Forked Run State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Forked Run State Park

spans 791 acres on Ohio’s southeastern border with West Virginia. Inside the park is a 102-acre artificial lake. This was once a preferred location for raiding Native Americans to cross the Ohio River, something that was learned due to the variety of items that were dropped along the way. They used the Shade River, which empties into the Ohio River near the park, to move deeper into the Ohio Territory and away from danger. Today, Forked Run State Park is 3 miles south of Reedsville and 107 miles southeast of Columbus, OH. 

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Spring 32-77 F
Summer 58-86 F
Fall 33-77 F
Winter 26-51 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Forked Run State Park

RV camping is the best way to spend your time at Forked Run State Park. If you own an RV, then bring it along to help you stay in comfort while you explore the wonders of the park. Those who don't own an RV can check out RV rentals near Reedsville, OH to find a rental that best suits their needs.

Forked Run State Park Campground

The campground at Forked Run State Park has 81 RV campsites, 68 of which provide electrical hookups. Most days, a visitor can choose between shaded or sunny sites to camp. However, holiday weekends tend to fill quickly, so making reservations is recommended during those times. Fresh drinking water is dispensed at water stations strategically placed around the park. The campground only offers pit toilets, but a dump station is available for campers to empty their waste tanks. The lake and nearby Ohio River provide fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming opportunities. Boats are limited to 10-horsepower motors on the lake. Trails wander along the shore of the lake and through the forests.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No, but a dump station is on-site
  • Wi-Fi Available: No
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $18 to $40 per night

Kountry Resort Campground

Kountry Resort Campground, located in Racine, OH, is only 24 miles southwest of Forked Run State Park. This park offers 225 mostly shaded RV campsites with full hookups. The sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. Campsites are spacious and spread across the 98-acre property. Most of the sites are back-in with only 12 having any pull-through capability. There are four fishing/swimming ponds that are well-stocked with trophy-sized catfish and bass. Pan-sized crappie and bluegill are also stocked in the ponds. Modern restrooms, a shower house, and laundry facilities are available for use. Playgrounds provide children of all ages with a fun and safe place to play. The central structure includes a game room, a fitness room, and an indoor swimming pool. Adult visitors are often seen enjoying a game of corn hole toss, horseshoes, or basketball.

  • Water Hookup: Yes
  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp
  • Sewer Hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: Yes
  • Fee: $39 per night

Ketchum’s Marina

Five miles north of Forked Run State Park sits Ketchum’s Marina. The marina offers 100 RV campsites with electrical hookups that can accommodate RVs up to 80 feet in length. Sites are spacious, with fire rings and picnic tables available for use. There are no pull-thru sites; all the campsites are back-in. Ketchum’s sits beside the Ohio River and has a boat ramp that accommodates either small or large boats. Boats, kayaks, and canoes are rented out at the camp store. Because there's no limit on boats' horsepower when plying the Ohio River, swimming is not recommended. Community restrooms and showers are available for every camper. Watering holes are spaced throughout the marina, and a dump station is available to empty RV waste tanks. A basketball court and hiking trails are available for those who want a bit of exercise.

  • Water Hookup: No
  • Electric Hookup: 50 amps
  • Sewer Hookup: No, but a dump station is available inside the marina
  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Fee: $35 per night

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Forked Run State Park

Inside Forked Run State Park

The first thing Forked Run State Park offers is solitude. Beyond that, angling, hunting, boating, canoeing, and kayaking are some of the favorite sports enjoyed by visitors. A concessionaire rents watercraft to those who wish to ply the lake's surface or launch onto the Ohio River. Four miles of hiking trails, most of which are challenging, let the adventurous hiker observe a wilderness unlike most. In the winter, many visitors choose to stay at Forked Run for its downhill sledding opportunities.

Outside Forked Run State Park

Most of the communities near Forked Run State Park are small. However, that doesn't mean there's a lack of restaurant, shopping, or sightseeing opportunities. Check out the following suggestions that are sure to add a touch of the modern day to your visit to an area that's steeped in history.

Restaurants

Court Grill

There's a reason the Court Grill has stayed in business for 80 years. Along with live music, the restaurant features American traditional comfort food. Try the bung town burger for some of the freshest taste in the region.

Type: American

Location: 112 Court Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769

Larry’s Pizza and Subs

For those times when nothing but a pizza will do, visit Larry’s Pizza and Subs. At this restaurant, you can order one of the pizzas off the menu or build your own. The subs are also filling and tasty.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 26380 Main Street, Coolville, OH 45723

McClure’s Family Restaurant

McClure’s Family Restaurant specializes in traditional American fast food. You can expect real baked potatoes, handcrafted sandwiches, and unique hot dogs when dining here.

Type: American

Location: 356 East Main Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769

Shopping

Hartwell House

When you visit the Hartwell House, you'll find a range of quality accessories. Various items are available at this store, including hats, bracelets, beads, and items for home décor.

Location: 100 East Main Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769

Kawaii Gifts

At Kawaii Gifts, you can search for those unique gifts that will thrill your friends and family back home. This store continuously changes its inventory by searching for items from around the world. Items like Dolly Parton Candles and unicorn mermaid pins grace the shelves.

Location: 112 East Main Street, Pomeroy, OH 45769

Walmart Supercenter

About 24 miles to the southwest and across the Ohio River in West Virginia, there's a Walmart Supercenter. When you're in need of a one-stop shopping experience, drop by this store. Here, you'll find multiple necessary items, such as medicines, groceries, toys, and much more.

Location: 320 Mallard Lane, Mason, WV 25260

Sightseeing

Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park

Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park is the site of the only significant Civil War battle that occurred in Ohio. The fighting ended after a brief chase north of the monument ended with the Confederate forces defeated.

Location: 56890 Ohio River Scenic Byway, Portland, OH 45770

The Castle

When you have the time, travel 32 miles north to see The Castle. This gothic-style home, constructed in 1855, is a museum filled with furniture and artifacts from the early Ohio pioneering days. The site presents educational programs, tours of the house and grounds, and workshops demonstrating furniture production techniques from that era.

Location: 418 4th Street, Marietta, OH 45750

Kaplan-Gekosky Pottery

Drive 33 miles northwest to visit Kaplan-Gekosky Pottery. The facility is one of the most-famous pottery factories in the United States. Daily tours educate visitors about the intricate process of creating pottery from select clays that are only found around the Amesville, OH, area.

Location: 15714 Fruit Farm Road, Amesville, OH 45711

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How to Get to
Forked Run State Park

The two main approaches to Forked Run State Park through Ohio come from the northwest by way of Reedsville or northeast from Columbus. To get there from Reedsville, take Ohio Highway 124 West (OH-124 W) for 3 miles. The park entrance is on the right.

To approach the park from Columbus, travel south on East Broad Street and Cleveland Avenue until you find Interstate 71 South (I-71 S). Drive I-71 S for 2 miles and take the exit to United States Highway 33 East (US-33 E). Follow US-33 E for 73 miles into Athens. When you get to Athens, take exit 197 A-B onto Ohio Highway 32 East/United States Highway 50 East (OH-32 E/US-50 E) for 32 miles. Exit onto Ohio Highway 7 South (OH-7 S), and drive to Long Bottom. Merge onto Ohio Highway 124 East (OH-124 E), and follow it into the park.

Entering Forked Run State Park

There are no entry fees for day use at Forked Run State Park. The park is open dawn to dusk.

Entry fee : $0

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