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Pike Lake State Park

1847 Pike Lake Road

587-acre Pike Lake State Park is located in the midst of the scenic wooded hills of southern Ohio. The small 13-acre lake and surrounding state forest contribute to the park's rustic charm.


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. They were 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.


Tony Conley

Saturday, June 16, 2018
The cabin is nice and clean. The info booklet is very helpful. The location is really quiet, and relaxing. AT&T does not have service in the area but I am on vacation! We will be revisiting the park again for a future trip.

Maria Severt

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
My family visits Pike Lake each fall, and we are never disappointed by the beautiful nature that surrounds us, whether we are enjoying time together in the cabins, hiking, playing disc golf or enjoying the activities during the Harvest Moon weekend. We stayed in an updated cabin this year, which was extremely well done. It was very modern inside, with beautiful flooring and new furniture. It didn't really seem like we were in a cabin in the middle of the woods at all! If you were wanting a more rustic feel, the older cabins may be a better choice. Both options are charming in my opinion. All the amenities you could need are available in the cabin.

Alex Hasse

Sunday, May 27, 2018
This park is definitely pretty and the camping sites are nicely shaded, some are by a creek as well. The facilities were lacking however. The road into the park is under construction and the detour signs are basically nonexistent, one even has you go the wrong way. The outhouses in the campground are dirty and haven't been painted in years. The doors on the stalls don't have locks, both my kids were walked in on. The beach is adequate but the shower house there was closed on a Saturday afternoon for no reason.

Birddog Horse

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Rented a cabin very clean very nice the lake was very nice. But tilling the beach everyday does not hide the fact that it is saturated with goose poop

Michael Rollins

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
My 6yr old son and I stayed in one of the basic cabins over this past weekend! Yes they are dated and have wear and tear! But they are basic and you're lol camping. We usually do the tent thing! Any way they are clean spacious and fun! Sat. TV cook top stove/oven fridge full bath w/standup shower. Toaster microwave coffee mach. and some utensils, etc. Nice A/C heatpump heat! The lake is small but the beach was very very clean! It's a nice small campground with nice people! We will be back in the near future, too! The basic cabins do not have fire rings, bummer, but do have a park style grill. NOTE Do NOT show up early for cabin rentals they will make you wait! Paddle boats are fun to!

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