Belmont County Parks & Nature Preserves

The following list of parks and preserves includes those managed by federal, state, county, and non-governmental agencies (such as the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, various historical societies, etc.).

We have tried to collect information on the activities and facilities available at various parks, but things may change without us knowing about it. So please double-check the information at the official site (click on the park’s name to go there).



Barkcamp (State Park)
  • 65330 Barkcamp Road, Belmont, OH 43718
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 1,005 acres
  • Total trail length: 3.6 miles trails + 24 miles bridle / snowmobile trail
  • Dog friendly (Not on beach)
  • Bridle trails
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Archery range
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • At least some parts are handicap accessible
  • Camp sites
  • Cross country ski trails
  • Restrooms
  • Boating, swimming (700 ft beach), Pioneer Village, Nature Center
  • Campground Map
  • Park Map for Barkcamp
Egypt Valley Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 18,011 acres
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Egypt Valley Wildlife Area
Emerald Hills Preserve (State Nature Preserve)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 73 acres
  • Permit required
  • Contact Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources for a PERMIT and preserve information
Jockey Hollow (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 3,469 acres
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Jockey Hollow
National Road Bikeway (Bike Path)
  • Transits: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map


Last Update: 2016-04-26 20:25:48

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2 thoughts on “Belmont County Parks & Nature Preserves”

  1. Margaret Bowman says:

    I am interested in learning more about a Belmont County nature preserve: Captina Preserve. I believe that it is located on Newcastle Road, near Jerusalem, OH. Is it new? Or do I have the name wrong? Thanks.

    1. Bob Platt says:

      Short answer: I’ve not heard of this preserve. I searched Google and found some mentions of Captina Preserve, but no real information. But if you find out anything please let us know!

      Longer answer: We’ve built a list (by county) of parks & preserves owned by federal, state, county, local governments, and non-government organizations (NGO’s). Some land owned and managed by NGO’s is either not open to the public, or is simply not well publicized. I found two groups you might try contacting for more info:

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