Salt Fork State Park Trails

Salt Fork State Park
14755 Cadiz Road
Lore City, Ohio 43755
Salt Fork State Park webpage
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Salt Fork SP
Coordinates: 40.1075493, -81.493805
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Salt Fork SP–Beach and Dog Park
Coordinates: 40.0841034, -81.4937067
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Salt Fork SP–Cabin Area
Coordinates: 40.1093714, -81.5279102
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Salt Fork SP–Campground
Coordinates: 40.0799309, -81.5000715
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Salt Fork SP–Hosak’s Cave Area
Coordinates: 40.1328124, -81.4952517
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Salt Fork SP–Morning Glory Boat Launch
Coordinates: 40.1138154, -81.5514708
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Salt Fork SP–Rd. 54
Coordinates: 40.1326746, -81.462003
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Salt Fork SP–Salt Fork Lake
Coordinates: 40.1088733, -81.5486544
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Salt Fork SP–Salt Fork Lodge
Coordinates: 40.1057888, -81.5294069
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Salt Fork SP–Stone House Nature Trail
Coordinates: 40.1311817, -81.4894581
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Salt Fork SP–Sugartree Marina
Coordinates: 40.1224532, -81.5238118
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Ohio Birding Day Hikes

Salt Fork State Park Trails

Stone House Trail
The Stone House Trail is a 1.7 mile loop hike on a nature trail. Park in the lot where Park Road 4 crosses the lake. Cross the road to find the trailhead. Hike along the lakeshore to Stone House. On the return take the loop south away from the lake into the woods. Use the “Salt Fork SP–Stone House Nature Trail” hotspot to submit checklists of birds seen on this hike.

The is a description and map of this hike on the AllTrails website

There are 14 named hiking trails in Salt Fork State Park. In addition to the Stone House Trail:
Forest Crest Nature Trail – .32 Mile – Easy
Archery Trail – .29 Mile – Easy
Deer Run Trail – 1.5 Miles – Moderate
Valley Brook Loop Trail – .8 Mile – Moderate
Hosak’s Cave Trail – .1 Mile – Moderate
Sunshine Brook Nature Loop Trail – .53 Mile – Moderate
Morgans Knob Loop Trail – .84 Mile – Moderate
Morgans Knob Trail – .62 Mile – Moderate
Pine Crest Loop Trail – 1 Mile – Moderate
Beach Point Trail – 1 Mile – Moderate
Gunn’s Glen Trail – 2 Miles – Moderate
Shadebush Trail – 1.9 Miles – Moderate
Portion of the Buckeye Trail – 6.86 Miles

Tips for birding Salt Fork State Park
From Ohio Ornithological Society website

About Salt Fork State Park
Before settlement, Ohio lay in the heart of a vast forest wilderness stretching from the Appalachian Mountains to the Great Plains. None of the world’s hardwood forests surpassed this one in variety and size of trees. Ohio’s forest was a magnificent sight and an enormous challenge for settlers determined to clear and till the land. Towering oaks, hickories, beeches, maples, walnuts, ashes and chestnuts, some over 150 feet tall, rose from the rich fertile soil below. By 1900, most of Ohio’s original forest was decimated. In its place stood wheat, corn, oats, hay and thriving cities

Through conservation efforts over the past few decades, a magnificent regrowth has occurred. Today, nearly 30 percent of the state is once again supporting a thriving forest. This is most evident in the rugged, unglaciated hill region of southeastern Ohio including Salt Fork State Park. Salt Fork contains a blend of rich woodlands and rolling meadows. The park contains diverse populations of plant and animal life. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, red fox, gray squirrels and barred owls are well established within Salt Fork. Songbirds such as the scarlet tanager, cardinal, goldfinch, Kentucky warbler and others provide delight for birdwatchers.

Spectacular wildflowers such as wild geranium, large-flowered trillium, violets, asters and goldenrod line the forest floor and meadows. In spring, the melody of wood frogs, chorus frogs, and spring peepers echo through the park.

Salt Fork is said to have derived its name from a salt well used by Native Americans which was located near the southeastern corner of the park. Salt Fork lies in the unglaciated portion of the state. Throughout the area, thick-bedded, erosion-resistant sandstone or conglomerate overlays more erosive siltstone, shale, coal and limestone layers, resulting in shelter caves, such as Hosak’s Cave, along with small waterfalls in the secondary drainages. Other interesting geologic features around the park are massive blocks of sandstone that have become detached due to the differential weathering and toppled down the slope.
From Salt Fork State Park webpage

Restroom facilities at the Lodge, Nature Center, beach, and all picnic shelters.