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Van Buren State Park This 296 acre state park offers a variety of outdoor pursuits, including camping, fishing, hiking, bowhunting, disc golf, and more. Van Buren State Park is home to bridle trails, as well as a three mile single track trail, dedicated to hiking and biking. This trail criss-crosses several ravines offering cyclists short climbs and descents. The trail winds through wods and offers a scenic view of the lake. There are three separate areas for camping, including equestrian sites. There is also both primitive and electrical hook-ups available.

According to the Ohio DNR, Van Buren State Park is in a region of Ohio that was once populated by members of the Shawnee nation. The Shawnee migrated to the area from south central Ohio. The area in and around the park represented the last stronghold for the Shawnee in Ohio before they were forced to move west of the Mississippi River by the encroachment of Anglo-American pioneers.The process of creating Van Buren State Park began in 1939 when a dam was built over Rocky Ford Creek creating what is now Van Buren Lake. This lake was part of a private wildlife preserve. The lake and preserve were transferred to the state of Ohio in 1950.

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