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Southeast Ohio Region
Barkcamp State Park
65330 Barkcamp Park Rd
Belmont, Ohio   43718-9733

Phone: 740-484-4064
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Belmont County's rugged hills provide the backdrop for picturesque Barkcamp State Park. In addition to fine recreational facilities, visitors will enjoy the mature woodlands, open meadows, scenic lake and abundant wildlife of this secluded park.
Nature of the Area
The sandstone hills of the Barkcamp region are part of the Appalachian highlands which envelop the southeastern part of Ohio. In the sandstone bedrock can be found layers of coal which were formed by decaying swamp vegetation millions of years ago during the Pennsylvanian geologic period. Barkcamp State Park lies in the heart of the coal-mining region of Ohio.

The hills and valleys of the area are clothed with a second-growth forest. Today, southeastern Ohio is one of the most extensively forested in Ohio, and only a few areas remain which suggest the magnificence of these original forests.

The woodlands of Barkcamp support a variety of plant and animal life. The observant visitor may find a wealth of woodland wildflowers including wild geranium, hepatica, bloodroot and spring beauties. The woodlands explode with flowering dogwood and redbud blossoms in spring.

Songbirds, squirrels, skunk, opossum, raccoon, white-tailed deer and the wild turkey take up residence in the park's varying habitats.
History of the Area
This area was first inhabited by the Moundbuilders, then later by Wyandots, Delaware and Shawnee. Belmont County was one of the earliest areas settled in Ohio, and the scene of several bloody conflicts between settlers and Indians. Prior to the Treaty of Greenville of 1795, the nearby Ohio River was the accepted boundary between Indians to the north and settlers to the south of the river. Conflicts arose as land-hungry settlers began encroaching on Indian lands. The celebrated Indian fighter, Lewis Wetzel, was often through this region. Wetzel instigated many of the conflicts as Indians were the object of his mortal hate. A large boulder near the park's Antique Barn bears an inscription carved by Wetzel.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) established the first church in the area. Benjamin Lundy, a Quaker who lived in St. Clairsville, became known as the "Father of Abolitionism." He formed an anti-slavery society here in 1815 called the Union Humane Society. At one point, there were 120 miles of the Underground Railroad in Belmont County. Lundy helped produce the abolitionist paper, The Philanthropist at nearby Mt. Pleasant.

As years passed, coal was discovered and became the foundation of the area's economy. Belmont County is now the state's leading producer of coal with an estimated 5,668 million tons of coal available below the earth's surface.

Land acquisition began for the park in 1955, and a dam was completed in 1963 resulting in the 117-acre Belmont Lake. The park derives its unusual name from Barkcamp Creek, the former site of a logging camp where logs were stripped of their bark in preparation for delivery to the mill.
GeneralLand, acres1005
 Water, acres117
 Hiking Trail, miles4
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Swimming Beach, feet700
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles6
 Bridle Trails, miles24
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating Limits-1
 Seasonal Dock Rental36
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingElectric Sites, #150
 Pets Permittedyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Camper Cabins, #2
 Group Camp, capacity25
 Horsemen Campsites, #27
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Barkcamp offers 150 electrified campsites in sunny and shaded areas. The campground features hot showers, tables, firerings, two wheelchair accessible sites and a dump station. A group camp that accommodates 15 sites is available for organized groups by reservation. In addition, a horseman's camp with 25 sites is available. Five Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining canopy, cooler, cookstove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites.
A 700-foot beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers.
Boats with electric motors only are permitted on Belmont Lake. Seasonal boat tie-ups are available. A launch ramp provides access to the lake.

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Seven picnic areas are scenically located around the park. Each area provides tables, grills, water and latrines. A picnic shelterhouse is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Miles of hiking trails invite visitors to enjoy the solitude of the forest. The Lakeview Trail, Woodchuck Nature Trail, Hawthorn Trail and Hawk Trail lead to natural treasures and provide opportunities for nature study, birdwatching and wildlife observation. A 6-mile mountain bike trail loops through rugged woodlands and skirts the lakeshore, offering challenges for intermediate and advanced cyclists.

Barkcamp's bridle trail meanders along the entire lakeshore affording a pleasant day's ride. A special paved trail winds through the pioneer village, enters the adjoining mature woodlands and provides access to the Antique Barn. Interpretive signs are placed along the route explaining the cultural and natural history of the park.

In the camp area, a bit of American history is preserved. The Antique Barn was built in the 1800s by Solomon Bentley, an orchardman of renown. One variety of apple that he marketed was the "Bentley Sweet." The barn is now home to summer naturalist activities and historical displays.

A resurrected log cabin and other pioneer structures near the barn take visitors back to an even earlier era.
Area Attractions
The rich history of the Barkcamp area can be experienced at the Belmont County Museum on State Route 800 in Barnesville. This spectacular Romanesque-style mansion was built in 1888 and has 26 rooms. The museum houses a quilt collection, a collection of antique farm implements and many other interesting relics of the "Gay 90's" period. The museum is open May through October.

The Friends Meeting House, operated by the Ohio Historical Society and located in Mount Pleasant, is a restored meeting place of early Quakers. Built in 1914, it was one of the largest in the United States.

Dysart Woods, an outdoor land laboratory managed by Ohio University, preserves a 50-acre tract of old-growth forest. Dysart Woods is south of the park off State Route 147.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 28 We love camping at this park by mrsother
The area we camp at is usually very clean, quiet and relaxing.
September 2 Our dogs love to camp! by Terrie & Jo
We love to camp here. The showers are super nice, bathrooms rustic, but who cares! Park is always clean and well maintained. We love to ride our bikes and walk the trails.
May 9 One of our favroite places to camp by stevesgirl195
We love to camp there. It is a very clean place. We love all the thing you can do there. Our dogs love to camp there also. I love that the park Police come around there all night long. Makes us feel so safe. We are going there for a week starting tomorrow. I hope it doesn't rain the whole time we are there.
April 11 my favorite place! by mkshae
barkcamp is the abs. best place, ive been going there since i was very little and have always enjoyed it!
October 9 summer of fun by jackie49k
we vry much enjoyed our camping there this summer.it is clean and a beautiful place to visit, we met two very special people there,and will be friends for life.the staff are very friendly and also helpful.if you want an enjoyable camping experience stay at barkcamp stste park in ohio
October 9 a wonder park to visit by jackie49k
barkcamp state park is the enjoyable park,for camping and family fun,the staff are very friendly and helpful,this park has a lot of childrens activities,and a clean beautiful place.we meet two very special people there and will be friends for life.our grandchildren also had a great time at the park with us this summer.we will be returning to barkcamp stste park in april
June 10 keep it up by buck jackson
i love go there every year
May 25 one of our all time favs. to camp&fish by morningstar shunk
We had camped here alot when our sons were growing up and loved the walks,fishing,boating and the bys loved the swimming...loved the wild life the rangers were always respectful and kind to us. Now that our sons are grown and have children of there own we want to keep the family tradition of camping here going with our grandchildren so they can enjoy all the things ours sons did growing up. We plan on camping here in june for the first time this year so we can relax and teach our grandsons the joy and excitment of the outdoors.
April 21 Awesome Lake by Denny
I been been using Barkcamp lake for outdoor activities for many years. The folks are nice, the place is safe. I have had a boat parked at the lake for many years with zero issues. I have seen better fishing in a day gone by. I will always give the lake 5 stars. There are many things to do at the lake. Take your kids there for a day of fun. As for me and my family, we love the park.
February 16 our family vacation
Every July our family goes for a week. It is affordable and alot of fun!!!!!!!
October 12 Susan - Naturalist -
Susan is awesome. My family and I have been going there for the last 8 yrs. Her movies are age approiated, and she takes the time on the nature hikes to explain things about wildlife. We look forward to seeing her and staying at your well maintained campground. Keep up the great work.
August 9 Well Maintained by Jan
Yes, the restrooms were not the flush kind, but it was cleaned and the grounds mowed as we camped. The sites were spacious with mature trees. Had a restful stay and plan to return. Free firewood.
July 1 Beautiful by Mary
I love going to Barkcamp and just relax. I go often as a big stress reliever. Walking, jogging, bike riding and taking my children there to camp. The rangers are wonderful to my kids and the park is simple and not gaudy. The movie theater is adorable and the place is perfect to kick back and relax. The simplicity is wonderful and I enjoy the park not being overrun with modernization.
May 28
I was very disappointed in the bathrooms. They were disgusting and there was never any toilet paper. The ones at the boating dock were disgusting...they were full up to the rim and there was feces on the floor. You need to take better care of the restrooms. Also, the price of putt-putt was ridiculous. I would not recommend Barkcamp to anybody looking to go camping!!
April 20 mountain biking by irishmusic
Nice facilities and some great single track riding. Easy to get to from I 70. Will go back soon.

Area Campgrounds

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6157 St. Rt. 7
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1436 St Rt 7 SE
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Area Fishing Related Businesses
Hidden Valley Outdoors
I 70 EX 215
Saint Clairsville, OH
(740) 526-0550

Hidden Valley Outdoors
47694 Reservoir Rd
St Clairsville, OH
(740) 526-0550

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
Web Site: rosesvacationcabinrental.com
64.2 miles from park*
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