About Mohican State Park
Set on over 1,000 acres of nature, Mohican State Park was once the hunting grounds of the Delaware Indians. Johnny Appleseed was even known to trek through the land with his apple nurseries. Today, visitors to the park will receive a warm welcome from the idyllic scenery, and the adjoining 4,525-acre state forest will give travelers even more room to explore. The Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest, and Mohican River are among the must-sees in this Loudonville, Ohio state park. It’s located conveniently halfway in between Columbus and Cleveland, so you’ll have plenty of day trip and flight options when you visit. Check out this gorgeous park and explore the lush, green forests that make up Mohican State Park.
Things to do in Mohican State Park
The Hemlock Gorge Trail is a good place to start on your trip to the park. It’s considered one of the best day hikes in Ohio and connects with the Lyons Falls Trail that runs to pleasant Hill Dam. On your hike you’ll walk across a covered bridge, two waterfalls, ravines, and the Clear Fork of the Mohican River. The two waterfalls—Big Lyons Falls and Little Lyons Falls—drop 80 feet and 25 feet, respectively. You’ll hike through Clear Fork Gorge which is heavily forested and is up to 300 feet deep and 1,000 feet wide, making it the deepest gorge in Ohio. Overall, there are six hiking trails in the park: Lyons Fall Trail, Songbird Trail, Grist Mill Trail, North Rim Trail, Hemlock Gorge Trail, and Pleasant Hill Trail. The last hike, Pleasant Hill Trail, offers an easy loop around Pleasant Hill Lake’s shoreline and provides great views of the water.
The Mohican River is another place you must see while in the park. This 40-mile long river snakes through the state park, giving visitors pretty views along their hikes. Named after the Mohican Indian tribe, the river allows tubing, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in certain sections. Check in with the visitor’s center for exact locations where those activities are allowed. Fishing is allowed in the river at nearby Pleasant Hill Reservoir and hunting is available in the adjacent state forest. Both require a license. Swimming in the campground pool is available in the warmer months, and skiing is offered at nearby Clear Fork and Snow Trails ski resorts. The park has ongoing activities and events, like a 100-mile trail run, a mountain bike ride, and a 25K!
Camping in Mohican State Park can be a fun time for all. The park has over 100 electric sites for RVs, many non-electrical sites for tents only, showers toilets, a pool, and many activities such as basketball courts, volleyball nets, and horseshoe pits If you’d rather spend your vacation in the comfort of the indoors, choose a cabin located along the river. They sleep up to six people and are heated for year-round use. Pets are even allowed in some designated cabins, so bring your furry friend! If you’re looking for even more luxury, stay in a lodge room with a private balcony and television. There is a restaurant inside the lodge and both indoor and outdoor Olympic-sized pools and a sauna.
Day Trips from Mohican State Park
From Mohican State Park, it’s just an hour and a half-drive to Cleveland. There, you can catch an NBA game as LeBron and the Cavaliers take on an opponent. Or, head to Progressive Field and watch the Cleveland Indians play America’s Pastime. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is also located in Cleveland, so check out their exhibits on The Beatles, Aerosmith, and much more! If you’re a beer-lover, you have to stop in at Great Lakes Brewing. Their Christmas Ale comes around once a year and it’s a 6-time medal winner at the World Beer Championships. Their other beers aren’t too bad either, so take a tour of the brewery and see how they’re all made. Finally, get some good eats at the West Side Market, the oldest indoor/outdoor market space in Cleveland featuring more than 100 vendors.
Mohican State Park Accommodations
If you’re staying inside the park, you have a lodge, campgrounds, and cabins to choose from. But if you want something a little less expensive or away from the crowds in the park, Tripping.com offers rentals and hotels in the surrounding areas. Choose a motel within close distance to the park or stay in an Amish country house set on acres of land. Find the right fit for your vacation needs on Tripping.com.
Transportation in Mohican State Park
Flying into Cleveland or Columbus airports are both easy options for getting to Mohican State Park. From either airport, a rental car is recommended to make the one hour and 30-minute drive to the park. The rental car will come in handy if you choose to go on a day trip or explore the surrounding areas.