Findley State Park encompasses a total area of 838 acres near Mansfield city, the county seat of Richland County, Ohio. Mansfield City can be found midway between Columbus and Cleveland via Interstate 71. To get to the park, just travel 30 miles north of Mansfield.
The park was once a state forest that was planted by the Division of Forestry with lots of help from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). A total of almost 500 thousand trees, including hardwoods and pines, were planted through this collaboration. Ownership of the forest was transferred to the Division of Parks and Recreation in 1950. Within the park is a 93-acre lake that was completed in 1956 that today provides a lot of water-based activities that attract many people to the park.
Some of the activities that can be enjoyed at the park include waterfowl hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, camping, and hiking. During the winter season, you can also enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. Some of the amenities available at the park to facilitate these activities include camper cabins, campsites, food concession, picnic areas, picnic shelters, game courts, playgrounds, boat ramps, hiking trails, and a lot more.
You could also bring your dog to the park at no extra cost and have some fun, exercise, or relaxation with your pooch. That said, you must follow standard Ohio park rules that include the following. First, you must always keep your dog on a leash that is at least six feet long. Secondly, you must avoid areas and buildings that are not designated as pet-friendly areas.
Some of the general areas that you must avoid with your dog include lodges and lodge areas, cabins and cabin areas, wildlife display areas, and beach areas. If you choose to camp at the park, you are only allowed to bring a maximum of two pets/dogs per campsite. Also, it is a clever idea to bring poop bags with you so that you can clean up after your pooch.