by Richard Christensen
When you’re looking to get away from it all, the Ohio State Park Lodges are the perfect base for relaxation and getting in touch with nature. The Salt Fork Lodge, in Eastern Ohio, is nestled within 17,000 acres of woodlands and a meandering reservoir lake. Spend your days fishing, golfing, or hiking the miles of trails and let the stress flow away. At night, sit by a campfire or stargaze from your balcony. At the crossroads of I-77 and I-70, it is within an easy two hour drive from Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Here’s what you’ll find at this rustic retreat.
Salt Fork Lodge © Wagon Pilot Adventures
**Disclaimer: I was provided one night accommodation as part of a Guernsey County hosted tour, plus booked another night on my own dime. As always, honest opinions are what you’ll find here.
Built in the early 1970s, Salt Fork Lodge has retained its rustic décor. While it would look dated at a chain hotel, the backwoods vibe is perfect for this location. Don’t worry, the buildings are clean and have been maintained over the years. In fact, new roofs are being installed this year. The facility sits atop a hill overlooking the woods landscape and consists of a main lodge with two wings of hotel rooms. Nearby are separate cabins, perfect for larger families or longer visits. Camping is also available within the state park.