Mohican State Park
Mohican State Park Campout April 2019
Flowing Waters, Spring Rains, Roaring River - Beautiful Landscape
Mohican State Park is about 90 minutes from Columbus and a fantastic place to visit because there is so much to do. You can canoe the Clear Fork River from the Dam on down through the end of the campgrounds for a nice 8 miles ride. You can hike easy day trails, backpack the North and South Rim trails or get on your mountain bike and hit the trails. The primitive campgrounds are not super primitive with working facilities nearby but you can cozy up against the river and with a little skill have a solid campfire for meals or toasting a good days work.
Troop 759 hit the Mohican trails and hiked the South Rim with a first elevation climb that was 100 feet up a steep 50° slope challenging even the hardiest hiker right our of the gate. The trails are well marked and broad enough to accommodate all classes of hikers. The foliage included soaring Cedars and beautiful flowers but the most telling part of the trails are the trickling waterfalls – 7 of them in less than a mile stretch. The Dam is 170 steps up and opens to the lake that is primed for fishing and boating.
Our campground was wet when we got there (my streak of 7 years of rain on all campouts is intact) and we opted for a single Coleman 3-person tent rather than pitching two smaller tents. We gently tied a tarp between trees to protect our fire ring from rain and got the fire going with our standard teepee design with a little pipestone along the way.
Great Scouting adventure – hiking, fishing, boating, cooking, fire building, and of course picking up after others (you know who you are) and leaving no trace. One of our best adventures this year and fit for our Cub Scouts and Family campouts as well.