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10 Exciting Things To Do While Staying At The Salt Fork Lodge Cabins

Overlooking sparkling Salt Fork Lake, cozy cabins rest peacefully on the shoreline, making it a perfect relaxing Ohio retreat. Whether you want to spend time out on the lake fishing, relaxing poolside with a cold drink, or getting out for a scenic hike, the cabins at Salt Fork Lodge offer guests a tranquil escape.

Hillside Cabin at Salt Fork Lake
Hillside Cabin at Salt Fork Lake

Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center sits in the middle of Ohio’s largest state park, Salt Fork. Known for its massive lake, forested hills, and bridle trails, Salt Fork State Park is an outdoor playground.

Visitors will find a variety of lodging options and amenities at the Salt Fork Lodge. Stay in a lodge room with a queen or king-size bed, or rent one of their many cabins. This article will highlight the Salt Fork Cabins and things to do while visiting Salt Fork State Park.

Salt Fork Lake Cabin
Salt Fork Lake Cabin

We want to thank Great Ohio Lodges for sponsoring this post. As always, my opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Where Are Salt Fork Lodge Cabins

Salt Fork Lodge Cabins are located inside Salt Fork State Park in eastern Ohio. Salt Fork State Park is a public recreation area located six miles (9.7 km) north of Lore City in Guernsey County, Ohio.

The Lodge address is: 14755 Cadiz Road, Lore City, OH 43755

Salt Fork State Park in Ohio
Salt Fork State Park in Ohio

All cabin guests must check in at the lodge to get their keycards and car passes. The cabins are only minutes away from the lodge in a designated area. Follow signs that will direct you to your cabin number.

Tip: If you plan on bringing a boat, there is a boat launch ramp near the cabins.

The Campground at Salt Fork Lake

Ohio DNR operates the Salt Fork State Park Campground. The campground guests can purchase day passes to the lodge amenities, such as the indoor/outdoor pools.

There Are Three Different Types Of Cabins

Salt Fork offers three different cabins; Hillside Cabins, Lakeview Cabins, and Chalet Cabins. Each type of cabin provides a slightly different experience.

Note: Salt Fork Lodge does offer pet-friendly cabins.

Chalet Cabins

Chalet cabins are two-bedroom cabins with hot tubs on their enclosed porch, a fireplace, and a full kitchen. Lakeside and wooded views are available. Each cabin has two parking spots, a picnic table, and a fire pit.

Kitchens in Cabins

Lakeside Cabins

Lakeside cabins give you access to the perfect view of Salt Fork Lake. These are two-bedroom cabins with a living space and a fully furnished kitchen. Wake up every morning to the sun glistening off the waters, and then catch a gorgeous sunset from your enclosed porch.

Hillside Cabins

Hillside cabins give guests the best of both worlds. Enjoy scenic lakeside views while being tucked away in the forests of Salt Fork. During our visit, we had the opportunity to stay in a hillside cabin #26, which was newly renovated.

The cabin was a two-bedroom, with one bedroom having a full-size bed, the other having two sets of bunk beds, and the couch pulled out into another bed.

Bunk Beds in Salt Fork Cabins
Bunk Beds in Salt Fork Cabins

Our cabin had a full kitchen with basic cooking and eating utensils, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, bed linens, an enclosed porch with a picnic table, a fire ring, charcoal grill, air-conditioning, and heat.

The bathroom had a 2/3 bath with a shower stall, bath soaps, shampoo, and towels.

Tip: The hillside cabins are on a hill which requires you to haul your luggage up roughly two flights of stairs to the cabin—pack light.

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We celebrated our daughter’s 5th Birthday at the cabin!

What To Bring With You To The Cabins

A few quick things outside of your regular packing list that you will want to make sure you have with you during your cabin visit:

  • Coffee filters
  • Coffee
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • Extra blanket if you get cold or plan on taking one from one of the bunks.
  • Lighter
  • Flashlight
  • S’more Supplies
  • Fire Starter
  • Beach Towels
  • Bug Spray and Sunscreen

*The Lodge does sell firewood, fire starters, lighters, and s’more supplies in the gift shop.

10 Exciting Things To Do While Staying At The Salt Fork Lodge Cabins

Go Kayaking On Salt Fork Lake

One thing you must do while visiting Salt Fork Lodge is to get out on the water. Salt Fork Lake offers a variety of watersports, including Kayak rentals. The lodge owns the Sugartree and Salt Fork Marina, making renting kayaks and boats a breeze.

Kayak Rentals at Salt Fork Lake
Kayak Rentals at Salt Fork Lake

Kayaks can be rented out hourly and are an excellent way to explore the waterways. Be sure to put on plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat, and pack water before hitting the water.

Rent A Pontoon Boat

Spend the afternoon on the lake by renting out one of the Marina’s premier pontoon boats. This 11-passenger stunningly outfitted 21′ pontoons with 150hp are equipped to ski or tube.

Pontoon Boat Rentals At Salt Fork Lake
Pontoon Boat Rentals At Salt Fork Lake

Salt Fork Lake is a great place to go tubing, with various spots to crank up the speed. Then pull out of the ski zone to enjoy a quick swim in the lake, go fishing or cruise the lake, enjoying the scenic landscape. It felt as though I was in Tennesee with the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and thick forest.

Tube Rentals at Sugartree Marina at Salt Fork Lake

TIP: If you were born before April of 1982, you would be required to pass a boating test if you do not have a boating license. Upon passing the boating test, you will be awarded a temporary boating license that is only valid during the term of your rental.

Sugartree Marina Restaurant

The Marina offers a full restaurant with various sandwiches, pizza, and snacks. While you can always pack a lunch to bring on the pontoon with you, we opted to carry-out pizza from the Marina to enjoy onboard. Grab cold drinks to put in your cooler, then head off on your adventure.

Sugartree Marina Pizza
Sugartree Marina Pizza

Dockside Pizza Delivery is available! Call Sugartree Marina to place your order, and they will deliver it to your boat at the Sugartree Marina docks.

Relax in the Outdoor Pool At The Lodge

Soak up the sun while lounging poolside at Salt Fork Lodge. The large outdoor heated swimming pool is always a crowd-pleaser. While the kids splash, adults can enjoy a cold beverage from the Wildlife Lounge or the poolside tiki bar.

Salt Fork Lodge Outdoor Pool
Salt Fork Lodge Outdoor Pool

The outdoor pool area also offers a small gated 1ft baby pool for little ones to enjoy.

While the outdoor pools are included in all lodge and cabin stays, outside guests may purchase day passes to the pool at the front desk.

Tip: Pool towels are provided but are small. I recommend bringing your own.

Hit The Beach At Salt Fork Lake State Park

Make time to visit the beach during your stay, especially if you have kids. The beach area is well maintained and offers a shallower area for kids to splash in, not to mention a gorgeous backdrop. The beach area is near the Nature Center and the Dog Park.

Salt Fork Beach
Salt Fork Beach

Don’t forget your folding chairs, a blanket and sand toys!

Tip: The beach is not near the lodge but ten minutes away. There are two beaches—one for the campground guests and one for the public.

Dine At Timbers Restaurant

If cooking in your cabin is not on the menu, then pay a visit to Timbers Restaurant. Timbers Restaurant is inside Salt Fork Lodge and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Timbers Restaurant offers something for everyone, from their fun sasquatch-themed signature items to a delicious steak dinner.

Sasquatch Slammer

We got the Sasquatch Slammer, the Pork Chop, the steak, and a pizza during our visit. All of which went beyond our expectations.

Timbers Restauant At Salt Fork Lodge
Timbers Restauant At Salt Fork Lodge

Tip: A kid’s menu is available.

Enjoy The Indoor Pool and Hot Tub

It doesn’t have to be a rainy day for your family to enjoy the large indoor pool at the lodge! The heated indoor pool has plenty of seating, locker rooms, and a hot tub!

Indoor Pool at Salt Fork Lodge
Indoor Pool at Salt Fork Lodge

Don’t forget to visit the game room after your swim. 

Tip: If your cabin key does not unlock the door to go to the pool, you will have to go to the front desk to get another keycard.

Go Searching For Bigfoot

Salt Fork sits in the “Sasquatch Triangle” area as it has been a hotbed of activity and sightings. Whether folklore or legend, Salt Fork found itself on Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” and landed a spot on USA TODAY”s Top Ten “Sqautchiest” Places.

Salt Fork Bigfoot
Salt Fork Bigfoot

Therefore, hit the trails with your binoculars, camera, and best bigfoot yell to see if you can find the elusive bigfoot. They even offer Bigfoot night hikes!

As you walk the trails looking for bigfoot, don’t forget to take in all the natural beauty of the state park. You can pick up a hiking trail at the front desk.

Tip: Many trails are one mile or less. Keep in mind any trails at the campground do not have parking near them.

Visit The Kennedy Stone House

Once home to the Kennedy family, this historic stone house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Back in 1837, the ancestors of Benjamin Kennedy purchased an 80-acre tract of land in Guernsey County and built a large two-story house from native sandstone quarried nearby. Don Kennedy, great-grandson of the builder, occupied it until 1966.

The State of Ohio purchased the Kennedy property and surrounding lands to create Salt Fork, State Park. Today, the house is nestled in the woods, overlooking the lake.

Tip: The Stone House Loop is a 1.8 miles hiking trail around the house.

Explore The Lodge

The lodge has a plethora of amenities waiting to be explored. Play a game of hoops on the basketball courts, join in on a game of sand volleyball or try your luck at shuffleboard.

Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center
Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center

The front desk offers a variety of games that guests can check out or simply enjoy a quiet moment in front of the roaring fireplaces.

Tip: Pick up a schedule of Children’s Activities and Naturalist Programs that are offered during your visit.

Have A Bonfire

Guests can rent out a private campfire ring near the lodge, or cabins can use the one provided. Enjoy a freshly roasted marshmallow over the open fire while you sit around telling ghost or bigfoot stories.

Salt Fork Cabins in Ohio
Salt Fork Cabins in Ohio

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