Quick Review: A nice lake with good hiking trails.
Cesar Creek is one of Ohio’s many state parks. It is half lake and half trails. The 43 miles of trails make it a great place to hike. With 2,830 acres of water and no horsepower limit on your boat it is a fun place to be on the water.
Hiking in the park, as with most southwestern Ohio parks, is mostly through two distinct environments, forest, or prairie. Hiking at the park is nice but not as well maintained as some of the other parks. This is not a bad thing however, allowing for great views of plant succession. Forest hiking is great with many of the trails following the lake. The deeper parts of the forest are not as old growth however.
The lake itself is an awesome place to go to boat or even swim. With a decent beach front and multiple boat ramps the park offers many opportunities to get wet. Watch out though many people means many problems. Avoid the weekend rush and the park can be one of the best places to go locally.
A good place to start any visit to the park is the welcome center. With displays on the history of the park and region and even movies to watch it is a nice place to learn about history of the area. Have a question? Ask a park ranger there. They enjoy helping. Don’t know what trail to take? The park rangers will know what the best one is for the season.
Also located on the premises is a “Pioneer Village” and a nature center. The Pioneer Village is more of just an outcropping of old building than a real “Village.” Having not gone when the village has had its historical actors working I cannot comment on how well they do, but I can say that it is busy when festivals are held so they must be popular. The nature center is a small building with a few animals a couple of displays. There are also a few cages outside with animals being rehabilitated. Around the grounds are a couple of ponds that seem to have a lot of wild life to see in the warmer months. The trails from the center are short and scenic. The nature canter is the perfect place to take kids who might get overwhelmed or bored on the longer trails.
Quick tip: Ask a park ranger!