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Hunting, Fishing, and Adventures in the Wild

Vinton County. It's nature at its finest. It's hiking miles of remote, forested trails and discovering new challenges around every corner of the toughest mountain bike trail you've ever seen. . .or felt. It's catching your first glimpse of a black bear or seeing a buck from the window of your car and so close you'll swear you could have reached out and touched it.

This is Vinton County, remote and wild. We'll be the first to tell you if you haven't been here, you're missing lots of great outdoors. Whether you're stopping in off the beaten path or looking for a new one to walk, we have a whole world of parks and forests, lakes, and wildlife areas for you to discover.

So whether it's exploring nature through hiking trails, mountain biking, hunting, riding an all-terrain vehicle, or countless other adventures in the outdoors that you're looking for, Vinton County is simply the first place you'll want to stop.

Ohio State Parks and Public Recreation Areas in Vinton County, Ohio
Lake Alma State Park
Lake Alma Road, Wellston 740-384-4474 (seasonal)
Lake Alma State Park was originally constructed as a private amusement park in 1903 complete with dance pavilion, outdoor theater, and merry-go-round. Although little remains of the former recreational area, Lake Alma State Park now offers visitors camping, boating, fishing, a playground, and beach area. There are also hiking trails and a paved bike path.

Lake Hope State Park
State Route 278, McArthur 740-596-5253
Once a small iron furnace community, Lake Hope State Park and the surrounding Zaleski State Forest are dotted with remnants of the past. An old cemetery, an iron furnace, and hints of a ghost town still linger along the trails thick with trees and wildlife. There are hiking trails, backpacking trails, and a singletrack bike trail that was chosen as one of Ohio's top mountain biking trail by readers of �Mountain Bike Magazine.� There is also a nature center, cabins, and camping.

Richland Furnace State Forest
Flint outcrops, the remnants of the 19th century ghost town of Richland, and an All-Purpose Vehicle (APV) area bring visitors to this Ohio State Forest.

Tar Hollow State Forest
A wealth of recreational activities are available at Tar Hollow State Forest, including a primitive horse camp and 26 miles of bridle trails, hiking trails, and paved and gravel forest roads that provide a great opportunity for a scenic drive.

Zaleski State Forest
Zaleski State Forest is Ohio's second largest forest covering 28,000 acres. There are two backpack trails, bridle trails, and a horse camp with 16 sites. The renovated 1930's Hope School House now serves as an interpretive center to teach local history.

Wayne National Forest
With over 300 miles of hiking, biking, off-road vehicle, and horseback riding trails, Wayne National Forest spans several Ohio counties, including Vinton County. From canoeing to hunting, horseback riding to mountain biking, Wayne National Forest offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for its visitors.

Raccoon Ecological Management Area
State Route 160, 740-596-4238
Remote hiking trails, hunting areas and the remnants of the Vinton Iron Furnace make this wildlife area a unique place to visit. Nearly hidden in the undergrowth of the woodland, Belgium Coke Ovens, once used to make coke from coal, are quite possibly the only remaining in the world.

Wellston Wildlife Area/Lake Rupert
State Route 683, 740-594-2211
This area features an assortment of recreational activities including fishing, boating, and bird watching. The 325-acre lake is stocked with Northern Pike, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.



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