PARKS AND CAMPGROUNDS
Lake Alma State Park
Lake Alma State Park, located on the eastside of State Route 349 north of Wellston on the north side of the Jackson-Vinton County line. Lake Alma has 290 acres of land and 60 acres of water surrounding an island which has a path you can walk around. Bring your boat and enjoy fishing on the lake. The boat ramp and dock are located on the northeast side of the lake. Non-powered watercraft or boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake. Fishermen can enjoy landing trophy size bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappies and channel catfish. There are also picnic tables and a number of grills throughout the park. Enjoy camping in one of the 72 wooded sites for tents or trailers. Take a hike on one of the three nature trails or a walk on the walking path around the lake.
Jackson Lake State Park
Although relatively small, 106-acre Jackson Lake State Park boasts acres of some of the most scenic country in Ohio. The park's serene lake is a focal point for excellent fishing and provides the ideal setting for a peaceful retreat. Located in Oak Hill, Jackson Lake has 34 camping sites available with fishing and boating (10-horsepower limit).
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve
Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio's Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time business partners, Edwin A. Jones and James J. McKitterick. The focal point of this preserve is a clear water lake surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs.
The rich Appalachian forest is cut by three deep ravines in which are found magnolias, eastern hemlock, sweet gum, birch and beech. The dry ridge tops support an association of mountain laurel, Virginia pine and oak. The preserve has many native orchids as well as diverse spring flora. Lake Katharine harbors the state's largest and finest populations of both bigleaf and umbrella magnolia trees, both state-listed species.
Located in Jackson County, 2 miles west from Jackson on State Street (County Road 76 or Beaver Pike); turn right and proceed 2 miles north on County Road 85 (Lake Katharine Road).
The Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area
The Cooper Hollow Wildlife Area is a 5,421-acre wildlife area is 6 miles northeast of the Village of Oak Hill. The scenic rolling hills are dissected by Symmes Creek, a small, low-gradient stream, and several of its tributaries. More than half of the area is wooded. Originally the entire area was forested. During the 1800’s most of the forest on the wildlife area and Jackson County was clear-cut for agricultural purposes and to make charcoal for the local iron industry. Purchases for this wildlife area began in 1953. The area is a popular hunting spot for squirrel, grouse, deer, and wild turkeys. The historic Kanawha Trail, used by buffalo, Native Americans, colonial militias, and early settlers crosses the wildlife area. The remains of Madison Iron Furnace are located near the area headquarters. Several miles of interior roads and many parking areas provide good access to the entire area. Nearly twenty miles of walking trails are available.
Hammertown Lake in Jackson, the city reservoir, allows only electric motors. It is deep enough to support a two-story fishery and has a good population of bluegill, largemouth bass and rainbow trout along with a fair population of white crappie, yellow perch and channel catfish. Hammertown is also home to the Jackson Trout Festival, held each year on a Saturday in mid-April.
Lazy Dog Camp Resort
Lazy Dog Camp-Resort has 83 recreational vehicle sites and 15 cabins and offers a recreation area with playground, cornhole, swimming pool, and 4-acre pay lake.
Splashdown Country offers tent and RV camping sites as well as cabin rental atop a hill overlooking the waterpark and putt-putt golf course.