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Hueston Woods State Park
HUESTON WOODS STATE PARK
HUESTON WOODS STATE PARK
6301 Park Office Road, College Corner
College Corner, Ohio   45003

Phone: 513-523-6347
Hueston Woods State Park

Hueston Woods State Park

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Hueston Woods State Park

Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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Hueston Woods State Park
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The outdoor enthusiast will find diverse opportunities at Hueston Woods State Park. Whether boating on Acton Lake, hiking through the 200-acre old growth forest or relaxing in the resort lodge, visitors will enjoy the finest of recreational facilities in southwest Ohio at this scenic park.
Nature of the Area
Hueston Woods State Park located in southwest Ohio has an enormous wealth of natural resources. The limestone bedrock of the area is evidence of an ancient shallow sea that once covered Ohio. Lime in the water accumulated on the sea floor and eventually recrystallized into limestone bedrock. Much of the limestone is the magnesium-bearing type called dolomite. Fossilized remains of ancient marine animals are concentrated in the limestone, so many in fact that people from all over the world come to Hueston Woods to collect them.

The rich soils of the area are part of the glacial till plains of western Ohio that attracted early settlers due to their tremendous agricultural value. When settlers arrived, the land had to be cleared of the dense woodlands that covered it and most of Ohio. Nearly all of Ohio's original forest has since vanished. However, one unique stand of old-growth timber remains at Hueston Woods. Over 200 acres have been protected and provide visitors with a glimpse of Ohio's primeval forest. Stately beech and sugar maple tower above the abundance of ferns, wildflowers and other woodland species. In 1967, the 200-acre forest was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service.
History of the Area
The history of the Hueston Woods area dates to 1797. Matthew Hueston, while serving with General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, observed the fertile soil in southwestern Ohio. When Indian resistance subsided, Hueston began to buy land in what is now Butler and Preble counties. Hueston, one of Ohio's earliest conservationists, preserved a portion of his forested land as did his descendants.

When the last of the Huestons died in the 1930s, Morris Taylor, a conservationist from Hamilton, purchased the woods and held it in trust until state funds could be allocated for its purchase. Cloyd Acton, a Preble County legislator, influenced the state legislature to appropriate funds to acquire the former Hueston land in 1940. His proposal became reality in September 1941 when the Hueston property was bought by the state and officially designated as a state forest.

In 1945, money was appropriated for the purchase of additional land. The Oxford Honor Camp was established in 1952. This camp, set up under the supervision of the Ohio Board of Corrections, housed honor status inmates for the next twelve years. Buildings of the former camp now serve as the park office, meeting rooms, and nature center.

Early in the summer of 1956, the 1,200-foot earth fill dam across Four Mile Creek was completed, and the following year Acton Lake was impounded. Shortly thereafter Hueston Woods was dedicated as a state park.

Throughout the 1960s, development continued at Hueston Woods with the addition of campgrounds, cottages, lodge, marina, and golf course.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres2936
 Water, acres625
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles35
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet1500
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles12
 Bridle Trails, miles18
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits10
 Seasonal Dock Rental234
 Launch Rampsyes
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #236
 Electric Sites, #255
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camper Cabins, #3
 Group Camp, capacity125
 Horsemen Campsites, #28
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #94
 Family Cottages, #37
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Golf Courseyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
There are 255 family campsites with electrical outlets on the west side of the lake. The area is provided with showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities and trailer waste station. Picnic tables and fire rings are also provided.

There are 236 non-electric sites available. These sites have picnic tables, fire rings and vault-type latrines. A group area is also available to organized youth and adult groups. Groups wishing to use this area must contact the park office at least fourteen days prior to the arrival date.

All camping is limited to 14 days within a 30-day period. There are a limited number of sites available for campers with pets.
Cottages
There are 25 family cottages and 12 one-room efficiency cottages available. The housekeeping cottages have two bedrooms, bath, kitchen, living room, and screened porch. With the addition of convertible sofa beds, this cottage will accommodate six people.

The efficiency cottages combine a living room-dining room, with sleeping facilities for four and a private bath. All cottages are equipped with cooking and eating utensils, towels and bedding. Cots are available. For reservations contact 1-800-AT-A-PARK. Weekly rentals are given preference between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Cottage guests have access to all lodge facilities.

A full paintball field and target range is available. Bring your own equipment, or we can supply everything! Group reservations are available. We fill tanks, and sell all equipment and supplies.
Places To Find Supplies
Sweet Mornings Donut Shop - Liberty, INBakery
We offer the following donuts and muffins made fresh daily in our shop Glazed donuts,Twists,Plain and Chocolate Cake ,Apple Fritters,Honey Buns,Blueberry,Sour Creme,Donut Holes,Bars,Yeast rings,Tiger Tails,Filled Donuts,Berry Blast Muffin,Sin-A-Muffin.
10.5 miles from park*
Swimming
A 1,500-foot swimming beach on the west shore of the lake is open to the public during the summer months. A concession stand and bathhouse are located at the beach. Swimming is permitted from sunrise to sunset.
Boating
Launch ramps and public docks are provided for boaters. There is a 10 HP limit on motors; canoes using motors have a limit of 4 HP. Boats may be rented at the marina.
Boats and RVs
Family RV Rentals - Whiteland, INMotor Home Campers
Whether you are vacationing with family, going to a race, or traveling for business, build some memories and travel by RV. We carry select RVs for sale on our lot. We can also do consignment sales and RV leasing. Our techs are certified on all RV systems. We work on RVs of any style, year, make or model.
71.3 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Nine areas are provided with tables; areas with grills are shown on the map. No ground fires, please.
Trails
Over ten miles of trails challenge the hiker and provide an opportunity for nature study. A hiker's guide is available at the park office. Six miles of bridle trail and a horsemen's staging area are located off S.R. 177 on Four Mile Valley Road.
Nature Programs
A year-round program is provided at the nature center. Live animal displays, nature hikes, bird and flower walks, slide talks, movies, and fossil hunts are presented.
Area Attractions
In nearby Oxford, McGuffey House and Museum features personal articles of William McGuffey, author of McGuffey Readers. Located north of the park is Hopewell Church and cemetery. The original church built in 1808 was constructed of logs. The present church, constructed in a Scottish architectural style, was completed in the 1820s. The cemetery was the first public cemetery in the township. Hopewell was an important stop and staging area for the Underground Railroad.

The Hamilton County Park District contains several state nature preserves including Newberry Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon Woods Gorge and Trillium Trails.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 19 Horseback Riding by Poor Rental Horses
Before going out to ride at the park with the man who rents space from the park to run a rental string of trail horses, check out reivews. Recently was in the news with horses that were OBVIOUSLY cases of neglect. I would not support this part of the park, however, other parts are very nice.
March 13 great camping by mary mc.
we love to go there. the kids love it. we get a little quiet time too, very nice people, friendly. we always met great people from different places..
January 23 Outdated
Beautiful park, unmaintained facilities. Bath houses are way past needing plowed oever.
April 20 Our family loves Hueston Woods by Mary Ann H
Our family loves to go camping evert summer at Hueston Woods. We love it there. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We enjoy being outdoors with nature . We go fishing, hiking, collecting fossils. The camp grounds are peaceful, and clean. Thank you for making our summers so enjoyable.
March 31 Fun in the Rain by Danielle
My boyfriend and I enjoyed a nice quiet Saturday here and we were not bothered by anyone...It is a great place to go if you like nature and just being alone! And its only located moments from New Hope!~ We definately had a great time! ~~@@--3
August 28 Loads of fun for free! by hbarthauer
We had so much fun looking for fossils with the kids they were easy to find, we also enjoyed the animal presentations, my kids are still talking about the one eyed owl!
May 27 Summer Fun! by brandilion
This park has everything! You can rent boats, canoe, paddle boats...swim, bike, hike...fish...camp...you name it! I always have a great time here!


Area Campgrounds

Camp America
8501 Camden College Corner Roa
College Corner, OH
513-798-2794


Cross's Campground LLC
7777 US 127 South
Camden, OH
937-452-1535


Area Cabins and Lodges
Hueston Woods Resort & Conference Center
5201 Lodge Rd
College Corner, OH
(513) 664-3500


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Directions
From Cleveland, Ohio:Take 71 South to 270 West to I-70 West.Exit at Route 127 Eaton (South) on the South side of Eaton turn right on 732 South to the park.From Columbus, Ohio:Take I-70 West and exit at Route127 Eaton (South), on the South side of Eaton turn right on 732 South to the park.From Cincinnati, Ohio:Take Route 27 North to Oxford. In the center of Oxford turn right on 732 (North) to the park entrance.From Toledo, Ohio:Take 75 South to I-70 West. Exit at Route 127 Eaton (South)On the south side of Eaton turn right on 732 (South) to the park.

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