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Pike Lake State Park
PIKE LAKE STATE PARK
PIKE LAKE STATE PARK
1847 Pike Lake Road
Bainbridge, Ohio   45612-9640

Phone: 740-493-2212
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Pike Lake State Park is located in the midst of the scenic wooded hills of southern Ohio. The small lake and surrounding state forest contribute to the park's rustic charm.
Nature of the Area
The Pike Lake region is located in the unglaciated portion of the Appalachian plateau in Ohio. As the Appalachian Mountains were uplifted, this plateau was created west of the new mountain range. The plateau marks the boundary between the hilly eastern section of Ohio and the flatter western portions. Just thirty miles west of Pike Lake, the terrain changes dramatically from forested hills to rolling farmland.

The landscape of Pike Lake is characterized by dense forests of oak, hickory, tulip, ash and other hardwoods. Several outcroppings of the sandstone bedrock have been exposed in the park.

The dense forest and remote location of Pike Lake create excellent habitat for Ohio's forest game animals. White-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, gray squirrel, rabbit and the elusive wild turkey are abundant. Other mammals in the park include skunk, opossum, raccoon and red fox. Reptiles include the box turtle, black snake, five-lined skink and the endangered timber rattlesnake.

The forest is known for its variety of ferns, mosses, lichens and fungi. The wildflowers are diverse, creating spectacular displays--spring through autumn.
History of the Area
Pike County is located in an area that has many earthworks constructed by Ohio's prehistoric people. These "first citizens" of Ohio lived in the Scioto River Valley and its tributaries, appearing here sometime around 800 B.C. The Moundbuilders eventually gave rise to the woodland Indian cultures--the first white settlers encountered. One tribe, the Shawnee, made this area their home and hunting grounds. Theywere fiercely protective of their land.

Nearby Chillicothe, the first capital of Ohio, spurred early settlement in the area. Some of the early, historic buildings still stand. Just south of the park is "Eagers Inn" built in 1797. The inn was constructed on a trace that ran from Limestone, Kentucky to Chillicothe. Limestone (now called Maysville) was an important crossing on the Ohio River. Many settlers from Kentucky followed this passage on their way to the frontier.

During the Civil War, only one advance was ever made by the Confederate Army into Ohio. General John H. Morgan crossed the Ohio River into Indiana, then rode with his cavalry into Ohio north of Cincinnati. "Morgan's Raiders" traversed the southern portion of the state, passing near present-day Pike Lake State Park. Eventually, he and many of his men were captured in southwestern Columbiana County near Salineville. Less than five months later, General John Morgan and six of his men escaped from the Ohio Penitentiary and returned to the Confederacy.

Also during this historic period, the family who farmed this valley found a wounded soldier collapsed in their field. The unconscious union soldier never revived. His name, unit or hometown were never known. Today, a solitary headstone below the dam at the base of a large oak tree marks the grave of this casualty from a tragic war.

The present park first began to take shape during the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) days of the 1930s. One of the Ohio camps was established near the future site of Pike Lake at Morgantown. Corpsmembers dug the lake by hand, built two or three fire towers in the area, constructed the roads to make them accessible and planted hundreds of pine trees. Pike Lake was originally a state forest park, but with the formation of the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1949, it became an official state park that year.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres587
 Water, acres13
 Nearby State Forest, acres12000
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles3.8
 Backpack Trail, miles3
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Swimming Beach, feet155
 Bridle Trailsyes
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
CampingElectric Sites, #80
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Group Camp, capacity60
WinterSleddingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
AccommodationsLodge Roomsyes
 Family Cottages, #24
Camping
The campground at Pike Lake features 101 sites with electricity. Latrines, dump station, tables, fire rings and camp commissary are provided. Campers with pets are permitted on designated sites. A group camp that can accommodate sixty people is available by reservation.
Cottages
The park features thirteen standard cottages and twelve family cottages. Family cottages sleep six people, are heated for year-round use, have two bedrooms, bath with shower, living room with sofabed, kitchen/dining area and screened porch. Standard cottages are available during the summer months only. Each standard cottage sleeps from four to six people and has a dining area, kitchen and bath. Dishes and kitchen utensils are furnished in both the family and standard cottages. A group cabin is available that accommodates twenty people.
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.
14.7 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.
12 miles from park*
Swimming
A beautiful sand beach and a dock is provided for swimmers. Changing areas, showers and a beach concession contribute to the appeal of this swimming area.
Boating
Non-powered watercraft and boats with electric motors only (up to 4-1/2 horsepower) are permitted on the lake. Rowboats are available for rent.


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Picnicking
Several picnic areas are located in scenic locations around the park. Grills and tables are provided.
Trails
Six miles of hiking trails provide strenuous and/or casual walks to scenic locations. The adjacent state forest has several miles of bridle trails. Horses are not provided by the park or forest.
Area Attractions
The nearby town of Bainbridge is the starting point for the Paint Valley Skyline Drives, a series of four scenic tours of points of interest in the area. One of these tours passes through the state park.

The Division of Wildlife manages the Kincaid Fish Hatchery along S.R. 124. The hatchery originally began as a bass farm in 1935. Now, muskellunge are also raised for stocking the state lakes.

Lake White State Park and Paint Creek State Park are a short distance away.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 8
Campground need a good upgrade along with restrooms and showers . One hot shower and the other two are cold .
April 26
Staff extremely efficient and friendly!! This is our home away from home in the summer!
September 26 yes by jim penrod
Visited pike lake a lot of times. love the place. its so nice. cabins, lake,fishing, all kinds of good things.
August 5 Good times had by all by John from Brunswick, Ohio
We just left a 3-day stay at the Group Lodge. I started coming to Pike Lake when I was in my early teens, and have been coming back ever since. Probably stayed here 15-16 times in the last 35 years. Extended family lives in Waverly. This year MY kids had a blast...no cells, no texts, just fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, and sports, with cards and games at night. 26 of us between the lodge and 3 cabins. A great 3 days!
June 9 peaceful paradise by Carl and Jennifer
My husband and I really enjoy camping here,it is so nice, quiet peacefull, no phone reception, its great
May 19 Quiet
Very quiet and beautiful area, lots of things to do like frisbee golf but not secluded enough, cabins too close for comfort. I like Pine Ridge Retreat though, not far from park and secluded. Close enough to Pike Lake to enjoy all the activites, but far enough to enjoy the seclusion.
April 10 Quiet retreat-Very friendly staff- by JD-Lewis Center,oh
This is a great place to get away and relax and either fish,hike or play frisbee golf.One other thing,cell phone service does not exist so enjoy some old school fun
December 30 one of my new favorite places by Susan H.
I got to go this year for the first time in September for my bday it was really peaceful and beautiful. and very good prices
November 5 Love It! by Lenny
My family and i have stayed here twice, in Nov. 2002 and Dec. 2003. I plan on returning soon, have very many great memories of Pike Lake.
October 22 My favorite park. by Someone.
Pike Lake is very beautiful, and I definitely recommend it for anyone that likes nature. My favorite part of the park is the grave of the unknown soldier. It isnt really a grave, thats just what its called, but its a little piece of the past. Also the lake is beautiful, not something id like to swim in, but its great for children. The camprgrounds are always clean, and is pretty big. There is also a horse camp just up the road, so anyone that would like to visit pike lake, and camp with their horses, is welcome. The best time of the year for the park is fall, all the leaves begin to turn, and its just so beautiful. This is a park that people of all ages will enjoy.
June 13 Very small lake
The picnic areas are very nice and there are several large shelter houses available. The play ground areas are ok nothing special but plenty for a child. Trails are nice esp after a rain where the creek is full. The lake is fairly clean and the beach and restrooms have always been clean while we were there. The camp grounds are nice but we prefer LB Camping which is just a little bit away.
February 9 Great Fishing!! by Susan from Mt. Gilead
We have stayed at Pike Lake about 6 times over 20 years. Pike Lake is quiet, beautiful and the fishing can be excellent (just depends on what time of year you go!!) I caught my biggest bass there, it was about 6 pounds (we have witnesses and pictures!!) The cabins are basic but they have everything you need. We prefer the deluxe cabins with the enclosed porch and fireplace. The only thing you need to bring is food, clothes and your fishing pole.
August 8 Our favorite State Park by Ellen Chapman
We have stayed at this Park for over 30 years. There have been great memories made here!
May 12 peaceful by Allen and Bev, Newark, Ohio
A great quiet park, great lake for access, basic cabins are basic but great for a weekend away. Will be going again.


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


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


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


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
68.6 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
39.4 miles from park*
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1847 Pike Lake Road, Bainbridge, Ohio 45612-9640

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