Stonelick Contact Info
Address and phone numbers:
Stonelick State Park 2895 Lake Drive Pleasant Plain, OH 45122
Stonelick Camp Store 513-625-6593
Administrative Office (Eastfork) 513-734-4323
Stonelick State Park is located in Clermont County, 22 miles northeast from Cincinnati. Scenic hills appeal to naturalists with their uncommon wildflowers, abundant fossils and unusual stands of mature sweet gum trees. Normally, sweet gum is a subordinate tree but co-dominates the woodlands of Stonelick with beech and maple. Substantial colonies of dense flying star, purple fringeless orchid and Virginia mountain mint–all uncommon wildflowers in Ohio can be found here.By studying the bedrock layers in Ohio, we can find clues that reveal ancient seas, marshes or swamps covered all or portions of the state at various times in the past. Remains of plants and animals that lived in those waters littered the sea’s floor and became entombed as lime precipitated to the bottom. Eventually, the lime and other sediments solidified into stone and uplifted forming dry land.An arch formed in Ohio, during the time the Appalachian Mountains were formed, known as the Cincinnati Arch. This dome-like feature of uplifted bedrock passes through Stonelick. Several areas of the arch have been exposed from erosion uncovering some of the oldest rocks (350-500 million years old) in Ohio. The once entombed fossils are now exposed giving Stonelick one of the richest fossil records in the state. The rocks of the arch contain so many fossils of such diverse species that they have become very famous and have attracted people from all over the world since the early 1800’s. Trilobite, brachiopods and cephalopods provide excellent finds for fossil hunters.The forest and quiet lake, offer a retreat with many recreational opportunities outside the city. Go hiking on 5.3 miles of nature trails through the forest and along the lake. Picnic areas complete with tables and grills are located at many secluded and well-shaded areas around the park. A picnic shelter is located near the beach area and available by calling 513-734-4323. Special events provide entertainment all summer.200-acre Stonelick Lake offers a small sand beach. Enjoy laid-back boating, limited to canoeing, sailing or boats with electric motors only. Boat rental is available. A launch ramp is available for easy access.Fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie is enjoyed from the shore or on the lake. Hunting is permitted in designated areas. A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required.Pick from 115 campsites with/without electric hookups. Amenities include showers, restrooms, laundry facilities & camp store. Try hassle-free camping in a Camper Cabin.History
Stonelick State Park lies within Clermont County, the eighth county established in the Northwest Territory. Settlement of the area began in 1798 when the towns of Bethel and Williamsburg were laid out. A considerable amount of the early settlers came from Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania.Several clashes between the settlers and Indians occurred here as the area was situated between the Kentucky settlements south of the Ohio River and the Indian villages along the Little Miami River. Legendary frontiersmen, Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, were among those involved in the conflicts.
The town of nearby Milford was the site of the first Methodist church in Ohio. Francis McCormick, a pioneer Methodist preacher, organized the church in his cabin.
Clermont County was a vital link in the Underground Railroad as it was just across the river from the “slave owning” states of Kentucky and Virginia. The position of Clermont on the border made it the first place of refuge for fleeing slaves. The county was also the birthplace of Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant at Point Pleasant on the Ohio.
Land acquisition for Stonelick State Park began in 1948. A dam across Stonelick Creek was completed in 1950. This beautiful park was originally created to provide a wildlife area for Ohio’s sportsmen. Now the area is operated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Parks and Recreation and offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities.