Hueston Woods- College Corner OH

5201 Lodge Road
College Corner, OH  45003

Park Office 513-523-6347

Campground (seasonal) 513-523-1060

http://hueston-woods-state-park.org/

There are 252 full camping sites. They have water and electricity and there are showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities located throughout the campground. There are also 236 primitive campsites, with no electricity and pit toilets. There are also sites with horse tie-ups adjacent to the bridle paths.

There is a  96 room full service lodge that has a dining room, snack bar, gift shop, meeting rooms, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is also free Wi-Fi available. There are 25 cottages that can sleep up to six people. Each is fully stocked with cooking and eating utensils, towels, and bed linens. A few of the cottages allow pets.

Appearance:

Hueston Woods is a nice wooded state park with a decently well-maintained campground.  The ash borer has taken its toll on many of the shaded sites, so you cannot always rely on the information on the website if looking for a shaded area.  The campground does not have much in the way of landscaping or flower beds.  The sites are somewhat inconsistent in size and many of them are very uneven. Some are overly wide but shallow whereas others are long and narrow. The roads and sites are paved, some of which are pull-through.

Rating: (1-5 lanterns with 5 being the highest)

3lanterns

Area Attractions:

Hueston Woods is located within 5-10 miles from the college town of Oxford, home of Miami University.  This is a beautiful, historic campus with many notable restaurants, shops, and sporting events.  Some of the local student favorite establishments include:  Mac and Joe’s, Skipper’s Pub, and Brick Street.

The Holiday Auto Theater is one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters, and is located about 25 minutes from the campground

Rating:

4lanterns

Pet/Family Friendly:

One of the reasons we really love Hueston Woods is for the sizeable (football field) fenced-in dog park area.  This is one of the largest dog parks we have visited and it is well-maintained and has nice benches and shade trees. It is driving distance from the campground but not overly far.

There is a minimal playground in the campground with swings and slides.  The paved roads are nice for biking. Kids will enjoy the beach and Nature Center/fossil collection area. There is a basketball court but it is not located within the campground.

There are ten miles of hiking trails located within the park. We liked the Sycamore and Cedar falls trails. There is an abundance of wildflowers and mushrooms in spring and summer.  Additionally, there are 18 miles for horseback riding trails, and 12 miles of mountain biking trails.

There are many picnic areas throughout the park, including many near the swimming beach area.

Golf Course – A full 18-hole, par 72 golf course that is open from March through November. There is also a driving range and pro shop. There is an archery range and Frisbee golf, as well.

There is a 200 acre nature reserve contained within the park and a nature center that offers a selection of activities throughout the year. The  Nature Center is open 7 days a week all year round.   The outdoor exhibits include a bobcat and cougar as well as many birds of prey that are rehabilitating.

Acton Lake is a 10hp restricted, calm lake. There are boat launches and docks in the park. Fishing from boats and the shore is popular. Fish species include crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.

There is a 1500 ft beach along the shore of Acton Lake with a designated swimming area and sandy/gravel. There is a changing area, bathrooms, and a concession stand.

Rating:

4lanterns

Restrooms/Showers:

The restrooms are in major need of renovation/modernization.  They are not clean in appearance (cobwebs/flies) and have peeling paint and are in a state of disrepair.  This is a major disappointment considering all of the nice things this state park has to offer.

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Rating:

2lanterns

Overall Rating:

3lanterns

 

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