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Barkcamp State Park

65330 Barkcamp Road

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 1,005-acre park.


This area was first inhabited by the Moundbuilders, then later by Wyandots, Delaware and Shawnee. Belmont County was one of the earliest areas settled in Ohio, and the scene of several bloody conflicts between settlers and Indians. Prior to the Treaty of Greenville of 1795, the nearby Ohio River was the accepted boundary between Indians to the north and settlers to the south of the river. Conflicts arose as land-hungry settlers began encroaching on Indian lands. The celebrated Indian fighter, Lewis Wetzel, was often through this region. Wetzel instigated many of the conflicts as Indians were the object of his mortal hate. A large boulder near the park's Antique Barn bears an inscription carved by Wetzel.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) established the first church in the area. Benjamin Lundy, a Quaker who lived in St. Clairsville, became known as the "Father of Abolitionism". He formed an anti-slavery society here in 1815 called the Union Humane Society. At one point, there were 120 miles of the Underground Railroad in Belmont County. Lundy helped produce the abolitionist paper, The Philanthropist at nearby Mt. Pleasant.

As years passed, coal was discovered and became the foundation of the area's economy. Belmont County is now the state's leading producer of coal with an estimated 5,668 million tons of coal available below the earth's surface.

Land acquisition began for the park in 1955, and a dam was completed in 1963 resulting in the 117-acre Belmont Lake. The park derives its unusual name from Barkcamp Creek, the former site of a logging camp where logs were stripped of their bark in preparation for delivery to the mill.



Saturday, June 16, 2018
Very very disappointed! This park was our go to for summer day trips for many years. To find out they cut out ALL KIDS programs, activities, movies, the barn that's interactive. Beach lake area has shortened and needs up keep. :( NO PARK RANGERS ON DUTY!! My youngest two are so upset, our tradition has been disrupted. I hope this is not a long term decision they've made!?

Paul Barton

Saturday, May 26, 2018
We camped in the campground and it had good level sites with fire rings and a picnic table and electric. The shower House is nice and up-to-date but the toilets are pit. That is the only draw back to the campground.

Rick Wallace Jr.

Monday, May 7, 2018
The park is huge there's plenty for everybody to do fishing camping bird watching there's plenty of parking space they have a beach they have cabins Duran places to pitch A-tent for the night or put your RV great place to take pictures for any special occasion wedding anniversaries proms homecomings or just a big family outing the park is you mungas there's plenty of road in different spots to go there a lot of different places the part not worrying about finding a place there is a beach to swim man for the kids to play on as plenty of playgrounds throughout the entire park Find a of trails throughout all the woods to take for a long hike short hike up-and-down hills . If you like to hike this is the place to go if you liked it and joy family time for can't be this is also an excellent place to go

Dakota Wyatt

Monday, May 28, 2018
Very roomy. Lots of people visit and tons of fun. Beach Volleyball Net Provided.

Ashley Swindell

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Lots of great trails, great wild life, our dogs love it here! The only downside is some people don't know how not throw trash everywhere.

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