Mt. Gilead State Park (Mt. Gilead)

Situated in Morrow County is the 181-acre Mt. Gilead State Park.  Despite the size it doesn’t feel that big and yet most every activity at the other state parks are available here.  It seems quiet, even for a state park but that could be because Mt. Gilead has 3,660 residents and Morrow County as a whole is rural.  The Population Density is 86 persons/square mile as compared to nearby Delaware County (home to Alum Creek State Park) which has 393 persons/square mile.

There are 5 picnic areas, 3 picnic shelters which are available for reservation online.  Two have 12 tables, one has 10 tables, all 3 have electrical outlets.  If you like hiking/running, Mt. Gilead State Park is a mixed bag.  There are 7 trails but the average trail length is 0.95 miles so it kind of depends on how much hiking you like (or don’t like) to do.  There is a campground with 59 sites that have electricity in addition to 6 primitive camping sites (no electrical hookups).  Also a children’s playground as well as a volleyball court.  A 200-seat amphitheater is available for rental.

There is also 32-acre Mt. Gilead Lake and is available for canoes, rowboats, and boats with electric motors only.  Two lakes are also available for fishing.  Also available for rent are two Deluxe Camper Cabins with electricity, dorm-size refrigerator, TV & DVD Player, and basic furnishings but you’re on your own when it comes to linens and dishes.  Each cabin sleeps 5 adults.

In the winter, the typical activities are available weather permitting:  sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, and ice fishing.

Distances from Ohio cities:

  • 49 miles North of Columbus
  • 164 miles Northeast of Cincinnati
  • 108 miles Southwest of Cleveland
  • 112 miles Southeast of Toledo
  • 93 miles Southwest of Akron

Mt. Gilead State Park
4119 Ohio Route 95
Mt. Gilead, OH  43338
http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/mountgilead

There is a 9-hole disc golf course at Mt. Gilead State Park but you must bring your own discs as they are not available for rent here.
There is a 9-hole disc golf course at Mt. Gilead State Park but you must bring your own discs as they are not available for rent here.
For bird watchers, there is also a bird blind at the park.
For bird watchers, there is also a bird blind at the park.
The view from Overlook Trail above the lakes at Mt. Gilead State Park.
The view from Overlook Trail above the lakes at Mt. Gilead State Park.
Shuffleboard court and gazebo at the park
Shuffleboard court and gazebo at the park
In addition to Cornhole (pictured) are stakes for horseshoes.
In addition to Cornhole (pictured) are stakes for horseshoes.
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