3116 State Route 3, Loudonville, Ohio 44842
Park Office Phone: (419) 994-5125
Camping Information Phone: (419) 994-4290
Reservations: (866) 644-6727
1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake.
You can find more information about each of the following activities below.
The scenic beauty and natural features of the Mohican region can be attributed to events that occurred over 12,000 years ago during the ice age in Ohio. The last glacier to enter Ohio, the Wisconsinan, ended its advance in the Mohican region forming a glacial boundary. Several moraines, linear ridges of soil and rock till deposited along the ice edge, are evident in the area. The erosional forces of glacial meltwaters hastened the carving of the narrow gorge of the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. This gorge cuts into the sandstone bedrock exposing huge outcroppings and creating steep cliff walls. The gorge is more than one thousand feet wide at the top and over three hundred feet deep. The striking Clearfork Gorge with its towering hemlocks and stands of old-growth white pine are of national significance. The National Park Service has thus dedicated the area as a Registered National Natural Landmark. The Mohican State Memorial Forest surrounds the park and contains great plant and animal diversity. Ridge tops contain stands of white, red and black oaks, red maple and white pine. Beech, ash and tulip can be found in the middle and lower slopes with hemlock and yellow birch. The bottomlands contain sycamore, willow, buckeye, hawthorn and dogwood. The diversity of ferns in this region is astounding with as many as fifteen different species identified, including the rare walking fern. Mohican is home to numerous mammals including raccoon, white-tail deer, skunk, opossum and red fox. Reptiles such as the box turtle, black rat snake and the poisonous copperhead are present in the area. Dusky salamanders, American toads and the gray tree frog are samples of local amphibians. The wild turkey has made a tremendous comeback in Ohio after being totally extirpated at one time. Significant numbers of this magnificent bird can be found in the surrounding forest. Of particular interest is the abundance of nesting warblers in the Clear Fork Gorge. More than fifteen species including Northern Parula, Hooded, Cerulean and American Redstart nest here during spring and summer.
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Mohican State Park offers the following campground facilities:
- 100 electric sites
- 51 full hook-up sites
- 35 non-electric sites
- Showers, flush toilets, dump station and a campground store
- Registered campers may use the pool and splash pad located in the campground.
- Playground, volleyball and basketball courts
- Campground store loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers.
- Gem mining is available for a fee from the campground store
- For the safety of our registered campers and their families, visitors are not permitted to drive through the campground from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Swimming: Campers and cabin guests may use the swimming pool and splash pad located in the campground. Tubing is very popular on the Clear Fork River and access points are located throughout the park.
Fishing: The Clear Fork River is noted for smallmouth bass fishing. Largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, perch and bluegill are also abundant in the river and at nearby Pleasant Hill Reservoir. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Boating: The Clear Fork River, which flows through the park, is one of the finest canoeing and kayaking rivers in Ohio. Pleasant Hill Lake, which is managed by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, is a nearby lake with no horsepower limits.
Hunting opportunities are available in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio hunting license is required. You can find out more information about getting a valid Ohio hunting and trapping license on Ohio's division of wildlife website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits. Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code, no person shall at any time hunt, trap, kill, pursue, or shoot at any wildlife and/or wild animals by any means within 400 feet of any nature trail, picnic area, service area, residence, barn, parking lot, cabin, or other structure.
Seven hiking trails traverse the park:
- Lyons Fall Trail - 2 miles - Moderate to Difficult - follows Clear Fork Gorge and features two waterfalls
- Songbird Trail - 1 mile
- Grist Mill Trail - 1 mile
- North Rim Trail - 1 mile
- Hemlock Gorge Trail - 2 miles - Difficult - Leads to a scenic covered bridge
- Pleasant Hill Trail - 3/4 mile - Easy - Follows the lake shoreline and offers beautiful views of the lake
Shelter House Trail - 1/2 mile
One mountain bike trail that also allows hiking is a 24.5-mile trail looping around the gorge, passing through Mohican State Forest. Named "Trail of the Month" by Runners World Magazine Voted #1 mountain bike trail in Ohio by Mountain Bike Action Magazine, and a "must ride" according to National Geographic Explorer Magazine Home of the Mohican MTB100, a stop on the National Ultra Endurance Series that has featured many of today's top USA olympians and national champions. Other trails are available in the adjacent state forest for equestrians as well as hikers. Mohican State Park is the home to one of the oldest ultra marathons in the U.S., The Mohican Trail 100, and also hosted the first ever US Track and Field Ultra Marathon National Championship in 2005.
Four picnic areas are located around the park and offer tables, latrines and drinking water. Fires are permitted only in grills where available. The campground store offers limited picnic supplies. Three shelterhouses may be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.
The Mohican State Park area was once the hunting grounds of the Delaware Indians, whose more famous warriors included Janacake, Bill Montour, Thomas Lyon (reportedly the ugliest man alive!) and James Smith, who was the first white man to come to this area. Smith was captured by the Indians and later adopted into their tribe. Several Delaware villages were located in the Mohican vicinity. Settlement by non-Indians began at the turn of the nineteenth century, but settlement did not increase until the Indians were driven from the area during the War of 1812. John Chapman, immortalized as Johnny Appleseed, frequented the region during the 1800's, caring for his apple tree nurseries. His name and the date, carved in the wall of Lyons Falls, were an attraction for years. Unfortunately, the etchings have been obliterated with the passage of time. Prior to 1949, most of the area that comprises the present Mohican State Park was part of the Mohican State Forest (also known as Mohican State Forest Park). The forest lands were administered by the Ohio Division of Forestry. In 1949, when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was created, Mohican and several other state parks were developed from existing state forests. The new park was named Clear Fork State Park. Years later in 1966, the name was changed to Mohican State Park in order to alleviate confusion between Mansfield's Clearfork Reservoir and the state park. Even before this official move, visitors referred to the area as Mohican.
Malabar Farm State Park which is northwest of Mohican was the home of Louis Bromfield -- noted author, farmer and conservationist. Visitors can tour Bromfield's "Big House" or take a wagon tour of the farm. Mohican State Memorial Forest, located adjacent to the park, offers public hunting and trails for horseback riding, snowmobiling and hiking. Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve which is north off State Route 13, is a mixture of mature beach-maple forest and swamp forest. There is a rich display of spring flowers in the woods. Visitation during daylight hours only. Downhill skiing is offered at Clear Fork and Snow Trails ski resorts and water recreation is provided at Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill lakes. There are several fine canoe rivers and liveries in the area. For more information, contact Loudonville-Mohican Area Tourist Association, P.O. Box 122, Loudonville, Ohio 44842 or call 1-800-722-7588. Picnic tables and grill sites are located in scenic areas throughout the park. A concession stand offers limited picnic supplies. Fires are permitted only in the grills provided.