Rocky Fork State Park

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Rocky Fork State Park

Ohio

(937) 393-4284

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Overview

Rocky Fork State Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts! Unlimited horsepower boating allows for excellent skiing on the 2,080-acre lake which also provides catches of bass, muskellunge and walleye for skilled fishermen. A scenic gorge, dolomite caves and natural wetlands add to the popularity of this recreation area.

Rocky Fork State Park nestled in 1,384 acres in Highland County derives its name from the stream flowing through the park. This stream, winding over dolomite limestone, has eroded spectacular gorges and caves which can be enjoyed today. Present-day Rocky Fork Creek flows through an ancient valley. Blocked by glacial ice more than 12,000 years ago, the stream reversed direction and rapidly cut the 75-foot gorge seen today. Caves in the region formed as rainwater, trickling through the limestone, dissolved the bedrock. Dolomite limestone is particularly vulnerable to this type of weathering. Sullivantia, extremely rare in Ohio, blooms in the gorge. The small white flowers can be seen from the moist cliff face in mid-summer. Other wildflowers include wild geranium, jewelweed, yarrow and Queen Anne's lace. Rocky Fork provides habitat for numerous waterfowl, songbirds, raccoons, skunk, red fox and white-tailed deer. The wetlands in the park are home to the green frog, bullfrog, opossum and muskrat.

Map of Rocky Fork (OH)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.182618, -83.490310

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Activities

  • Boating

    Motors of unlimited horsepower are permitted on the 2,080-acre Rocky Fork Lake. There are six boat launch ramps are located around the lake. Rental docks are available at the Marina. A designated area is available for boat camping on the lake.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is allowed on public roads.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors can tour the lands around Rocky Fork Lake along North Shore Rd., SR 124, and other nearby roads.

  • Camping

    This park has 171 campsites suitable for trailers and tents at the northwest corner of the lake. There are 96 sites with electric hookups and 44 sites with full-service hookups. Sites are equipped with showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, a dump station, a camp store, and campers' beach. Pets are permitted on all sites. Launch ramp and docks are provided for campers with boats. Free WiFi is available at the camo office to registered campers. Paddle Boat rentals are available at the campground. Miniature golf course, basketball court and corn hole are available. Camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers. A separate group camp may be reserved by contacting the park office.

  • Fishing

    Anglers will enjoy excellent catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, saugeye, white bass, and catfish. A wheelchair accessible fishing pier is located on the southeast side of the lake. Valid Ohio fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    This park offers two hiking trails-Bird Observation Trail and Deer Loop Trail.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in designated areas. Valid Ohio hunting license is required.

  • Picnicking

    This park has six picnic areas that are located on the north and east shores in wooded areas overlooking the lake.

  • Water Sports

    This park has two large public beaches. Restrooms are available nearby. A boat/swim area is available for boaters. Other water sports requiring boats are allowed.

  • Winter Sports

    Sledding is available at this park.

Seasonality/Weather

This park is open year-round. The campground will be closed December through April.

Directions

Driving

This park is located at 9800 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(937) 393-4284

Campground reservations

(866) 644-6727

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