Burr Oak State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by spectacular views of Burr Oak Lake, Burr Oak State Park is an outdoor lover's paradise, featuring 2,593 acres of amazing lake views, canyons, beautiful hills, and valleys. Located in Morgan County, Ohio and near Glouster, this state park is a must for your next RV outing. You'll have numerous opportunities for outdoor activities in a unique landscape. From hiking and fishing to birding and boating, Burr Oak State Park offers a vast variety of outdoor adventures.

The views of Burr Oak Lake at Burr Oak State Park are amazing, covering 664 acres. You will enjoy soaking in the air while being surrounded by spectacular plant life, including Dutchman's breeches, trillium, hepatica, and bloodroot. There are numerous birds in the park and abundant wildlife, from white-tailed deer to box turtles. Historians will love the opportunity to visit a ghost town in the park.

Once you park your rig at Burr Oak State Park you can head out on one of the several trails located in the park. Red and Blue Trails are popular for horseback riding, while the Chipmunk Trail is an easy half-mile that is great for families to explore. Burr Oak State Park is the perfect RV destination no matter when you visit during the year.

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Transportation in Burr Oak State Park

Driving

Burr Oak State Park is easy to access by RV or car, with its location near Glouster, OH, off of OH-78E. Local roads take you to wherever you want to go in the park, from the Park Office and Lodge to the trails and campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers in the park, so you are able to get around easily, whether you're in your rig or another vehicle.

There are numerous options for parking trailers and RVs, with 10 lots throughout the park. You'll be able to find parking spots at the Marina, Docks, Lodge and Park Office, and trailheads. Of course, if you are staying overnight you can park at the campground.

If you want to just get out and stretch a bit, the Tanager and Campground trails are excellent for that, being a half mile and one mile respectfully.

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Campgrounds and parking in Burr Oak State Park

Campsites in Burr Oak State Park

Reservations camping

Burr Oak State Park Group Camp

Burr Oak State Park offers a group campground for tents and RVs year-round. The campground amenities include a restroom, shower, and nearby dump station and the site offers seven picnic tables and three fire rings. If you'd like to camp with your horse you can since there are also 10 sites at the equestrian group camping area.

Burr Oak State Park Campground

Burr Oak State Park offers 123 pet-friendly campsites for tents and RVs year-round. 17 of the sites provide electric hookups, while the remaining 106 offer no hookups. Amenities at this campground include showers, drinking water, and a dump station. You can enjoy a fine meal right at your campsite since each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Most of the sites feature paved or grass pads so you'll want to keep that in mind when picking a site.

Some campsites offer gorgeous lakeside views. No matter where you stay you'll be conveniently close to trail heads and the marina. There is no time limit on the length of stay. Reservations can be made from one day to six months in advance. If you prefer you can also stay at one of the 19 primitive campsites, camper cabins, or at the park's lodge.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

Burr Oak State Park offers a limited number of campsites as first-come, first-served only. Contact the state park for more information.

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Seasonal activities in Burr Oak State Park

In-Season

Horseback Riding

If you are an avid equestrian and fortunate to have your horses with you, head over to the Red/Camp Trail and take in some of the moderate five-miles of pristine scenery into the park. If that is to much you can also venture out onto the two-mile moderate Blue Trail that stays along the park road and Burr Oak Lake.

Backpacking

Burr Oak State Park is a great place to bring your backpack and head out onto the backpacking trail that is comprised of five different trails. Once you park your RV at the state park office entrance road you can head out onto 18 miles of wondrous terrain for you to explore wildlife and lake shore scenery. The trail has a mixture of steep and flat inclines. Drinking water is located at several locations on the route.

Hiking

You will definitely want to make sure that you pack a great pair of hiking boots in your camper since there are seven hiking trails to choose from at Burr Oak State Park that vary in difficulty. If you are seeking a quiet hike or leisurely stroll, check out the Tanager Trail. This is a half-mile trail around the shoreline of Burr Oak Lake that provides amazing scenery. For a more adventurous hike, head out on to the seven and a half mile Red Trail, which will take you through the valley and along part of Burr Oak Lake providing you with lots of greenery and shimmering lake views.

Off-Season

Picknicking

If picnicking is your desire, then park your RV at the scenic areas and get out to grill or enjoy a packed lunch at the grills and tables that are provided. The park does have a shelter house that has electrical outlets and the park needs to be called in order to reserve.

Birding

Burr Oak State Park is home to numerous species of birds, so you will want to make sure your binoculars are packed in your RV. Some of the many birds you may encounter include bald eagles, great blue herons, and different waterfowl. The lakeshore areas are perfect for spotting out the different types of waterfowl. Other areas perfect for eyeing the parks birds include in the forest areas around the oak and hickory trees.

Exploring Historical Ruins

Burr Oak State Park features a historical site known as Santoy where an active mining community used to thrive. The town was famous for a gunfight that occurred over a debt of $20. A fire at the coal tipple and the shutting down of another mine shaft in 1931 made the town a ghost town as it is today. You can hike out to the church which is a reminder of a town that once was.

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