Address 1: 65330 Barkcamp Road
Open: Open all year
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 150
Full Hook: Yes
Belmont County’s rugged hills provide the backdrop for picturesque Barkcamp State Park. In addition to fine recreational facilities, visitors will enjoy the mature woodlands, open meadows, scenic lake and abundant wildlife of this secluded park.
123 electric sites
27 electric horse sites
Horse washing station
Accessible mounting ramp
2 wheelchair accessible sites
3 Rent-A-Camp units consist of a tent, dining canopy, cooler, cookstove, and other equipment.
2 deluxe Camper Cabins offer bunks plus a mircowave, refrigerator, two-burner stove and ceiling fan.
Pet camping is permitted on designated site.
Group camping is “first come, first served”
Boats with electric motors only are permitted on Belmont Lake.
Seasonal boat tie-ups are available.
A launch ramp provides access to the lake.
Fishing and Hunting
Anglers will enjoy good catches of bass, blue gill, crappie and trout.
A wheelchair accessible area allows all persons to test their skill at fishing.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas.
Squirrel hunting is popular here.
A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required.
A 700-foot beach provides enjoyment for swimmers and sunbathers
Check for water quality advisories
Eight picnic areas are scenically located around the park.
Each area provides tables, grills, water and latrines.
Three picnic shelterhouses are available and can be reserved online or by calling (866)-644-6727.
Trails and Interpretive Area
Lakeview Trail- Hiking- 2 Miles, Moderate
Woodchuck Nature Trail- Hiking- .5 Miles, Easy
Hawthorn Trail- Hiking- .6 Miles, Moderate
Hawk Trail- Hiking- .5 Miles, Easy- Handicap Accesible
Bridle/Snowmobile Trail- 24 miles, Moderate
A special paved trail winds through the pioneer village, enters the adjoining mature woodlands and provides access to the Antique Barn. Interpretive signs are placed along the route explaining the cultural and natural history of the park.
In the camp area, a bit of American history is preserved. The Antique Barn was built in the 1800s by Solomon Bentley, an orchardman of renown. One variety of apple that he marketed was the “Bentley Sweet.” The barn is now home to summer naturalist activities and historical displays.
A resurrected log cabin and other pioneer structures near the barn take visitors back to an even earlier era.
More To Do
Volleyball and basketball courts, as well as horseshoe pits, can be found at the campground and in day-use areas of the park.
A playground is also located at the campground.
The camp office loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers.
An archery range is available to the public
The rich history of the Barkcamp area can be experienced at the Belmont County Museum on State Route 800 in Barnesville. This spectacular Romanesque-style mansion was built in 1888 and has 26 rooms. The museum houses a quilt collection, a collection of antique farm implements and many other interesting relics of the “Gay 90’s” period. The museum is open May through October.
The Friends Meeting House, operated by the Ohio Historical Society and located in Mount Pleasant, is a restored meeting place of early Quakers. Built in 1914, it was one of the largest in the United States.
Dysart Woods, an outdoor land laboratory managed by Ohio University, preserves a 50-acre tract of old-growth forest. Dysart Woods is south of the park off State Route 147.