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Salt Fork State Park
Kennedy Stone House 001.jpg
Map showing the location of Salt Fork State Park
Map showing the location of Salt Fork State Park
Location in Ohio
Location Lore City, Guernsey, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 40°04′56″N 81°27′36″W / 40.08224°N 81.45990°W / 40.08224; -81.45990
SALT FORK STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

40°04′56″N 81°27′36″W / 40.08224°N 81.45990°W / 40.08224; -81.45990
Area17,229 acres (69.72 km2) [1]
Elevation797 ft (243 m) [2]
Established1960
Governing body Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Website Salt Fork State Park

Salt Fork State Park is a public recreation area located six miles (9.7 km) north of Lore City in Guernsey County, Ohio. [3] It is the largest state park in Ohio, encompassing 17,229 acres (6,972 ha) of land and 2,952 acres (1,195 ha) of water. The grounds include the Kennedy Stone House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft. [1]

History

Salt Fork was named for a mineral lick along the creek's course. [4] Plans to dam the creek for use as a water source began in 1956, then switched to planning for use as a recreational area in 1960. An earthen dam was completed in 1967, with the construction of recreational facilities initiated in 1968. Salt Fork Lodge opened in 1972 [5]

Activities and amenities

The park features an 18-hole golf course, 2,500-foot swimming beach, two marinas and seven boat launching ramps, fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye and muskellunge, hunting, picnicking facilities, trails for hiking, snowmobiling, and equestrian use, miniature golf, nature center, and an archery range. [6]

References

  1. ^ a b "Salt Fork State Park". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Salt Fork State Park and Wildlife Area". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ DeLorme. Ohio Atlas & Gazetteer. 7th ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, pp. 61, 71. ISBN  0-89933-281-1.
  4. ^ Sarchet, Cyrus Parkinson Beatty (1911). History of Guernsey County, Ohio, Volume 1. B.F. Bowen & Company. p. 29.
  5. ^ "Salt Fork State Park: History". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Salt Fork State Park: Activities". Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved November 10, 2017.

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