Members have asked if the Ohio State Park trails are still open for riding.  Are the campgrounds open?   What is OHC’s recommendation?

As of today, June 22, 2020:

Hocking Hills State Park is closed, but some of the trails are open.  The State Park facilities at Hocking Hills are scheduled to reopen on July 2nd.  Cantwell Cliffs, Rock House, and Airplane Rock are open as of June 15.  The Horse camp is open as of June 15.  Bridle trails north of Unger Road rappelling area are open as of June 15.

Find up to date information on Hocking Hills State Park and Forest at:

Hocking Hills Coronavirus Update – What You Need To Know

HockingHills.com Official Community

Bridal and Hiking trails in the other State Parks are open, but will have reduced park services.
You can find current information on what is open at:
You may have trouble parking to access the horse trails.  The ODNR Website says:  “Parking. If a parking area is full or a parking lot is blocked, move on. Cars parked on roadways or grass will be ticketed.”
Horse Campgrounds at State Parks are open again, but require an on-line reservation.  No Walk-up reservations are allowed.  Campgrounds will not be operating at full occupancy.  Some services will be limited.  Please plan on “self contained” camping if possible.
State Forest campgrounds have returned to the same procedures that were in place before the CornaVirus restrictions started.  Reservations are not required.
Any events at State Park facilities that require a permit is not allowed through July 15.   This policy may or may not change after July 25th.

My recommendation to members is to follow Governor Mike DeWine’s requests and orders.  Our Ohio Governor, Department of Public Health,  and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have issued a combination of mandatory requirements and voluntary recommendations.  Please comply with those requirements and recommendations.   The only reason we’ve been asked to change our behavior is to save lives.

I won’t quote those requirements and recommendations here because the response to the CoronaVirus changes daily.  Please consult the Ohio Department of Public Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for current information.

Should we hold chapter meetings, committee meetings, or trail work sessions?  Please check the current guidance to answer that question.  Today, June 22, 2020, meetings of more than 10 of people both indoors and outdoors is prohibited in Ohio.     My advice is to comply with the Department of health orders and voluntary recommendations.   You can hold small in person meetings of 10 or less.  Please consider a “on-line” virtual meeting for more than 10 people.  Please read the Stay Safe Ohio Order linked below.

Directors-Stay-Safe-Ohio-Order April 30-2020

We are able to hold trail work sessions again, but please follow social distancing requirements and recommendations.

Eric Estill, President

Ohio Horseman’s Council

Please check these links for current guidance:

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Ohio Public Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Stay at Home Information

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/families-and-individuals/stay-at-home-information/

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ODNR Operations During Cornavirus Outbreak

http://ohiodnr.gov/odnr-operations-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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Ohio Department of Health Stay Safe Ohio Order 4-30-2020

Ohio Stay At Home Order 4-30-2020

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