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Barkcamp State Park

65330 Barkcamp Road

Belmont County's rugged hills provide the backdrop for picturesque Barkcamp State Park. In addition to fine recreational facilities, visitors will enjoy the mature woodlands, open meadows, scenic lake and abundant wildlife of this secluded 1,005-acre park.


This area was first inhabited by the Moundbuilders, then later by Wyandots, Delaware and Shawnee. Belmont County was one of the earliest areas settled in Ohio, and the scene of several bloody conflicts between settlers and Indians. Prior to the Treaty of Greenville of 1795, the nearby Ohio River was the accepted boundary between Indians to the north and settlers to the south of the river. Conflicts arose as land-hungry settlers began encroaching on Indian lands. The celebrated Indian fighter, Lewis Wetzel, was often through this region. Wetzel instigated many of the conflicts as Indians were the object of his mortal hate. A large boulder near the park's Antique Barn bears an inscription carved by Wetzel.

The Society of Friends (Quakers) established the first church in the area. Benjamin Lundy, a Quaker who lived in St. Clairsville, became known as the "Father of Abolitionism". He formed an anti-slavery society here in 1815 called the Union Humane Society. At one point, there were 120 miles of the Underground Railroad in Belmont County. Lundy helped produce the abolitionist paper, The Philanthropist at nearby Mt. Pleasant.

As years passed, coal was discovered and became the foundation of the area's economy. Belmont County is now the state's leading producer of coal with an estimated 5,668 million tons of coal available below the earth's surface.

Land acquisition began for the park in 1955, and a dam was completed in 1963 resulting in the 117-acre Belmont Lake. The park derives its unusual name from Barkcamp Creek, the former site of a logging camp where logs were stripped of their bark in preparation for delivery to the mill.


Soundguy Senior

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Did a drive thru, and found the park very clean and neat. My only draw back was the fact that there were very little trees around the campsites. I understand that they clear them out for the mobile home crowd. But it would have been nice if they at least left them around the tent camping area. I personally don't want to camp in a open field . As a plus, the tent camping area had electricity. Which you don't see in very many places. My take away from this is that if you have a mobile home, then this is a great place for you. If you're a tent camper, not so much.

Elaine Swart

Friday, July 13, 2018
Quiet and shady, sites pads are very narrow and long trailers would have difficulty getting on them due to the trees by the sites. Nice horse camping area. Only sites that have water we're closed. Really great hot, free showers. Outhouses for bathrooms, but essentially clean .Staff very friendly

Jon Stansell

Friday, June 22, 2018
New pavilions over the tables. Great way to keep the rain off. Otherwise a pretty good beach for kids, and it's all right for being so close. The sand is more like aggregate, not soft at all, and the water has too much algea in it. But you can't expect much for a dammed-off stream with no current. Nothing like a lake, river, or ocean.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
Very very disappointed! This park was our go to for summer day trips for many years. To find out they cut out ALL KIDS programs, activities, movies, the barn that's interactive. Beach lake area has shortened and needs up keep. :( NO PARK RANGERS ON DUTY!! My youngest two are so upset, our tradition has been disrupted. I hope this is not a long term decision they've made!?

Aja Tverbut

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Barkcamp is a great park! Nice campsites, picnic areas, and beach. A few shelter areas. No flushing toilets, but a nice showerhouse. They're currently remodeling some and adding some better serviced sites. The beach is clean and spacious and the porta potty bathrooms were clean and stocked.

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