Cool crisp air, bright colored leaves, pumpkin-spiced drinks, campfire aromas, and s’mores are some of my favorite attributes of the fall season. In fact, I would prefer fall weather and fall traditions year-round if it were up to me. Relief from the warm, muggy summer days has finally come and the holiday season is just around the corner. In my opinion, there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors than during the autumn season. One of my favorite places to go when kicking off the fall months is Caesar Creek State Park, which is located in Waynesville, Ohio not far from Interstate 71. With over 5,000 acres of land and more than 2,700 acres of water, Caesar Creek is one of the premier locations for outdoor recreation in the state of Ohio.
Before exploring too far into the park, it’s always best to plan out your trip with a Caesar Creek State Park map. There you can locate the best fishing spots, campgrounds, dog training areas, archery ranges and more. I also recommend visiting the Caesar Creek State Park Visitor Center for park information including forecasts and alerts before beginning your exploration. Whether you like to hike, walk, fish, boat, horseback ride, or camp, Caesar Creek State Park has something for everyone!
One of of my favorite things about the park is that you can find a place to explore pretty quickly but still be completely removed from the everyday noises of society. I recommend visiting during the late afternoon when the temperature is the most pleasant and crowds are minimal. There are endless exploration opportunities in a park of this size. I’ve highlighted some of the must-sees and must-dos when visiting for the day. For a complete list of activities and events, visit their website here.
Caesar Creek State Park has over 40 miles of hiking trails ranging from rigorous and extremely rugged to a short walk-in-the-park, literally. Each trail has its own unique touch of beauty with some looking out over Caesar Creek Lake, and others taking you through the deepest and most mature part of the woods in the entire park. If you’re looking for a trail with the best views, the Furmas Shores trail, which runs about 6 miles in length, captures some of the best panoramic lake views the park has to offer. Don’t forget to pack a picnic for your hike, as there are ample opportunities and locations for a scenic rest stop.
If you like to fish, then you’re going to love the 40 plus miles of shoreline with both large and small coves for ideal angling. There are even a few tree stumps here and there for you to rest upon. Caesar Creek Lake is stocked annually with the following species of fish:
- Large-mouth Bass
- Small-mouth Bass
- Kentucky Spotted Bass
- White Bass
- Channel Catfish
- Flathead Catfish
There’s even a young angler’s pond exclusively for kids under 16 years of age. Remember that all anglers must have a valid Ohio fishing license. For a map of the best fishing locations in Caesar Creek State Park, click here.
Caesar Creek Pioneer Village
Located just off of the 50 Springs to Wellman Meadows Trail, Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village is home to some of Ohio’s richest history and earliest settlements. The village is open daily from 9AM-5PM with special events taking place throughout the year. Approximately 20 log buildings have been preserved with the oldest dating back to 1793! As I toured the village, I ran into the caretaker who gave me some brief history about the village and each building on the property. One of the most popular events in Pioneer Village happens in December when the annual Candlelight Walk is held to celebrate Ohio’s first Christmas in authentic fashion! It’s no wonder that Pioneer Village is often referred to as “The best kept secret in Ohio!”
State Park Programs and Events
If you’re looking for more organized programs and events, Caesar Creek offers many opportunities throughout the year. They even offer free weekly programs such as kayak excursions, fishing programs, Birds of Prey, guided hikes, and nature center tours. I was amazed at the number of activities that are offered on a weekly basis free of charge!
Of course, no visit to Caesar Creek State Park is truly complete without seeing a sunset over the lake! But you’ll have to check it out for yourself if you want to see this amazing sight firsthand!