5 Fun Things To Do at A. W. Marion State Park

A. W. Marion State Park in Ohio is about 30 miles south of Columbus. Here are the top 5 things to do!

1. Hiking

There are two trails that provide nearly six miles of scenic trails around Hargus Lake, the main feature of A. W. Marion State Park. Hargus Lake Trail is a five-mile loop around Hargus Lake with direct access to the entire shoreline. The other trail, Squawroot, is a 0.7 mile self-guided trail that begins at the campground and offers the hiking many great views and scenic terrain. Both trails are open for year-round use.

2. Swimming

We all love a refreshing swim on a hot day. Lucky for us, swimming is available in designated areas in Hargus Lake. Check out the designated area in the A. W. Marion State Park map below, and take a dip!

3. Camping

Camping comes in many forms. Do you prefer to pitch a tint or cuddle up inside a camper trailer? In any case, s’mores are a must! With 29 electric and 29 non-electric sites, all campers are welcome at this campground.

4. Picnicking

What goes great with camping? Bingo! Several picnic areas and grill sites are located in scenic areas throughout the park and two mini-shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a larger group, a bigger shelter house can be reserved online or by calling (866) 644–6727. A marina and campground store offer limited picnic supplies in case you forget anything, and fires are permitted only in the grills provided.

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5. Fishing

For those who love fishing, or even just like it sometimes, Hargus Lake’s 145 acres provides a great experience with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. Based on a fishing survey, here’s what you can expect.

  • Bluegill are gorgeous. They are best caught with nighthcrawlers under a bobber and are abundant throughout the lake, especially in the vegetated portions.
  • Largemouth bass are also abundant(15" minimum length limit) with many medium-sized fish. The edges of weed beds and woody shoreline cover are great places to find them.
  • Channel catfish are found most commonly throughout the entire lake in June and July using prepared baits such as nightcrawlers and soft crawfish.
  • Beyond purely sport, Grass carp also serve another purposed — they are used in Hargus Creek Lake to reduce vegetation levels. Please release any grass carp you may catch.
Photos courteous of Ohio DNR.

Pretty awesome park, right? You can learn more about A. W. Marion State Park and its unique history right here!

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