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Ohio State Parks FAQs
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Ohio State Parks FAQs

Firewood is offered for sale at most Ohio State Parks or otherwise available from local private vendors near each park. You are not allowed to cut or collect firewood in state parks. The Ohio Division of State Parks and Watercraft also strongly discourages bringing your own firewood to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Many of Ohio’s state parks and natural preserves offer nature centers that provide close-up experiences with the natural world.

Storybook trails blend the fun of outdoor exploration with reading. Operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, trails are located in all types of parks, including Ohio State Parks.

Picnic areas can be found at all Ohio State Parks.

Many Ohio State Parks offer options for swimming.

You can reserve shelter houses for day use. A few parks also offer shelters on a first-come, first-served basis. Please check with the park of your choice for options.

Ohio’s state parks can be great locations for a special event. Check with the park of your choice about availability and conditions. Certain activities and events held in state parks may require a permit from the Ohio Division of State Parks and Watercraft.

Alcohol is prohibited in public areas in every state park, except facilities where alcohol is served (e.g., certain state park lodges, resorts, and golf courses).

Please review the state hunting and trapping regulations for information about hunting on state-owned lands.

Ohio’s state parks can be great locations for a special event, including your wedding. Check with the park of your choice about availability and conditions. Certain activities and events held in state parks may require a permit from the Ohio Division of State Parks and Watercraft.

 

ATVs and APVs are not allowed in Ohio State Parks, but may be allowed in certain state and national forests.

All state park campgrounds allow pets and many state park cabins and lodge rooms are pet-friendly. Review conditions and limitations from the Ohio Division of State Parks and Watercraft.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offers facilities that allow visitors of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors. See their list of accessible activities and facilities.

You can purchase Ohio State Parks Gift Cards and Gift Certificates online, at most parks and lodges, and by phone. They can be used for campsites, cabins, lodge rooms, golfing, rentals, store purchases, and more at participating locations.

Reservations are required to stay in an Ohio State Park, including lodges and cabins. Please refer to the Ohio State Parks reservation policy for reservation and payment options.

Learn about winter activities available from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Please review information about hours of operation from the Ohio Division of State Parks and Watercraft.

Postings for job opportunities can be obtained online at careers.ohio.gov or at any state park administrative office.