An oasis of wooded splendor in the midst of expansive farmland. Sycamore State Park is the perfect retreat for groups of all sizes. Several group camp areas provide unique overnight options. Daytime activities include paddling, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. Picnic shelters and an archery range are also available.
An archery range with targets at distances from 10 to 50 yards is open to the public along Diamond Mill Road north of Providence Road. Archers must bring their own equipment. Rules are posted on site.
Sycamore State Park Campground offers Equestrian camping and two Group Camps. All camping is by reservation only.
Anglers will enjoy good catches of largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish in the park's ponds. A youth-only pond is available for young anglers. Wolf Creek offers excellent stream fishing for small mouth bass as well.
Hunting is permitted on nearly 1,500 acres of park land with outstanding squirrel and deer hunting opportunities.
The park offers picnic areas and picnic shelters.
The trail is located near the shelter off Providence Road. A mowed path takes visitors of all ages through the woods and near a small creek. It ends near the Sycamore fishing pond. The storybook presented along the trail changes throughout the year. At the beginning of the trail is a Free Little Library where you can choose to take a book home or leave one for a fellow visitor.
- Storybook Trail — 0.6 mile, mowed path, easy
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- 2.7-mile Ghost Hedge Nature Trail explores the Wolf Creek Valley.
- 1.5-mile Beech Ridge Trail explores woodlots and meadows.
- 0.6-mile Storybook Trail is a mowed path that presents a story in stages along the trail.
- The Meadowlark Trail and Heron Run Trail connect the Ghost Hedge and Beech Ridge trails to create approximately 8 miles of hiking opportunities.
- 18 miles of bridle trail
- 6.2 miles of snowmobile trail (horseback riding permitted when there is not enough snow)
In winter and under proper conditions, park guests can enjoy a moderate, 6.2-mile snowmobiling trail. Additionally, visitors can go sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing.
History & Natural Features
The first inhabitants of the area were the Adena Native Americans who resided in Ohio around 800 B.C. to 700 A.D. Evidence of their presence can be seen at the ceremonial mound found in the park. In the mid to late 1700s, the area became a stronghold of the Miami and Shawnee tribes. After General Anthony Wayne’s defeat of the tribes at the battle of Fallen Timbers, the Greenville Treaty of 1795 stripped the Native Americans of their lands. In less than a year following the signing of the treaty, the first settlers arrived.
Settlers were attracted to this area because of the fertile soil. When the Miami-Erie Canal was completed in 1829, the area became quite prosperous. Underlying the rich fertile soils were vast beds of gravel and sand providing excellent materials for road making. Hundreds of miles of roads were built in the county with these materials making it one of the most accessible during the state’s infancy.
At one time, the land comprising Sycamore State Park was purchased by a development corporation to build a housing project. When the corporation was unable to complete the construction, the lands were offered to the state of Ohio. Sycamore was dedicated as a state park in November 1979.
Sycamore State Park lies in the vast fertile till plains of western Ohio in the Wolf Creek Valley. The original forest contained magnificent oaks, walnut, maple, ash, wild cherry and many other tree species. The forest abounded with wild turkey, deer, elk and bison. Long before any permanent settlement was made in the area, its beauty and fertility were well known in the Kentucky settlements and to the people east of the Alleghenies.
By 1880, farm production in the area was greater than anywhere else in Ohio ending the abundance of forest and game. Today, through conservation efforts, the former farmland of the park are now yielding to second-growth forests. The huge sycamore trees lining the banks of Wolf Creek give the park its name. The increasing wildlife population includes red fox, deer, woodchuck, raccoon and coyote in addition to a variety of songbirds and waterfowl. The woodlots and meadows harbor diverse colonies of wildflowers, including spring beauties, wild blue phlox, ironweed and goldenrod.