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Alum Creek State Park
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Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park Winter Sunrise © Rich Fowler
Sunrise over the frozen lake
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Rich Fowler
Alum Creek State Park © Gene Shirk
Alum Creek State Park © Gene Shirk
Alum Creek State Park © Gene Shirk
Alum Creek State Park sailing home © Gabriele Swanson
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3305 S Old State Rd
Delaware, Ohio   43015
(lat:40.237 lon:-82.9874) map location

Phone: (740) 548-4631
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Alum Creek's large reservoir and gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provides a hub of recreational activity just minutes from Ohio's capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park's northern reaches while sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio's largest inland beach.
Nature of the Area
Alum Creek rests in the midst of the fertile agricultural till plains and river valleys of Delaware County. In contrast to the surrounding farmlands, the park offers a diverse array of natural features. Cliffs of Ohio shale are notable in many areas, exposed as Alum Creek and other streams cut through underlying bedrock. The shale was formed as mud washed into the ancient sea which covered the area several hundred million years ago. The dark hue of the rock is due to the mixture of a carbonized plant material and mud that formed the shale.

The rich soils of Delaware County gave rise to a luxuriant beech-maple forest after the retreat of the glaciers about 12,000 years ago. That original forest has long since been cut but a healthy second growth forest is preserved in the park. The woodlands harbor a variety of plant species and offer the interested observer beautiful displays of wildflowers and wildlife. Large-flowered trillium, wild geranium, bloodroot, and spring beauties carpet the forest floor. The forest is home to the fox squirrel, woodchuck, rabbit, white-tail deer and many other species of wildlife.
History of the Area
Long before recorded history, man called this forest and the Alum Creek valley home. The Adena culture lived here over 2,000 years ago. Seven mounds constructed by the mound builders were identified along the creek. Six were excavated before the valley was flooded although archaeologists did not believe them to be burial mounds.

Much later, the Delaware Indian tribe occupied several villages near Alum Creek. A large town was located where the city of Delaware now stands on the banks of the Olentangy River. The Indians cultivated a 400-acre cornfield in much of what is presently downtown. These Algonquin tribespeople entered Ohio in the 1700s, being displaced from their eastern home in the Delaware River valley by the fierce Iroquois nation.

Colonel Moses Byxbe was one of the first settlers in the county. He built his home in 1805 on Alum Creek and named the township Berkshire after his native Berkshire, Massachusetts. He owned 8,000 acres on the creek and was the co-owner of 30,000 more. These were military lands which he sold for $2.50 to $10 per acre.

With the threat of the War of 1812, the frontier counties set about erecting structures to defend themselves in case of Indian attack. Four blockhouses were built in the county, one of which was on Alum Creek. The fortress had two stories, the second of which protruded over the first yielding a place from which to shoot, drop boiling water on the attackers and defy attempts to set the log structure on fire. This Fort Cheshire, which stood until the Civil War, was later used as a schoolhouse. A bronze plaque commemorates the site where the fort once stood in what is now the park's family campground.

During the fifty years prior to the Civil War, the border state of Ohio offered many routes for the Underground Railroad by which slaves escaped to freedom. Over 40,000 slaves passed northward through Ohio along these paths. The Sycamore Trail, whose guideposts were often the ghostly white bark of this floodplain tree, ran along Alum Creek. Slaves waded in the waters of the creek as they left the safe Hanby House in Westerville and attempted to elude pursuing trackers. Africa Road received its name from the fact that thirty slaves, freed in North Carolina, settled near friendly homeowners in this area.

Alum Creek Dam is part of the flood control plan for the Ohio River Basin. The lake was authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1962. Construction began in August of 1970 and was completed in 1974.
Ohio does not have an annual pass and does not charge entrance fees to state parks.
GeneralLand, acres4,630
 Water, acres3,387
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Swimming Beach, feet3,000
 Mountain Bike Trails, miles14
 Bridle Trails, miles38
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rentalyes
 Launch Ramps, #4
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingElectric Sites, #286
 Full Hookup Sites, #3
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Camper Cabins, #5
 Group Camp, capacity100
 Campground Beachyes
 Rent-A-RV Sites, #3
 Horsemen Campsites, #30
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Boatingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Alum Creek's 297 family campsites offer both wooded and sunny areas, some of which overlook the lake. This well-designed campground has a beach and a boat ramp for exclusive use of the overnight guests. Each site has an electrical hookup, and heated shower facilities are located throughout the facility.
The largest inland beach in Ohio's state park system is located at Alum Creek. This 3,000-foot beach offers a changing area and concession stand. The beach is open during daylight hours only.
Alum Creek Reservoir contains 3,387 acres of water. The broad expanse of the lake south of Cheshire Road is a boater's paradise with unlimited horsepower and plenty of room for skiers. The northern portion offers a quieter scene with tree-lined shores, shale cliffs and sheltered inlets for canoeists.
The narrow coves and quiet inlets offer fine catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye and saugeye. The northern half of the park is best for the squirrel and deer hunter, while the southern half offers better opportunities for rabbit and other upland game. Valid Ohio hunting and fishing license are required. Note the hunting map as many areas are restricted.

Alum Creek State Park is located near Blacklick, Columbus and Delaware
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Scenic picnic areas with tables, grills, restrooms and drinking water enhance the lakeshore. Additionally, two shelterhouses are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Alum Creek dam. Contact the Corps office at 740-548-6151 for information regarding their use.
Hikers and horsepeople enjoy the rugged northern reaches of the park. Over forty miles of trail wind along the lakeshore through mature beech-maple forests and across deep ravines. Riders must provide their own mounts. Primitive camping for horsepeople is provided on Howard Road. Pressurized water and a latrine are provided.
Area Attractions
Within Delaware County are Delaware State Park and Wildlife Area, Olentangy Caverns and Highbanks Metro Park. Highly renowned is the Little Brown Jug harness race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during September. The Columbus Zoo,located to the southwest, boasts an extensive collection of worldwide fauna.

The city of Columbus is located south of Alum Creek offering park users a short drive to myriad fine arts, cultural and sporting events. The Ohio Historical Society and Village, OSU sports, Columbus Clippers baseball, Ballet Met and state fairgrounds are but a few of the attractions to be found in neighboring Columbus.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 26 swimming beach by John Roberts
park review stars; one to five The swimming beach is way too small and crowded. No shade trees in parking lt to park or picnic under. More parks with swimming beaches are needed all over central ohio.
July 30 Our 1st Family Camping Trip by Marlo Hartz
park review stars; one to five We enjoyed our very 1st-ever camping trip, as a family, at Alum Creek. The park is beautiful, the camping spots are nearly private and well-kept, including a nice fire pit with grill to use. Nice blacktop pads to park and steady a camper on We enjoyed walks and bike rides on the quiet roads, and played at the beach. While the showers could use a little more attention, they were sufficient for camping. Water pressure and temps were good. Room enough to shower and change in one stall without having to worry about dry belongings getting soaked. This is also beneficial for parents with younger children who need assistance, as the room is large enough to accommodate more than one person. Due to this pLandemic, some bathrooms were closed, but otherwise, they seem sufficiently located. Being that the park is free to enter, swim and play, it was a bonus to invite friends to visit us while we were camping, thus making our experience all the more enjoyable We plan to return soon and often
May 26 Nice Lake by T Payne
park review stars; one to five Not too many people around; surprising for being so close to Columbus.
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Area Campgrounds
Sunbury / Columbus North KOA Holiday
8644 Porter Central Road
Sunbury, OH
Tree Haven Camp Grounds Inc
4855 Miller-Paul Road
Westerville, OH
Whitesands Campgrounds
341 Lake Street
Delaware, OH
Cross Creek Camping Resort
3190 South Old State Road
Delaware, OH
Berkshire Lake Campground
1848 Alexander Road
Galena, OH
The Cardinal Center
616 State Route 61
Marengo, OH
Area Fishing Related Businesses
Dock Stop
6481 Riverside Dr
Delaware, OH
(740) 881-5119
Dock Stop
6481 Riverside Dr
Powell, OH
(740) 881-5119
Hooker Tackle Co Ltd
8494 Fallgold Ln
Westerville, OH
(614) 899-9313
Baits Store LLC
7001 Sunbury Rd
Westerville, OH
(614) 898-3103
Alum Creek Bait & Tackle
7007 E State Route 37
Sunbury, OH
(740) 548-0343
Area Cabins and Lodges
Marriott Hotels & Resorts: Columbus Marriott North
6500 Doubletree Ave
Columbus, OH
(614) 885-1885
Radisson Hotel
7007 N High St
Worthington, OH
(614) 436-0700
Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
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Hidden Cave Cabin - Rockbridge, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Hidden Cave Cabin is an authentic log cabin with 2 bedrooms in a private wooded setting. It is located on one of the most scenic drives in Hocking Hills and just 3.6 miles to Rock House and less than 10 miles to Conkle's Hollow and Old Man's Cave.
53.7 miles from park*
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Cottages and Cabins
Trickle Creek offers luxury cabins in Hocking Hills. The cabins are situated on nearly 236 acres of secluded cabin rentals in the deep wooded ravines in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Hocking County, Ohio.
51.7 miles from park*
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3615 S. Old State Road, Delaware, OH 43015
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