Rocky Fork State Park
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.
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 is allowed on public roads.
Visitors can tour the lands around Rocky Fork Lake along North Shore Rd., SR 124, and other nearby roads.
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.
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.
This park offers two hiking trails-Bird Observation Trail and Deer Loop Trail.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas. Valid Ohio hunting license is required.
This park has six picnic areas that are located on the north and east shores in wooded areas overlooking the lake.
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.
Sledding is available at this park.
This park is open year-round. The campground will be closed December through April.
This park is located at 9800 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133.