Blue Rock State Park encompasses a total area of 322 acres of state parkland near the city of Zanesville in Muskingum County, Ohio State. The state began to purchase forest land back in 1936 and the park was officially opened in 1949. To get to the main entrance to the park, just travel 16 miles southeast of Zanesville.
Besides the appreciation of the splendid nature at the park, there are plenty of activities that the park has to offer including; fishing, swimming, canoeing, boating (electric motors only), camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, archery, sledding, ice fishing, and ice skating, among other activities. Amenities to facilitate these activities at the park include 94 campsites (without electricity), 3 rent-a-camp units, picnic shelters, picnic areas, 3 camper cabins, showers, group camp, playground, game courts, boat ramp, and a swimming beach. The park also features at least 5 hiking trails.
The topography of the park is mainly made up of rich green forests and rugged hills that form the perfect backdrop and the perfect escape to natures solitude. Blue Rock State Park is surrounded by the Blue Rock State Forest that covers a land area of about 4500-acres. There are plenty of attractive plant and animal species within the park to engage the curiosity of any enthusiast. The forest is mostly made up of hickory and oak trees with lush undergrowth and flowers like cardinal flowers, trilliums, and rare orchids. Animal species in the park include squirrel, deer, wild turkey, and grouse among others.
Like all other Ohio State parks, entrance is free of charge and this also includes free entry for all pets including dogs. When at the park, you need to observe some basic rules that include the following. First, your dog must always be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long. Secondly, dogs are not allowed into park buildings including cabin areas, lodge areas, swimming pools, and wildlife display areas. In fact, you should avoid most places that are not specifically designated as pet-friendly areas. If you choose to bring your dog for camping, then you are only allowed to have a maximum of two pets per campsite. Also, it is highly advisable to carry some poop bags with you so that you can clean up after your tail-wagger.