North Bend State Park is an Ohio treasure. Nestled between the states famous rolling hills and valleys, the park offers both summer-and-wintertime activities for individuals of all ages and tastes. North Bend State Park hosts several species of fish including bass, musky, crappie, and catfish in its lake of the same name.
Guests are encouraged to come with proper fishing gear and try their luck in both North Bend lake as well as its surrounding creeks and streams. Make sure you've gotten your state fishing license before planning your visit. If your canine would like to come along, make sure they stay on a leash that's six feet long or shorter.
Fourteen different hiking trails cover over 25 miles of the landscape here, sure to be a boon for backpackers and casual guests alike. These paths cover a range of difficulties, so make sure you grab a free copy of the North Bend State Park Trails Guide, which can be found in the park's central offices.
If you're looking to do an expedition with your canine, you'll want to make sure you keep them on a leash during your visit. Refuse bins are strategically placed throughout the trail system, so make sure to bring bags and take care of any messes left behind by your pet.
Cyclists are also free to ride the various trails here, provided they wear appropriate safety gear as mandated by the state, and stay mindful of other guests. The cycling community treasures North Bend State Park due to it being an entrance to the multi-state North Bend Rail Trail, a 72-mile stretch of reclaimed railroad that has since been paved and cultivated as a public recreational area.
As all cycling trails double as walking and hiking trails, cyclists should always keep an eye out for other park patrons. Guests who are trying to get out for a swim can enjoy the North Bend Public Swimming Complex, hours for which change seasonally.
The pool and its surrounding bathhouse and concession facilities are free to park guests and can be rented for parties up to six months in advance. Sorry dog lovers, but all pool facilities are off-limits to pets. However, you and your four-footed family member can have fun in many other areas of the park.