Last Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared April 22-29, 2022, as Ohio States Park Week.
“From Maumee Bay to Forked Run, our state parks add so much to our quality of life and make Ohio a great place to live,” said Governor DeWine in a press release. “I encourage you to celebrate our state parks by taking time to get outside and enjoy a walk along a Storybook Trail with your family, a day on the water with friends, or a hike to some of Ohio’s most scenic spots.”
In partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio State Parks Foundation, Gov. DeWine invites everyone to visit the nearest state park this week.
The state parks’ programs and activities are available on the ODNR’s event calendar.
Ohioans have about 75 state parks to visit and experience miles of trails, mountain biking, disc golf, and other activities while learning about and being in awe of the beautiful landscape, a report said.
“Our state parks offer a little bit of everything, no matter what your family is looking for,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “From a hike along the trails at the southern tip of the Buckeye State to a sunset paddle along the shores of Lake Erie, our parks offer tranquility, adventure, and everything in between.”
In 2021, Gov. DeWine announced the purchase and plans for Ohio’s 76th state park near Xenia. It will have an interpretation center with the three feral-recognized Shawnee tribes and the Ohio History Connection.
Development for the park is planned to start during this year’s summer season, and its facilities are expected to open around 2023 during Fall.
Governor DeWine and ODNR announced the creation of the Ohio State Parks Foundation last year to protect and enhance Ohio’s parks and advocate for their future. Visit www.ohiostateparksfoundation.org to vote for your favorite state park.
This article originally appeared on Yahoo! News.