Open: Open all year Number of Sites: 58 Number of Sites with Electric: 30
The rolling woodlands and quiet waters of A.W. Marion State Park offer visitors a welcome escape from the rigors of everyday life. This small but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity.
30 electric sites
28 non-electric sites
Group youth camps for organized groups are available by reservation
Vault latrines and drinking water are available
Hargus Lake provides 145 acres of water, A boat launching ramp and public docks
Rentals are available from the concession on the northwest side of the lake
Electric motors only are permitted
Boat rental is available
In the late 1980s, Hargus Lake was drained, habitat improvements were made and it was restocked with largemouth bass, muskellunge, bluegill and channel catfish
Anglers can now enjoy some of central Ohio's finest fishing
A valid Ohio fishing license is required
The Hargus Lake Trail offers five miles of scenic pleasure, providing access to the entire shoreline of the lake
Beginning at the campground, the Squawroot Nature Trail offers the hiking enthusiast one mile of scenic terrain
Squawroot Nature Trail is self-guided with directional signs and takes visitors to fourteen points of interest
These scenic trails are open for year-round use
3 picnic areas and grill sites are located in scenic areas throughout the park
2 shelterhouses are available on a first-come, first-served basis
A concession stand offers limited picnic supplies
Fires are permitted only in the grills provided
In the fall, the mature woodlands offer excellent squirrel hunting in designated areas.
A valid Ohio hunting license is required
More To Do
Playground equipment is available in the park and in the campground
Also available for campers are volleyball and basketball courts and horseshoe pits
Games and sporting equipment is available at the camp office for use by registered campers
Lake access for dogs offers a place for your pets to frolick and swim
Limitless opportunities abound within a short distance of the park. A monument marking the location of the Logan Elm, where Chief Logan delivered his eloquent speech can be reached south of Circleville, one mile east of U.S. 23 on State Route 361.
Two state nature preserves operated by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves are located near the park: Shallenberger Preserve, east of the park off State Route 22, and Stage's Pond, north of the park on Haggerty Road.
Deer Creek State Park is also located in Pickaway County and offers camping, fishing, boating and picnicking.
Near Marcy, Ohio, off State Route 674, visitors can catch a glimpse of 1880 farm life by traveling to Slate Run Living Historical Farm. Horse-drawn machinery, woodstove cooking, canning and milking are a few of the activities that can be enjoyed.
Traveling south on State Route 159, one can witness the life story of the great Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh. This outdoor drama is enacted from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater.
Adena State Memorial, the restored home of Thomas Worthington is one of The Ohio Historical Society's premier sites. It includes Worthington's newly-restored 1807 mansion and a 13,000 square foot Museum/Visitor Center.
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