Stonelick State Park is a park located in Clermont County, Ohio, approximately 25 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio. Tucked away in the rolling highlands of southwest Ohio, 1,058-acre Stonelick State Park offers a quiet retreat for visitors. The still waters of the lake and stately woodlands provide the setting for a host of outdoor recreational pursuits.
As the Appalachian Mountains were forming to the east, the bedrock layer west of the mountains was elevated, creating the Cincinnati Arch. This dome-like feature of uplifted bedrock passes through the Stonelick region. Several areas of the arch have been exposed from erosion uncovering some of the oldest rocks in Ohio, which are 350-500 million years old. The once entombed fossils are now exposed giving the area one of the richest fossil records in the state. The rocks of the arch contain so many fossils of such diverse species and have attracted people from all over the world since the early 1800s. Trilobite, brachiopods and cephalopods provide excellent finds for fossil hunters.
Another interesting feature of the Stonelick landscape is the significant stand of sweet gum trees. Normally, sweet gum is a subordinate tree, but in the woodlands of Stonelick, they co-dominate the woodlands with beech and maple. Substantial colonies of uncommon Ohio wildflowers flourish here. Dense flying star, purple fringeless orchid and Virginia mountain mint may be found growing in the park.
Open during daylight hours.
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