Expanding over 1,100 aces in northeastern Ohio, Mohican State Park lies in a setting nothing short of stunning. It's not always easy to take the modern and have it mesh well with nature, but here, you'll see a fantastic example of just that. This modernized park offers public facilities as well as a campground that blends in with the natural region. It truly is an oasis.
Visitors can explore all sorts of terrain and do so via a plethora of means. Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, tubing... your list can be a long one here. While you may not want to see your summer float on by, you may want to make an exception for this one. Mohican State Park is well-known for a unique inner tubing experience that most other destinations don't get to boast. It's just another plus one for this park on your "where-to" list.
Parking that RV or tow-behind will be rather easy in the park's campground. There are multiple sites that offer pull-through pads, so you can get moving on to what you're really here for - the fun. Full hookups are also available at certain sites. Want a riverside view? You can get that right at your site, too. The perks and amenities extend even further with an Olympic-sized swimming pool and splash pad for guests, as well as a playground, volleyball court, camp store, and more. It's almost a no-brainer as you hit that 'reserve' button.
If you're planning a visit any time between May and October, you'll want to make reservations. This place fills up quickly - and it's no surprise. The forests are deep and invoke inspiration while the meandering river is much like a metaphor for such an occasion, as it is nice to see one's troubles float on by with the current.
RV Rentals in Mohican State Park
Transportation in Mohican State Park
You may want to take your time driving into (and on your way out of) Mohican State Park, as the scenery is lush, serene, and awe-inspiring. The roads leading into the park are well-forested and provide much to spark the recreational imagination. Once in the heart of it all, the roads remain paved and easy to navigate, with signage leading the way.
Parking is just about as straightforward as it gets here. Once you enter Mohican State Park's main campground, simply follow the road to your site and then either back in or pull through. Pull-through sites are marked for odd-numbered sites. Once situated, you won't have to travel too far to get to featured trail heads or to the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. Some sites are even featured right alongside the river itself.
Campgrounds and parking in Mohican State Park
Campsites in Mohican State Park
Mohican Main Campground
Mohican State Park's main campground is composed of 100 electric-only sites, 51 full hook-up sites, and another 35 "primitive" sites (non-electric). All 186 destinations are woven throughout several loops and visitors will find availability for back-in as well as pull-through sites. Many of the sites are equipped to take on rather sizable rigs, so don't be discouraged if you've towed along a larger haul. The sites are well graveled and are easy to navigate, though, the ride in may be a bit bumpy. At each site, you will find a fire ring and a picnic table. The campground is fully equipped with showers and flush toilets. You'll also find a dump station as well as a campground store.
All overnight campers staying within the grounds are welcome to use the Olympic-sized swimming pool and splash pad, as well as the playground and courts. The campground store even offers rentals for game and sporting equipment. But, the fun doesn't stop there. Not only is this place super family-friendly, it's pet-friendly too, with a maximum of two pets available to stay at each site.
Trail heads are found all along the campground borders, except for the side that sits right along the river. If you plan your reservations just right, you may be able to snag such sought-after accommodations. Peak seasons will bring many cheerful visitors, captivated by the scenery and sheer essence of this Ohio oasis. So, while reservations are not noted as "required", they are highly encouraged, as it may prove difficult to try to walk-in this campground between May and throughout October.
Mohican Main Campground
Certain sites are marked as available for 24-hour or same-day reservation. This seems most applicable to off-seasons (during November through April), as this campground tends to get quite popular during the peak of the year. If you're planning a visit any time between May and October, you're going to want to make those reservations and not go off on a whim. If you would rather not heed the need for reservations, or are going for a trip with a little more whimsy, you can always simply go for it.
With over 150 sites to pick from, you shouldn't be the worse for wear if you're just winging it. However, it could get tricky finding just the right spot, with only 51 offering full hookups and another 100 offering electric. A dump station, showers, flush toilets, and camp store are your amenities, as well as access to an Olympic-sized swimming pool, playground, and courts (basketball and volleyball).
If you're planning a stay that doesn't keep you on wheels, Mohican State Park also offers visitors the opportunity to overnight in either camper cabins or within the Lodge. Camping as a large group? There are sites available for reservation for that too.
If you've found yourself with the need or desire to stay outside of the state park's campground, there are other accommodations nearby that are quite suitable. Some fantastic locations are found right around Mohican State Park (within minutes), making it so you can line up your haul where there are more amenities and then work your way over to the park with a "short" walk.
Seasonal activities in Mohican State Park
Canoeing & Kayaking
This bit of Ohio is readily known as the "Canoe Capital" of the state. The Mohican River is quite scenic and boasts a rather large concentration of paddlers. The 27 miles of flowing water provides a spectacular view of the forested valleys that make up the state park, as well as other portions of reserves and state forests. Even when you don't come prepared with your own equipment, you don't have to miss out on what the river has to offer. Canoe and kayak rentals are located just minutes from the park.
Reel in some fun during your Mohican State Park stay. Angling enthusiasts are free to cast their lines here, as long as a valid state fishing license is acquired. In fact, the waters are quite plentiful with good catches of large-mouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and even brown trout. Mohican River is one of only three Ohio streams that are stocked with brown trout. The park provides wonderful opportunities to drop a line and snag a few bites.
Staying fit during your vacation can be tricky, especially if you're looking for activities that are a little more low-impact. All visitors that are staying in the campgrounds, as well as cabin guests, are permitted to use the swimming pool and splash pad. These amenities are located in the campground and are a wonderful means to cool down during a sweltering summer day. The Olympic-sized pool is quite spacious, clean, and welcoming.
Tubing is a river activity that is rather unique to the park, as many areas don't allow for such folly. When the weather is right, you'll see many of the park's guests floating on by, down the river. Overnight guests, as well as day-use visitors, can simply plop their own inner tubes into the river and enjoy a leisurely ride. Some guests even choose to become a little more inventive with their floating devices. It's advised to bring your own tube, though the camp store does have some for sale.
You can keep up your energy throughout the day by stopping to refuel at any one of the six picnic areas located around the park. All you need to do is pack the food and utensils; the picnic areas are already set to go. You'll find tables, drinking water, and bathrooms available. Only certain areas permit the use of grills and fire, so be sure to use these spots if you need to heat anything up. The campground store offers a few picnic supplies, but it's advised to come prepared if you're looking to feed a few hungry mouths.
There are quite a few different hiking opportunities at Mohican State Park, meaning there are plenty of difficulties and terrains to choose from. Several of the park's trails are multi-use, so, you may come across some other bikers or even a horse or two. Some popular hikes include the Pleasant Hill Trail, an easy trek that follows the lake shoreline for 3/4 of a mile, the Lyons Fall Trail, a moderate to difficult hike that follows Clear Fork Gorge for 2 miles and offers two waterfall views, and the Hemlock Gorge Trail, a difficult, 2-mile trail that leads to a scenic covered bridge.
Mohican is also home to mountain biking. Many of the park's trails are multi-use, so bikers should stay aware of other visitors. The Mohican Bike Trail stretches a good 25 miles and loops through the gorge that passes through the state park, as well as the neighboring state forest. It has been voted as a top mountain biking trail in Ohio and is definitely worth the ride. Before setting out, be sure to rack up your alternate set of wheels so you can enjoy this one.
When winter rolls on through, you might be worried about being stuck indoors, but out here... recreation doesn't stop with the white stuff. In fact, it just means all other sorts of activities are about to begin. Many visitors come here to enjoy the land with the crunch of snow over top. With perfect winter weather conditions and ample accumulations of snow, park guests can enjoy snowmobiling on the designated trail. This trail runs through not only the park, but also in the adjacent state forest.
These programs are held all throughout the year, as a bit of winter weather challenges and spring's muddy earth won't stop any opportunity for the Naturalists to get visitors involved. The programs are subject to change, but typically follow a set schedule that is made available online as well as at the park. There are all sorts of guided hikes and informational, interpretive programs to choose from. Many also include different skill, as well as age, levels. Come prepared with some extra clothes - these out of season programs tend to get a bit messy.
At Mohican State Park, trails aren't on reserve for only those with two legs. In fact, many of the park's visitors roam through the trails on four - they also have hooves. Horseback riding is a popular means to get around in these parts, and several bridle trails meander throughout the park lands and the adjacent forest.