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Southeast Ohio Region
Brush Creek State Forest
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BRUSH CREEK STATE FOREST
BRUSH CREEK STATE FOREST
Located in the unglaciated hill country of south central Ohio, Brush Creek State Forest was established in 1928 with the acquisition of 285 acres of land. This and other early land acquisitions were originally part of Shawnee State Forest. As acreage and distances grew, the need to form a separate state forest unit became apparent in order to properly manage these scattered land holdings. In the early 1950s, a new state forest was formed and drew its name from a major stream in the area known as Scioto Brush Creek. A forest headquarters and service center was established along State Route 73 about one mile west of the village of Rarden in western Scioto County, and presently remains at that site. Today, Brush Creek State Forest comprises well over 12,000 acres of productive hardwood forest land. The vast majority of these acres is made up of steep hillsides, deep hollows, and narrow ridge tops. Combined with the climate in the region, this land is ideally suited to the growth of deciduous hardwood forests.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres12,749
Day-UseHiking Trail, miles3
 Bridle Trails, miles12
Nearby Accommodations
Murphin Ridge Inn - West Union, OH
Cottages and Cabins
Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breath-taking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphin Ridge Inn is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, family vacation or business retreat.
18.2 miles from park*
Places To Find Supplies
Murphin Ridge Inn - West Union, OH
Fine Dining
Situated on 142 acres of rolling woodland and farmland with breath-taking vistas of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Murphin Ridge Inn is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, family vacation or business retreat.
18.2 miles from park*




Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 21 quarry trail
My daughter and I hiked the trail to the quarry on Feb.18th. The scenery was terrific; we felt the trail needed a lot of maintenance and we found it difficult to follow in several places, even with the orange blazes. Perhaps not enough people use it?
May 11 Found unusual flower by Beth Vermillion
Found a ground cone flower native to California and Oregon.
November 8
Steep climb in the beginning of hiking trail. Stone Quarry area was quite beautiful and the trail was flat, which made it better to walk.

Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Rocky Fork Lake Cottages - Hillsboro, OH
Cottages 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.
28.2 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
49.4 miles from park*
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