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Yellow Creek State Forest


Yellow Creek State Forest is located in Columbiana County, in the vicinity of Salineville. The 756-acre forest is open to day-use visitors, and public hunting is permitted under the Division of Wildlife regulations.

Visitors and hunters are reminded to be especially respectful of neighboring private property, as only portions of the state forest boundaries are identified on the ground with yellow paint blazes and signs. The forest is comprised of three separate parcels. The only accesses to the two northern tracts of Yellow Creek State Forest are through the Highlandtown Wildlife Area. The southern-most tract of the forest may be accessed off Temme Road.

The forest has no developed trails or facilities, but provides opportunities for mushroom hunters, berry pickers, photographers, hunters and adventurous hikers to pursue their interests.

Favorite Things to Do or See

  • Public access hunting

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the forest open for public access hunting? Yes.


  • Yellow Creek State Forest is open to visitors between 6am and 11pm daily. Legal campers, if applicable, hunters, and anglers may be present during other times.
  • Operation of motor vehicles is restricted to roads provided for such travel. Speed limit on state forest roads is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. Vehicles may not be parked where traffic or access to division service roads or trails are obstructed. OAC 1501: 3-4 Motor Vehicles
  • Fires are not permitted expect in grills or fire rings provided, or in portable stoves. Fires must be attended to at all times.
  • Trash must be disposed of in receptacles provided.
  • Camping is not permitted
  • Hunting and fishing is permitted in most state forests as regulated by the Division of Wildlife. Shooting is prohibited within 400 feet of any building, facility, or recreation area and from or across any road or driveway. Discharge of any firearm is not permitted except during lawful hunting season.
  • Public display or consumption of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited.
  • Disturbance, defacement, or destruction of any property, material, natural feature, or vegetation is prohibited. Berries, nuts, and mushrooms may be gathered and removed except from posted areas.
  • State forest boundaries are indicated with yellow blazes on the trees and/or posted signs.
  • Other general rules for visitation are found at OAC 1501:3-2 Rules for Visitation   


Forest Manager: Will McCormick, (740) 266-6021

Administrative Office:
Fernwood State Forest
11 Township Road 181
Bloomingdale, OH 43910

Columbus Headquarters: (877) 247-8733, forestry.comments@dnr.ohio.gov


Call: 911

Phone Number

(740) 266-6021