What is a list of the most popular Ohio state parks?


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Some of the most popular Ohio state parks include Hocking Hills State Park, Geneva State Park at Lake Erie, the Malabar Farm State Park and Kelleys Island State Park. Activities vary by location but most have camping facilities for tents and RVs.

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Hocking Hills State Park made Fodor's "America's 10 Best State Parks" list in 2014. Located in southeastern Ohio, this park is famous for its caves, cliffs, waterfalls and other geological features. Hiking paths lead through the sandstone sculptures, and fishing is available at Lake Logan. In nearby Rockbridge, Hocking Hills Canopy Tours offers zipline adventures over some of the park's forested areas.

Geneva State Park, about an hour's drive east of Cleveland, has its own stretch of sandy beach on Lake Erie. The rich and the famous, including John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford, frequented this spot during the early 1900s. The park offers a marina, outdoor pool, a lodge, cabins and campsites.

Malabar Farms State Park in Pleasant Valley was built by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, who believed in sustainable farming. A gift to the state, it is still a working farm. Tours of the mansion and farm are available, as are opportunities to camp, hike and ride horses within the park grounds.

Kelleys Island State Park is off of Port Clinton in North Central Ohio and is reached by ferry. This Lake Erie park offers camping, cycling, hiking and plenty of beach time during the summer. It is also a favorite of SCUBA divers because of the number of easily reached shipwrecks found offshore.

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