Best Ohio State Park Lodges

Ohio State Park Lodges are some of the best in the United States and we had the pleasure of exploring each one. I think it is safe to say I love Ohio and the diversity that each part of the state has is incredible. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, Ohio has something for everyone. Each time I head to one of the state parks I know I am in for a time of refreshment, rejuvenation in the woods, and moments of relaxation by a campfire or in my Eno hammock.

Pick your favorite Ohio state park lodge and book a stay … if you don’t have a favorite, I hope this blog helps you choose!

Salt Fork State Park Lodge

Ohio’s largest state park offers something for everyone, and you’ll find one of the most delightful lodges in the park system on its 17,229 acres. Salt Fork State Park Lodge offers a pretty spectacular view from the dining area and the watersports are some of the best! We love to come in the summer to rent a pontoon boat to fly around the lake, tubing with the kids, or fishing in one of the shaded coves. The state park has the largest inland beach, and sunbathers come here to catch some rays or splash in the waters to cool off. Yes, you can come any time of the year, but the late spring through fall, in my opinion, is the optimal time to come. 

Pro:Tip: Plan 20 minutes to get into and out of the park from the lodge. It is a beautiful but long drive.

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Hueston Woods State Park Lodge

Hueston Woods State Park Lodge is located close to urban areas and having a plethora of things to do at your fingertips is one of the biggest draws in coming here. The most notable thing about Hueston Woods is the unbelievable view from the lobby overlooking Acton Lake with its floor-to-ceiling windows. When you walk in at arrival, the view just helps melt the worries away as you quickly settle in for your vacation.  Everything about Hueston Woods State Park is stunning, from the cozy, newly renovated guest rooms to the beautiful outdoor pool. Take a day to explore the park, drive to see all the covered bridges, and hike Cedar Falls.

Pro-Tip: Eat some of the best BBQ you will ever eat from the restaurant. Make sure to make reservations on the weekend because it can be busy in the summertime.

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Maumee Bay State Park Lodge

Lake life at its best! Maumee Bay State Park Lodge is my go-to place for plentiful nature, Lake Erie sunsets, and some of the best birding in the world. While you are in Ohio, you get the Key West vibes when you come to Maumee Bay State Park. Every time I come here, the Lake Erie sunsets keep me smiling for days; make sure to book a room with views of the lake. Hike the boardwalk right beside the lodge to see soaring eagles, deer walking through the marshes and enjoy the warblers as they migrate north in springtime. Lake Erie has something for everyone, walleye fishing for the anglers, water sports for the lake lovers, and quiet beaches to look for beach glass.

Pro-Tip: Use Maumee Bay State Park Lodge as your base camp as you explore nearby Toledo, Port Clinton, and Cedar Point.

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Deer Creek State Park

Deer Creek State Park Lodge is a water lovers paradise! Surrounded by the beautiful rural agrarian fields of soybeans and corn, you’ll find this lodge on the edge of Deer Creek Lake. When we came here, I was utterly taken by surprise at the resort-like feel and cabins that had stellar views of the lake and sunsets. I have lived in Ohio my whole life and only 35 miles from this state park and had never been. That was a mistake. Deer Creek Lodge is the most accessible resort to get to from Columbus and Cincinnati, and the terrain is nice and flat. Enjoy days on the lake, speeding around water skiing and tubing, fishing the shores, and finding all the little hidden treasures. You will find me hiking the lake shores, flying a kite at the beach, or enjoying the lodge’s amenities when I am here unwinding from life’s cares.

Mohican State Park Lodge

Ohio’s canoe capital of the world has the fantastic and family-friendly Mohican State Park Lodge, where you can enjoy complete rest after a day of adventure on the Mohican River. Enjoy every moment while tucked away from all the busyness of life and unplug at one of our favorite places to explore. Grab dinner at the Bromfield dining room, where they serve seasonal fare that is locally sourced. HIke to Big Lyons Falls and enjoy the quiet of the surrounding forest as you search for the eagles that grace the river’s shoreline. Don’t miss a few minutes on the water in a canoe or a rented boat from the Plesant Hill marina; before leaving the area, visit the Bridge of Dreams and Honey Run Falls to cap off a perfect stay.

Pro-Tip: Amish Country is only 30 minutes away, and you can spend the day there while base camping at the lodge.

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Burr Oak State Park Lodge

If you’re looking for a place to hide from the hustle and bustle of life, Burr Oak State Park Lodge is just the place for you! Every fall, we come here to drive the Triple Nickle and ride the rim of the world to take in all the beautiful colors that burst forth in autumn. Burr Oak Lodge is the perfect setting to reset and reconnect as a family, couple, or solo traveler. With stunning views of Burr Oak Lake from the Cardinal Dining room, you’ll linger over dinner as you watch the sunset over the shining water. If you want to immerse yourself a little more in nature, stay in one of the newly renovated cabins and sip coffee in the mornings on the screened-in porch. Deer are plentiful in Burr Oak State Park, and watching them from my porch is one of the reasons I love coming here.

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Punderson Manor Lodge

Come to Punderson State Park in the winter to enjoy everything that Ohio’s winter playground has to offer. Our family watches the winter skies and wait for the signs that welcome a coming snowstorm. Why come to Punderson Manor Lodge in the winter? We come for the free snow tuning at the sledding hill, snowshoeing at the state park or a nearby Geauga Park, or cozy up to the fireplace in the manor’s lobby. The manor has Tudor-style rooms that match the ambiance of the whole place! While we come in the winter, we have been told the summer is another fantastic time to explore this wonderful state park. Hike the trails, play a round at the world-class disc golf course, or swim at the outdoor pool or sandy beach at the lake. 

Pro-Tip: Eat in the Cherry Dining Room to enjoy the stunning views of the Lake.

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Shawnee State Park Lodge and Cabins

Hidden in off the Ohio River Scenic Byway in southern Ohio, you’ll find Shawnee State Park Lodge. Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Appalachian foothills, this 50 room rustic lodge creates a destination that brings together all the things nature lovers…love! I personally fell in love with the lodge as soon as I walked in and breathed in all the rugged charm. Year-round guests can enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub, challenging hiking trails, the Smokehouse Dining Room, and nearby activities. If you are looking for a more quiet space, there are 25 cabins where you can sit back and relax by a campfire in the summer or the fireplace in the winter. You will undoubtedly be taken in by the picturesque areas in the state of Ohio. 

Pro-Tip: In the fall Shawnee State Park and the surrounding area comes alive with deep reds, rustic oranges, and vibrant yellows.

We hope you enjoy your time in the great outdoors and everything that Ohio State Parks offer while you adventure here!

Happy Adventures,


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