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Southwest Ohio Region
East Fork State Park
EAST FORK STATE PARK
EAST FORK STATE PARK
3294 Elklick Road
Bethel, Ohio   45106-0119

Phone: 513-734-4323
Reservations: 866-644-6727
East Fork State Park

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East Fork State Park
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East Fork State Park
'sunset on the lake'
© Lori McClure 2007

Sunset with the lake partially frozen was absolutely breathtaking. You could see snow in the foreground, then water and then ice.

East Fork State Park
'Snowy Solace'

Coming to the end of my Perimeter Trail hike Elklick

East Fork State Park

East Fork State Park
'Picture Perfect Day'
© Lori McClure 2007

I was on a short walk and as I turned I saw the beach and had to get a shot.


One of Ohio's largest state parks, East Fork offers a
great diversity of recreational opportunities and natural
history only 25 miles from Cincinnati. The park's terrain
includes both rugged hills and open meadows, setting
the stage for a wonderful getaway.
Nature of the Area
Clermont County's rolling hills and meandering river
valleys provide a colorful backdrop for spacious East
Fork State Park. Shaped by the forces of the Illinoian
and Wisconsinan glaciers, the East Fork region is
characterized by beautiful hill country scenery and is
noted for the occurrence of remnant prairie habitats.
Illinoian glacial deposits are not common in Ohio but
can be observed at East Fork and the surrounding area.


East Fork's diverse landscape includes dry-forested hills,
rocky cascades, abandoned farmlands, thickly grown
floodplains, marshy grasslands and swamp forests. This
diversity lends well to an abundance of plant and
animal life. Woodlands are composed of beech, sugar
maple, red and white oak, shagbark hickory, and wild
black cherry. The swamp forests contain silver maple,
American elm, sycamore, and black gum. The
meadows and remnant prairies contain big bluestem
grass and purple coneflower among others.

Animals of the area include eastern plains garter
snake, fence lizard, red fox, deer, raccoon, Canada
geese, song sparrow, eastern meadowlark, and the barn
swallow.
History of the Area
The Little Miami River basin in which East Fork State Park is situated has been home to many generations of man,
dating back to nearly 3,000 years ago. Moundbuilders, the Adena and Hopewell Indians, occupied this area. The
mound near Elklick Road is thought to have been built by the Adena. The Erie Indians also lived here much later,
though by 1655 this nation was completely destroyed by the powerful Iroquois. The area was virtually uninhabited
through the remainder of the 17th century.

As the new state of Ohio began to be settled in the early 19th century, the East Fork region attracted settlers from the
east. Grist mills, sawmills, blacksmith shops, tanneries and stagecoach depots were among the early commercial
activities.

In 1869, two gold mines operated in the vicinity. One mine was located near Elklick and consisted of a flume for
washing gravel containing flakes of gold. The mine near Twin Bridges tunnelled underground to reach gold deposits
encased in bedrock.

Not far from the present park office, the "Old Bethel Church" on Elklick Road dates from 1867. It occupies the site of
a log church built about 1807 by Reverend John Collins. Some of the hand-hewn timbers secured with wooden pegs
and hand-forged nails used to construct the 1818 church are still present in the existing church.

More recently, the area has taken on a new appearance due to the creation of East Fork Reservoir in 1978. As part of
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control program, East Fork Lake and the surrounding region comprise one of
southwestern Ohio's largest recreational areas.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres4870
 Water, acres2160
 Nearby Wildlife Areayes
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles82
 Backpack Trail, miles46
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #3
 Swimming Beach, feet1200
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles5
 Bridle Trails, miles55
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Launch Ramps, #6
CampingElectric Sites, #384
 Full Hookup Sites, #5
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #6
 Camper Cabins, #4
 Campground Beachyes
 Horsemen Campsites, #17
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
East Fork has one of the largest camping areas in the state with 416 sites. The campground offers electrical hookups,
showers, drinking water, camper's beach, flush toilets and boat ramps. Pets are permitted in designated areas. A
17-site horsemen's camp is available as well. Six Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook
stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months. Six Rent-A-RV units are also available.
Swimming
A 1,200-foot swimming beach with a concession and picnic area provides the perfect setting for a fun family outing.
Boating
Those who enjoy water sports will find East Fork Lake very accommodating. There are 2,160 acres of water and
unlimited horsepower boating with access available at five launch ramps.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables, grills and drinking water are located around the park. Two picnic shelters are available on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Trails
For the hiker and backpacker, the 12-mile Backpack Trail tranverses many scenic park areas. In addition, the 37-mile
Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail circles the park and is available for hikers, backpackers, and horsemen.
Four primitive campsites are located along these trails. Permits for their use are available through the park office. For
those less adventuresome, shorter trails are easily accessible. A 5-mile mountain bike trail begins just west of the park
entrance on S.R. 125.
Area Attractions
Overlooking the Ohio River, the town of Point Pleasant is birthplace of President Ulysses S. Grant. The one-room
cottage where the 18th President of the United States was born is located at U.S. 52 and S.R. 232 just south of East
Fork.

Stonelick State Park is located to the north of East Fork at S.R. 727 and 133. Camping, fishing, hiking and swimming
are just a few of the activities available at Stonelick.

East Fork's close proximity to the city of Cincinnati makes it easy to combine the best of the outdoor life with the
many activities available in the "Queen City." Major sporting events, fine dining, shopping, many cultural events
and festivities invite the park's visitors to spend a day in this bustling urban area. For more information, contact the
Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (513) 753-7211.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 8 Horses Trails by Harmon
My Family enjoys riding our horses at East Fork. I wanted thanks everyone that works of the Horses trails at East fork.
February 8 A Family Favorite!
LOVE riding horses at East Fork! Trails include terrain for riders of all experience levels! The overnight pack trip around the perimeter trail is my favorite!
February 8 Wonderful Trail Riding in Southern Ohio!
East Fork State Park is one of the best places to trail ride in Southern Ohio!!! Super trails of all types and beautiful scenery!!! Great for day trips or weekend camping!!!
October 11 Great Time
We went camping and horseback riding and had a GREAT TIME! The camp sites are clean and level for campers and spacious for tents. The showers were not the best but they are ok for public showers.
June 20 i love it by great
i like riding my horses there. its a little muddy but you will still have a amazing time there
June 1 Beaches need some TLC by jlr
My family and I spent the day at the beach part of the park off 222 this Memorial Day. We had a great time, but the beach is in need of some much needed TLC. It was full of wood debri. Didnt look like it would take a whole lot of time or manpower to clean it up, but it was an eyesore!
March 29 Trails need work! by Dave
Watch out, All of the trails are over used by horses. They are MUD PITS with a mixture of MANURE. Even the backpacking trails are long stretches of mud. It makes a horrible experience. They have got to do something to restrict the horses from ruining the trails.
June 2 I was really diapointed!
There was mold in some of the showers. The put put golf is badly in need of some work. The workers were less than friendly!
March 17 We love the lake by Tbaird312@aol.com
Hi yesterday my dad brother-n-law and i were walking the banks of east fork by the boat ramp between Amelia and Bethel and i found a catfish jaw bone that is around a foot from side to side. I was just wondering if there is any type of record for it or not, Please let me know Thanks Tony
June 1 Signage for getting to the park by
I would like to recommend some signage for getting to East Fork Park. We were out for a drive, heading back to Cincinnati from Mt. Orab and wanted to make a stop at East Fork. We were on Rt. 125, but never did see signs directing us to the park. Thanks,


Area Fishing Related Businesses

Boars Head Bait & Carry Out
2818 Old State Route 32
Batavia, OH
(513) 724-1211


Catman Blues Fishing Lake
1911 Lindale Nicholsville Rd
Amelia, OH
(513) 797-1018


Sherry's Fishing Lake
2155 Slade Rd
Batavia, OH
(513) 797-5300


Horseshoe Lake
5687 State Route 133
Batavia, OH
(513) 625-1209


Starling Lake
1075 Starling Rd
Bethel, OH
(937) 379-1347


Area Cabins and Lodges
Tan Resort
126 W Plane St
Bethel, OH
(513) 734-0100


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Lake Front but not lake view. This cottage is situated on 3 Acres, mostly wooded. Rocky Fork Lake is a 2,000 acre quiet and secluded lake. Because of the heavy concentration of trees the lake is a secluded paradise hidden in the woods.
Web Site: vacationhomerentals.com/52625
34.3 miles from park*
Area Resources
Queen City Coin Laundry - Amelia, OHHome Garden
Get your laundry cleaned quickly and affordably anytime day or night at our self-service laundromat in Amelia, Ohio. We are a coin laundry center that invites you to bring in all of your dirty clothes and clean them here. Brand-new array of laundering machines, low prices, and convenient, anytime hours, why go anywhere else
Web Site: queencitycoinlaundry.com/
4.3 miles from park*
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Directions
From Cleveland, Ohio: I-71 South to I-275 East at Cincinnati. I-275 East East to Exit #63 ( State Route 32), East- Batavia (Campground) or Exit #65, Beechmont Avenue East- Amelia ( Day Use) Come East 11 miles and follow signs.From Columbus, Ohio: I-71 South to I-275 East at Cincinnati. I-275 East to Exit 63 (State Route 32), East- Batavia (Campground) or Exit #65, Beechmont Avenue East- Amelia (Day Use), come East 11 miles and follow the signs.From Cincinnati, Ohio: From Downtown: take I-471 South into Kentucky to I-275 East. I-275 East to Exit #65, Beechmont Avenue East - Amelia ( Day Use) or Exit #63From Toledo, Ohio: I-75 South to I-275 East at Cincinnati. I-275 East to Exit #63 ( State Route 32), East- Batavia (Campground) or Exit #65, Beechmont Avenue East- Amelia ( Day Use) Come East 11 miles and follow signs.From Lexington, KY: I-75 North, to I-275 East (Near Erlanger, KY) to Exit #65, S.R. 125 - Beechmont Avenue East- Amelia ( Day Use) or Exit 63, S.R. 32 - East Batavai (campground). Come East 11 miles and follow signs.

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