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Malabar Farm State Park
MALABAR FARM STATE PARK
MALABAR FARM STATE PARK
4050 Bromfield Road Lucas
Lucas, Ohio   44843

Phone: 419-892-2784
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Malabar Farm in Pleasant Valley was the dream of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield. Today, visitors can see the house and farm existing just as they did in Bromfield's time. The outbuildings and pastures still house chickens, goats and beef cattle. The hills are ribboned with strips of corn, wheat, oats and hay while the scenic trails are adorned with nature's bounty.
Nature of the Area
The natural features of Malabar Farm are representative of the diversity of the glaciated Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. This area is renowned for its interspersion of woodlands, lakes, streams and bogs along with villages, fertile valleys, dairy and grain farms. Located in the Pleasant Valley of Richland County, Malabar's forests and fields offer visitors a glimpse of both the cultural and natural history of the area. The rolling countryside and fertile farmlands of Malabar recreate the pleasure of life on the farm while the wooded ridgetops support an abundance of natural wonders.

Glaciers pushed up and over the hills of the area depositing rich soils in the valleys. The woodlands are diverse with beautiful stands of beech and maple along with remnant stands of eastern hemlock in the ravines. Sandstone outcroppings adorn the slopes covered with ferns and mosses. Trillium, spring beauties and wild blue phlox carpet the forest floor. The woodlands are home to the wood thrush, barred owl, fox squirrel and raccoon while the fields support populations of bluebird, red-winged blackbird, cottontail rabbit and red fox.
History of the Area
In the rolling countryside of Richland County, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and dedicated conservationist, created his dream -- Malabar Farm. Inspired by his love of the land, Bromfield restored the rich fertility of the farmlands and preserved the beauty of the woodlands. He built a 32-room country home, where his family, friends and neighbors could share the pleasure of life on the farm.

In his book, Pleasant Valley, Bromfield wrote, "Every inch of it (the house) has been in hard use since it was built and will, I hope go on being used in the same fashion so long as it stands. Perhaps one day it will belong to the state together with the hills, valleys and woods of Malabar Farm." Bromfield's prophecy came true in August 1972, when the state of Ohio accepted the deed to Malabar Farm. The state pledged to preserve the beauty and ecological value of the farm.

Earlier that year, Bromfield's legacy to future generations came close to being extinguished. Malabar Farm, owned and operated by the Louis Bromfield Malabar Farm Foundation for 14 years, was threatened with foreclosure. But the Noble Foundation, which held the mortgage, agreed to erase the mortgage and accrued interest -- about $280,000 -- when the state of Ohio accepted Malabar Farm as a gift to the people of Ohio.

From 1972 to 1976, Malabar Farm was operated jointly by Ohio's Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture. Then in 1976, Malabar became one of Ohio's state parks. As a park, Malabar Farm is dedicated to perpetuating Bromfield's farming philosophies, preserving the Big House and its many artifacts, and providing a place where visitors can explore life on a farm and the beauty of nature.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres875
 Water, acres3
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles14
 Picnickingyes
 Bridle Trails, miles12
 Nature Programsyes
CampingPrimative, #15
 Pets Permittedyes
 Horsemen Campsitesyes
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
AccommodationsRestaurantyes
Cabins
The Pugh Cabin is a day-use facility for groups up to fifty people. This building can be rented for meetings and group functions from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
Camping
A fifteen-site horseman's camp offers primitive camping for horsepeople as well as family campers. Fire rings, picnic tables, drinking water and latrines are offered.


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Picnicking
A picnic area with tables, grills, drinking water and latrines is available.
Trails
There are twelve miles of trail for the hiker or horseperson to enjoy. Trails traverse scenic fields and forests.
Area Attractions
Malabar Inn Restaurant, located within the park, is a restored "stagecoach" inn built in 1820. Today, the inn is state-owned and offers home-cooked meals (click for menu), Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-October 31. The inn is also open on weekends in March and April. Group reservations are available April-December.

Nearby are Mohican State Park, Mohican Memorial State Forest, and Pleasant Hill Lake. For information on attractions in Richland County including Kingwood Gardens, Renaissance Theatre and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course contact Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, 52 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio 44902, (800) 642-8282.

Malabar Farm's Youth Hostel, administered by the Hostel International Organization, offers limited overnight accommodations. For information call (419) 892-2055.

Fowler Woods State Nature Preserve, north off State Route 13, is a mixture of mature beech-maple forest and swamp forest. Spring wildflowers are abundant. Visitation is during daylight hours only.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 11 grounds need much improvement by John Wilcox
The inside house tour was very nice, and the tour guide was excellent. The grounds were very shabby and the outside of house, especially the porches were very dirty and run down. The gardens were terrible and weeds around buildings need weeded. If only the main attraction was kept up as nice as the new visitor center.


Area Campgrounds

Camp Toodik Family Campground, Cabins and Canoeing
7700 Twp. Road 462
Loudonville, OH
877-885-7866


River Run Family Campground
3070 C.R. 3175
Loudonville, OH
419-994-5257


Smith's Campground & Cabins
16325 Holmes Co. Rd. 23
Loudonville, OH
419-994-4024


Long Lake Park and Campground
8974 Long Lake Drive
Loudonville, OH
419-827-2278


Mohican Adventures Campground & Cabins
3058 State Route 3
Loudonville, OH
419-994-2267


Mohican Reservation Campgrounds and Canoeing
23270 Wally Road (C.R. 3175)
Loudonville, OH
740-599-6631


Mohican Wilderness
22462 Wally Road
Glenmont, OH
740-599-6741


Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park- Mansfield
6500 Black Road
Bellville, OH
419-886-2267


Charles Mill Lake Park
1271 S.R. 430
Mansfield, OH
419-368-6885


Pleasant Hill Lake Park
3431 State Route 95
Perrysville, OH
419-938-7884


Butler Mohican KOA
6918 Bunkerhill Road S.
Butler, OH
419-883-3314


Rainbow Springs Campground
3435 St Rt 3
Loudonville, OH
419-994-5095


Arrow Point Campground
6270 Twp Rd 208 (Wally Rd)
Loudonville, OH
419-994-5374


River Trail Crossing
1597 State Route 97
Butler, OH
419-883-3888


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Milt's Quick Stop
518 Mansfield Lucas Rd
Mansfield, OH
(419) 522-1040


Mifflin Lakes Trading Post
60 Maine St
Ashland, OH
(419) 368-3956


Big Pines of Pleasant Hill Inc
3911 State Route 95
Perrysville, OH
(419) 938-3474


Area Cabins and Lodges
Walley World Resort Inc
16121 County Road 23
Loudonville, OH
(419) 994-4828


Snow Trails: Ski Resort
Mansfield, OH
(419) 774-9818


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