Route 555) are some of the most picturesque and exhilarating roads in the state.

Overnight Stay

Make a weekend out of leaf peeping in southern Ohio by staying in a lodge guest room or cabin at Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center or camp at Burr Oak State Park Campground. Watch the sunset over the lake and wake up to crisp autumn air and peaceful views.

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