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BURR OAK STATE PARK
BURR OAK STATE PARK
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Rd
Glouster, Ohio   45732
(lat:39.5415 lon:-82.0295)

Phone: (740) 767-3570
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Located in southeast Ohio, quiet and remote Burr Oak State Park has a rustic country charm in its scenery of wooded hills and valley farms. As one of Ohio's resort parks, Burr Oak offers a wide array of overnight accommodations with its lodge, cottages and campground. Burr Oak blends modern conveniences with the wilderness spirit of Ohio.
Nature of the Area
Burr Oak State Park epitomizes the wilderness character of southeast Ohio. Miles of forested ridges and hollows comprise these foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The woodlands support a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, box turtles and the elusive wild turkey. The lake's shore is inhabited by the industrious beaver and various waterfowl species.

The forest is comprised of numerous hardwoods but is dominated by stately oaks and hickories. In autumn, the forest displays spectacular fall colors as leaves turn to deep reds, brilliant yellows and burnt oranges. Woodland wildflowers are equally as impressive in the spring when violets, Dutchman's breeches, trillium, rare orchids, bloodroot and hepatica are in bloom.
History of the Area
Situated in the valley of Sunday Creek, the Burr Oak area was inhabited by Indians and, later, by settlers who found an abundance of game animals and the resources necessary for survival in the Ohio wilderness.

Coal, one of Ohio's most important mineral resources, was mined here for many years. As mining operations expanded, mining towns grew and prospered. Few of these mining towns were as notorious as the village of Santoy.

Many colorful tales were told of life in Santoy. In the true spirit of frontier life, so the story goes, a gunfight was once held over a $20 debt. The street was cleared as the two participants met for a showdown. The ensuing battle left both men lying in the street--one dead and the other critically wounded. The "Old West" came to life in Ohio when the coal company payroll was robbed by andits who made a horse-mounted getaway through the town.

Countless other tales live on, but Santoy could not. A fire in 1924 destroyed the coal tipple and several businesses. The loss was so devastating that just three years later the second mine shaft shut down. In November 1931, the nineteen remaining voters decided to abandon the town. Today, only the church, the town's first building, still stands as a reminder of days gone by.

In 1950 Burr Oak Lake was created by the construction of the Tom Jenkins Dam across the east branch of Sunday Creek. Two years later, Burr Oak was dedicated as a state park.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 11 We love Burr Oak! by Kathy and Chris
My husband and I have some wonderful memories of staying at Burr Oak, especially this past August, when we traveled by motorcycle from Florida to our native Ohio. The roads around Burr Oak are fantastic, especially 555 or as we call it, triple nickel, and Rt. 78. Burr Oak Lodge is a great place to stay and relax, after riding all day! We especially love the gazebo and the view of the lake at sunset, the view of the lake from the restaurant, and the beautiful pool.
October 19 Beautiful park by cathy
We just had a beautiful wedding there. I would highly recommend this park. The entire staff was very helpful and accommodating with everything we needed. Thank-you!
September 2 burr oaks by vivian
place was beautiful and staff was very friendly and helpful,was there in the middle of july and will be going back in the middle of september for more fun and relaxation.wonderful place to stay and relax..
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Burr Oak Resort
Glouster, OH
(740) 767-2112
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10220 Burr Oak, Lodge Road, Glouster, OH 45732
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