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Forked Run State Park is located in southeast Ohio near the Ohio - West Virginia border. Lying on the banks of the Ohio River, Forked Run State Park sits between the towns and cities of Athens, OH, Ravenswood, WV, and Parkersburg, WV. Tucked away on this borderland region of southern Ohio, Forked Run State Park stands on some of the oldest landscapes in all of the state.
Untouched by the glacial shifts that once covered much of Ohio, the region is full of rich woodlands and forests full of oak, hickory, and maple. This, combined with its closeness to the Ohio River and state park lake, makes Forked Run State Park the ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing this hidden Eden with a rental RV is made even easier with Interstate 77 being only a few miles away. Rent a camper near Forked Run State Park and see what riverside and lakeside delights this park can offer. Search for an RV in Megis County, OH, and start your Forked Run State Park adventure today.
One of Forked Run State Park’s most attractive features has to be its lake, Forked Run Lake. Formed as a tributary of the Ohio River, Forked Run Lake offers a great amount of lakeside recreation to Forked Run State Park campers. Fantastic fishing experiences can be had on the banks of the Forked Run Lake, and it is easy to see why. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, golden trout, muskie, and rainbow trout. Although the lake only covers just over a hundred acres, due to careful conservation, a rich and healthy habitat has been created here.
Along with the rewarding fishing, Forked Run State Park is also a fun place to get out onto the water. Boating on the lake takes many forms, from kayaking, canoeing, or pontoon boating. Although there are strictly no horsepower restrictions on the lake, boaters are encouraged to stick to a no-wake speed. This restriction also allows the lake to be enjoyed by those who wish to use the lake for swimming. This swimming can be done from the lake’s designated swimming beach. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can rent a range of boats from the state park itself.
Forked Run State Park is not only about Forked Run Lake and the Ohio River, but the vast woodlands and wildlife also create the perfect setting for hikers and hunters. The park has a network of hiking trails that take hikers from the park’s grounds and out into the lush forests of southern Ohio. Those who are keen hunters can also hunt for deer, wild turkey, squirrel, and grouse in certain areas of the park. Hunters can also venture out into the nearby Shade River State Forest when based in Forked Run State Park.
Those RV camping at Forked Run State Park will find a most welcoming and accommodating campground. The campground consists of 64 primitive campsites and 81 electrical sites. Partial hookups are provided here, including 20 amp electric and a water hookup. Most campsites are to be found situated on the ridges overlooking the valley of Forked Run Lake. Facilities here include a dump station, flushing toilets and a shower block. Pets are welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
An alternative to camping on the state park’s campsite is to head a few miles west to the ‘Kountry Resort RV Park.’ This RV Park offers campers full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewage hookups. Facilities here include a dump station, laundry service, swimming pool, on-site general store, and RV storage units. There are also numerous pull-thru sites, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here.
A half-hour drive north will take campers to the Campus Martius State Memorial Museum, a must-visit when in the area. The museum documents and showcases the history of the Campus Martius, a civilian stockade built-in 1788 - the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory. The museum is situated in one of the oldest buildings in the state teeming with history: this is one for the history buffs. The museum is home to a vast collection of historical artifacts. These and the carefully curated exhibitions bring the history and subject matter to life.
Campers who have a bigger appetite for history may wish to take the hour’s drive south to the city of Charleston in West Virginia. Charleston is home to, among many things, the ‘West Virginia State Museum.’ This extensive museum hosts a wide range of exhibits, showcasing the variety of history from West Virginia. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the museum, learning about the state’s rich history. The exhibits range from the early Native American tribes, through to the arrival of the Europeans, right up to the modern era. Visitors of all ages will learn a little something new about the state and have an entertaining time doing so.
While in the West Virginia capital, pay a visit to the West Virginia Governor's Mansion. The mansion was built in 1925 and is constructed in the Georgian, Neo-Colonial style of architecture. Visitors can take a tour of the historic building and learn about the many stories that surround political dignitary visits and the role the building played throughout West Virginia’s modern history.