Camping in the spring before everything is in full swing brings me a lot of happiness. I enjoy the quiet campground, small crowds and the availability of camp sites to pick from. Choosing to come to Mount Gilead State Park during the beginning of the season had some big advantages. Mount Gilead State Park offers so many adventures and activities for its size, that you can return again and again for family fun.
Mount Gilead State Park has 58 campsites, 22 full hook up and 36 electric. Full hook up sites are cement pads, it’s very nice having the pad to get the camping unit situated on, you may need to do a little leveling but not a lot. The electric sites have rock pads and these sites are located in a grove of beautiful trees. Make sure to check before you book in the electric area for your unit size to insure it will fit into the site, some of them looked a bit small and slide outs could pose a problem.
We chose to have a full hook up site (site 10) even though the water had not been turned on. All the sites at Mt. Gilead State Park have a picnic table and fire ring. Site 10 was amazing and offered springtime views of the lake, we could hear the spring peepers peeping! Since we came when there were not a lot of campers we had the opportunity to drive through and choose the perfect site.
Check in: We had to use self check in because the store was not open for the camping season yet. It is very easy to check in using this system. You find your site, set up your camper and then go to the store fill out the check in form and drop payment into a slot in the door. Viola, your all checked in!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
During the time of April 12- May 20th, 2019 they will be repaving the whole park. Please be mindful this will be happening between 8 am and 5 pm on weekdays.
Mount Gilead State Park had some MAJOR renovations in the past year. There are brand new bathrooms that are self contained private units with a shower, toilet and sink. I found these stalls to be spacious and have great advantages for families with small children. This park offers a new dump station and potable water filling station. Everything is looking new and spruced up making Mount Gilead State Park a camping destination for you to put on your must visit list.
Photo credit: Josiah Wade
Make sure to check out the brand new dam and spillway, where the lake has been refilled and is newly restocked with game fish. We saw quite a few people fishing while we were camping there. They have constructed a canoe/kayak launch in the upper end of the lake and it is handicap friendly! (I was very impressed with this)
Hiking here is wonderful. The trails are well marked and they give you a real sense of being in the woods. There is a map of all the trails at the trail head by the picnic shelter where you will park.
- Big Oak Trail, 0.4 mile
- Bridle Trail, 1.5 miles
- Lake View Trail, 1.7 miles
- Spring Trail, 0.3 mile
- Whetstone Loop, 0.8 mile
- Whetstone Trail, 0.8 mile
Our favorite trail is the Lake View Trail. This takes you over the dam, bridges and along the beautiful shore line of Mt. Gilead Lake. This trail is beautiful year round, with wildlife and birds throughout the hike. We do back country hiking and this is a great location to train for trips or trail running. **One thing to note, these trails can be muddy if there has been a lot of rain. **
If you have come here in the past and were not impressed, we recommend you give this sweet little park of 181 acres another try. Mt. Gilead offers a 32-acre lake that allows paddle craft, sailboats and boats with electric motors, 9 hole disk golf course, and great locations for picnicking.
We will definitely be returning here in the future! Where is your next Ohio State Park adventure going to be?
4119 State Route 95
Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
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Short video of our hike on the Lake View Trail: