Stretching over 4,870 acres, the East Fork State Park beckons the outdoor adventurer to come explore its various terrains. Wooded areas and rolling hills are the pawfect place for adventure for you and your pup. One of the key interests at the East Fork State Park is the "Old Bethel Church" that dates as far back as 1867 and still has some of the original construction material, including wooden pegs and hand forged nails. The church was built with logs in the early 1800s.
For the water lovers, the on site lake and several rivers offer a ton of activities. The East Fork Lake features many boat launches if you like a day lounging on the water. Cast a line with your doggo by your side, just be sure to get a fishing license before you come. There is a beach, but unfurtunately, dogs are not allowed in this public swimming area. If your pup wants to experience the shore or water, head to other areas around the lake, or to the rivers.
Hikers will love trekking through abandoned farmlands, dry-forested hills, marshy grasslands, swamp forests, thickly grown floodplains, and open meadows. With just under 100 miles of trails, there is something to please every kind of adventurer. A 32 mile perimeter trail snakes around the entire property, while several other trails range from 0.5 to 16 miles. Grab a map and plan a unique route that's suited to you and your pup. Backcountry trails make you feel truly away from it all, and you can get a permit to camp too.
Standard camping sites also offer a way to extend the fun. Almost 400 sites offer various amenities, from full hookups to electric, horse friendly sites, a boat ramp, toilets, showers and water. Campsites are dog-friendly too, with a limit of two pups per site.
The fun doesn't end when the snow begins, as the park also offers ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to keep your dog on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Always have water to share with your thirsty pup, and clean-up bags, and pick up whatever your dog leaves behind.
Enjoy the great outdoors with your furry explorer at the East Fork State Park today!