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Salt Fork in April.

April 13, 2013

Salt Fork State Park

Last weekend I was at Salt Fork State Park – Ohio’s largest state park- with my family.  You may remember we went there a year ago and we had so much fun that we returned again this year.

We were there last year in late May.  This year due to a more restricted schedule we showed up in early April, so the park looked somewhat different with a lack of leaves on the trees.  One good thing about this was that it made it easier to see deer, I saw 16.

Here’s some photos from last weekend.  I’d recommend checking out the state parks in your state!

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The lodge at Salt Fork- it’s a hotel, conference center, restaurant, recreation facility and gift shop combined.  This unique facility was built in 1970.

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This House Finch sang outside the lodge entrance.

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There are miles of roads within this huge park- it’s as big as some counties.

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Salt Fork Reservoir winds throughout the park.  There were a decent amount of fishing boats out on the water.

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There are 2 marinas in the park.

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There’s an 18-hole golf course on the top of a large hill.

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These Turkey Vultures were sunning themselves on the course.

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A good amount of the park is a designated hunting area with dirt roads cutting through the hills and woodland.

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We stayed in a pet-friendly cabin.

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This Crow was very interested in a piece of bread I threw down the hill. The bird took it to the nearby reservoir and dunked it in the water to make it easier to eat.

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Canada Geese hung out at the reservoir.

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This goose was nesting along the shore- I backed off after getting this photo, not wanting to alarm it.

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Here’s a Song Sparrow in the woods.

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Here’s a pair of Eastern Phoebes.  There were a lot of these early-returning flycatchers in the park.

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Just like last year, Turkey Vultures were quite numerous in the sky.

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I enjoyed hiking in the woods.

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Deer were plentiful.  This one was not shy at all.

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This Red-Breasted Nuthatch posed nicely for me while eating pine cone seeds.

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I heard a few Towhees singing in the park like this fellow here.

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My brother’s dog enjoyed the vacation!

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There’s nothing like a fire at night, especially when it’s chilly out.

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And a good time was had by all.

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2013 11:59 pm

    The cabins look inviting, almost as inviting as the fire!

    • April 14, 2013 12:04 am

      I was very impressed with the cabins- they were quite comfortable with heating and air conditioning, a full kitchen, decent beds, even cable TV and a DVD player! The screened-in porch looking off down the hill was great too.

      We forgot matches to light the fire, and we couldn’t find any at the park- remember when businesses gave away books of matches with ads for their business on the cover? Anyway, we lit the fire by using a thin branch as kindling, lighting it on the stove. Funny enough, the people a few cabins down from us walked up and asked if we had any matches- they’d forgotten them too. I’m going to get a whole box for our next trip!

      • April 14, 2013 12:20 am

        Being a (soon to quit) smoker, I haven’t run into that problem of matches yet. Besides, I always carry some in my pack and in my kayaking gear.

        Our state parks aren’t as developed as some other states, but then, Michigan has the largest park and forest system in the country, and money only goes so far. I like my tent for camping, but it snowed all day today, which is why that cabin looked so cozy!

    • April 14, 2013 12:31 am

      Whoa, snow! It was 51 degrees here. I’ve heard good things about Michigan’s parks and forests, one of these years I’ll make it up to the upper peninsula!

      • April 14, 2013 12:35 am

        I kept saying that all day, Whoa snow, but just like Yosemite Sam’s camel, it wouldn’t stop.

        You’ll love the U.P.! Never call it the upper peninsula, people will know you’re from out of state. 😉

    • April 14, 2013 1:41 pm

      If they see my Ohio license plate, that’ll be all they need to know! 😀

  2. April 14, 2013 1:14 am

    Wow, that is a big state park! Lots of room to explore. I like the way the cabins are situated; very pleasant setting!

    • April 14, 2013 1:42 pm

      Very nice indeed, Montucky! I realize that hills in Ohio aren’t quite like the hills in Montana, but they’re good enough 🙂

  3. April 14, 2013 2:17 am

    Looks like a lovely place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of life. The cabins look snug and inviting. If it was allowed, I believe I’d have to do a bit of fishing in that there lake. 😉
    Your brother’s dog is a handsome fellow. It looks like he’s relaxing and taking in the peace of nature.
    Deer are so charming. It’s fun when they stop and pose for a photo.
    I always enjoy seeing the fun little birds.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • April 14, 2013 1:43 pm

      Many thanks, E.C.! There were lots of people fishing there, that was probably the most popular activity!

  4. April 14, 2013 7:46 am

    i don’t blame you for wanting to go there each year-it’s a beautiful place. I’m surprised that you didn’t see any wildflowers though! You’d think a place like that would be full of them.

    • April 14, 2013 1:45 pm

      I did spot a few wildflowers, Gardener- but Ohio had had a cold March so they were late in coming out (this weekend suddenly there’s a lot more). Probably the most interesting wildflower I saw blooming there was Coltsfoot. I should have put a picture of it in the post!

  5. April 14, 2013 8:30 am

    What a welcome vicarious vacation, Tracy; thanks for taking us along! I agree with the others, the cabin looks lovely and so beautifully situated above the water. The phoebes have been singing here, I love their voices.

    • April 14, 2013 1:46 pm

      The cabin was so good I wouldn’t mind living there! And a Phoebe was right outside singing.

  6. April 14, 2013 2:51 pm

    been to salt folk years ago, went horsebackriding, and hiking but never seen the cabins or the main building, will have to check it out if I ever get to go there again. nice photos by the way. thanks for sharing.

  7. April 14, 2013 7:02 pm

    Looks like a great place. Those turkey vultures sunning are quite amazing.

    • April 14, 2013 7:44 pm

      Agreed, Patti- it was almost like, ‘do these vultures know more than we do? They seem to be keeping an eye on us out in the middle of nowhere…’ 😉

  8. April 14, 2013 11:25 pm

    Love your photos and comments. You really get around to some pretty places.

  9. April 15, 2013 9:04 am

    Beautiful park–and the lodge is amazing! Good suggestion to try to get out to our local parks (though will probably try to wait until the mud subsides a bit).

    • April 15, 2013 9:08 am

      I’ve never seen anything like the lodge there- it was very impressive. I could do a whole post just on that big building!

  10. April 16, 2013 2:02 pm

    What a lovely place! I love your photos, especially the deer and the nuthatch. Sounds like you had a great time and the lodge looks really lovely.

    • April 16, 2013 2:39 pm

      It was a grand time, Jo! Salt Fork is probably a yearly long-weekend getaway for the family, we like it a lot 🙂

  11. April 17, 2013 9:10 am

    What a lovely state park, with lots of varied activities! Sitting around a fire at night after a long day in the woods is one of those simple pleasures that make life worth living, so satisfying to the spirit. It’s wonderful when families can enjoy the natural world together…

  12. keekeepod permalink
    April 21, 2013 10:18 pm

    Aha! Red-breasted nuthatch. For over a year I’ve trying to identify the source of a very loud bird call without being able to get a good look at the bird. So, I decided to check the bird calls of the the birds in your blog. Finally! Thanks.

    • April 24, 2013 8:53 am

      That’s great, keekeepod! Last winter was a good season for Red-Breasted Nuthatches here in Ohio.

  13. April 24, 2013 5:08 am

    Looks beautiful and I love your photos of the birds, would love to take my family there someday. The woods look very inviting. Thank you 🙂

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