Pike State Forest

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For the Indiana state forest, see Pike State Forest (Indiana).
Pike State Forest
Location Western Pike County/Eastern Highland County, Ohio, USA
Coordinates 39°09′30″N 83°13′45″W / 39.1583333°N 83.2291667°W / 39.1583333; -83.2291667Coordinates: 39°09′30″N 83°13′45″W / 39.1583333°N 83.2291667°W / 39.1583333; -83.2291667
Area 12,084 acres (48.9 km2)
Established 1924
Governing body Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Pike State Forest is a state forest in the state of Ohio. Located off State Route 124, it covers an area of 12,084 acres (48.90 km2) in western Pike County and eastern Highland County.

History[edit]

In 1924 the acquisition for the lands of the forest began, with the objective of restoring damaged woodland affected by fire and human interference to a form of protection. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Division of Forestry undertook much of the restoration work.[1]

Landscape and resources[edit]

Pike State Forest, whilst a protected area, offers a wide range of recreational activities, and the area is open to the public from April 1 to November 30 every year.[1] It has 33 miles (53 km) of trails for hiking and horse riding, 10 miles (16 km) of trail open to motorcycles and off-road all-terrain vehicles.[1] In season, Pike State Forest is also open to public hunting and fishing. Anderson Lake within the forest is a popular spot for fishing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Perry State Forest". ODNR Division of Forestry. Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved Aug 11, 2015.