Description - Mohican-Memorial State Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept for timber and wildlife habitat, forestry research and demonstrations of good forest land management, primitive recreation and natural beauty, tree seed for forest nurseries and protection of soils and watershed. Timber products obtained from harvest, stand improvement and thinning operations include saw logs, veneer logs with some pulpwood and firewood. Pine plantation thinnings yield fence and guard posts and poles.
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Mohican-Memorial State Forest
During the spring and fall fire seasons, a major objective of the forest organization is to prevent, detect and suppress wildfires that occur on state and private land within the protection district. The many gas wells and transmission lines that are visible is the result of the development of a natural gas storage field underlying the forest.
Land acquisition for the forest began in 1928 and has continued with the accumulation of over 4,500 acres (exclusive of state park land). The land use history of the forest is typical of eastern Ohio. Original forests were cleared for agriculture, but eventually erosion ensued and fertility decreased. Farms were abandoned and subsequently reverted to brush and woodland.
At the time of acquisition, planting of trees on abandoned land was a high priority activity. This resulted in the many plantations of white and red pine and mixtures of these and other pine species that you see today. Much of the tree planting was done by personnel of the Civilian Conservation Corps whose camp was located on the forest during the 1930s. Native hardwood of the oak-hickory and beech-maple types and associated species of gum, aspen, ash, cherry and walnut occur on unplanted areas. Native white pine and hemlock are also found.
- Many recreational activities can be enjoyed at Mohican-Memorial State Forest.
There are over 22 miles of bridle trails in the forest and 24 miles of hiking trails that wind through the primitive and scenic areas. These trails lead to such attractions as Pine Run Creek, Fire Tower and Clearfork Gorge. Several miles of snowmobile trails are in the forest for use during winter. A separate map showing the location of these trails is available.
Cross-country skiing, sledding and picnicking can also be enjoyed in and around the forest and park.
All-terrain vehicles, bicycles, and motorized vehicles, other than snowmobiles, are prohibited on trails and fire lanes.
Ten remote, backcountry "park and pack" campsites are available on a registration basis. Forest office has details.
The 270-acre Memorial Forest is a preserve within the park. The area is handicap accessible.
Recreation - Open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM, Mohican-Memorial State Forest offers backcountry camping, horseback riding, hiking, viewing a war memorial, cross-country skiing, sledding, picnicking, wildlife viewing, along with berry and nut picking.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
Mohican-Memorial State Forest is located in southern Ashland County, midway between Columbus and Cleveland. It is easily reached from Interstate 71 and State Routes 97 and 3.