Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Winter at Alum Creek State Park

Photos by OHventures

Alum Creek State Park
3615 S. Old State Road
Delaware, OH 43015

Alum Creek State Park is located in Delaware County right off of Interstate 71. With over 3,000 feet of beaches, it is the largest inland beach in all of Ohio's parks. It is widely known for the 3,387 acres of water for boating, swimming, and kayaking on the breathtaking Alum Creek Reservoir. There is also a popular 18-hole disc golf course with equipment rental.

Many people, however, may not know that Alum Creek State Park is also a fantastic destination for outdoor winter activities. The Reservoir (in the right conditions) is the perfect place for ice fishing, ice boating, and ice skating. Additionally, there's a number of hot spots that are great for sledding.

There are two hiking trails for those wishing to cross Winter Hiking off of their OHventures Buckeye Bucket List, and both are ranked as "easy" trails. The Park Office Trail is 1.5 miles, and the Hollenback Trail is about double that length. A Multi Purpose Trail is available for snowmobiling, dog sledding, and cross country skiing. 38 miles of bridle trails also exist.

One important tip for OHventurers heading to a large state park such as Alum Creek: check out the actual park map rather than using your GPS when finding your way, as there are many entrance ways. Plan ahead to see which is the entrance best for your adventure!! Click here to download a trail map.

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