Deer Creek State Park Trails

Deer Creek State Park
20635 State Park Road 20
Mount Sterling, Ohio 43143
Deer Creek State Park webpage
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Deer Creek SP
Coordinates: 39.6320576, -83.2480543
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Deer Creek SP–Beach
Coordinates: 39.6185477, -83.2276904
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Deer Creek SP–Beach Picnic Area
Coordinates: 39.6029854, -83.2319358
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Deer Creek SP–Boat Ramp and Harding Cabin
Coordinates: 39.6265154, -83.2309708
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Deer Creek SP–Dam
Coordinates: 39.6226149, -83.2145691
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Deer Creek SP–Egypt Pike Wetland
Coordinates: 39.5786034, -83.25109
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Deer Creek SP–Georges Run
Coordinates: 39.6078456, -83.2450175
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Deer Creek SP–Marina and Boat Launch
Coordinates: 39.617879, -83.2499743
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Deer Creek SP–Van Horn Nature Trail
Coordinates: 39.6252457, -83.2378661
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Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Deer Creek State Park Trails
Nine hiking-only trails are found at the park:

Adena Ridge Trail
This new .75-mile loop trail borders lake shoreline the entire route. It boasts some excellent views of both the lake and beach area. It is mostly wooded, partially uphill and downhill slope. It starts to the right of Cabin 25 and is marked with yellow blazes.

Hawkview Meadow Trail
A 1-mile loop trial that runs through an old oak wood lot before opening into a gentle rolling meadow. The trail is bordered by Clarks Run Creek and is mostly wooded, with some hills. It starts approximately 50 yards past the camp office and is marked with yellow blazes.

Lakeview Trail
This is a .5-mile easy hike.

Marsh Walk Trail
This is a 1-mile loop trail that traverses the shoreline and winds through hilly woodlands, including both a pin oak and oak woodlot. It starts at the east boat ramp parking lot. It is marked with yellow blazes.

Ridge Trail
This 1.5-mile trail runs through mostly wooded terrain with some shoreline hills. A nature observation blind allows the hiker to observe an area where wildlife may be enjoying corn or a salt block. It starts in the lodge parking lot near the baseball field and is marked with yellow blazes.

Rolling Hills Trail
This is a 2.5-mile, one-way trail that leads you through scenic wooded rolling hills and ravines. The trail borders the lake shoreline between the lodge and campground and offers the hiker some good views of the lake. This is a one-way trail, so be prepared to hike the 2.5 miles back to the start. It leaves from the lodge parking lot to the left of the tennis courts and ends in the campgrounds. It is marked with yellow blazes.

Van Horn Trail
This is a .8-mile easy to moderate walk.

Waterloo Trail
This trail is a .25-mile loop. It winds through the cabin area and woods, and offers a pleasant after-dinner stroll. It starts and ends near the first circle of cabins, at the end of cabin road. It is marked with red blazes.

Woodchuck Trail
A 1-mile loop in the woods on the north side of the lodge, this trail passes by a small pond and traverses the lake shoreline. It starts and ends in the lodge parking lot, 50 yards to the left of the Rolling Hills trail or by the tennis court. It is marked with red blazes.

Bridle Trails: Two large loops and a spur form 17 miles of bridle trails – moderate (These trails are also open to snowmobiles in season.)
From Deer Creek Hiking webpage

Tips for birding Deer Creek Reservoir (State Park and Wildlife Area)
From Ohio Ornithological Society website
From Robert Royse’s Bird Photography Pages

About Deer Creek State Park
Deer Creek State Park lies on the eastern edge of the great till plains of Ohio. These plains receive their name from the glacial debris, or till, which is a mixture of sand, silt, and gravel that was deposited by the glaciers. As glaciers advanced across the northern two-thirds of Ohio, most hills and valleys were covered and filled in by the till, leaving this part of Ohio relatively flat.

Today, these rich plains in the park’s region support corn, soybeans, and wheat. The first settlers to the area did not find these open fields. Except for a few small prairie openings, the region was covered by dense woodlands. A regrowth of the original woodlands can be found scattered along the ridge tops and creek bottoms of the park.

Wildflowers abound in the fields and woodlands of the till plains. In spring, common flowers are Dutchman’s breeches, rue anemone, trillium, spring beauty, and bloodroot. Summer months produce thimbleweed, wild lettuce, jewelweed, and daisy fleabane. In autumn, the most abundant flowers are aster, goldenrod, and chicory, whose roots were used by settlers to make a coffee-like beverage.

The best-known animals of the Deer Creek area include amphibians such as the chorus frog, spring peeper, and American toad. Reptiles include box and painted turtles, black rat snake, and eastern garter snake. Numerous mammals inhabit the park. Most of them are small and include the red fox, raccoon, opossum, woodchuck, skunk, rabbit, deer mouse, and white-tailed deer. Deer Creek is known for its population of ring-necked pheasant. Other birds of the area include eastern meadowlark, song sparrow, cowbird, eastern bluebird, barn swallow, and woodcock.
From Deer Creek State Park webpage

Restrooms and handicap accessible facilities at locations identified on Deer Creek State Park map.