Mohican State Park

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3116 OH-3 Loudonville, Ohio

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Mohican State Park and the neighboring state forest are breathtakingly beautiful and provide visitors with an infinite chance to explore one of Ohio’s most distinctive natural areas. The Clearfork Gorge, hemlock forest, and gorgeous Mohican River give a wilderness experience, while the resort lodge and cottages provide elegant accommodations.
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History of Mohican State Park

The Mohican State Park region was historically the hunting grounds of the Delaware Indians, whose more notable warriors included Janacake, Bill Montour, Thomas Lyon (reputedly the ugliest man alive!) and James Smith, the first white man to arrive in this area. The Indians kidnapped Smith and accepted him into their clan. Several Delaware settlements were found in the Mohican area. Non-Indian colonisation began around the turn of the nineteenth century, but it did not pick up until the Indians were forced out of the region during the War of 1812. During the 1800s, John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, visited the area to tend to his apple tree nurseries. 

Prior to 1949, the majority of the current Mohican State Park was part of the Mohican State Forest (also known as Mohican State Forest Park). The Ohio Division of Forestry was in charge of the forest lands. When the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was established in 1949, Mohican and many other state parks were constructed from existing state forests. Clear Fork State Park is the name of the new park. In 1966, the name was changed to Mohican State Park to avoid confusion with Mansfield’s Clearfork Reservoir and the state park. Visitors referred to the place as Mohican even before this formal change.


all the exciting things to do in Mohican!

> Mohican River Activities

The 40-mile Mohican River flows through the park, and going out on the water is one of the best Mohican State Park Things To Do!

Canoeing is the most popular method to enjoy the river at Mohican State Park, but visitors can also hire kayaks, tubes, and rafts for river exploration.

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Canoeing on the Mohican River

Renting a canoe for a journey down the river is without a doubt one of the nicest things to do in Mohican. Canoeing in Mohican State Park is enjoyable for couples, groups of friends, and families.

The length of Mohican River canoeing trips varies (3, 7, 11, and 23 miles), but the duration of the journey is determined by the present water depth and flow. Short journeys last around 2 hours, while larger ones might continue all day.

Mohican State Park canoe rentals are available from a few different firms. Although they provide similar tours at comparable pricing, you should do your homework to choose which Mohican State Park canoe rental is best for you and your party.

Kayaking in the Mohicans

Kayaking in Mohican State Park is another excellent way to explore the waterway! Kayaking at Mohican State Park is perfect for paddlers who like to control their own vessel. The paths for kayaking in Mohican State Park are the same as for canoeing.

For a group expedition, you may rent a mix of canoes and kayaks for the downriver journey.

Tubing in Mohican State Park

River tubing in Mohican State Park is a pleasant and peaceful way to spend a day in the park! Floating downstream takes longer than paddling, yet involves virtually little effort.

Tubing in Mohican State Park is only available during the summer.

Rafting in the Mohicans

Rafting in Mohican State Park is one of the exciting activities to do in Mohican for kids. While there are no rapids, rafting at Mohican State Park is a fun sport for parties and families with children who wish to paddle in a single boat together.

> Hiking at  Mohican State Park

Hiking the trails is one of our favourite Mohican activities! Although there aren’t many hiking trails at Mohican State Park, there are paths of all lengths and difficulty levels, so there’s something for everyone.

The hiking trails in Mohican State Park are fantastic because hikers can choose to travel a single path or combine many trails into circular jaunts through the woods for a long journey.

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Trail to the Gorge Overlook

The Canyon Overlook Path, a freshly revitalised Mohican hiking trail, is classed as challenging because portions of it are narrow and follow the brink of the gorge without rails. If performed clockwise, the 1.5-mile circle beginning at the Gorge Overlook is less arduous (but still moderate to severe).

Hemlock Gorge Hiking Trail

Another great hiking path at Mohican State Park is the Hemlock Gorge Trail. The path follows the Clearfork Mohican River and can be linked to other trails such as Lyons Falls, Pleasant Hill, and North Rim. The Hemlock Gorge Trail is only a 2-mile length, but it may be connected with other trails to make a 7.5-mile roundtrip journey.

Hog Hollow Path

Hog Hollow is a 4.5-mile out-and-back path in Mohican that begins at the covered bridge and ends at the fire tower. The climb has a good amount of elevation variation. It follows a watercourse through a Hemlock and Evergreen woodland.

> Walk Across the Mohican Covered Bridge

Walking across the Covered Bridge is one of the enjoyable things to do in Mohican State Park in Ohio – and it is an activity that everyone should enjoy.
The Mohican State Park covered bridge was erected in 1968 with forest wood (along with steel and concrete). Visitors can drive across the bridge or stroll along its length.

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> View at the Mohican State Park

The Gorge Overlook is one of the top natural Mohican State Park attractions. Visitors may see across the valley and into the 300-foot-deep Clear Fork Gorge from both observation points.
The view is lovely in any season, but it is especially lovely in fall when the trees’ leaves change color.

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> Fishing at Mohican State Park

Another enjoyable Mohican State Park area feature is fishing. Anglers have plenty of opportunities to capture fish in rivers, streams, and lakes! Largemouth bass, bluegill, and white crappie abound, and the Clear Fork River has been stocked with brown trout.
Keep in mind that fishing at Mohican State Park needs an Ohio fishing license for anyone aged 16 and over.

> Climb the Mohican Fire Tower

The Mohican State Park Fire Tower is a prominent feature of the park. The 80-foot-tall tower was built in 1934, and the views from the top spread over ten kilometres in every direction.

Visitors who are brave enough can climb the steps to the top of the fire tower in Mohican State Park. The climb is free, but it is not for the faint of heart!

Mohican State Park tower
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