STROUDS RUN STATE PARK ACTIVITIES
Hiking Trail, miles20
Picnic Shelters, #3
Swimming Beach, feet900
Bridle Trails, miles9
Launch Ramps, #1
Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
Camper Cabins, #2
Group Camp, capacity150
Located in Ohio, the park offers a variety of birding options for enthusiasts. It is home to over 200 species of birds including warblers, vireos and thrushes which can be spotted along its numerous hiking trails. The lake attracts waterfowl such as ducks and geese while raptors like hawks are often seen soaring above the forested hillsides. Birders also have access to various observation points throughout the park that provide excellent views for spotting different avian species.
Fifteen miles of hiking trails meander through the wooded hills of Strouds Run leading to scenic vistas throughout the park. Excellent birdwatching and nature study can be done along the trail. An 8-1/2 mile bridle trail has been constructed by volunteers from the Ohio Horseman's Council, Athens County Chapter, working under the Adopt-A-Trail program. The trail can be accessed from the parking lot off Township Road 21 and at locations along County Road 20.
Biking enthusiasts can explore over 23 miles of trails, but be aware some are shared with hikers and horse riders. The Sundown Trail offers a moderate challenge for bikers due to its steep inclines. Be cautious on the Thunderbunny Trail as it's popular among mountain bikers; helmets are recommended here.
The Hollow Point trail is less challenging, suitable for casual cyclists or families. However, always keep an eye out for other users such as pedestrians or equestrians.
For those seeking more adventure, there's Trace Run - this path requires advanced biking skills because of rough terrains and sharp turns.
Remember: safety first! Always wear appropriate gear when cycling these paths including helmet and high-visibility clothing if riding in low light conditions.
Boats with a 10-hp limit are permitted on Dow Lake. A boat ramp and tie-up stakes are provided. Boat rental information may be obtained at the park office.
A 900-foot sand beach on the east side of the lake is open during the summer months from sunrise to sunset. Change booths, drinking water and restrooms are available. Scuba diving with proper equipment is permitted. Diving alone and within the beach area is prohibited.
Strouds Run State Park in Ohio offers a variety of fishing options for both experienced and novice anglers. The park's main attraction is the 161-acre Dow Lake, where you can fish from either the shore or by boat. Species that populate this lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish among others. Fishing boats are available to rent at the boathouse if needed.