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Ohio
Ohio
Southeast Ohio Region
Southeast Ohio Region
Gifford State Forest
Gifford State Forest
GIFFORD STATE FOREST
GIFFORD STATE FOREST
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry welcomes you to the heart of Ohio's hill country. Gifford State Forest is the smallest of Ohio's state forests, at 320 acres, but offers some very pleasant hunting and hiking opportunities in the scenic northern edge of Athens County. This state forest was donated to the state in 1959 by William Gifford Selby under conditions that it be used for experimentation and research. It was named for his mother Virginia Gifford and her family. Today, Gifford State Forest is managed by the Division of Forestry as a seed orchard facility. Treees planted here are genetically superior plants that produce superior seeds which are made readily available to the division's tree nurseries. In turn, the seedlings grown from these seeds are made available to the citizens of Ohio for reforestation on public and private lands. Game animals such as deer, grouse and rabbit, as well as many non-game animals thrive in the area. Hunting these and other game animals is permitted on the forest in season. The forest is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres320
Day-UseHuntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles4
Nearby Accommodations
Rim Of The World Cabin - Malta, OHCottages and Cabins
Escape to the Heart of Southeastern Ohio. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you relax in the hot tub located just off the back deck. Create your own home cooked country style meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Just minutes from Burr Oak State Park.
8.5 miles from park*
Rose's Vacation Cabin - Glouster, OHCottages and Cabins
Burr Oak State Park - Located in the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio. Rose's Vacation Cabin Rental is a special place to make your Honeymoon, Anniversary, or Family Getaway a relaxing experience.
8.6 miles from park*


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August 12 Love the people at this park!! by Lori
The lake is beautiful. The campground is small but big enough to let the kids go. but also quite enough for the seniors too. very dog friendly too


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Haven Inn the Hills - Logan, OHCottages and Cabins
Great for a private relaxing get away. Whether you are looking for rest and relaxation with that special someone, or the best cook-out for family and friends Haven Inn The Hills is the answer for you.
33.4 miles from park*
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Area Resources
Mohican Amish Country - Glenmont, OHTourism
Offical Guide to Ohio's Mohican Amish Country. How to get there, things to do, local merchants, what to see, places to stay. Explore Mohican State Park. Canoe the Mohican River. Tour the Amish villages of Millersburg, Berlin, Sugarcreek, Walnut Creek and more.
76.9 miles from park*

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USA Parks
USA Parks
Ohio
Ohio
Southeast Ohio Region
Southeast Ohio Region
Gifford State Forest
Gifford State Forest