By Paola Santiago
Posted On: May 20, 2020
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 Manor is an English Tudor-style manor surrounded by 150 acres of a glacial lake. Book a guestroom (or cabin) and enjoy hiking, boating, bird watching and even s’mores by the campfire. You can also play a round of golf on their 18 hole disc golf course, dine at their restaurant, swim in the outdoor pool and try their archery range. For more fun, check out nearby spots like Ohio Amish Country, Holden Arboretum and Cleveland.
Burr Oak Lodge
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 a room at their lodge (or cabins) for adventure filled days of nearby deer hunting and a disc and mini golf course. For an added adventure, head over to Burr Oak Marina and spend some time on the water!
Deer Creek Lodge
Deer Creek Lodge boasts over 31,000 acres of woodlands and the Historic Harding Cabin. Stay at the lodge (or a cabin) and enjoy a nice trip with hiking, lakeside fun, on-site marina and a golf course with challenges that include 10 ponds and 46 sand traps. And since Deer Creek offers pet-friendly lodging, bring along your pup!
Hueston Woods Lodge
Stay at Hueston Woods Lodge and experience the fun of the outdoors with their naturalist programs and fossil hunting (ask the lodge for more info). Or book a tee time on their 18 hole championship golf course — designed by prominent golf course architect, Jack Kidwell.
Maumee Bay Lodge
Smack dab between rolling hills and Lake Erie, you’ll always have a breathtaking view no matter where you look at Maumee Bay Lodge. While enjoying your stay there, play a couple holes on Maumee Bay golf course or walk part of the Lake Erie Birding Trail. Also be sure to check out their restaurant, on-site marine, outdoor amphitheater, kid’s splash garden and outdoor swimming pool (but be sure to check with the lodge regarding regulations and availability). You can also bring the dog along, as there’s even several pet-friendly accommodations!
Take advantage of ample canoeing and mountain biking opportunities around Mohican Lodge. 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). Thee lodge hosts children’s education activities (so inquire about the current offerings). While staying at the lodge, you should take a dip at the outdoor pool or relax near Pleasant Hill Lake — home to several kinds of fish like large-mouth bass, bluegill and white crappie.
Salt Fork Lodge
The largest inland beach awaits with Ohio’s best water skiing and tubing opportunities at Salt Fork Lodge! Their marine, 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. You can also try some of their other offerings like horseback riding (check with the lodge for more info), and don’t forget to learn all about the historic Kennedy Stone House — which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’re looking for a side trip, check out The Wilds.
Shawnee State Park Lodge
Submerge yourself in 63,000 acres of rolling hills and hardwood forests of Shawnee State Park Lodge. Thanks to over 65 miles of hiking trails within 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. You can also book a cabin, as the area is great for camping and backpacking. But make sure your stay includes a ride through their mountain bike trail system too!