Jackson 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).



Broken ARO and Flint Run Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 3,480 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
Buckeye Furnace (Ohio Historical Society)
  • 123 Buckeye Park Rd. T–167, Wellston, OH 45692
  • Location: Buckeye Furnace is 10 miles east of Jackson, two miles south of State Route 124 on Buckeye Furnace Road in Jackson County.
  • Park size: 270 acres
  • Restored 19th century blast furnace, museum, and two nature trails. Site also contains wooden covered bridge. Check hours of operation before visiting.
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Buckeye Furnace
Coalton Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 1,729 acres
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Coalton Wildlife Area
Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 5,421 acres
  • Total trail length: 20 miles
  • 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.
  • Site includes remnants of 19th century Madison iron furnace
  • Wildlife Area Map for Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area
Jackson Lake (State Park)
  • 35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656
  • Park size: 106 acre park + 242 acre lake
  • Dog friendly (Not on beach)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
  • Boating, swimming (200 ft beach)
  • Campground Map
  • Park Map for Jackson Lake
Lake Alma (State Park)
  • 422 Lake Alma Road Wellston, OH 45692
  • Park size: 292 acres
  • Total trail length: 3.25 miles
  • Dog friendly (Not on beach)
  • Fishing (check the official site to see if there are any restrictions)
  • Camp sites
  • Restrooms
  • Boating, swimming (2 beaches)
  • Campground Map
  • Park Map for Lake Alma
Lake Katharine (State Nature Preserve)
  • 1703 Lake Katharine Rd., Jackson, Ohio 45640
  • GPS coordinates: N39.085967, W82.669583
  • Location: Located in Jackson County, 2 miles west from Jackson on State Street (County Road 76 or Beaver Pike); turn right and proceed 2 miles north on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road).
  • Park size: 2,019 acres
  • Total trail length: 6 miles
  • Permit required for use of watercraft on lake
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Lake Katharine
Leo Petroglyph (Ohio Historical Society)
  • GPS coordinates: N39.151363, W82.683363
  • Location: Leo Petroglyph is near the village of Leo, five miles northwest of Jackson, in Jackson County. Turn off of U.S. Route 35 on County Road 28, then left in Leo on Township Road 224.
  • Park size: 12 acres
  • Native American petroglyphs, hiking trail in adjacent gorge features seasonal waterfalls
  • Location on Google Maps
  • TrekOhio photos and descriptions of Leo Petroglyph
Liberty Wildlife Area (State Wildlife Area)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Park size: 140 acres
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Good site for bird watching
  • Wildlife Area Map for Liberty Wildlife Area
Richland Furnace SF (State Forest)
  • Location: See above link for driving directions and maps.
  • Trail map
  • Park size: 2,524 acres
  • Hunting when in season with license. Please visit park web site for details.
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Remnant of old iron furnace, 8 miles of ATV trails
Wayne NF – Ironton Unit (National Forest)


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

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