Mt. Gilead State Park is a quiet, small 181-acre park centrally located in the state of Ohio. Picnicking, fishing and hiking can be enjoyed year-round at this beautiful location.
Mt. Gilead State Park is located in Morrow County near the center of the state. The first permanent settlers came into the county after the close of the War of 1812. The first gristmill and sawmill were built on Whetstone Creek in 1821. The town of Mt. Gilead, the county seat, served as a major stop on the underground railroad prior to the Civil War. In more recent history, an oil boom occurred in Morrow County. In 1961, a well was drilled on the Orrie Myers' property that produced 200 barrels a day. As a result of that wells success, 30-40 wells are drilled in Morrow County annually.
The first lake at Mt. Gilead was built in 1919 on the upper level of Sam's Creek. On July 10, 1930, a larger lake was completed below the first one on this same tributary of Whetstone Creek. The recreational area was originally under the supervision of the Bureau of Engineering. In 1949, it was turned over to the newly formed ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation to be maintained as a state park.
The campground has 59 campsites.
37 sites have electric sites 50/30-amp
22 sites have full-service sites with water, sewer and 50/30-amp electric
Facilities include shower house, flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and waste-water drains.
Pets are permitted.
Camp store offers supplies, food, convenience items and souvenirs, and loans games and sporting equipment to registered campers.
The 32-acre Mt. Gilead Lake allows paddle craft and sailboats and boats with electric motors only.
A 9-hole disc golf course may be enjoyed by visitors in day-use areas of the park. Equipment rental is not available.
Mt. Gilead Lake offers great fishing for bass, bluegill and other panfish. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Five picnic areas are located in the park, four on the south side of the park and one at the entrance off Route 42.
Several multi-use trails allow hiking, running and horseback riding:
Big Oak Trail, 0.4 mile
Bridle Trail, 1.5 miles
Lake View Trail, 1.7 miles
Spring Trail, 0.3 mile
Whetstone Loop, 0.8 mile
Whetstone Trail, 0.8 mile
In the proper winter conditions, park guests can enjoy ice skating, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.