Thousands of wooded acres greet visitors to the Mohican region. Mohican State Park's wild landscape offers truly stunning views from both land and water. Clear Fork Gorge, Lyon's Falls, and the Mohican State Scenic River are just a few of the must-sees for adventurers. Overnight accommodations include the modern yet rustic full-service lodge, large family campground with pool, deluxe vacation cabins, and a primitive camping area with streamside sites.
Lodge & Conference Center
Mohican Lodge & Conference Center
Overlooking the beautiful Pleasant Hill Lake, the Mohican Lodge and Conference Center features 96 air-conditioned rooms, with private balcony and color television, Wi-Fi, private meeting and banquet rooms for groups up to 425, and full-service dining room, snack bar, and lounge. Other facilities include gift shop, fitness center, Olympic-size indoor and outdoor pools, and sauna.
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing The Mohican-Loudonville area is known as the “Canoe Capital of Ohio” due to the concentration of paddling activities. The entire scenic river consists of 27 miles of flowing waters that provide a view of the forested valleys that comprise the Clear Fork Gorge State Nature Preserve, Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial State Forest.
Nearby Pleasant Hill Lake, which is managed by Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, offers boating with no horsepower limits.
Reserve online or by calling (866) 644-6727
Mohican State Park's cabins are situated and along and near the Mohican State Scenic River. All of the two-bedroom cabins have been renovated in recent years and sleep up to six guests. Cabins offer heat, fully furnished living room, bathroom with shower, kitchen, bedrooms and dining area. No housekeeping is available, but towels, bed linens, and cooking utensils and equipment are provided. Pets are permitted in a few cabins.
Cabins may be reserved up to a year in advance.
Mohican's popular large campground offers full hook-up, electric and non-electric sites. Up to two pets are allowed on each site. For the safety of our registered campers and their families, visitors are not permitted to drive through the campground from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Reserve online or by calling (866) 644-6727.
Campground facilities include:
- Showers, flush toilets, dump station and a campground store
- Pool and splash pad
- Playground, volleyball, and basketball courts
- Nature Center and nature programming
- Campground store loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers
- Gem mining is available for a fee from the campground store
Primitive Group Camping
Four primitive group camp offer non-electric sites for up to 25 guests. Each offers potable water, pit latrines, fire ring and two picnic tables per site. Located 10 miles from main campground. Group camp guests may use campground facilities for showerhouses and pool for a daily car pass fee. Group camp areas can be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.
Anglers will enjoy good catches of largemouth bass, bluegill and white crappie in Mohican’s streams and at Pleasant Hill Lake. Wolf Creek offers excellent stream fishing for smallmouth bass. Mohican’s Clear Fork River is one of only three Ohio streams stocked with brown trout, another great fishing opportunity for visitors. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Three camper cabins are available from May through October. Each offers one bunk bed and one double bed, mini fridge and microwave, ceiling fan, electric heater and air conditioner, as well as front porch with swing. Also comes with fire ring and picnic table. No pets allowed. No linens or cookware provided. Registered guests may use the pool and splash pad located in the campground. Camper cabins may be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.
Hunting is prohibited in Mohican State Park but is allowed in the state forest. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.
Six picnic areas are located around the park and offer tables, latrines and drinking water. Fires are only permitted in available grills. Campground store offers limited picnic supplies. Three shelterhouses may be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727.
Campers and cabin guests may use the swimming pool and splash pad located in the campground.Tubing is very popular on the Clear Fork River and access points are located throughout the park.
Several hiking and multi-use trails traverse the park.
- Clear Fork Gorge Loop Trail 0.5 mile- moderate
- Grist Mill Overlook Loop Trail - 0.7 mile
- Hemlock Gorge Trail - 2 miles - difficult - Leads to a scenic covered bridge
- Hog Hollow Trail - 2.5 miles
- Lyons Fall Trail - 2 miles - moderate to difficult - follows Clear Fork Gorge and features two waterfalls
- North Rim Trail - 1 mile
- Pleasant Hill Trail - 3/4 mile - easy - Follows the lake shoreline and offers beautiful views of the lake
- Stage Coach Trail (cut off on Lyons Falls) - 0.2 mile
- Shelter House Trail - 0.33 mile
Named "Trail of the Month" by Runners World Magazine, Mohican State Park is the home to one of the oldest ultra marathons in the U.S., The Mohican Trail 100, and also hosted the first ever US Track and Field Ultra Marathon National Championship in 2005.
Mohican Mountain Bike Trail, 25-miles , also open to hikers, loops the gorge passing through both the state park and state forest. See Mohican State Forest website for more information on this trail.
Voted #1 mountain bike trail in Ohio by Mountain Bike Action Magazine, and a "must ride" according to National Geographic Explorer Magazine
Home of the Mohican MTB100, a stop on the National Ultra Endurance Series that has featured many of today's top USA Olympians and national champions.
Several bridle trails meander through the state park lands and adjacent state forest. A portion of the bridle trails within the state forest are also designated for snowmobile use.
Under the proper winter conditions, park guests can enjoy snowmobiling on the Snowmobile Trail and on trails in the adjacent state forest.
History & Natural Features
The Mohican State Park area was once the hunting grounds of the Delaware Native Americans, whose more famous warriors included Janacake, Bill Montour, Thomas Lyon and James Smith. Smith was the first white man to come to this area after he was captured by the Native Americans and later adopted into their tribe. Several Delaware villages were also located in the Mohican vicinity.
European settlers began arriving at the turn of the 19th century, but settlement did not increase until the Native Americans were driven from the area after the War of 1812. John Chapman, immortalized as Johnny Appleseed, frequented the region during the 1800s, caring for his apple tree nurseries. His name and the date, carved into the wall of Lyons Falls, were an attraction for years. Unfortunately, the etchings have been worn away over time.
Prior to 1949, most of the area that comprises the present state park was part of Mohican State Forest. The forest lands were administered by the Ohio Division of Forestry. In 1949, when the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was created, Mohican and several other state parks were developed from existing state forests. The new park was named Clear Fork State Park. Later, in 1966, the name was changed to Mohican State Park in order to alleviate confusion between Mansfield’s Clearfork Reservoir and the state park. Even before the official name change, visitors referred to the area as Mohican.
Mohican State Park’s scenic beauty and natural features can be attributed to events that occurred over 14,000 years ago during the ice age in Ohio. The last glaciers to enter Ohio, the Wisconsinan, ended their advance in the Mohican region, leaving behind and array of glacial deposits such as end and ground moraines, linear ridges of soil and rock, and till deposited along the edge of the ice sheet.
The erosional forces of glacial meltwaters hastened the carving of the narrow Clear Fork Gorge. This gorge cuts into sandstone bedrock, creating steep cliff walls and bedrock outcroppings . The gorge is more than 1,000 feet wide at the top and more than 300 feet deep. The gorge’s towering hemlocks and stands of old-growth white pine, are of national significance. The National Park Service has dedicated the area as a Registered National Natural Landmark. .
The Mohican-Memorial State Forest surrounds the park and harbors great plant and animal diversity. Ridge tops contain stands of white, red and black oaks, red maple and white pine trees. Beech, ash and tulip trees can be found in the middle and lower slopes along with hemlock and yellow birch. The bottomland forest contains sycamore, willow, buckeye, hawthorn and dogwood trees. The diversity of ferns in this region is astounding, with as many as 15 different species identified, including the rare walking fern.
Mohican is home to numerous mammals, including white-tailed deer, skunk, opossum and red fox. Dusky salamanders, American toads and the gray tree frog are samples of local amphibians. Wild turkey have made a tremendous comeback in Ohio after being totally absent at one time. Now significant numbers can be found in the surrounding forest. Additionally, bald eagles are regularly seen in the area. Birders will also enjoy the abundance of nesting warblers in the Clear Fork Gorge. More than 15 species, including northern parula, hooded, cerulean and American redstart, nest here during spring and summer.