Located in amongst the scenic wooded hills of southern Ohio, Pike Lake State Park is a perfect RV getaway for those looking for quaint rustic charm in a holiday destination. The 587-acre park is located in an unglaciated portion of the Appalachian plateau and features a small 13-acre lake that is used for many recreational activities inside the park. Ohio's prehistoric people originally inhabited the park around 800 B.C and they were the first incarnation to the woodland Native American cultures in the region. During the Civil War the only advance made by the Confederate Army into Ohio passed by the the park and they were captured in southwestern Columbiana County near Salineville.
The park first began to take shape during the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) era during the 1930s. Members of the corps dug the lake found in the park by hand, constructed the roads and planted hundreds of pine trees. Originally Pike Lake State Park was a state forest park, but in 1949 it became an offical state park after the Division of Parks and Recreation was formed.
Camping at Pike Lake State Park is available all year round and all RV suitable sites are equipped with 30 amp electric hookups. Peak season at Pike Lake State runs April through to the end of October.
RV Rentals in Pike Lake State Park
Transportation in Pike Lake State Park
Pike Lake State Park is located in a very central location and is under two hours from the cities of Columbus and Cincinnati. Pike Lake Road services the park and you can reach the park from both the north and the south. The closest major road to the park is OH-32 and US-50. Pike Lake Road has a few bends and overhanging trees so take caution if you are driving a big rig to the park but these obstacles are manageable. There are also many small towns such as Bainbridge, Waverly and Picton that you can stop at for last minute supplies.
If you are coming from Columbus: Take US Route 23 south to Chillicothe. From there, take US. Route 50 west which will take you to the edge of Bainbridge. Turn left onto Potts Hill Road and go to top of hill. Turn right onto Pike Lake Road and follow it until you reach the park.
From Cincinnati, take US Route 50 east through to Bainbridge. Turn right onto Potts Hill Road and go to top of hill. Turn right onto Pike Lake Road and it will take you to the park.
There should be no problem parking at Pike Lake State Park no matter the time of year.
There are no public transportation options that will get you to Pike Lake State Park.
Campgrounds and parking in Pike Lake State Park
Campsites in Pike Lake State Park
Pike Lake State Park Campgrounds
Pike Lake State Park has a very quiet campground that is located to the south of the lake. The campground is divided into different sized loops but all the sites have 30 amp electric hookups. There are no water hookups at the park but there are four water collection points available within the campground. The roads are paved and a little tight but since it is a quiet campground you shouldn't have a problem driving to your site. The showers are semi-outdoors but the toilets are centrally located. Other amenities in the campground include a dump station, picnic tables and a playground.
All of the sites in the park are also pet friendly, so your furry friend will be allowed at any of the sites. This park is out of cell phone reception so be prepared to be off the grid. If you need some last minute supplies you buy things such as firewood from the park office. Reservations are available online and camping is available all year round at Pike Lake State Park.
Seasonal activities in Pike Lake State Park
Fishing is another popular activity that you can do on the lake at Pike Lake State Park. You are allowed to fish off boats in the lake, but if you don't have (or rent) one you can also fish from the shoreline or the two fishing piers that are found on the western side of the lake. The park has a variety of species available such as largemouth bass, bullheads, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie. If you want to cast a line a valid Ohio fishing license is required.
A beautiful sand beach is provided for those who are wanting to take a dip at Pike Lake State Park. The beach is located on the northern edge of the lake and is usually very quiet. There are no concessions available at the beach, but there are changing areas and showers available for you to use. There are no lifeguards at the beach, so exercise caution while going for a swim and make sure you aren't out of your comfort zone.
The 13 acre lake is a lovely spot to take out a water-craft during the summertime at Pike Lake State Park. Boats with electric motors and non-powered watercraft are the only boats allowed on the lake at all times. If you don't have a way to get on the water there are kayaks, canoes and pedal boats available for rent during the summer season from the park. Make sure to follow Ohio boating rules and regulations if you will be boating on the lake.
The picnic facilities at Pike Lake State Park are superb! There are ten picnic areas in total that are scattered across scenic locations around the park. Grills and tables are provided for you so all you have to do is bring the food and you are ready to go! There are also two shelter-houses available that can accommodate up to 80 people each. This could be a great option if you are looking to have a larger picnic with some friends or family. The large shelters are available for reservation online or by calling the park office.
Another great recreational activity at Pike Lake State Park is the disc golf course. Established in 2004, the course is 18 holes, very hilly and it has a lot of wooded areas. A nice little extra to the course is a seasonal creek that adds a challenge when it is flowing. Holes between 3-7 and 11-15 are noted as being the best. If you want to play the course remember to bring your own discs as there is no guarantee that there will be some available for you to borrow on arrival.
There are five hiking trails that you can explore within the park, along with a portion of the Buckeye Trail that passes through the park and neighbouring state forest. The trails at Pike Lake State Park are quite short but they can be challenging due to the steep hills. We recommend that you take on the Lake Rim Trail when you get to the park as it will take you around the western side of the lake and show off some of the great features of the park.