What to do in Findley State Park

The bedrock materials underlying Findley State Park, principally Bedford Shale and Berea Sandstone, were formed over 300 million years ago. In most places in Ohio, the Berea Sandstone is only 10 to 40 feet thick. In South Amherst, north of the park, this sandstone reaches its maximum thickness of more than 200 feet. The sandstone quarries at South Amherst are the largest and deepest in the world.

This part of the state is known as Ohio's dairyland. Crops and cows are a common sight. In the midst of this rich agricultural area is the forest oasis found within Findley State Park. This forest is a regrowth secondary forest on abandoned farmland. It contains red maple, white ash, wild black cherry, oaks, white and red pine and beech. The forest floor supports a variety of woodland wildflowers including spring beauties, Dutchman's breeches, hepatica, bloodroot, marsh marigold, trillium and woodland asters. White-tailed deer, red fox, beaver and raccoon are just a few of the animals that make this park their home. A variety of reptiles and amphibians can be found along the lakeshore. One area of the park is set aside as a sanctuary for the Duke's skipper butterfly, an extremely rare insect.

With a 1936-37 land donation from Judge Guy Findley, the state of Ohio was to maintain the area as a perpetual state forest, utilized for timber production and forest product experiments. The Findley Forest was planted by the Division of Forestry with extensive assistance from the Civilian Conservation Corps with nearly half a million trees including many varieties of pine and hardwoods. In 1950, the forest was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation to be maintained as a state park. An earthen dam, started in 1954 and completed in 1956, created the 93-acre lake.

Today, boaters with electric motors, canoes, rowboats, and paddleboats use the park's two launch ramps and marina services, which include boat rental. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. A 435-foot beach with a concession attracts swimmers to the lake.

Hunters enjoy harvesting the migratory waterfowl in designated areas. A valid Ohio hunting and / or fishing license is required.

Campers enjoy the 272 non-electric sites in both sunny and shaded areas. The campground features showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, game room and a fully stocked camp store. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. Three rustic camper cabins complete with cots, dining fly and multi-level picnic grill can be rented during the summer months by reservation. A recreation area with sand volleyball, a basketball court and two horseshoe pits are also available for camper use.

Approximately ten miles of hiking trails, including a portion of the statewide Buckeye Trail, allow nature lovers to explore various habitats. A self-guided interpretive trail starts and ends at the camp check-in building. This is a great park for the beginner mountain biker. Three miles of easy terrain afford pleasant scenery that includes an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.

Several scenic picnic areas are located around the park. A reservable picnic shelters is available.

Recreation
Attractions at Findley State Park include lake swimming, limited boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, picnicking, volleyball, basketball, horseshoes, ice skating, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.

Location
Findley State Park is located in northern Ohio just south of Wellington, Ohio off State Route 58.

Climate
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.

Address
25381 State Route 58
Wellington, OH 44090-9208

Phone: 440-647-4490

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