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Clear Creek (5,389 acres)
Open 6:30am to dark
39.59776    -82.54892

Clear Creek Valley is one of the most pristine and secluded natural areas in Central Ohio. Variations of land surfaces, soils and climates have produced a medley of habitats that harbor more than 800 plant species and 150 species of birds, many of them rare.

You may catch a glimpse of turkey, deer, ruffed grouse, coyote, black vultures or even see the traces of the elusive bobcat along the park's 12 miles of trails.

Centuries of glacial flooding have cut the valley through the Black Hand sandstone leaving an array of scenic cliffs and rugged rock formations overlooking the creek.

Oak and hickory forests interspersed with giant hemlocks and ferns, along with the last remaining Ohio colonies of rhododendron, provide the perfect backdrop or a getaway from city life.

  • Nature programs 
  • Hiking
  • Pet trail 
  • Canoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing


    185 Clear Creek Road
    Rockbridge, OH 43149
    (northern Hocking & southern Fairfield counties)

    From I-270, take U.S. 33 east toward Lancaster. Go south past Carroll and stay on the bypass. Pass the stop light at Sugar Grove and go about one mile to Clear Creek Road (County Route 116).  Turn right on Clear Creek Road (Sunoco Gas Station on the corner). Picnic areas, facilities and trails are located along Clear Creek Road for the next seven miles.

    Four main picnic areas

    State Nature Preserve: Clear Creek is home to the state of Ohio's largest nature preserve, an area of 4,729 acres. The park is a popular destination for birding enthusiasts.

    Clear Creek: Anglers can picnic alongside the stream and fish for bass and brown trout as well as enjoy fishing from two docks at Lake Ramona.