Wolf Run State Park
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Introduction

Wolf Run State Park is a 1,046-acre state park near the town of Caldwell, Ohio. Surrounded by rugged slopes, exceptional lake views and mesophytic forests of beech, sugar maple, tulip, white and red oak trees, the campground is a scenic outdoor playground for campers and RV holidaymakers alike.

Once you’ve set up your RV rig, head off to explore the nature trails. They lead through forests filled with ferns, mosses, algae, fungi and lichen. Take a stroll along the three-mile stretch of the Buckeye Trail that meanders through the park and keep an eye out for interesting wildlife, from weasels and box turtles to wild turkey and startled deer. Birders should pack their binoculars and bird books – there are all sorts of bird species to be seen here, including great horned owls.

And if you just feel like settling down and hanging out, you can make use of the park’s scenic picnic areas and enjoy the picturesque view of Wolf Run Lake. There's a choice of electric and non-electric sites.as well as a large group campground with all the facilities you need for family-style camping.

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Transportation in Wolf Run State Park

Driving

Wolf Run State Park is located along the Wolf Run Road off Route 77 near the town of Caldwell in Ohio. There are no driving restrictions within the park and most of the roads are paved for easy manovering. Various parking spots throughout the park for day visitors and overnight campers can, of course, park in the campground. Once you’ve set up camp, you can get around the park on foot or by bicycle or make use of the boat launch area if you’d prefer to explore from the water.

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Campgrounds and parking in Wolf Run State Park

Campsites in Wolf Run State Park

Reservations camping

Main Campground

Wolf Run State Park offers a family campground with 71 electric-only campsites and 64 non-electric campsites on the southern edge of Wolf Run Lake. The campsites can accommodate both tents and big rigs like RVs, and come with a fire pit and a picnic table. Campers have access to restrooms with showers and vault toilets, as well as a dump station. There is also a camper cabin and a walk-in primitive group camping area with 20 campsites and fire pits on the northern edge of the lake. The group campground can accommodate up to 150 campers and is available by reservation.

Facilities in the park include a safe swimming area, a boat launch area, an amphitheater, dumpster, ranger station, and kayaks for rental. Great family sporting facilities include a gaga ball court, a splash pad, playground, and a pickleball court. There is also a gift and supply store at the park office. Pets are welcome in certain areas of the park.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in Wolf Run State Park

In-Season

Hiking

A three-mile section of the Buckeye Trail passes along the western edge of the lake in Wolf Run State Park. A half-mile loop trail begins at the park’s nature center and is filled with many opportunities to wildlife watch and bird watch – keep an eye out for woodland creatures from squirrels to skunks! There is also the mile-and-a-half-long Lakeview Trail that navigates the lake and leads to the beach from the campground. In the winter months, these same hiking trails are groomed for sledding and cross-country skiing.

Water Recreation

Day visitors and campers alike can use their boats on the 220-acre Wolf Run Lake, provided they have motors with less than 10 horsepower. A boat launch ramp and tie ups are available on the southern banks of the lake. These are easily accessed from State Route 215. There is a 200-foot public swimming beach located on the southern edge of Wolf Run Lake (you have to drive to it) and campers can swim here in daylight hours only. Campers can also enjoy scuba diving and kayaking (rentals available) in the lake in any areas but the swimming area. There are restrooms and changing rooms available near the beach.

Hunting

Hunting is permitted in designated spots at Wolf Run State Park. Visitors can pick up a hunting map from the park office that outlines the various hunting areas. Please note that you will require a valid Ohio hunting license to hunt in any Ohio state park.

Off-Season

Snow Sports

In the crisp winter months, snow fall in the park makes for some fantastic winter sporting activities at Wolf Run State Park. The hiking trails that are used by hikers and bikers in the summer months are groomed and transformed into trails for sledding, showshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Fishing

In addition to water sports, Wolf Run Lake is also a popular spot for anglers. Fishermen can try their luck at catching a range of large fish here, such as bass and bluegill as well as crappie, catfish, and trout. You can tie up your fishing boat at one of the lakeside campsites for easy access. Please note that a valid Ohio fishing license is required to fish in any Oho State Park.You can tie up your fishing boat at one of the lakeside campsites.

Picnicking

There are several picnic areas located throughout Wolf Run State Park where you can truly take advantage of the picture-perfect and dramatic views – even in the cooler months when most of the park is closed. A picnic shelter is also available and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

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