Ohio State Parks are full of Ohio's rich history. Some of the first areas to be used as public parks in the late 1800s were lakes created as reservoirs for Ohio's canal system. These lakes became the first Ohio's State Parks when the state park system was created in 1949, and today several parks preserve remnants of the historic canals. (Canal Map)
Fossil beds and glacial grooves give fascinating glimpses oh Ohio's ancient past. (Geologic Maps)
A number of parks claim prehistoric Indian earthworks, pioneer cemeteries, ruins of grist mills and iron furnaces, and restored log cabins, historic brick or stone homes and other structures. (see or print the Heritage brochure)
History comes to life in pioneer villages, through interpretive programs and when folks gather for heritage-theme special events at a number of parks around the state. (Historic Maps)
Historic Marblehead Lighthouse is still in operation and open for tours. The Big House at Malabar Farm, Quail Hollow's Stewart Mansion and the Punderson Manor House were once the country estates of prominent citizens.
The Ohio State Parks magazine explores Ohio's interesting past and tells the stories of Ohio 's colorful historical characters. Read the current issue and feature stories from past issues.