Stephen A. Forbes State Park, also known as Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area, is the pawfect place to spend some quality time with your furry friend. This lovely recreational area is home to the beautiful Lake Forbes as well as groves of oak trees and vast hilly terrain. Your doggo will absolutely love the chance to explore this beautiful slice of nature.
Four legged park visitors are welcome to enjoy the park’s
four trails. At 2.5 miles, Oak Ridge Trail is the longest hike in the park. For
something shorter, opt for the half mile Marlow Pond Trail. If your pup is into
spooky graveyards, follow the quarter mile Henneman Trail to an early
settlement cemetery. Phillips Creek
Trail is also a quarter of a mile and has lake access. While you are out and
about in the park, make sure to always have a clean up bag or two on hand and stoop
and scoop so the park stays smelling fresh.
There’s no question that most folks come to the park for
the 585 acre lake. The boat ramps and slips help boaters launch their watercrafts
with ease. Land lovers prefer to relax at Rocky Point, an inviting sandy beach
and the lake’s only designated swimming area. And anglers are drawn to the
large populations of largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and crappie.
In addition to watersports, Stephen A. Forbes State Park has
an open grass area, softball field, volleyball court, geocaches, and ample
opportunity to bird watch. When lunch time rolls around, choose a spot in one
of seven picnic areas and sit down for a bite to eat. Primitive restrooms, tables, and grills can be
found at each picnic site. A few rustic shelters are also available. The park’s
Oak Ridge Campground offers varied accommodations for families looking to
extend their vacation stay at this idyllic spot.
No bones about it, this park will make your pup’s