Description - The natural features of Malabar Farm are representative of the diversity of the glaciated Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. This area is renowned for its interspersion of woodlands, lakes, streams and bogs along with villages, fertile valleys, dairy and grain farms. Located in the Pleasant Valley of Richland County, Malabar's forests and fields offer visitors a glimpse of both the cultural and natural history of the area. The rolling countryside and fertile farmlands of Malabar recreate the pleasure of life on the farm while the wooded ridgetops support an abundance of natural wonders.
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Malabar Farm State Park
- In the rolling countryside of Richland County, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and dedicated conservationist, created his dream -- Malabar Farm. Inspired by his love of the land, Bromfield restored the rich fertility of the farmlands and preserved the beauty of the woodlands. He built a 32-room country home, where his family, friends and neighbors could share the pleasure of life on the farm.
Malabar Farm reflects the agricultural tradition of Ohio while focusing on Louis Bromfield's life and philosophies. The 32-room Big House, designed by Bromfield and architect Louis Lamoreux, is a blend of Western Reserve architectural styles and was built to appear as if it had been added onto over the years. Tours of the mansion, preserved just as Louis left it in 1956, are offered year-round. Contact the park for daily hours. Fees are $3 for adults, $1 for students ages 6-18, with children under five admitted free. Farm Wagon Tours are available May-October, weather permitting, for $1.00 per person.
There are twelve miles of scenic trail for hiking and horseback riding. A fifteen-site horseman's camp offers primitive camping for equestrians as well as family campers. Fire rings, picnic tables, drinking water and latrines are offered.
The Pugh Cabin is a day use facility for groups up to fifty people. This building can be rented for meetings and group functions from 8 AM - 11 PM. Reservations are required.
The picnic area includes tables, grills, drinking water and latrines.
Anglers will find good catches of bluegill and catfish in the farm ponds at Malabar. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Winter recreation includes sledding, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. Cross-country ski rental is available at the Big House Gift Shop.
A restored "stagecoach" inn, circa 1820, lies within the park offering home-cooked meals. The Malabar Inn Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday, May 1-October 31. The inn is also open on weekends in March and April. Group reservations are available April-December. Call the Inn for details; contact information below.
Recreation - Visitors enjoy Malabar Farm State Park all year. In winter, sport enthusiasts come to sled, ice skate, and cross-country ski (rentals available). During the warmers months, people come to picnic, fish, hike, horseback ride and enjoy guided tours. Overnight accommodations include a youth hostel and primitive equestrian camp. Full-service restaurant on-site.
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.
This historic working farm is located in northeast Ohio, several miles southeast of Mansfield.