Hueston Woods State Park

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Hueston Woods State Park

Ohio

(513) 523-6347

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Things To Do

Overview

Hueston Woods State Park, located in Butler and Preble counties, is nearly 3,000 acres of natural resources for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, fishing, canoeing, and unique to this region -- fossil hunting. The park surrounds 625-acre Acton Lake, with campsites, cabins, and a resort lodge to entice the overnight visitor. Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are so abundant that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them. The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio. Early settlers cleared the dense woodlands to farm the fertile soil. Nearly all of Ohio's original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of virgin timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio's primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.

Map of Hueston Woods (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.572294, -84.715711

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Activities

  • Boating

    The 625-acre Acton Lake is restricted to boats with motors of 10-hp or less. There is one launch ramp. There are 132 docks are available for seasonal rental. Boat rentals and fuel are available.

  • Bicycling

    This park offers a 12 mile mountain bike trail.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the beech-maple forest surrounding Acton Lake along Loop Road.

  • Camping

    This park has 252 campsites with electrical outlets, showers, flush toilets, laundry, a trailer waste station, and 236 non-electric campsites with vault-type latrines. The equestrian camp area offers 20 electric and 5 non-electric sites, available on a "first come, first served" basis only. Riding arena is available for practice or horse shows. Group camp areas for youth and adult organizations are available for reservation. Cottages and camper cabins are also available to rent. Pets are permitted on any site Free WiFi access is available at the camp store to registered campers

  • Fishing

    The best fishing includes largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, saugeye, and bluegill. Fishing pier on the west shore is wheelchair accessible. Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Golfing

    This park offers an 18-hole, 7,005-yard, par 72 golf course. Driving ranges are open from March until November. Call the pro shop for tee time at 513-523-8081.

  • Hiking

    This park offers 12 hiking trails.

  • Historic Sites

    In nearby Oxford, visit the McGuffey House and Museum, showcasing the personal articles of William McGuffey, author of McGuffey Readers.

    Hopewell has a church, founded in 1808, with the first public cemetery in the township. Hopewell was an important stop and staging area for the Underground Railroad.

    Preble County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural heritage, as well as artifacts, memories, and ideas of Preble County. Come and walk one of the many trails, view the progress of the prairie conversion efforts, see the newest bridge - an engineering marvel built as an Eagle Scout project, and find the old mill race.

  • Horseback Riding

    Equestrian camping and bridle trails are available at this park.

  • Hunting

    Deer hunting with bow and primitive weapons is allowed in season. Waterfowl and raccoon hunting is allowed by permit. Valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    This park has 10 areas complete with tables and grills.

  • RVing

    This park has 252 campsites with electrical outlets, showers, flush toilets, laundry, a trailer waste station, and 236 non-electric campsites with vault-type latrines.

  • Water Sports

    This park has a 1,500-foot swimming beach, a concession stand, and a bathhouse.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter sports include sledding, cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, and ice boating.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round. Driving ranges are open from March until November.

Park Partners

Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center

Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center, a spacious, comfortable retreat offering modern amenities is found just five miles from the Miami University of Ohio. Your days can be spent picnicking in the park, boating and fishing on Acton Lake, playing golf on an 18-hole championship woodland course, cross-country skiing while viewing an array of wildlife at every turn, or simply relaxing in the lodge.

(513) 664-3500

Directions

Driving

From Cleveland, Ohio: Take 71 South to 270 West to I-70 West. Exit at Route 127 Eaton (South) on the South side of Eaton turn right on 732 South to the park.

From Columbus, Ohio: Take I-70 West and exit at Route127 Eaton (South), on the South side of Eaton turn right on 732 South to the park.

From Cincinnati, Ohio: Take Route 27 North to Oxford. In the center of Oxford turn right on 732 (North) to the park entrance.

From Toledo, Ohio: Take 75 South to I-70 West. Exit at Route 127 Eaton (South) On the south side of Eaton turn right on 732 (South) to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(513) 523-6347

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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