A.W. Marion State Park

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A.W. Marion State Park

Ohio

(740) 869-3124

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Overview

The rolling woodlands and quiet waters of A.W. Marion State Park offer visitors a welcome escape from the rigors of everyday life. This small (309 acres) but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities such as boating, hiking, hunting, picnicking, and more, while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity. The area is diverse with woodlands, plains and prairie. Ohio's prairies, products of an ancient dry climate, are really small versions of the more extensive grasslands in the western United States. This eastern portion extends into Ohio and is part of the prairie-forest border or tension zone. Within this zone, the grasslands increased in size during droughts, only to be reinvaded by forests during wet periods. Before settlement began, scrub oak barrens, dense thickets formed by this shrub, were common in the region but have since been cleared for raising crops. The nearby floodplains of the Scioto River are adorned with a variety of wildflowers. Wildlife indigenous to the area includes fox squirrel, ring-necked pheasant, a variety of songbirds, red fox and white-tailed deer.

Map of A.W. Marion (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.619902, -82.881122

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 145-acre Hargus Lake allows the use of boats with electric motors only. There is 1 boat launching ramp that provides access to the lake, and there are 14 seasonal docks. Rentals are available from the concession on the northwest side of the lake. Boaters may swim off their boats in the designated area.

  • Bicycling

    Please contact the park for information on bike trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the park's woodlands, plains, and prairie along US 22, Warner-Huffer Rd., Bolender-Pontious Rd. T-66, and East Ringgold-Southern Rd.

  • Camping

    The park has 29 electric sites, 29 non-electric sites, group youth camps for organized groups are available by reservation, vault latrines and drinking water are available.

  • Fishing

    In the late 1980s, Hargus Lake was drained, habitat improvements were made and it was restocked with largemouth bass, muskellunge, bluegill and channel catfish. Anglers can now enjoy some of central Ohio's finest fishing with a valid Ohio fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Hargus Lake Trail offers 5 miles of scenic pleasure, providing access to the entire shoreline of the lake. Squawroot Trail, beginning at the campground, offers the hiking enthusiast 1 mile of scenic terrain. Both trails are open for year-round use.

  • Hunting

    In the fall, the mature woodlands offer excellent squirrel hunting in designated areas with a valid Ohio hunting license.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic areas with grill sites and 3 mini-shelter are located in scenic areas throughout the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Large shelter can be reserved online or by calling 866-644-6727. A concession stand offers limited picnic supplies. Fires are permitted only in the grills provided.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors may swim from boats in designated areas.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing.

Directions

Driving

From Cleveland, Ohio: I-71 South, 270 East around Columbus, 23 South to Circleville, State Route 22 East 4 miles, follow signs. From Columbus, Ohio: State Route 23 South to Circleville, State Route 22 East 4 miles, follow signs. From Cincinnati, Ohio: North on I-71 to State Route 35, East on 35 past Washington Courthouse, North on 138 to State Route 22 East, then go 4 miles past Circleville. From Toledo, Ohio: I-75 to Findley, Route 68 to Kenton, Route 31 to Marysville, 33 South to I-270 East, I-270 to 33 South to Lancaster then 188 South to A.W. Marion. From Circleville, Ohio: State Route 22 East 4 miles, turn left on Bolander-Pontious Rd for day use, left on Ringold for camping.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(740) 869-3124

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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