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Boating at Rocky Fork:
Motors of unlimited horsepower are permitted at Rocky Fork. Six boat launching ramps are located around the lake. Rental docks are available for frequent summer visitors. A designated area is available for boat camping.

Three marinas are located around the lake. One marina provides fuel; all three have launch ramps, docking space and parking. The East Shore Marina includes a modern restaurant while a snack bar is provided at North Beach. North Beach also offers boat rentals.

See Ohio Division of Wildlife's Rocky Fork State Park website for more information.

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Occurring every September, the annual Thunder in the Hills event includes Hydroplane races at Rocky Fork State Park. Call for more information (937) 393-4284.

Hiking at Rocky Fork:

A 1.5 mile hiking trail takes visitors through cool woodlands, scenic gorges and moist wetlands. A short trail near the campground takes nature lovers to an observation station where excellent bird watching can be pursued. A two-mile mountain bike trail is also popular with park visitors.

Rocky Fork State Park nestled in Highland County derives its name from the stream flowing through the park. This stream, winding over dolomite limestone, has eroded spectacular gorges and caves which we can enjoy today.

Rocky Fork provides habitat for numerous waterfowl, songbirds, raccoons, skunk, red fox and white-tailed deer. The wetlands in the park are home to the green frog, bullfrog, opossum and muskrat.*

See Ohio Division of Wildlife's Rocky Fork State Park website for more information.

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Swimming at Rocky Fork:

Two large public beaches with changing booths and bathhouses are located on the north and south sides of the lake. A boat/swim area is available for boaters.

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Picnicking at Rocky Fork:

Picnic areas are located on the north and east shores in wooded areas overlooking the lake.

Volleyball and playground equipment can be found at both the campground and day-use areas of the park. The campground also boasts a miniature golf course, tetherball, a basketball court and horseshoe pits. The camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers. All park visitors are invited to enjoy the nature center near the campground.

See Ohio Division of Wildlife's Rocky Fork State Park website for more information.

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Golfing at the Lake:

Golfing At the Lake:  Rocky Fork Lake golf course was built in the foothills of Southern Ohio so the golf course allows you to mix nature and golf. White sand bunkers, well-manicured fairways and mature trees will make your round enjoyable. As you arrive you will see our rustic clubhouse with an eager staff waiting to make you feel like royalty. As you are playing your round of golf we offer our own Amen corner. Starting with the 16th hole you will have your skills tested with excellent golfing holes.

Be sure to stop in and play our golf simulators. There are 26 different golf courses to play. The machine will also do closest to the pin contests, long drive contests and analyze the golf swing. These contests can enhance outings or tournaments. Lessons available using the swing analyzer and PGA pro, Bert Irish.

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Dining at the Lake:
Dining At the Lake:
  With close proximity to Hillsboro, dining possibilities include many varieties of fast food and the following establishments that provide a traditional restaurant setting:



Frontier Cattle Company
11145 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro
Prime Cut Restaurant & Lounge
115 West Main Street, Hillsboro
545 South High Street, Hillsboro
The Wooden Spoon
1480 North High Street, Hillsboro
Number 1 China Buffet
1092 North High Street, Hillsboro
Dakota's Roadhouse
589 Harry Sauner Rd., Hillsboro

Bob Evans
609 Harry Sauner Rd., Hillsboro

Alley 21
1086 N High St, Hillsboro

La Casada
140 Roberts Ln., Hillsboro

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Camping/Lodging at the Lake:
  Rocky Fork State Park provides campsites that are available upon request.  Click here to check availability.  There are 230 campsites suitable for trailers and tents at the northwest corner of the lake.  The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, a dump station and camp store.  Electric hookups are available at 130 sites, with an additional 20 sites offering full-service hookups.  There are also 40 premium lakeside non-electric campsites along with 40 more non-electric sites in the heart of the campground.  Pet camping is permitted on designated sites in both the electric and non-electric areas.  A launch ramp and tie-ups are provided for campers with boats.

A separate group camp may be reserved by contacting the park office.  The Recreation Barn, which contains meeting space, restrooms, showers and a modified kitchen, may be rented for group functions.

Rocky Fork State Park also has Ranger Point Cabin.  Ranger Point Cabin sleeps eight and has two bedrooms, full bath, fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, phone, A/C and heat, gas fireplace, deck and a boat dock.  For reservations call (937) 393-4284.

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Private-owned camping information available at: Shady Trails Family Campground and Bayview Campground & Outpost

Private-owned rental homes: Rocky Fork Lake Rentals

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Fishing at the Lake:
Fishes of Interest to Anglers:
  Rocky Fork Lake has good populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, bullheads, and carp.  A few smallmouth bass are also present.  Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Methods of Fishing and Best Fishing Sites:  Largemouth bass are taken on driving and surface lures, plastic worms, jigs, and live worms around fallen trees and stumps, along rocky shorelines, and in bays.  Bluegill anglers using redworms and waxworms have good catches around fallen trees and along drop-offs.  Live minnows and small plastic grub jigs are good for crappies near the shoreline brush an fallen trees, along steep shorelines with submerged cover.  Walleye anglers are successful using live nightcrawlers or minnows near the bottom, or trolling deep diving lures in the lower half of the lake near points and drop-offs.  Excellent catches of channel catfish, bullheads, and a few flathead catfish are taken on nightcrawlers, soft craws, chicken livers, and cut baits in the upper end and hear the eastern shore.

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Special Events at the Lake

Rocky Fork Lake Special Events 2010

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Other Area Attractions

Find out information about the Highland County Airport.

Fort Hill, south of Bainbridge off State Route 41, is the site of a complex of Hopewell Indian mounds.  These mounds are more then 1,000 years old and the site includes a museum.  Serpent Mount, in northeastern Adams County, is one of the most spectacular Indian earthworks in the North America.  Built by the prehistoric Adena Indians, Serpent Mount is a 1,000-foot snake effigy mound.  Both of these sites are operated by the Ohio Historical Society.

Paint Creek and Pike Lake state parks are located within a short drive of Rocky Fork.  Both parks offer excellent camping, fishing and hiking opportunities, and vacation cottages are available at Pike Lake.  Oldaker and Fallsville are areas operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife and offer fishing and hunting.  Miller Preserve and Highlands Nature Preserve are both located south of the park along Rocky Fork Creek Gorge, which is operated by Natural Areas and Preserves.



Contact the Park Office at: 937-393-4284
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