ODNR works hard to provide excellent recreational opportunities for all visitors, and Ohio is one of only a handful of states in the country that doesn’t charge admission fees to state parks. Recreation is going to be different this year, but it can still be plenty of fun. Boating, fishing, hiking, biking — there are so many great options across the state waiting for you and your family. With few exceptions, the state properties that ODNR manages are open, although certain facilities on-site may be closed, such as restrooms and playgrounds, and visitors should plan to carry out any trash with them at the end of their visit. Updates on what’s open and what’s closed can be found on the department's Operations during Coronavirus Page.
Visitor safety has always been the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) top priority. Please follow COVID-19 precautions when exploring state parks, forests, wildlife areas, and nature preserves:
- Avoid crowds.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
- Wear a mask or face covering when entering buildings.
- Stay home if you are sick or do not feel well.
- Practice good hygiene by washing hands, using hand sanitizer, coughing/sneezing into an elbow, and avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Check out the COVID-19 Checklist for Visiting State Parks for more guidelines.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, a significant number of individuals infected with COVID--19 may have mild symptoms or be asymptomatic, which is why it’s crucial to maintain distance from others, even if you feel fine. Please remember to follow all guidance from state and local health officials and any posted advisory or warning signs. For the latest COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.
ODNR hopes you and your family will discover countless new adventures in the great outdoors, and we hope to see you soon (from a safe distance).