Malabar Farm State Park encompasses a total area of 875 acres of land and three acres of water in Richland County, Ohio. The park is located near the Mohican State Park and close to Lucas, a village in Richland County, which is in the southeastern corner of Ohio. To get to the park, just travel one-hour northeast of Columbus, (Ohio’s capital) which is at the heart of the state. The exact address of the park is 4050 Bromfield Road in Lucas, Ohio 44843.
The park where the land sits was created when Louis Bromfield, a dedicated conservationist, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and author created his dream that he called the Malabar Farm. His goal was to restore the fertility of the land and preserve the natural beauty of the woodlands. The park was later handed over to the state of Ohio and labeled a park.
Today, the Malabar Farm State Park continues to be a good representation of the variety of topography and biota of the glaciated Allegheny Plateau region of Ohio. The park area is characterized by streams, lakes, woodlands, and bogs alongside fertile valleys, villages, grain, and dairy farms.
Besides experiencing the natural and cultural history of the park, visitors to the park can also enjoy sledding, fishing, hiking, nature programs, ice skating, camping, cross-country skiing, guided tours, and horseback riding among other activities. Amenities at the park to facilitate these activities include a youth hostel, picnic areas, horsemen's camp, day-use lodge, restaurant, several campsites (without electricity), and multi-use trails.
Like other Ohio State parks, you are also allowed to bring your dog at no extra cost. If you choose to camp at the park you are limited to only two dogs per campsite. You should also avoid other park buildings and areas that are not designated as pet-friendly areas. Furthermore, you should always ensure that your pooch is on a leash no longer than six feet long.