History Park & Local area
Pleasant Hill Park & Dam ()
Pleasant Hill Lake is a acre man-made lake located near Perrysville and between Ashland and Richland counties in Ohio. Dedicated January 28, , Pleasant Hill Dam was built on the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. The dam which forms the lake is a ft (34 m) tall earth-fill dam. It is located in Ashland but the lake extends into Richland. The lake, constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, was built for the purpose of flood control. See video link below for historical footage:
Surrounding Mohican Area History
The erosional forces of the last glacial meltwaters 12, years ago hastened the carving of the narrow gorge of the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. This gorge cuts into the sandstone bedrock exposing huge outcroppings and creating steep cliff walls. The gorge is more than one thousand feet wide at the top and over three hundred feet deep. The striking Clearfork Gorge with its towering hemlocks and stands of old-growth white pine are of national significance. The National Park Service has thus dedicated the area as a Registered National Natural Landmark.
The Mohican State Park area was once the hunting grounds of the Delawares, whose more famous warriors included Janacake, Bill Montour, Thomas Lyon, and James Smith, who was the first white man to come to this area. Smith was captured by the Indians and later adopted into their tribe. Several Delaware villages were located in the Mohican vicinity.
Settlement began at the turn of the nineteenth century, but settlement did not increase until the Indians were driven from the area during the War of John Chapman, immortalized as Johnny Appleseed, frequented the region during the s, caring for his apple tree nurseries. His name and the date, carved in the wall of Lyons Falls, were an attraction for years. Unfortunately, the etchings have been obliterated with the passage of time.
Mohican State Park was originally called Clear Fork State Park when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was created in and the park was created from Ohio Division of Forestry lands. In , the name of the park was changed to Mohican to alleviate confusion between Clear Fork Reservoir in Mansfield, Ohio and the state park.
Historical Construction Photos ( )
Morning Glory Spillway Construction Control Gate Tower Construction
Assorted Video Clips
Morning glory spillway overflow at Berryessa Lake in California ( Same design as Pleasant Hill Spillway)
Pleasant Hill's Spillways has never overflowed to date.
Historical Books on Pleasant Hill Dam & Lake Park
The Dam and 50 Years Beyond Pleasant Hill Lake Park Making Memories-
By Lee Cavin By Louis M. Andres & Irv Oslin
Book $ Published Paperback Book $ Published
Both Books are available for sale through the Park Office, Copies available at local libraries
All proceeds benefit the Pleasant Hill Park Education/Recreation Foundation Account
Historical Photos of Pleasant Hill Park
Cabin Area Boat Launch & Marina area 's
Boat Concession Building Village of Newville before lake impoundment
MWCD Fire Patrol Plane 's Paradise Queen Paddle Boat 's
Historical News Clippings
Historical Map Mohican River Valley
Newville Iron Bridge Photo
Covered Bridge Predecessor, Approximately – What would become Ashland County Road crossed Clear Fork north of where the dam was built. The original bridge that spanned the river was likely rebuilt or replaced after the flood. The bridge — an iron truss span — can be seen in a dam construction photo taken around or , when work was pretty far along. The bridge was dismantled and moved downstream to Mohican State Park near the primitive campground. It was replaced in by Mohican’s iconic covered bridge.
The iron "Newville" bridge next to the construction of the new Mohican Covered bridge circa (photo below)
The original swinging footbridge over Clear Fork in Mohican State Park downstream from Pleasant Hill dam was built so gas company workers could access gas lines & wellheads in the forest. It was dismantled after being damaged by a flood in some bridge support pieces remain along the river shoreline. In , the Mohican Trails Club completed restoration of the Civilian Conservation Corps trail descending from the Clear Fork Gorge Overlook to the river. CCC workers blazed the original trail in the early s. The restoration of this trail provided foot access from the overlook to the river & cleared the way for the bridge to be replaced. Once completed in the cable bridge will enable visitors to venture across the river & access the overlook on foot. Once across, they will have the option of taking a long, gradual climb to the west or a short steep climb to the east. Article by Irv Oslin
MOHICAN MEMORIAL STATE FOREST FIRE TOWER-The 86 feet steel fire tower still exists today and rehabilitation is planned for the summer of However, the wood tower has long been missing and the only known picture of it is in one of the many hand drawings made by Joe D. Jesensky when he was the park's chief architect in the s. The tower is in the bottom left-hand corner. Notice in the legend on this drawing that a circle with a dot in the middle identifies the location of both towers, including the one on the north side
J.D. Jesensky, Chief Architect drew maps (pictured below ) showing the road to the large shelter house drawn differently from how it is today, and on this map, the pole tower is on the west side of the road leading to the large shelter. The latter topo map has the tower inside the one-way roads. The topo map is the first map I have found where Jesensky uses a map that apparently was prepared by surveyors and includes contour lines and accurate roads. It appears Joe then added proposed trails and a location for the “proposed” steel fire tower in the south park. The proposed steel fire tower site was apparently moved as was the nature trail. Joe told us the reason the nature trail was moved - it was on private property (assuming the Stevenson property).
The point here is that these maps were used for planning purposes and the final location of the park’s features could have been different from this plan. The location of the pole tower inside the one-way roads may have been changed before the tower was constructed because of gas wells.
Around gas wells became unproductive in this area and were being converted to storage wells. The pole fire tower site inside of the one-way roads has had a storage wellhead which may have prohibited the construction of a fire tower there.
A fire tower of this size would require a foundation, and no foundation could be located inside the one-way roads. The storage wellhead was removed during this process, no foundations could be located. The foundation on the ridge behind the small shelter house is the most likely place to have been built. From this ridge, there is an excellent view of the river gorge where there are four distinct concrete blocks.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park Airstrip Photo 's
Original Airstrip, – Pleasant Hill was the only Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lake with an airstrip. In , MWCD closed it due to safety concerns. There had been numerous plane crashes, plus the airstrip went right down to the shore at a busy part of the lake — near the campground, public boat ramp, and marina. In , MWCD opened a new airstrip in a farm field west of the original. It was about 1, feet longer. That strip was abandoned in
Gold Mining Sluice operation along Dead Mans Run in (Clear Fork River)
Bellville was well known for being part of the Ohio gold rush. In Gold was discovered at Bellville, Ohio 10 miles north of Pleasant Hill Lake on the Clear Fork River. Leases were taken on all the land and mining was carried on in a small way & continues even today. The first gold was panned on Dead Man's Run, which caused people from all over to come to pan for gold. The gold was discovered by James C. Lee. Even though the gold that was found was almost pure, little more was discovered. Dead Mans Run, adjacent to Bellville Road, north of Bellville and Wildcat Hollow, 1 mile west of Butler.
The Swank Claim is located on Gatton Rocks and Cutnaw Rd. in Bellville, Ohio. It covers approximately 1 mile of the Clear Fork River on the upper claim and 1 mile of Clear Fork River on the lower claim. This claim is known for burgundy colored garnets and fine flour gold. This claim has also produced, two quartz rocks with gold nuggets layered in them. One valued at $50,These claims are located on private property and are only open to GPAA members and during MWCD sponsored special public events.
Johnny Appleseed Historical Byway
Whether you are a resident, guest to our area, or just passing through, the Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway will enhance your experience. Although John “Appleseed” Chapman was born in Massachusetts on September 26, , and died in Indiana on March 18, , he spent a large portion of his adult life in and throughout north central Ohio. Today, Ohio State Routes 39 and passes many of Appleseed’s land holdings, apple tree nursery sites, and other significant historical locations associated with Appleseed’s heroic life and deeds.
Numerous commemorative monuments and historical markers already identify locations where Appleseed lived and worked. More are planned. The route passes within sight of former homes of those with whom Appleseed associated: Jedediah Smith, mountain man and fur trader; Rosella Rice, Perrysville author of national renown in the s; and Delaware Indians from Greentown, who played such an important role in the area’s early history during the War of But, the Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway weaves through more than the past. Today, the route offers access to Ohio’s canoe capitol— Mohican Country, Mohican State Forest, and Park, Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center and Amphitheater, Malabar Farm, Amish country and some of the prettiest farms and scenery in Ohio.
Link to more information on Johnny Appleseed and the Historical Byway
GREEN TOWN DELAWARE INDIAN VILLAGE ()
Northern Ohio was once the hunting ground of the Erie Indians, who were decimated and scattered about by the Iroquois of Northern New York state. The Leni-Lenape, or “Delaware” Indians then successfully petitioned the Iroquois Nation of six tribes for permission to move into the former Erie lands, and subsequently paid an annual tribute to remain. Arriving settlers found this area sparsely populated by immigrant bands of Delaware, Chippewa, Shawnee, and Mingo. The Delaware Indian village of Hell town sat overlooking the Clearfork River was abandoned in , it remained a hunting camp until , the land now part of Pleasant Hill Lake Park. The Treaty of Fort Industry (Toledo) in extinguished Indian claims north of the Greenville Treaty line, which is at the southern boundary of Richland County, and south of the 41st parallel. This land, known as the New Purchase lands were surveyed and sectioned off in James Hedges, surveyor of the New Purchase, laid out the town of Mansfield in The county of Richland was established in and organized in Between land was taken from “Old Richland” to form parts of Crawford, Ashland, and Morrow Counties, leaving the boundaries as we know them today.
Delaware Indian Lodge (outside)
Delaware Indian Lodge (inside)
Jedediah Smith Mountain Man
Jedediah Smith is probably the most famous of all "Mountain Men" -- those fur-clad, grizzled individuals who were first to explore the American West in search of pelts and adventure. He was the first American to cross west over the Continental Divide, rediscovering South Pass, and the first American to traverse California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was also first to open the coastal trade route from California to Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River.
But few realized that among his greatest exploits were Jedediah Smith's trail-blazing expeditions across the deserts of the American West. In fact, Jedediah was the first American to enter California overland from the east (across the forbidding Mojave Desert) and the first to cross the enormous Great Basin Desert and return east, overland from California.
Jedediah Smith was born June 24, , at Bainbridge, New York. While still in his teens, Jedediah joined a fur-trading expedition to the Rocky Mountains, becoming one of the original "Ashley Men," trappers under the command of William Ashley. He continued in the Rocky Mountain fur trade for more than a decade.
Jedediah and his party of trappers spent the winter of with a band of Crow Indians who told him how to reach Utah's Green River. In mid-March , his company rediscovered the South Pass -- a passage to the Northwest through present-day Wyoming -- and descended into the Green River area for the spring hunt.
In July , Jedediah attended the first Mountain Man Rendezvous at Henry's Fork then accompanied William Ashley back to St. Louis with the season's bounty of furs. En route downriver, Ashley took Jedediah as a partner to replace the retiring Andrew Henry.
In the spring of , Jedediah went ahead of the company's westbound pack train to arrange for that year's Mountain Man Rendezvous, to be held in Cache Valley. That August, he led 17 men to appraise the trapping potential of the region south and west of the Great Salt Lake.
This expedition took him along the route of present-day Interstate 15, the entire length of Utah, to the Virgin River and its eventual confluence with the Colorado River. He followed the Colorado south to the villages of Mojave Indians, then turned his band westward across the Mojave Desert. When he and his band arrived at San Gabriel Mission near present-day Los Angeles, they became the first Americans to cross overland to California, entering from the east.
Blocked by the suspicious Mexican governor of California, Jedediah changed his plans to explore Oregon and journeyed to the American River near Sacramento instead. In the spring of , he left his party on the Stanislaus River, and taking two trappers, traversed the Sierra Nevada Mountains over Border Ruffian Pass. He then crossed the Great Basin Desert through Nevada, roughly following the route of present-day US Highway 6.
His band reached the Utah-Nevada border near present Grandy, Utah, continued on to Skull Valley and reached the southern tip of the Great Salt Lake two days later. By the time they arrived at the Mountain Man Rendezvous at present-day Laketown, they had become the first Americans to return from California by an overland route.
Later in Jedediah, with 18 men, retraced his steps from the Great Salt Lake to Southern California. But this time, Mojave Indians attacked his party while crossing the Colorado River, killing 10 men and capturing all the horses. The remainder made their way to California and into the clutches of Mexican officials waiting to incarcerate them.
Legal issues finally resolved, his band spent the winter of in the San Francisco Bay area. In the spring of , after traveling north up the coast to Oregon, their encampment was attacked by Kelawatset Indians near Smith's Fork on the Umpqua River. The four survivors of the attack, including Smith, finally reached Canada's Fort Vancouver in mid-August , where they spent the following winter.
In March of , Jedediah journeyed east, arriving in August at Pierre's Hole, site of that year's Mountain Man Rendezvous. At the following year's Rendezvous on the Wind River, Jedediah and his two partners sold their trapping interests to the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and became involved in the Santa Fe fur trade.
On May 27, , while en route to Santa Fe, Jedediah Smith was surrounded and killed by Comanche Indians at a water hole near the Cimarron River. His body was never found.
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Mohican State Park in Loudonville, Ohio offers everything you love in a State Park: Hiking, Camping, Fishing and Gorgeous Scenery!
Let me start by saying that Mohican State Park is absolutely stunning in the fall. Its just drop dead gorgeous at every turn! If you can visit in the fall, I highly recommend!
But, you should also know that Mohican is full of summer adventures! I grew up 30 minutes from Mohican State Park and it was the go-to destination for canoeing every summer when I was a teenager! As a kid, we spent summer days boating on Pleasant Hill Lake and as far as I was concerned, Mohican was the beach!
It was fun to come back to visit the park a couple of times in the past year and see it as an adult. I had never spent much time inside the actual state park. I hadnt really done any hiking or spent much time seeing any of the park destinations.
History of Mohican State Park
Mohican State Park is within the Mohican-Memorial State Forest which covers 4, acres. The park and the surrounding area were initially home and hunting grounds for the Delaware Native Americans. The park was developed in
Did you know that Mohican State Park was originally named Clear Fork State Park? It was renamed in because there is another Clear Fork Park in Mansfield.
Points of Interest at Mohican State Park
Read on to explore some of the cant miss destinations within Mohican State Park! Reference this map of the park as you go!
1. Clear Fork Gorge
Clear Fork Gorge is feet wide and over feet deep and is filled with white pine and eastern hemlock trees. The gorge is a National Natural Landmark and is believed to have formed , years ago by glacial meltwater.
The Clear Fork Gorge is home to two overlooks and a picnic area. There is a paved path along the gorge, in-between the two overlooks. You absolutely must visit here in the fall! The ability to overlook the amazing colors of the gorge from the top is not to be missed!
2. Mohican Fire Tower
Lets start by saying the Fire Tower at Mohican State Park is a bit rickety. Im putting that mildly. The Fire Tower was built in and stands 80 feet tall.
In it was not open to climb, but I do know many people that have climbed it in the past. Im not sure if or when it will reopen to climbing in the future. But it is an interesting sight to see in the park.
There are also some educational signs on the tower that describe the history of forest fire management in Ohio!
3. Covered Bridge
The Covered Bridge at Mohican is one of the most recognizable points of interest in the park! The covered bridge crosses the Clearfork-Mohican River and you can drive over it and/or park in one of the lots next to it to walk over it. The bridge has a pedestrian path on each side.
7. Vista Overlook
This Vista Overlook area is in the Group Camp area. Look for signs for Vista Overlook and drive back to the end of the road. There will be a short hiking path back to the overlook with a single picnic table.
We visited here in April. I would have loved to see this spot in the fall!
8. Ohio Memorial Forest Shrine
The Memorial Forest Shrine commemorates Ohioans that were killed in conflict since World War II.
When the Mohican-Memorial Forest was formed in , at the act authorized Ohio Federation of Womens Clubs to build a shrine in the Memorial Forest Park.
The shrine is open 7 days a week , AM PM.
9. Pleasant Hill Dam
The Pleasant Hill Dam at Pleasant Hill Lake offers a picturesque view of the lake and a great place to stop and have a picnic. There are nice looking restrooms here, too, but they were closed in
If youre interested in seeing what more there is to do on the water, check out our camping trip to Pleasant Hill Lake Park!
You can walk out on the bridge overlooking the lake or take a hike down the other side of the dam (see the pictures below under Hiking)!
Things to do at Mohican State Park
Fishing is allowed in Mohican’s waterways including Wolf Creek, Clear Fork River and Pleasant Hill Lake. An Ohio fishing license is required for those 16 and older. Read Ohios fishing regulations before visiting.
Mohican has 9 hiking trails that range from easy to difficult. Points of interest on the trails include Big Lyons Falls and Little Lyons Falls, the Grist Mill and a shoreline trail along Pleasant Hill Lake.
Hikers are also allowed on the bridle trails and mountain biking trails.
some steps lead up the side of the Pleasant Hill Dam. You can do these steps as part of the trail to Lyons Falls or the Pleasant Hill Trail from the Covered Bridge. Or you can climb them on their own as part of your visit to the dam.
The area around the park has developed into its own kind of adventure-land with Mohican Adventures Fun Center offering an Ariel Park, Go-Karts, Adventure Golf as well as Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting and Tubing! Mohican Adventures is just one of the many area businesses offering canoeing, kayaking and tubing on the river!
Mohican State Park Campground offers all kinds of camping options! They have deluxe cabins, camper cabins, full hook-up for RV’s and electric and non-electric camp sites. Reservations are required.
Boating is available at Pleasant Hill Lake, which is part of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. There are no horsepower limits on the lake.
Where to Eat Near Mohican State Park
Black Fork Bistro
If youre looking for a nice sit down or take out option, try out Black Fork Bistro in downtown Loudonville! There are a variety of choices from sandwiches to burgers to pizza to fancier entrees. My husband and I picked up sandwiches here for a picnic before visiting last fall.
Where to Stay near Mohican State Park
If youre looking for options to stay in or near Mohican State Park, check out these links for more information! My husband and I have stayed at Black Creek Retreat and it was the perfect getaway, but best for 2 people. I havent personally stayed at any of the others yet, but the ones I have listed here are places I that have come recommended by people I know personally!
Things to do Near Mohican State Park
1. Riverside Park
- Address: Birch Dr. at Pendelton St., Loudonville, OH
We discovered this cute little park when visiting during the spring of The farm theme is lots of fun and there are a couple of different areas to play! There is a pavilion area for picnics, an area for younger kids, swings, picnic tables and more.
2. Malabar Farm State Park
- Address: Bromfield Rd., Lucas, OH
Malabar Farm State Park is only about 12 minutes from Mohican State Park! This property was the home of author Louis Bromfield and is a working farm. This is a great place to visit if your kids love animals!
3. Mt. Jeez Overlook
- Address: look for signs in Malabar Park. Entrance is on Pleasant Valley Rd. in Perrysville, Ohio.
Part of Malabar Farm State Park, but easy to visit separately from the park, Mt. Jeez Overlook is a winding drive to the top of the mountain with a breathtaking view as your reward!
4. Ohio Bird Sanctuary
- Address: Orweiler Rd, Mansfield, OH
A little bit further out, about 25 miles from Mohican State Park is Ohio Bird Sanctuary, home to rescued birds, hiking paths, a natural play area and a songbird aviary. If youre vacationing in the area for several days, this would be worth a visit in Mansfield, Ohio!
Are you ready to plan your visit to Mohican State Park? I hope so! There is a lot to see and do in the park! I hope you enjoy your visit!
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1,acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's most unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations overlooking Pleasant Hill Lake.
Park MapCampground MapTrails Map
You can find more information about each of the following activities below.
Nature Of The Area
The scenic beauty and natural features of the Mohican region can be attributed to events that occurred over 12, years ago during the ice age in Ohio. The last glacier to enter Ohio, the Wisconsinan, ended its advance in the Mohican region forming a glacial boundary. Several moraines, linear ridges of soil and rock till deposited along the ice edge, are evident in the area. The erosional forces of glacial meltwaters hastened the carving of the narrow gorge of the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. This gorge cuts into the sandstone bedrock exposing huge outcroppings and creating steep cliff walls. The gorge is more than one thousand feet wide at the top and over three hundred feet deep. The striking Clearfork Gorge with its towering hemlocks and stands of old-growth white pine are of national significance. The National Park Service has thus dedicated the area as a Registered National Natural Landmark. The Mohican State Memorial Forest surrounds the park and contains great plant and animal diversity. Ridge tops contain stands of white, red and black oaks, red maple and white pine. Beech, ash and tulip can be found in the middle and lower slopes with hemlock and yellow birch. The bottomlands contain sycamore, willow, buckeye, hawthorn and dogwood. The diversity of ferns in this region is astounding with as many as fifteen different species identified, including the rare walking fern. Mohican is home to numerous mammals including raccoon, white-tail deer, skunk, opossum and red fox. Reptiles such as the box turtle, black rat snake and the poisonous copperhead are present in the area. Dusky salamanders, American toads and the gray tree frog are samples of local amphibians. The wild turkey has made a tremendous comeback in Ohio after being totally extirpated at one time. Significant numbers of this magnificent bird can be found in the surrounding forest. Of particular interest is the abundance of nesting warblers in the Clear Fork Gorge. More than fifteen species including Northern Parula, Hooded, Cerulean and American Redstart nest here during spring and summer.
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Mohican State Park offers the following campground facilities:
- electric sites
- 51 full hook-up sites
- 35 non-electric sites
- Showers, flush toilets, dump station and a campground store
- Registered campers may use the pool and splash pad located in the campground.
- Playground, volleyball and basketball courts
- Campground store loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers.
- Gem mining is available for a fee from the campground store
- For the safety of our registered campers and their families, visitors are not permitted to drive through the campground from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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Swimming, Fishing, & Boating
Swimming: Campers and cabin guests may use the swimming pool and splash pad located in the campground. Tubing is very popular on the Clear Fork River and access points are located throughout the park.
Fishing: The Clear Fork River is noted for smallmouth bass fishing. Largemouth bass, carp, crappie, catfish, perch and bluegill are also abundant in the river and at nearby Pleasant Hill Reservoir. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Boating: The Clear Fork River, which flows through the park, is one of the finest canoeing and kayaking rivers in Ohio. Pleasant Hill Lake, which is managed by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, is a nearby lake with no horsepower limits.
Hunting opportunities are available in the adjacent state forest. A valid Ohio hunting license is required. You can find out more information about getting a valid Ohio hunting and trapping license on Ohio's division of wildlife website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits. Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code, no person shall at any time hunt, trap, kill, pursue, or shoot at any wildlife and/or wild animals by any means within feet of any nature trail, picnic area, service area, residence, barn, parking lot, cabin, or other structure.
Seven hiking trails traverse the park:
- Lyons Fall Trail - 2 miles - Moderate to Difficult - follows Clear Fork Gorge and features two waterfalls
- Songbird Trail - 1 mile
- Grist Mill Trail - 1 mile
- North Rim Trail - 1 mile
- Hemlock Gorge Trail - 2 miles - Difficult - Leads to a scenic covered bridge
- Pleasant Hill Trail - 3/4 mile - Easy - Follows the lake shoreline and offers beautiful views of the lake
Shelter House Trail - 1/2 mile
One mountain bike trail that also allows hiking is a mile trail looping around the gorge, passing through Mohican State Forest. Named "Trail of the Month" by Runners World Magazine Voted #1 mountain bike trail in Ohio by Mountain Bike Action Magazine, and a "must ride" according to National Geographic Explorer Magazine Home of the Mohican MTB, a stop on the National Ultra Endurance Series that has featured many of today's top USA olympians and national champions. Other trails are available in the adjacent state forest for equestrians as well as hikers. Mohican State Park is the home to one of the oldest ultra marathons in the U.S., The Mohican Trail , and also hosted the first ever US Track and Field Ultra Marathon National Championship in
Four picnic areas are located around the park and offer tables, latrines and drinking water. Fires are permitted only in grills where available. The campground store offers limited picnic supplies. Three shelterhouses may be reserved online or by calling ()
History Of The Area
The Mohican State Park area was once the hunting grounds of the Delaware Indians, whose more famous warriors included Janacake, Bill Montour, Thomas Lyon (reportedly the ugliest man alive!) and James Smith, who was the first white man to come to this area. Smith was captured by the Indians and later adopted into their tribe. Several Delaware villages were located in the Mohican vicinity. Settlement by non-Indians began at the turn of the nineteenth century, but settlement did not increase until the Indians were driven from the area during the War of John Chapman, immortalized as Johnny Appleseed, frequented the region during the 's, caring for his apple tree nurseries. His name and the date, carved in the wall of Lyons Falls, were an attraction for years. Unfortunately, the etchings have been obliterated with the passage of time. Prior to , most of the area that comprises the present Mohican State Park was part of the Mohican State Forest (also known as Mohican State Forest Park). The forest lands were administered by the Ohio Division of Forestry. In , when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was created, Mohican and several other state parks were developed from existing state forests. The new park was named Clear Fork State Park. Years later in , the name was changed to Mohican State Park in order to alleviate confusion between Mansfield's Clearfork Reservoir and the state park. Even before this official move, visitors referred to the area as Mohican.
Other Area Attractions
Malabar Farm State Park which is northwest of Mohican was the home of Louis Bromfield -- noted author, farmer and conservationist. Visitors can tour Bromfield's "Big House" or take a wagon tour of the farm. Mohican State Memorial Forest, located adjacent to the park, offers public hunting and trails for horseback riding, snowmobiling and hiking. Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve which is north off State Route 13, is a mixture of mature beach-maple forest and swamp forest. There is a rich display of spring flowers in the woods. Visitation during daylight hours only. Downhill skiing is offered at Clear Fork and Snow Trails ski resorts and water recreation is provided at Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill lakes. There are several fine canoe rivers and liveries in the area. For more information, contact Loudonville-Mohican Area Tourist Association, P.O. Box , Loudonville, Ohio or call Picnic tables and grill sites are located in scenic areas throughout the park. A concession stand offers limited picnic supplies. Fires are permitted only in the grills provided.
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Camp Clearfork Group Campground
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Phone: () (Womble District Office)
Closest Towns: Hot Springs, Mt. Ida
Directions: Camp Clearfork is located approx. 19 miles West of Hot Springs & 16 miles East of Mt. Ida on US Highway , across the highway from the Charlton Rec Area.
About Camp Clearfork
This group campground, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), offers 6 dorm cabin units, each able to sleep up to 10 people, plus 3 staff cabins for up to 5 or 6 people. Other facilities include an accessible dining hall, recreation building, and accessible flush toilets and showers. A small scenic lake with dam, built by the CCC, offers swimming and canoeing opportunities, and the campground also offers a softball field.
This reservable campground is available for general public use, and is perfect for church gatherings, family reunions, civic groups, scout groups, school groups and other large meetings. The area requires a minimum day advanced reservation. Call the Womble Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest for more information.
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A Rustic Retreat that has Everything
Enjoy an upgraded cabin experience in the heart of Salt Fork State Park. Our two-bedroom chalet, lakeside, and hillside cabins are tastefully decorated, fully furnished and include the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Amenities available in every cabin include WiFi, central air conditioning, cable television, full kitchen, fire ring, two parking spaces, a view of the serene lake, and much more! And, enjoy gas fireplaces and hot tubs in the chalet cabins.
Check-In and Check-Out Times:
- Check-in time: p.m.
- Check-out time: a.m.
Cabin check-in is located at the front desk at the lodge.
Things To Know
- All Salt Fork cabins are serviced prior to your arrival, but do not include daily maid service. We will, however, provide you with fresh linens and sundries upon request during your stay.
- Each kitchen includes a large refrigerator with freezer, a stove/oven, sink, ample counter-top space, numerous cabinets, microwave, coffee maker, and can opener.
- Prior to each new guest arrival, the hot tub in each Lakeside Chalet cabin is completely drained and cleaned prior to refilling. Water temperature is set between to degrees Fahrenheit.
- Telephones are not available in the cabins.
- All Salt Fork cabin guests are entitled to enjoy the many recreational amenities available at the lodge.
- Maximum number of occupants is 6 per cabin.
- Salt Fork cabins are in a no hunting zone. This also means that any bagged game cannot be brought into the cabin area. Please contact the front desk for information on processing centers nearby.
All cabins are equipped with a full-size refrigerator/freezer. Loading large amounts of warm food into an empty refrigerator is not recommended, so please inquire at check-in about bags of ice.
Cabin Supply List
To assist with your travel preparation, the following is a list of supplies available in our cabins.
- Bedspreads: 5
- Sheets: 5
- Mattress pads: 5
- Pillows: 6
- Pillow cases: 6
- Body Towel: 6
- Hand Towel: 6
- Wash Cloths: 6
- Bathmat: 1
- Shower Gel
- Hand Soap
- Dust pan
- 2 Large Trash Bags
- 2 Small Trash Bags
- Charcoal grill
- Picnic table
- Fire ring
- Door mat
- 6 Water Cups
- 6 Coffee Cups
- 6 Cereal Bowls
- 6 Dinner Plates
- 6 Dessert Spoons
- 6 Soup Spoons
- 6 Butter Knives
- 6 Forks
- Block of Knives
- 3 Cookie Sheets
- 2 Frying Pans
- 1 Ice Cube Tray
- 1 Water Pitcher
- Coffee Maker (coffee and filters not included)
- Manual Can Opener
- Dish Strainer
- Dish Soap (Located in pump built into the sink)
- 2 Dish Towels
- 2 Dish Wash Cloths
- 2 Rolls of Paper Towels (second roll in the hallway closet)
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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the campground open?
The campground is open from April 1 through October 31 (Click HERE to reach our online reservation page). Water will be turned on in the RV sections and primitive cabins depending on weather and outside temperature. Water is turned off on October 31st for all cabins and all RV sites. Back to top
What does it take to reserve a site or cabin?
To reserve a campsite you must be at least 18 years of age. To reserve a cabin you must be at least 21 years of age. All reservations must be paid-in-full, at the time of reservation with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card. Back to top
Are showers available and what do they cost?
We have modern shower houses available to our guests, open 24/7. They are FREE! Back to top
What time is check-in and check-out?
Check-in for camping sites is anytime after pm, until our offices close. Cabin check-in starts at pm. Check-out is by NOON. Back to top
What form of payments does Mohican Adventures accept?
We require reservations be paid-in-full at the time of reservation with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card. We do not accept personal checks. Back to top
What time is quiet time and why is there a quiet time?
Quiet time is from pm to am. This means no loud music, singing, or hollering during this time. You can still be awake and enjoying the outdoors, you just have to also be courteous to others. There is a quiet time to make sure that everyone is enjoying their stay in our Family Campground. Back to top
Are late check-ins available?
Check-ins must be in by pm on Fridays, pm on Saturdays, and pm on Sunday-Thursday. There are no check-ins after that. If you are arriving after our offices close, you may check in the following morning when the office opens. Cabins keys will not be left at cabins. Back to top
Why aren’t late check-ins available?
There are many reasons why late check-ins are not allowed. The two biggest reasons are for liability and guest happiness. As with most things in life nowadays, there are forms to be signed and passes to be given. With customers coming in late, we can not ensure that the proper paperwork is signed and passes administered. Other customers who have already checked in find late check-ins disturbing. Parking an RV or finding a campsite and setting up a tent after dark can be difficult, noisy and agitating. This is why we do not allow late check-ins past our quiet time. Back to top
Can you put tents on a cabin site?
Tents near cabins are prohibited as they can be a fire hazard. The cabin area is not zoned for tent camping by us or the Fire Marshall. Back to top
Do you need 4-wheel drive to get to all your tent sites? Can I make it up the 4-wheel drive recommended area in my car?
Most of our tent sites (including wooded and open field) do not require 4-wheel drive to get to them. However, we do have two 4-wheel drive recommended areas in our tent section (Eagles Nest and Buzzard Roost). While cars and 2-wheel drive trucks have reached most of these in the past, we do not recommend trying to get to these sites without 4-wheel drive. Especially with reserving sites ahead of time, the weather cannot be predicted and rain can make these areas tricky to navigate through. Mohican Adventures clearly indicates 4-wheel drive roads and is not responsible for damages to vehicles trying to make it up these areas. Back to top
Are there group rates or discounts given on cabins?
We give discounted rates on cabins during weekdays along with a discounted weekly rate. We do not give additional discounts on cabins, including for large groups. By staying with us, you do receive a 15% discount off of the River Trips, Fun Center, and the FAMILY FUN & ADVENTURE PACKAGES, along with discounts at over 15 area businesses that honor our guests. Back to top
What should I bring?
We’ve done most of the planning for you. Visit our webpage HERE to see some of the things that most people desire when visiting Mohican Adventures, but sometimes forget to bring. Remember, our camp store has a lot of the things you may have forgotten when packing! Back to top
Do you allow visitors?
Visitors are NOT permitted. Every guest must be paid for and listed on a reservation, prior to arrival. No changes may be made at check-in or later. Back to top
Are there tent sites or cabins available on the river?
We do not have riverfront tent or RV sites. However, we do have tent sites along our creek, RV sites along the creek and surrounding our lake, and waterfront cabins along our fishing pond and lake. We also have four cabins along the river: Fryes Riverside Cabins and the Riverside Ranch Houses (Click HERE to reach our online reservation page). You get the beautiful scenery of Mohican wherever you stay in our park. Back to top
What comes on the sites?
Each camping site and cabin comes with a picnic table and fire ring (Grill tops not provided). All cabins also come with a charcoal grill. RV sites come full service with 30/50 amp electricity, water, and sewer. We also offer a number of electric tent sites (site numbers s and s). A dump station is also located on the grounds. Back to top
Where is everything located in your park?
Our campground is very large, but most activities are within walking distance from all of our sites. Please view our CAMPGROUND MAP to see where everything is. Back to top
Is there internet access in the park?
There is no wi-fi in the park. Due to our location, service may be challenging for personal data use. Back to top
Is there cell-phone service in the park?
Mohican Adventures is tucked into a beautiful valley, meaning that cell-phone service is very touchy. Verizon-Wireless gets the best signal in our area. However, people with other providers have been able to find signal by standing on the flat rock on the left hand side at the end of our drive. Back to top
Can I reserve online?
Yes! Click HERE to reach our online reservation page. Back to top
Can I reserve specific sites?
Yes! We do reserve specific sites for guests on a first come, first reserved basis. Mohican Adventures does have the right to change your site if need be. This ONLY happens if the site is damaged in some way and benefits the customer by moving them. We will notify you ahead of time if your site needs changed. Back to top
May we put more people in cabins than the cabin occupancy says and just bring sleeping bags?
Our cabin occupancies are not merely suggestions. They are set by State Fire Marshalls and Health Marshalls and are required to not be violated by our insurance. All guests must be registered and accounted for by the campground office. If occupancies are violated, guests will be asked to leave without refund. Each person counts as an occupant of the cabin regardless of age or size. Back to top
How many people can stay on a campsite?
We have a 4 adult and 4 children maximum occupancy on our sites. Ask your reservationist when booking how to best utilize site requirements and space. Some sites are better suited of 2 people only. Back to top
Where is propane available?
Propane can be found at the Mohican RV center just north of our park, or Smiths Campground located on Wally Rd. Stakes Shortstop, next-door to us, exchanges tanks. Back to top
What is the refund or cancelation policy?
CAMPING CANCELLATION POLICY Campsites cancelled 7 days or more prior to the arrival date, will be refunded minus a $10 cancellation fee. Sites cancelled within 7 days of the arrival date will not receive any refund. You are not permitted to change the dates of the reservation date once it is within 7 days of the arrival date. Cancellations due to weather, medical reasons, early departures, etc. are not exempt from this policy.
CABIN CANCELLATION POLICY – Cabins cancelled 30 days or more prior to the arrival date, will be refunded minus a $30 cancellation fee. Cabins cancelled within 30 days of the arrival date will not receive any refund. You are not permitted to change the dates of the reservation once it is within 30 days of the arrival date. Cancellations due to weather, medical reasons, early departures, etc. are not exempt from this policy.
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Is there drinking water near tent sites?
Tent sites do not come with water on site, but water is available on your way to your tent site, as well as at the shower house. Back to top
When is the busiest time of the season?
Our busy season is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with the end of June until the middle of August being our busiest. We recommend coming during the week if youd like to miss the crowd. Back to top
Am I allowed to bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed in our campground, but not in most of our cabins or any public buildings inside the campground. Pets are allowed in our Fryes Riverside Cabins for an additional $ per pet, per stay. Pets are no charge in our camping section as long as they are kept under control, tied up, cleaned up after, and not left unattended. Campers who receive complaints about their dogs barking will be asked to leave. Violations will result in a charge. Back to top
Is firewood available? Can we bring it from home?
Firewood is available in the campground store during operating hours. You may bring firewood from home, but we ask that you do not bring Ash to help stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer. See agri.ohio.gov for details on the Ash Borer. Back to top
Are there places to fish and do I need a fishing license?
Our campground has a lake and pond for fishing. These have bluegill, bass, brown trout, carp, and catfish in them. You do not need a fishing license to fish on Mohican Adventures property. Fishing here is catch and release. There are also great places to fish in the Mohican area, including the Covered Bridge and Pleasant Hill Lake and Dam. To fish in areas in the Mohican State Park, you do need a fishing license. Mohican Adventures does not sell fishing bait or fishing licenses. Back to top
Can we use rafts or tubes in the pool?
Rafts and tubes are not allowed in the pool as they take up too much room for the other guests. Arm floats are allowed in the pool. Back to top
Are the bugs bad there?
We are within the City Limits of Loudonville and they spray regularly. We also spray around our cabins. Despite our efforts, one of the tradeoffs of being in such a beautiful, natural setting are sharing it with nature’s own pets, including insects. Insects are normally not bad here though and a light spray of bug spray usually takes care of any discomfort. Back to top
Where should we keep our food and belongings while camping?
We are a safe and patrolled campground who has not had a history of stolen items, however, we do recommend keeping all valuables locked up and out of sight. Nature’s guests often help themselves to food left out at a campsite. We recommend putting food in vehicles or coolers that lock shut, as our raccoon friends have learned how to open coolers that do not lock. Back to top
Can I put a boat on Mohican Adventures’ lake?
Our lake is only a acre lake. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake (including battery-powered motors). You may put a non-motorized boat in the lake such as canoes and kayaks. Life jackets must be worn. Pleasant Hill Lake does have a public launch area for motorized boats that is just a short drive away. Their website is www.pleasanthillmarina.com. Back to top
Can we come into the park and use your pool without staying in your park?
Only people camping in our park are allowed to use our pool. Back to top
Is alcohol allowed in the park?
Alcohol can be consumed by those of legal age at your site or cabin in moderation. We are within the Loudonville city limits and patrolled regularly by law enforcement officers. Alcohol is not permitted beyond your site. Back to top
Are golf-carts, ATVs, 4-wheelers or other motorized vehicles allowed in the park?
Motorcycles are to be used as primary transportation only and confined to roads. Motorbikes, motor scooters, ATVs, UTVs, & golf carts are prohibited. You must have a valid drivers license and insurance to drive motorized vehicles in or around the campground. Bicycles, rollerblades & roller skates are confined to roads only and are not to be ridden after dark. Back to top
Are there church services available at the campground or in the area?
We do hold a church service in our park on Sunday mornings from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Guests may pick up a list of churches and service times in the area at check-in from the office staff. Back to top
Are campfires allowed?
Campfires are allowed in the provided fire ring. Bonfires are prohibited. Fires must be extinguished before guests go in for the night and must not be left unattended at any times. Fires must be out by am. Back to top
Does Mohican Adventures have seasonal campsites?
Mohican Adventures does not have seasonal campsites. Please visit our local Mohican CVB website for those that do. Back to top
What camping club cards or discounts does Mohican Adventures accept?
Mohican Adventures is an FMCA park. FMCA members receive 10% off of their stay. We also offer 5% off your stay for members of our military, senior citizens, and AAA members. If you stay 7 nights in our park, you can upgrade your discount to 15% off your stay! Discounts are not valid with any other discounts or in conjunction with each other. Discounts are only valid for RV and Tent Camping. No Discounts on Cabin Rentals. Click HERE to reach our online reservation page. Back to top
Are there hiking and biking trails from Mohican Adventures?
There are hiking and biking trails that start right here at Mohican Adventures. These include the flat path that leads down to the State Park or into Downtown Loudonville, and also more experienced trails that lead into the State Park mountain bike trails. We do not rent bikes, but youre welcome to bring your own. Mountain Bike Trail Map / State Park Map / Malabar Farm Map. Back to top
What restaurants are nearby?
There are excellent restaurants in our area from fine dining to cozy family joints. Trails End Restaurant is next-door to our park, within walking distance, and offers our guests 10% off! Ask the office staff at check-in for a list of restaurants and directions to them, or visit discovermohican.com to get a look beforehand. Back to top
Is there an ATM at the campground?
We do not have an ATM in our campground, but the Amoco gas station next to us does have one. Back to top
Are there laundry facilities at the campground?
We do not have laundry facilities directly on campground property. However, there is a Laundromat next door to us that is with in walking distance. Back to top
In case of severe weather, is there a safe place to go?
In case of severe weather, such as flooding or tornadoes, our indoor shower house and conference center is the best place to go. The building is ran on a generator in case power should fail and also has no windows or glass doors in most of its rooms. The shower house/conference center is located in the central part of our campground for easy access for all of our guests. Back to top
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