As some of you are aware, The Paxton Group is planning a big Easter Event for Saturday, March 26 from 10am-12 at Letty Walter Park in Floyd County. This post is not about that event (don’t worry, we will be releasing more details of the event in the coming week), but about some discoveries I made during the planning process.
In our search for a venue, I was struck with how little I knew about the parks in our area. Forgive me if you are already knowledgeable about the following Clark County parks, but as a transplant to the area, I was surprised at how few I had been to (or even heard of). Please make sure to add to this list, because I would like to make it a point to visit each of the parks when the weather gets a little warmer.
Falls of the Ohio State Park: Now this one I had been to. And several times at that. It’s an easy walk, unless you want to climb on all of the rocks, which my brothers and I love doing to this day. Challenge yourself to locating as many types of fossils as possible! This is a great place to take the kiddos as well. I know when I was young, it occupied me for hours – in part because, as a child, every fossil, is of course, a dinosaur footprint.
Charlestown State Park: I have never been to this park, but I’ve heard great things about it! There’s hiking, fishing and camping and, apparently, excellent bird watching. The hiking trails seem to range from moderate to rugged, so if you’re looking for a super easy trail, this might not be the place for you to start. I found a “Full Moon Hike Schedule” on the website; I’ve never seen anything like it! I think I would be very interested in participating in one of those.
Clark State Forest: Camping, Fishing, and picnicking are a large draw, but there’s also hunting and a shooting range available. Rachel and Kristin tell me that a lot of people host family reunions and other special events there. The property also has seven playgrounds, two baseball fields, tennis court, basketball court, firetower and public gun range.
Deam Lake State Recreation Area: You can camp OR rent a cabin at this 194 Acre lake named after Charles Deam. Fishing, Boating, Swimming, Hiking and Hunting are all available here. There are a few easy hiking trails here, so beginners, lace up those hiking shoes!
Big Four Station and Bridge: This is the only other location that I’ve been to on this list! Finally opened to pedestrian and bicycle traffic in 2014, we’ve already seen that it draws big crowds, especially on beautiful sunny days. If you walk the entire bridge, including the complete ramps on both sides of the river, the distance is 1 mile.
Please comment with any additions you’d make to this list in Clark County. I’d love to add your suggestions to our Clark County Guide! And a Floyd County List will be coming!