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A W Marion State Park A.W. Marion State Park © Lonnie Williams
Canada Goslings
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Marina Sign
A W Marion State Park A.W. Marion State Park © Lonnie Williams
Canada Geese on the Grass
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Entrance to A. W. Marion State Park.
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Circleville, Ohio
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Canada Geese on the Water
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Canada Goose on the Water
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Circleville, Ohio
A W Marion State Park A.W. Marion State Park © Lonnie Williams
Lake View
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Circleville, Ohio
A W Marion State Park A.W. Marion State Park © Lonnie Williams
Lake View
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Circleville, Ohio
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Circleville, Ohio
A W Marion State Park A.W. Marion State Park © Lonnie Williams
Panoramic View of Lake
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Circleville, Ohio
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A W MARION STATE PARK ACTIVITIES
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres309
 Water, acres145
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles6
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #2
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
 Seasonal Dock Rental14
 Launch Ramps, #1
CampingPrimitive, #29
 Electric Sites, #29
 Pets Permittedyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Youth Group Campyes
WinterSleddingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Birding
A W Marion State Park in Ohio offers a variety of birding options for nature enthusiasts. The park is home to diverse habitats, including woodlands and wetlands that attract different species of birds throughout the year. Birdwatchers can spot waterfowl such as ducks and geese on the 145-acre Hargus Lake or explore trails where they might see songbirds like warblers, sparrows, finches.

The park also provides opportunities to observe raptors such as hawks and owls due to its dense forest areas. During migration seasons (spring & fall), visitors may witness an even wider range of avian life passing through this area.

Birding activities are self-guided with no specific programs offered by the state park itself; however there are several online resources available providing information about recent sightings at A.W Marion State Park which could be helpful for planning your visit accordingly.

For those interested in photography or simply observing these creatures up close without disturbing them, binoculars would come handy while exploring various parts within this beautiful natural setting located just south-east from Columbus city center.
Trails
The Hargus Lake Trail offers five miles of scenic pleasure, providing access to the entire shoreline of the lake. Beginning at the campground, the Squawroot Nature Trail offers the hiking enthusiast one mile of scenic terrain. The trail is self-guided with directional signs and takes visitors to fourteen points of interest. These scenic trails are open for year-round use.
Trail Map (pdf)
Bicycling
Biking enthusiasts can enjoy a 5-mile trail, suitable for all skill levels. Helmets are highly recommended.

The terrain is mostly flat and well-maintained but may present minor challenges after heavy rainfalls.

Riders should be aware of other park users as the trails are multi-use, shared with hikers too.

During hunting seasons, cyclists must exercise extra caution due to increased activity in certain areas of the park.

It's important to note that biking isn't permitted on nature preserve trails within this location.

Night-time cycling requires appropriate lighting equipment for safety reasons; visibility can drop significantly post-sunset.
Boating
Hargus Lake provides 145 acres of water, boat launching ramps and public docks. Rentals are available from the concession on the northwest side of the lake. Electric motors only are permitted.
Swimming
A W Marion State Park in Ohio offers various options for swimming. The park features a large swimming beach where visitors can relax and enjoy the water. Lifeguards are typically on duty during peak hours to ensure the safety of swimmers. Additionally, the park has a roped-off area specifically designated for swimming, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Whether you want to lounge on the beach or take a dip in the water, A W Marion State Park provides excellent swimming options for visitors.
Fishing
In the late 1980s, Hargus Lake was drained, habitat improvements were made and it was restocked with largemouth bass, muskellunge, bluegill and channel catfish. Anglers can now enjoy some of central Ohio's finest fishing. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.

In the fall, the mature woodlands offer excellent squirrel hunting in designated areas. A valid Ohio hunting license is required.
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