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Paint Creek State Park
PAINT CREEK STATE PARK
PAINT CREEK STATE PARK
14265 U.S. Route 50
Bainbridge, Ohio   45612

Phone: 937-393-4284
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Paint Creek State Park
'Paint Creek Dam'

Paint Creek Dam May 2011

Paint Creek State Park
'Oct. 2011'

veiw from Paint Creek campground

Paint Creek State Park
'Oct. 2011'

veiw from the campground

Paint Creek State Park
'The Beach'

Paint Creek Beach Flooded May 2011

Paint Creek State Park

Boat Dock May 2011

Paint Creek State Park
'Boat Docks flooded'

Paint Creek Boat Docks flooded April 2011

Paint Creek State Park
'Dry Times'

Paint Creek State Park

Paint Creek State Park
'Oct. 2011'

camping at Paint Creek, view from site 34

Paint Creek State Park
'Site 119'

Paint Creek State Park

veiw from the campground

Located amid the breathtaking scenery of the Paint Creek Valley, Paint Creek State Park features a large lake with fine fishing, boating and swimming opportunities. A modern campground and meandering trails invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the rolling hills and streams of this scenic area.
Nature of the Area
The Paint Creek region lies at the very edge of the Appalachian Plateau. This escarpment marks the boundary between the hilly eastern section of the state and the flatter western portions. Most of the plateau in southeastern Ohio was never reached by glaciers, although the Paint Creek area bears evidence of glacial activity. One stream near the park, Rocky Fork Creek, was blocked by glacial ice and reversed direction, rapidly cutting the 75-foot gorge seen today. Sullivantia, an extremely rare wildflower in Ohio, blooms in the gorge in mid-summer.

Equally impressive here are the Seven Caves, all located about 50 feet above Rocky Fork Creek. A short trip to the caves from the park is well worth the time.

Before Paint Creek was impounded to form a reservoir, the creek valley was unrivaled in the state for scenic beauty and its display of wildflowers. Some of this unspoiled land yet remains above the still waters of the lake. Wild geranium, jewelweed, yarrow and Queen Anne's lace can be found blooming in the woodlands and meadows of the park.

The reservoir provides habitat for numerous waterfowl and shorebirds as well as the great blue heron. Osprey and bald eagles have been sighted over the lake. The limestone outcroppings on the lake's edge provide nesting habitat for the cliff swallow. Other songbirds, raccoons, white-tailed deer and the elusive wild turkey inhabit the park.
History of the Area
We are not the first to recognize the richness and beauty of this land. Prehistoric Indian cultures built a variety of earthworks throughout the region, while the Shawnee Indians considered the Paint Valley home.

Conflicts often arose between the original holders of the Ohio country and the white settlers invading from the east. A Shawnee named Waw-will-a-way became a victim of this strife when he was unjustly accused of scalping a white man. This Indian encountered three white men in the Paint Valley bent on revenge for the scalping. They shot him in the chest, yet he killed one and severely wounded the other two before he succumbed. His funeral pyre laid at the peaceful confluence of the Paint and Rattlesnake creeks.

The waters of the creeks provided a source of power for early mills. Grinding grain, processing wool and sawing wood were all facilitated by the waters flowing over dams constructed in the creeks. Many of the original dams were made of only earth and wood and were washed out by annual floods. One such mill, Crawford's Mill, was built at a place later called Hewitt's Crossing on Paint Creek. The site now lies beneath the waters of the reservoir.

Log cabins still stand in this area, a reflection of our heritage. A walk through the park's own Pioneer Farm provides further insight into the settlers' lives. Construction of the dam on Paint Creek started in 1967, and the site was dedicated as a state park in 1972.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres5652
 Water, acres1190
 Nearby Wildlife Areayes
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles8
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beach, feet1000
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles13.5
 Bridle Trails, miles25
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental100
 Launch Ramps, #3
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingElectric Sites, #197
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Camper Cabins, #2
 Horsemen Campsites, #10
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
Cabins
On the west side of the lake is Paint Creek Pioneer Farm. The pioneer farm includes a log house, collection of log buildings, livestock, gardens and fields which represent a typical farm of the early 1800s.
Camping
The scenic hilltop campground at Paint Creek has 199 sites equipped with electricity. The campground features hot showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities and a dump station. 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. A primitive horseman's camp is available for riders who bring their own mounts.

A primitive horseman's camp is available for riders who bring their own mounts. Self-contained units are permitted.
Nearby Accommodations
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.
8.1 miles from park*
Rocky Fork Lakeview Farm - Hillsboro, OHCottages and Cabins
Private retreat surrounded by 35 acres of farmland with a beautiful view of Rocky Fork Lake, near Hillsboro, Ohio. Whether youre seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic get-away, a scrapbooking weekend, a boating week, or simply want to experience nature at its best, youll find what youre looking for.
6.1 miles from park*
Swimming
A large 1,000-foot sand beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers. A bathhouse with restrooms and changing booths is provided.
Boating
Unlimited horsepower boating is permitted on Paint Creek. Three launch ramps provide access to the lake. Boat rentals, fuel and seasonal dock rentals are offered.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables and grills are provided near the marina and the beach.
Trails
Hikers can explore four trails from .75 miles to 2.5 miles long. The trails, lined with delicate wildflowers, pass through open meadows and mature woodlands. Trail riders will enjoy the 25 miles of bridle trails through scenic park lands. There are 14 miles of mountain bike trails.
Area Attractions
Nearby state parks include Pike Lake, south of Bainbridge, and Rocky Fork, near Hillsboro. Both parks offer camping, hiking and fishing opportunities.

Fort Hill State Memorial, a prehistoric Indian hilltop earthworks, is located south of Paint Creek. Seip Mound State Memorial, built by the Hopewell Indians, is just east of Bainbridge. A dental museum is located in downtown Bainbridge.

Nearby Oldaker and Fallsville wildlife areas offer hunting, fishing and wildlife observation. Miller Nature Sanctuary, a state nature preserve, contains rare native Ohio plants, outstanding geologic formations and several dolomite caves. Access is by written permission only by contacting the chief of the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 29 Great Camping! by Khop
We love camping at Paint Creek. It is one of the nicest camping grounds we have visited and there is so much for the kids to do.
June 30 GREAT PLACE :) by DEBBIEKEEPER@AOL.COM
WE STAYED IN SITE 115 ON 6/09.. THE PARK IN ONE ON THE CLEANEST STATE PARKS WE HAVE EVER STAYED AT AND WE CAMP ALOTE. SHOWER HOUSE AND BATH ROOMS VERY CLEAN.. I WAS SURPRISED!!! HELPERS WAS VERY HELPFUL WITH ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS.. WE WOULD DEFENTLY RETURN .. I ONLY WISH THAT THE DECK SITES WAS FIRST COME . I THINK THAT WOULD BE FARE TO EVERYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO EXPERENCE THOSE SITES JUST ONCE . WE STAYED IN 115 LOVED IT .. WE LOVED ALL THE FOUR LEGED VISTORS THAT CAME TO SEE US:)AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR A MEMORABLE TIME OH!! AND NOT TO MENTION, IT WAS VERY QUIET.. LOVED IT HERB &DEB SHEPHERD
June 26 Family Camping by S, McGorry
We bring our family to paint creek at least twice a year and we love it!!!! Paint creek will always be our family camping destination.
June 13 A FISHERMANS DREAM by CAMPER
THE CALL IN RESERVATIONS SHOULD BE STOPPED. NOT EVERONE CAN SCHEDULE A VACATION 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE, SHOULD BE FIRST COME ITS YOURS. THE PARK IS ONLY FULL ON WEEK ENDS NOW. RATE IS HIGH FOR FOR THE PARK. I HAVE CAMPED HERE SINCE 1982 SEEN ALOT OF CHANGES SOME GOOD SOME VERY BAD FOR THE PARK !!!
March 4 by WILSON
WE HAVE BEEN COMING THERE FOR 20 YEARS ALWAYS VERY NICE PARK,BUT NOW THEY WANT TO CHARGE FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO,I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THERE WAS A LITTLE SHACK OUT FRONT,GRAVEL TO THE BOAT DOCKS THEY HAVE DONE A VERY NICE JOB BUT THERE DAILY RATE IS VERY HIGH FOR NO MORE THAN YOU GET KY CHARGE 17.00 NIGHT FOR ELECTRIC & WATER HERE NO WATER HOOK UP !!!
July 15 Afavorite Camping and fishing park by Teresa Teets
We have been avid visitors to you park. It is clean and well kept. My boyfriend and I visit several times during the summer. We recently visited on July 12th and enjoyed our stay. thank you. Teresa Teets and Mike Shaw.
May 13 We Love to camp at Paint Creek by a.little
Our family loves to camp at Paint Creek, we just wish thier were more pet sites, but still love it there.
April 17 great park, some of the best fishing by j.reed
we love the paint creek area


Area Campgrounds

Shady Trails Family Campground
11145 North Shore Dr.
Hillsboro, OH
937-393-5618


L. B. Camping
2483 Greenbriar Rd.
Bainbridge, OH
740-493-4614


Long's Retreat Family Resort
50 Bell Hollow Road
Latham, OH
937-588-3725


Lake Hill Campground
2466 Musselman Station Rd
Frankfort, OH
740-998-5648


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Hirn's Corner
3504 Us Highway 50 W
Bainbridge, OH
(740) 634-3286


Area Cabins and Lodges
North Bay Cottages
11083 N Shore Dr
Hillsboro, OH
(937) 393-2849


Tu-Lakes Motel
7420 N Beach Rd
Hillsboro, OH
(937) 393-1917


Lazy H Cabin Rentals
14889 Old 50
Bainbridge, OH
(937) 365-1961


Holiday Cottages
6837 Mccoppin Mill Rd
Hillsboro, OH
(937) 365-1331


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
74.4 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
45.2 miles from park*
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