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Southeast Ohio Region
Burr Oak State Park
BURR OAK STATE PARK
BURR OAK STATE PARK
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd
Glouster, Ohio   45732

Phone: 740-767-3797
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Burr Oak State Park
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Burr Oak State Park

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Burr Oak State Park
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Burr Oak State Park
© Gene Shirk 2009

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Burr Oak State Park

Burr Oak State Park
'View of beach from tent area'

Burr Oak State Park

Burr Oak State Park
© Gene Shirk 2009

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Burr Oak State Park
© Gene Shirk 2009

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Located in southeast Ohio, quiet and remote Burr Oak State Park has a rustic country charm in its scenery of wooded hills and valley farms. As one of Ohio's resort parks, Burr Oak offers a wide array of overnight accommodations with its lodge, cottages and campground. Burr Oak blends modern conveniences with the wilderness spirit of Ohio.
Nature of the Area
Burr Oak State Park epitomizes the wilderness character of southeast Ohio. Miles of forested ridges and hollows comprise these foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The woodlands support a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, box turtles and the elusive wild turkey. The lake's shore is inhabited by the industrious beaver and various waterfowl species.

The forest is comprised of numerous hardwoods but is dominated by stately oaks and hickories. In autumn, the forest displays spectacular fall colors as leaves turn to deep reds, brilliant yellows and burnt oranges. Woodland wildflowers are equally as impressive in the spring when violets, Dutchman's breeches, trillium, rare orchids, bloodroot and hepatica are in bloom.
History of the Area
Situated in the valley of Sunday Creek, the Burr Oak area was inhabited by Indians and, later, by settlers who found an abundance of game animals and the resources necessary for survival in the Ohio wilderness.

Coal, one of Ohio's most important mineral resources, was mined here for many years. As mining operations expanded, mining towns grew and prospered. Few of these mining towns were as notorious as the village of Santoy.

Many colorful tales were told of life in Santoy. In the true spirit of frontier life, so the story goes, a gunfight was once held over a $20 debt. The street was cleared as the two participants met for a showdown. The ensuing battle left both men lying in the street--one dead and the other critically wounded. The "Old West" came to life in Ohio when the coal company payroll was robbed by andits who made a horse-mounted getaway through the town.

Countless other tales live on, but Santoy could not. A fire in 1924 destroyed the coal tipple and several businesses. The loss was so devastating that just three years later the second mine shaft shut down. In November 1931, the nineteen remaining voters decided to abandon the town. Today, only the church, the town's first building, still stands as a reminder of days gone by.

In 1950 Burr Oak Lake was created by the construction of the Tom Jenkins Dam across the east branch of Sunday Creek. Two years later, Burr Oak was dedicated as a state park.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2593
 Water, acres664
 Nearby Wildlife Areayes
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Backpack Trail, miles18
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Swimming Beach, feet500
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits10
 Seasonal Dock Rental553
 Launch Ramps, #5
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #78
 Electric Sites, #16
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Camper Cabins, #2
 Youth Group Camp, capacity500
WinterSleddingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #60
 Family Cottages, #30
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Tennisyes
 Golf Courseyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
There are 90 non-electric campsites to accommodate campers. The campground offers showers, flush toilets and a dump station. Fifteen primitive sites are offered at Dock #2 and eight primitive sites at Dock #3. Three Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months by reservation. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites.
Cottages
There are thirty family cottages situated near the lodge in the wooded hills overlooking the lake. Each cottage sleeps six people, has a bath with a shower, living room, complete kitchen, dining area and screened porch. Linens, towels and cooking and eating utensils are furnished.
Nearby Accommodations
Rim Of The World Cabin - Malta, OHCottages and Cabins
Escape to the Heart of Southeastern Ohio. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you relax in the hot tub located just off the back deck. Create your own home cooked country style meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Just minutes from Burr Oak State Park.
3 miles from park*
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.
0.3 miles from park*
The Ohio Outback Lodge - McConnelsville, OHCottages and Cabins
In the heart of Ohio the Outback Lodge is located in Southeast Ohio, just minutes from the beautiful Muskingum River. The 2,200 square foot Lodge is constructed of Pine Logs, full basement, beautiful rural setting. It has wooded area as well as a creek and pond. This is a beautiful outdoor vacation spot.
12.5 miles from park*
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Swimming
A public swimming beach offers enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers. A bathhouse, showers, changing booths and a snack bar are provided. An indoor pool is available for lodge and cottage guests only.
Boating
A ten horsepower limit for boats is in effect on Burr Oak Lake. Five launch ramps provide access to the lake. Boat rentals, fuel and seasonal dock rentals are offered.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas are located in scenic areas of the park and offer tables and grills.
Trails
Twenty-eight miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the state's Buckeye Trail, take hikers to scenic vistas and unique rock outcroppings. Backpackers will find the Burr Oak Backpack Trail challenging and enjoyable. This eighteen-mile loop trail winds around the lake shore and offers primitive campsites and drinking water at several locations along the route.
Area Attractions
A portion of Wayne National Forest borders the park near the dam. The U.S. Forest Service operates a 19-unit family camp at Burr Oak Cove, off S.R. 13. Wildcat Hollow Backpack Trail, located on Morgan County Road 58, is also operated by the U.S. Forest Service and can be accessed by the park's backpack trail to extend the route.

Sunday Creek Wildlife Area, consisting of fifteen separate areas, borders the park as well. Two other state wildlife areas are located nearby--Trimble, six miles west and Wolf Creek, six miles east. Strouds Run State Park, on U.S. 50 east of Athens, provides facilities for fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking and boating.

State Route 78 between Glouster and McConnelsville earns its nickname "Rim of the World" as one of the most scenic drives in the state.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 11 We love Burr Oak! by Kathy and Chris
My husband and I have some wonderful memories of staying at Burr Oak, especially this past August, when we traveled by motorcycle from Florida to our native Ohio. The roads around Burr Oak are fantastic, especially 555 or as we call it, triple nickel, and Rt. 78. Burr Oak Lodge is a great place to stay and relax, after riding all day! We especially love the gazebo and the view of the lake at sunset, the view of the lake from the restaurant, and the beautiful pool.
October 19 Beautiful park by cathy
We just had a beautiful wedding there. I would highly recommend this park. The entire staff was very helpful and accommodating with everything we needed. Thank-you!
September 2 burr oaks by vivian
place was beautiful and staff was very friendly and helpful,was there in the middle of july and will be going back in the middle of september for more fun and relaxation.wonderful place to stay and relax..


Area Cabins and Lodges

Burr Oak Resort
Glouster, OH
(740) 767-2112


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Grand Bentley Lodge - Rockbridge, OHCottages and Cabins
A spectacular, one-of-a-kind log home in the scenic Hocking Hills. Stunning solid walnut flooring. A grand great room with huge windows and a two-story stone fireplace. A spectacular recreation area with pool table, home theater, and a large hot tub right outside.
Web Site: grandbentleylodge.com
26.3 miles from park*
Mesa Vista Lodge - Union Furnace, OHCottages and Cabins
Mesa Vista Lodge offers 4200 sq. ft. of luxury living with 8 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 gas log fireplaces, massive kitchen/dining/great room with cathedral ceiling, 8-10 person hot tub and 2400 sq. ft. of covered walk-around porch.
Web Site: mesavista-lodge.com
18 miles from park*
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
Web Site: haveninnthehills.com
27.8 miles from park*
Area Resources
Hocking Hills Internet Guide - hockinghills.com - ROCKBRIDGE, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Southeastern Ohio's Scenic Wonderland, the Hocking Hills. The 9 State Parks and State Forests. How to get there, things to do, interesting local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Reserve your cabin or campsite online
Web Site: hockinghills.com
29.3 miles from park*
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10220 Burr Oak, Lodge Road, Glouster, OH 45732

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