Just 60 miles east of Cincinnati sits Rocky Fork State Park. It’s an attraction for many reasons—the lake activities, the natural beauty, the chance to get some rest and relaxation. But above all, it’s an opportunity to be with family and friends, and there’s nothing more precious than that.
Not that it needs to be all mushy and sentimental. You can appreciate the bond of friends and family while, for example, throwing said friends and family into the lake, or watching them bite it on water skis, or humiliating them at euchre. The key thing is that you’re with them, enjoying all those camping shenanigans beside the trusty camper that brought you there.
Don’t have a camper? No worries, our friends at Sherwood Auto & Campers have your back. And they have ours too, which is why they gave us the lowdown on how to do it right at Rocky Fork State Park. Here’s what we learned:
If you haven’t been, Rocky Fork is one of the most captivating state parks in Ohio. It sits on nearly 2,000 acres of land with a whopping 31 miles of shoreline. That shoreline belongs to Rocky Fork Lake, a vast and serene body of water that features among the main attractions of the park.
Yet it is not the main attraction, hard as that is to believe. No, the main attraction is the shelf of dolomite limestone, which over 12,000 years has been eroded, cut through, and hollowed out. The result is twofold: A spectacular 75-foot gorge, and a mesmerizing network of caves. You can explore both.
But before you do, you should probably get your camping situation sorted out. There are 190 campsites suitable for trailers and tents at the northwest corner of the lake. The campground is equipped with showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, dump station, camp store and campers' beach. Electric hookups are available at 130 sites, with an additional 20 sites offering full-service hookups. Lunch ramps and tie-ups are provided for campers with boats. And, perhaps most importantly, pets are welcome.
HOLD THE TECH
The last thing you want to see when you’re camping is everyone on their phones. Something about the harsh, isolating glow of a 5” LCD screen, it does not a good camping experience make. Nor will it do anything to create those lasting memories, be they mushy and sentimental or spit-take hilarious.
So here’s an idea... Instead of basking in the glow of your phone, bask in the glow of the camp fire. Instead of texting the friends who aren’t there, try talking to the friends who are. Leave your video games, your social media accounts, and every impulse to selfie stardom. Leave it all behind, so you can be 100 percent present while lapping your loved ones around the Monopoly board.
DO THE ACTIVITIES
So, what is there to do at Rocky Fork? Pretty much everything:
- Four miles of hiking through woodlands, wetlands, and gorges
- Two large public beaches
- Picnic areas with shelters
- Volleyball and basketball courts
- An 18-hole disc golf course
- A full-service marina complete with boat rentals
- Unlimited horsepower boating
- Open fishing that rewards anglers with catches of bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, and saugeye
ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE
The area surrounding Rocky Fork is rich in Native American history. Neighboring Adams Country, for example, features the Great Serpent Mount built by the Adena Indians roughly 1,000 years ago. There’s also a complex of Hopewell Indian Mounds in nearby Fort Hill. These spectacular Native American earthworks provide an enriching look in into the practices and rituals of a bygone people. They also happen to be a great way to break up your camping experience.
GO WITH SHERWOOD
We’ve spent all this time talking about fostering bonds with friends and family over the campfire Well, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a similar bond with the folks that sell you your camping equipment?
It would. Which is why Sherwood Auto & Camper Sales is such a breath of fresh air. Sherwood has been in business for over 50 years. It all began when Norman Ludwick decided to take a chance in the small town of Hillsboro, Ohio. Norman set up shop with several vehicles as well as campers. Over the years Sherwood has grown and assisted generations of families in the purchase of their campers, cars, trucks, SUV's, recreational vehicles, all thanks to an awesome service team and a great selection of parts and supplies.
With everything being so hectic, slow down. Let Sherwood Auto & Camper Sales assist you with finding the perfect camper, truck, or recreational vehicle that fits your family and budget perfectly. Take the time to create memories that last a lifetime. After all, those are the moments that will be cherished throughout life. Make those moments and memories happen!
Sherwood Auto & Campers has been creating generations of memories for decades. They're located at 1460 North High Street, Hillsboro.