What to do in Caesar Creek State Park

The park area sits astride the crest of the Cincinnati Arch, a convex tilting of bedrock layers caused by an ancient upheaval. Younger rocks lie both east and west of this crest where some of the oldest rocks in Ohio are exposed. The sedimentary limestones and shales tell of a sea hundreds of millions of years in our past which once covered the state. The park's excellent fossil finds give testimony to the life of this long vanished body of water.

The forests of the area are comprised of over 65 species of plants. Several major communities thrive in the area. A northern flood plain forest is found in the valley, while mixed associations of oak-hickory and beech-maple woodlands clothe the ridges and hillsides. Red-tailed hawk, white-tailed deer, raccoon, red fox and box turtle make the park their home.

Caesar Creek State Park offers a family campground with 287 shady and sunny sites equipped with electrical hookups. The campground offers showers, flush toilets, and pet camping in designated areas. A horseman's camp with 25 sites is available for overnight trail rides. Four Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove, and other equipment can be rented during the summer months.

Water recreation on the 2,830-acre lake is the park's largest attraction. Unlimited horsepower designation allows for an exciting day of boating and waterskiing. Five launch ramps are situated around the lake for easy access. Anglers can enjoy fishing for smallmouth and largemouth bass and some of the best crappie fishing in the state. Caesar Creek's clear waters and 1,300-foot beach offer excellent swimming opportunities. A beach concession and changing booths are provided.

Hunting is permitted in the adjacent wildlife area. Valid Ohio hunting and fishing license are required.

Forty-three miles of hiking trails lead hikers to the interesting areas of the park with many scenic views along the way. For equestrians, thirty-one miles of trail are offered. The five mile mountain bike trail is located between Harveysburg Road and Center Road.

Picnic areas with tables, grills and drinking water are offered. Two of the park's five picnic shelters may be reserved in advance. A day lodge, offering a meeting room and kitchen with outdoor tables and grills, can be rented for family reunions and club meetings.

Activities at Caesar Creek State Park include fishing, swimming, boating, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, family camping, horse camping, picnicking, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.

Caesar Creek State Park is located in southwest Ohio just east of the popular "antiquing" town of Waynesville. State Route 73 bisects the park.

This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

8570 East S.R. 73
Waynesville, OH 45068-9719

Phone: 513-897-3055

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