Fernwood State Forest
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About Fernwood State Forest
The 3,023 acre Fernwood State Forest was purchased in 1961. A substantial portion of the land has been strip-mined for coal. However, the production of acid mine water is minimal because of the neutralizing effect of limestone deposits.
The majority of unstripped lands are located on ridges or in valleys and are in forest cover. Subsequent reforestration and installation of recreation facilities, funded through the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 and the Ohio Capital Improvements program, have restored the area to a beautiful, healthy forest, providing visitors with many outdoor recreational opportunities.
Hidden Hollow Campground, with 22 family campsites, is equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault latrines. Campers must provide their own water. Campers must select a site; a forest officer will issue permits and familiarize visitors with camping regulations.
Located just outside the perimeter of the Hidden Hollow Campground is the Fernwood State Forest Land Lab. The land lab is used to promote natural resource and environmental education.
A three-mile hiking trail loops around most of Fernwood’s largest tract. Picnic tables located in several areas and the Little Round Top Picnic area provide forest users with ample opportunities to relax, eat, and enjoy the forest’s natural beauty. Two scenic vistas provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Parking areas are located throughout in the forest area.
The forest is open to public fishing and hunting under Division of Wildlife regulations. Many ponds are scattered throughout the area and have been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. Hunters pursue white-tailed deer and many small game species including squirrel, rabbit, and grouse. Hunting is not permitted within 400 feet of any camping area, residence or structure, and firearms may not be discharged on, from or across any road or driveway.
From Fernwood State Forest webpage
Fernwood State Forest has 2 restrooms open year round. One is at Hidden Hollow Campground and the other at the Little Round Top picnic area.