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Hueston Woods State Park
HuestonWoodsCoveredBridge.jpg
Hueston Woods Covered Bridge showing pedestrian access on both sides
Map showing the location of Hueston Woods State Park
Map showing the location of Hueston Woods State Park
Location in Ohio
Location Butler, Preble, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 39°34′21″N 84°44′29″W / 39.57250°N 84.74139°W / 39.57250; -84.74139
HUESTON WOODS STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

39°34′21″N 84°44′29″W / 39.57250°N 84.74139°W / 39.57250; -84.74139
[1]
Area2,936 acres (11.88 km2) [2]
Elevation938 ft (286 m) [1]
Established1957
Governing body Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Website Hueston Woods State Park
Acton Lake
ActonLake.jpg
Acton Lake
LocationSouthwestern Ohio
Coordinates 39°34′19″N 84°44′53″W / 39.57194°N 84.74806°W / 39.57194; -84.74806 (Acton Lake) [3]
Lake type Reservoir
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area625 acres (253 ha) [2]
Surface elevation860 ft (260 m)

Hueston Woods State Park is a state park located in Butler and Preble counties of the U.S. state of Ohio, about five miles (8 km) northeast of Oxford in the southwestern part of the state. The park lies in Oxford Township, Butler County, and Israel Township, Preble County. It has nearly 3,000 acres (1,200 ha), including a man-made lake of 625 acres (253 ha). [2]

History

The state bought the land in 1941, but the park did not open until 1957. The state used the land initially as a prison camp. In 1956, Four Mile Creek was dammed to form Acton Lake, named for Clyde Acton, the member of the Ohio General Assembly who persuaded the legislature to buy the property. [4]

Features

The Hueston Woods Covered Bridge in Preble County was completed and opened for traffic in June 2012. The $2.0 million Burr arch truss structure spans 108 feet over Four Mile Creek north and west of the park. The structure supports 40 ton tractor trailer traffic and has a life expectancy of over 100 years. [5]

The Doty Homestead is a mid 19th-century brick farmhouse that is operated by the Oxford Museum Association as a historic house museum. It is open on Sunday afternoons in the summer season. [6]

Activities and amenities

The park features 12 miles (19 km) of trails, a 96-room lodge, and a 27-hole golf course. [7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Hueston Woods State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Hueston Woods State Park". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Acton Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "Hueston Woods State Park: History". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Hueston Woods Covered Bridge" (PDF) (Press release). Hueston Woods Lodge.
  6. ^ "Doty Homestead". Oxford Museum Association. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Hueston Woods State Park: Activities". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 22, 2017.

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