Alum Creek State Park


3615 S. Old State Road   

Delaware, OH 43015

GPS: N 40° 14' 38.02", W 82° 57' 24.86"


A quiet place to go close to the city! Alum Creek State Park is both close to the city of Columbus and close to nature.  Camp, hike or mountain bike. It even has a dog park!

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286 electric campsites offer both wooded and sunny areas, some of which overlook the lake

  • Each site has a 50-amp electrical hookup
  • 3 full-service campsites offer electric, sewer and water hookups
  • Heated shower facilities with flush toilets
  • Beach and boat ramp for exclusive use of the overnight guests
  • Basketball courts, horseshoe pits and playgrounds
  • Nature programs
  • There is a WiFi hot spot at the camp store - WiFi is not available at campsites
  • Dump station
  • Group camp for organized groups is available by reservation
  • Equestrian camp with 30 primitive sites

Getaway Rentals  

  • 3 Cedar Cabins are available mid-April through mid-October
    • Sleeps up to 5 people
    • 1 bedroom with queen size bed and closet
    • Family room has 2 single bunk beds and futon sofa
    • Furnished dining area
    • Kitchen with stove, microwave, & refrigerator
    • Bathroom with shower
    • Amenities include A/C, TV, DVD/VCR, & stereo
  • 1 Large Camper Cabin is available April through October
    • Single room wooden structure sleeps up to 6 people
    • 1 double bed & 2 sets of single bunk beds
    • Amenities include A/C, TV, refrigerator, & electric cook stove
    • Heated showers and restrooms are available in the campground
  • 4 Camper Cabins are available April through October
    • 12' x 12' single room wooden structure sleeps 2 people
    • 2 single beds
    • Amenities include A/C & electric cook stove
    • Heated showers and restrooms are available in the campground
  • Check-in time is 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM
  • Pets are not permitted in any of these units
  • Smoking is not permitted in any of these units
  • Linens, dishes and cooking utensils are not provided
  • Daily housekeeping is not available

Dog Park

  • The dog park is on a 4-acre site along the reservoir near the marina
  • The grounds include a fenced area with water access for dogs that enjoy water sports and two additional fenced areas for small and large dogs

Hiking Trails

  • 2 hiking trails
    • Park Office Trail • 1.5 Miles • Easy
    • Hollenback Trail
  • Multi-Purpose Trail (Hiking, Snowmobile, Dog Sledding, X-cty Skiing) • 7 Miles • Moderate
  • 3 mountain bike trails
    • Mountain Bike Trail • 2 Miles • Easy
    • Mountain Bike Trail • 5 Miles • Moderate
    • Mountain Bike Trail • 7 Miles • Difficult
  • Bridle trails
    • 38 miles of bridle trails wind along the lakeshore through mature beech-maple forests and across deep ravines • Riders must provide their own mounts


  • Alum Creek Reservoir spans 3,387 acres of water
  • 4 launch ramps (2 South, 1 East, and 1 North) offer access to the lake
  • Lake south of Cheshire Road is a boater's paradise with unlimited horsepower and plenty of room for skiers
  • The northern portion of the lake offers a quieter scene with tree-lined shores, shale cliffs and sheltered inlets for paddling
  • Boaters may swim in Big Run, the Sailing Association Cove & the 36/37 Cove
  • Boaters may camp overnight in the Sailing Association & 36/37 coves
  • For more information on boat rentals please call 740-548-6056.

Fishing Alum CreekFishing

  • Narrow coves and quiet inlets offer fine catches of bass, bluegill, crappie, walleye and saugeye
  • Valid Ohio fishing license is required


  • 8 Scenic picnic areas are available with tables, grills, restrooms and drinking water enhance the lakeshore
  • 2 shelterhouses are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Alum Creek dam • Contact the Corps office at 740-548-6151 for information regarding their use


  • 3,000 foot beach is the largest inland beach in Ohio's state park system
  • Shower house and concession stand
  • Sand volleyball courts  
  • The beach is open during daylight hours only


Disc Golf

  • 18 hole "Players Course" is located at the New Galena Launch Ramp area
  • Equipment rental is available
  • No fee is charged to play



  • Northern half of the park is best for the squirrel and deer hunter
  • Southern half offers better opportunities for rabbit and other upland game
  • Note the hunting map as many areas are restricted
  • Valid Ohio hunting license is required

Winter Recreation (conditions permitting)

  • Sledding
  • Ice skating
  • Snowmobiling on the multi-purpose trail
  • Cross country skiing multi-purpose trail
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice boating


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