Rocky Fork State Park
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Introduction

Take a trip to Southwest Ohio and visit Rocky Fork State Park. Tow along your boat to explore the over 2000 acre lake for some water skiing or fishing. There are two large public beaches for those that enjoy swimming.

At Rocky Fork State Park, you will experience natural wetlands, a beautiful gorge and even a cave or two. The full-service campground offers electric and full hook-up sites on the northwest corner of the lake.

Experience disc golfing on your next adventure, on the 18-hole disc course on the southern beach. You can bring your own equipment or rent if needed. Never played disc golf before, never fear, you can practice a few times at the campground before entering the course.

Avid hunter? You can also hunt during the designated season at Rocky Fork State Park. There is a map located at the park office and online and a valid hunting license is required.

Rocky Fork State Park has activities for everyone in your crew. Even during the winter months, you will not be disappointed. Rocky Fork State Park is open year round and you can reserve your spot up to 6 months in advance. Book your next adventure today!

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Transportation in Rocky Fork State Park

Driving

From Hillsboro, Ohio: Travel East three miles on State Route 124. Turn left onto North Shore. Go two miles. Turn right into the Campground. Drive to stop sign. Turn left and Camp Store/Check-in is on the right.

With easy access from State Rt 50, there are no real restrictions to accessing the park's multiple trails. Rocky Fork State Park is located near Hillsboro in Southwest Ohio.

Parking

There is ample parking around the state park. You can park your RV at your site or travel the various stops along State Rt. 50. There are multiple shelters for use and group parking areas.

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Campgrounds and parking in Rocky Fork State Park

Campsites in Rocky Fork State Park

Reservations camping

Rocky Fork State Park

Enjoy camping year round at Rocky Fork State Park. Non- Peak season is Nov - March, with the season kicking into full gear from April - October. Reservations are recommended and RVs larger than 30' have more limitations on availability.

Rocky Fork State Campground houses an 18-hole disc golf course, basketball court, amphitheater, two beaches, marina, laundromat, ample parking, splash pad and much more.

You can even book your next family reunion with plenty of room at the group camping area.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Rocky Fork State Park

Enjoy camping year round at Rocky Fork State Park. Non- Peak season is Nov - March, with the season kicking in full gear from April - October. Tent camping and rustic campsites are available.

Rocky Fork State Campground houses an 18-hole disc golf course, basketball court, amphitheater, two beaches, marina, laundromat, ample parking, splash pad and much more.

You can even book your next family reunion with plenty of room at the group camping area.

Seasonal activities in Rocky Fork State Park

In-Season

Hopewell Indian Mounds

Experience history firsthand by visiting the Hopewell Indian Mounds near Chillicothe. The mounds are over one thousand years old and there is a history museum on-site to share the richness of the land.

There are around 23 mounds of varying heights to experience over 15 acres. The largest number of Hopewell burial mounds are in this concentrated location. The mounds were first discovered in the mid-1800's when fragments of pottery, mica, copper and other shells were found in the area. There is a visitor center on site with reproduced artifacts for purchase.

Fishing

There are three marinas around the lake including the East Shore Marina which has a full-service restaurant. With over 20 different Ohio native species, you will get your fill of bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, muskellunge and many more. During your fishing excursion, you may also see bullfrog and early spring you will hear the amazing sounds of the Spring Peeper frogs.

Rocky Fork State Park boasts "Ohio Clean Marina" which is a designation that is achieved by maintaining clean boating initiatives. Fishing guides are available at the ranger stations.

Boating

There are six boat ramps located around the lake. There are no motor horsepower limits on Rocky Fork Lake. There are designated areas for boat camping and swimming.

You can check water quality at any of the marinas and there are overnight options available. Contact the park office for seasonal rates or overnight rentals at hundreds of area docks.

Off-Season

Bird Watchers Unite

With over four miles of trails, you will experience multiple landscapes. From woodlands to wetlands, to gorges and caves. For all of the birdwatchers in your crew, the campground has a short trail that continues to an observation station with excellent viewing options.

Bird watching is for all seasons, but if you want to experience the winter landscape along with searching the local winter bird species, you will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Rocky Fork State Park is home to multiple waterfowl species and hundreds of songbirds. Guides are available at the ranger station and observation stations, as well as online.

Hiking

There are multiple options for hiking near or in Rocky Fork State Park. Paint Creek and Pike Lake are state parks that are nearby for additional trail options.

Rocky Fork State Park has two main hiking trails. The Bird Observation trail is approximately 1/3 of a mile long and the Deer Loop trail is approximately one mile long. The trails will wind through wetlands, woodlands and gorges. Visit each season for a renewed experience.

Sledding and Snow Shoeing

Bring out your inner youth with sledding in the winter. Check conditions of the sledding hill, before bringing along your toboggan.

If the conditions are just right, plan to bring along your snowshoes or cross country skis. Trails are maintained throughout the year, however, you will be skiing at your own risk. Trail maps are located at the ranger and observation station. There are options for ice skating at nearby parks as well.

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