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A.W. Marion State Park

7317 Warner Huffer Road

The rolling woodlands and quiet waters of A.W. Marion State Park offer visitors a welcome escape from the rigors of everyday life. This small (309 acres) but unique park offers a variety of recreational activities while maintaining a quiet atmosphere of natural serenity.


Long before A.W. Marion became a state park, this area had developed an amazing history. Due largely to the fertile soils of the Pickaway Plains, which are said to contain the richest land in Ohio, early inhabitants were attracted here. The Adena culture were among the first to settle the area 2,000 years ago.

An ancient circular earthworks on the site of what is now the city of Circleville (hence the name) gave evidence to their presence. In more recent times the villages of Chief Cornstalk of the Shawnee nation were located on these plains. These same villages were the object of attention of Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia, who in 1774 marched his army within striking distance of the Indians His intention was to destroy the villages and end the uprising that had resulted in the Battle of Point Pleasant days earlier. At the request of the Indians, a peace settlement was agreed upon before any more fighting occurred.

In 1948, construction began on the dam for Hargus Creek Lake. By 1950, the area became part of the newly created Division of Parks and Recreation. In 1962, the park was renamed the A.W. Marion State Park in honor of the first director of the Department of Natural Resources, a Pickaway County native.


Andrea Stewart

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Nice, clean quiet campground. I should have done my research but it being a state park I assumed that it would have water hook up.. it doesn't. We had to pull our camper a few yards to fill up our tanks. We have a large family and our tanks don't hold enough for us to take showers all weekend. There was also no shower houses and porta pots for bathrooms. Once again I assumed and we all know that saying. The limited staff was wonderful though, very nice and helpful. I gave a lower rating because.. the address on the website is wrong. It sent my husband to the permanent campground on the other side of the lake and he had a hard time finding the state. Dragging a 33ft camper not knowing where your going in a storm is NOT FUN! Lastly as we were leaving we went to dump our tanks and the dump station was completely full, it was on the verge of coming up out of the hole.. think the movie RV.

Dustin Laycox

Saturday, July 28, 2018
So I'm sure this place is just fine by itself, but the staff here on the boat rental side just ran myself and my family out or their establishment while we were lost looking for what they claim is an "activity barn" and "playground" to which we could find no such thing. Instead of helping us, a rude man on a golf cart told us to slow down and leave...we gladly obliged, seeing as how the place really wasn't what we were looking for. He proceeded to follow us out, even though we slowed down to 5 mph and call ahead to the front to stop us on our way out and start berating us. I will admit I lost my cool a little at that point, but all they cared about was escorting us off their "private property" instead of assisting us at all. Rude, and unwelcoming staff ruined our experience and we will not be returning...if you decide to go, just avoid this area all-together and go to the campsite side. If you're looking for a playground, opt for Mary Virginia Crites Hannon park down the road a few miles.

Scott McCowin

Monday, July 9, 2018
The camp sites are small, and close together. However, the trails are intense. They were a lot of fun. They have boating, fishing, and off shore swimming as well.

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Monday, July 23, 2018
This simple but pretty side of nature is like going to fish with Opey and Andy Griffith in Mayberry. Quiet, clean and not commericalized this park is a hidden treasure.🙂

HP Wombat

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Great local focused state park. Nothing especially unique, but the lakeside loop trail is a easy casual hike compared to other state parks in the area. It is a goldilocks trail, not to short nor long, not too many hills but definitely not flat. Lake's pattern enables trail to wind and curve around so it doesn't feel like a giant circle like many loop trails. They also have rentals for canoes and small boats, clean pit latrines with hand sanitizer, pets allowed on leash, a small beach, a large picnic area with playground and plenty of markers to know your location throughout the park area. If you want to get out the house and do activities, this park is perfect and a short distance from Columbus, Ohio. Not much for tourists but this could stand as the best underrated central Ohio state park.

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