Malabar Farm State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Located in Lucas, Ohio, Malabar Farm State Park is known for its interspersion of woodlands, lakes, streams, bogs, and is home to many grain and dairy farms and small villages. The rolling countryside and fertile farmlands recreate farm life while the wooded ridgetops maintain plenty of scenic natural wonders. The woodlands are diverse with gorgeous maple and beech stands along with residue stands of eastern hemlock in the ravines. This is a place where fox, squirrels, barred owls, raccoons, and wood thrush birds live. The Malabar Farm is a representative of the diversity of the glaciated Appalachian Plateau region. Cities located near the state park are Lucas, Mansfield, and Perrysville, Ohio. 

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Weather
Spring 25-70 F
Summer 53-82 F
Fall 31-74 F
Winter 12-37 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Malabar Farm State Park

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River Trail Crossing Campground

River Trail Crossing Campground is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is only minutes from I-71. There are level and spacious pull-through sites that are equipped to handle large rigs. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, and Richland B&O Bike Trail are just a few attractions near the campground.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Playground, camp store, and volleyball court

Pleasant Hill Lake Park

Pleasant Hill Lake Park offers many kinds of campsites ranging from panoramic views of the lake to primitive sites nestled in the woods. More than 400 campsites are available for both tents and RVs of all sizes. There is also a horse camping area where you can camp and board your horse. All campground sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Showers, bathrooms, and boat docks

Butler/Mohican KOA Campground

Butler/Mohican KOA Campground is nestled among the rolling hills and farms of Amish country. The campground features both back-in and pull-through campsites for RVs and campers of all sizes. Water sports, hiking trails, land sports, and biking rentals are a few campground activities.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dog park, swimming pool, and mini-golf

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What to Do at
Malabar Farm State Park

Inside Malabar Farm State Park

You can easily travel the three hiking trails that pass through the park: Doris Duke Trail, Jungle Brook Trail, and Butternut Trail. The seven-mile Bridle Trail is also open for hikers to enjoy the nature and wildlife around the park. Stop at the visitor's education center and look at the exhibits that feature conservation, agriculture, wildlife, and literature through interactive displays. The farm ponds are an excellent place for anglers to catch catfish and bluegill, and in the winter, visitors can go skating, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Several picnic areas are placed strategically throughout the park with a picnic table and grill for those who wish to have a barbeque or picnic lunch. 

Outside Malabar Farm State Park

Some of the best things about Malabar Farm State Park are all the amazing opportunities in the vicinity. The area just outside of the park features various restaurants and shops. Explore the history and nature of the surrounding cities, or entertain your children at the amusement carousel or children's museum. 

Restaurants

The Cabin Eat & Drink

Enjoy your favorite foods and drinks while taking in the gorgeous sights of the restaurant's décor. The Cabin Eat & Drink also offers on-site and off-site catering.

Type: American

Location: 2106 State Route 603, Ashland, OH 44805

Wedgewing Family Restaurant

The Wedgewing Family Restaurant is a great place to get home-cooked foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fresh baked goods are also sold throughout the day.

Type: American

Location: 167 East Third Street, Perrysville, OH 44864

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Just a short drive from the park entrance is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a relaxed, family-friendly chain restaurant featuring homemade comfort food favorites such as pasta, deep-fried chicken, and more. After you're done eating, you can shop at their country store.

Type: American

Location: 100 Stander Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44903

Mansfield Family Restaurant

Mansfield Family Restaurant is a family-owned and -operated business that has been around for well over 50 years. They're famous for their good food and good prices. You can expect quick, friendly service, quality foods, and fresh Amish pies.

Type: American

Location: 948 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44907

The Skyway East

The Skyway East offers upscale dining in a romantic atmosphere with fine table linens, fresh flowers, low lighting, and 100 different bottles of wine on the menu. There are about 85 entrees that are offered each evening as well as daily specials and seasonal dishes.

Type: Seafood, American

Location: 2461 Emma Lane, Mansfield, OH 44903

Shopping

Jollie Primitives

Jollie Primitives is a family-owned business that offers high-quality handcrafted home décor items. Handcrafted birdhouses, birdfeeders, and Amish handwoven baskets are a few items sold here.

Location: 322 Garver Road, Mansfield, OH 44903

Shaffer Apparel

Shaffer Apparel is a great place to pick up a souvenir t-shirt, stainless steel tumbler, or various gift items.

Location: 2123 Kerr Road, Lucas, OH 44843

Big Fish General Store & Bait

Get all your fishing and camping essentials at the Big Fish General Store & Bait. Sandwiches and other amazing food options are available here as well.

Location: 3911 Ohio Route 95, Perrysville, OH 44864

Amish Wares

Authentic handcrafted items from the Old Order Amish families are sold at Amish Wares. From baskets and country décor to quilts, you're sure to find something to enhance your RV.

Location: 322 Garver Road, Mansfield, OH 44903

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter has it all, from camping and fishing supplies to apparel. Grocery items are also sold at this location.

Location: 2485 Possum Run Road, Mansfield, OH 44903

Sightseeing

Mohican-Memorial State Forest

Mohican-Memorial State Forest comprises 4,541 acres in Ashland County. There are miles of trails to go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling on. Other activities you can do here include picnicking, sledding, cross-country skiing, and camping.

Location: 975 ODNR Mohican Road 60, Perrysville, OH 44864

Bible Walk

If you're curious about biblical history, then take this unforgettable walk of faith through biblical times. The Bible Walk features 325 life-size wax figures placed in well over 100 scenes from the Bible. Each scene is complemented by authentic costumes, murals, and narration.

Location: 500 Tingley Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44905

The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum

The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum serves as a source for learning, research, and historical discussion by connecting with tourists and the local community. Various featured exhibits showcased here include the Perrysville Pottery, Workman Cabin, Skinner's Mill, and more.

Location: 203 East Main Street, Loudonville, OH 44842

Richland Carrousel Park

Bring the kids to have a blast at the Richland Carrousel Park, where the whole family can experience its old-fashioned charm in a fun, modern setting. You can either choose to ride the many colorful hand-carved animals, relax on the carousel, or walk around. Food vendors, a gift shop, and a boutique are also at the park.

Location: 75 North Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902

Little Buckeye Children's Museum

Little Buckeye Children's Museum is a great place to bring your children for hands-on experiences. The exhibits encourage self-directed play through creative, open-ended learning environments that engage both children and adults.

Location: 44 West Forth Street, Mansfield, OH 44902

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How to Get to
Malabar Farm State Park

If you are traveling from Lucas, Ohio, to Malabar Farm State Park, you'll want to take Leiter Road to Union Street. Follow Union Street for a short distance and then turn left onto Moffett Road. Travel on Moffett Road for about three miles and then turn left onto Pleasant Valley Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn right onto Bromfield Road. The park will be on the left. 

Entering Malabar Farm State Park

Malabar Farm State Park is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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