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Hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers enjoy 28 miles of scenic trails at Barkcamp State Park.

Miles of hiking trails invite visitors to enjoy the solitude of the forest. The Lakeview Trail, Woodchuck Nature Trail, Hawthorn Trail and Hawk Trail lead to natural treasures and provide opportunities for nature study, bird watching and wildlife observation. Barkcamp's bridle trail meanders along the entire lakeshore affording a pleasant day's ride. A special paved trail winds through the pioneer village, enters the adjoining mature woodlands and provides access to the Antique Barn. Interpretive signs are placed along the route explaining the cultural and natural history of the park. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed in winter.

In the camp area, a bit of American history is preserved. The Antique Barn was built in the 1800s by Solomon Bentley, an orchardman of renown. One variety of apple that he marketed was the "Bentley Sweet." The barn is now home to summer naturalist activities and historical displays.

A resurrected log cabin and other pioneer structures near the barn take visitors back to an even earlier era.

Directions: From St. Clairsville, OH, Take Interstate 70 west several miles to State Route 149. Follow SR 149 south a short distance following signs into state park.

Distance: 28 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Barkcamp State Park, Ohio

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