The Hueston Woods State Park is comprised of 2,936 acres of land and 625 acres of water that is the Acton Lake. The park is nearby the cities of Cincinnati and Oxford in Preble and Butler counties of Ohio. You can gain access to the park by traveling north along Route 27 to Oxford from Cincinnati and then turn right onto 732 North and proceed to the park entrance. The park is about one hour northwest of Cincinnati.
Hueston Woods State Park was established in 1957 after the state of Ohio started purchasing the land where the park sits from as early as 1941. Around this time, Clyde Acton, the member of the Ohio General Assembly, convinced the legislature to buy the land where the park sits. The lake was formed after the damming of the Four Mile Creek.
A special feature of the park is that it provides all-year access to a nature center that allows enthusiasts to view the natural flora and fauna of this unique part of Ohio. Essentially, you have access to flower walks as well as opportunity to view several unique birds. Additionally, you can go on fossil hunts and get to see a sample of the dense woodland that at one point covered a much larger part of the state of Ohio.
Other attractions and activities that you can enjoy at the park include camping, fishing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. You could also enjoy sports and games like paintball, golf, sledding, ice boating, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice fishing. The park also has several amenities to facilitate the above activities.
Another great feature of this park is that it is dog-friendly. In fact, there is a designated dog park where you can bring your dog and enjoy swimming at the lake. The dog park doesn’t have a fence and you must, therefore, keep your dog leashed to prevent inconvenience to others and to protect the biota at the park. Additionally, you must prevent your dog from wandering into areas of the park that are not designated as being pet-friendly.