Alum Creek State Park

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Alum Creek State Park

Ohio

(740) 548-4631

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Overview

Alum Creek's 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630-acres of gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity, including mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, boating, and more, just minutes from Ohio's capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park's northern reaches while sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio's largest inland beach. Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County. In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale. The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago. That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to the fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tail deer and many other species of wildlife.

Map of Alum Creek (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.260682, -82.960678

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Activities

  • Boating

    Alum Creek Reservoir spans 3,387 acres of water. It has four launch ramps. The lake south of Cheshire Road is a boater's paradise with unlimited horsepower and plenty of room for skiers. The northern portion of the lake offers a quieter scene with tree-lined shores, shale cliffs and sheltered inlets for paddeling. Boaters may swim in Big Run, the Sailing Association Cove & the 36/37 Cove Boaters may camp overnight in the Sailing Association & 36/37 coves. For more information on boat rentals please call 740-548-6056 or go to www.alumcreek.com.

  • Bicycling

    The park has three mountain bike trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the beech-maple forest of Alum Creek State Park and the park's scenic lake along CR 10, Africa Rd., Lackey - Old State Rd., and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This site offers 286 electric campsites offer both wooded and sunny areas, some of which overlook the lake. Each site has a 50-amp electrical hookup. There are 3 full-service campsites offer electric, sewer and water hookups. Heated shower facilities with flush toilets are available, and there is a beach and boat ramp for exclusive use of the overnight guests. The site has basketball courts, horshoe pits, playgrounds, nature programs, and a dump station. Group camp for organized groups is available by reservation. An equestrian camp is available with 30 primitive sites.

    Five camper cabins and three cedar cabins are available for rental.

  • Fishing

    Narrow coves and quiet inlets offer fine catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye and saugeye . Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This site offers hiking trails, bridle trails, mountain bike trails, and multi-purpose trails (hiking, snowmobile, dog sledding, X-cty skiing).

  • Horseback Riding

    Alum Creek Park offers bridle trails and equestrian camping.

  • Hunting

    The northern half of the park is best for the squirrel and deer hunter, while the southern half offers better opportunities for rabbit and other upland game. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    Scenic picnic areas are available with tables, grills, restrooms and drinking water enhance the lakeshore. Two shelterhouses are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Alum Creek dam. Contact the Corps office at 740-548-6151 for information regarding their use.

  • Water Sports

    Alum Creek State Park has a 3,000 foot beach, the largest inland beach in Ohio's state park system, complete with a shower house and concession stand, and sand volleyball courts. The beach is open during daylight hours only.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include sledding, ice skating, snowmobiling on the multi-purpose trail, cross country skiing multi-purpose trail, ice fishing, and ice boating.

Directions

Driving

This facility is located at 3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware, OH 43015.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(740) 548-4631

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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