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Burr Oak State Park

10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road
740-767-3570

History:

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 San Toy.

Many colorful tales were told of life in San Toy. 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 bandits who made a horse-mounted getaway through the town.

Countless other tales live on, but San Toy 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 built across the valley of the east branch of Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Hocking River.  The dam is about three miles north of Glouster on S. R. 13, in Trimble Township of Athens County.  From the dam, the lake extends southward for about 1 1/2 miles, where it crosses into Homer Township of Morgan County.  It then stretches northward for about four miles into Union Township of Morgan County.  Burr Oak Lake was built as a multiple-use reservoir for flood control, water supply, and recreation.  The Lake was a cooperative venture. The Department of Natural Resources purchased the land, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the dam and control gates.  Two years later ,Burr Oak was dedicated as a state park.



Reviews

Sylvia Tourstein

Rating:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
This is a state park lodge, not a resort. It has lovely activities to keep all ages busy. A large indoor swimming pool, a mini golf course, tennis/basketball courts & a playground. There are lots walking trails & a beautiful lake in view. There are only 38 lodge rooms (&30 cabins on property) as well as campgrounds nearby. This place is simplicity with nature are all around. We had both the family suites which were plenty big for relaxing with lots of family and King size room which is a standard hotel. Rooms were nicely appointed & clean. The restaurant was just fine, they served us in off hours between lunch & dinner and were super cordial with 1 server and 25 of us, this is vacation not a place to be in a hurry. The front desk even brought milk for the kids after hours (They might want to think about adding that to the drinks they sell up front since every family we saw had smaller kids.) The whole staff was welcoming & pleasant. Thank you Burr Oak! Everyone enjoyed their stay.

OSU Scoreboard

Rating:
Saturday, June 30, 2018
A arrived at 4:30 on a Sunday, didn’t get checked in until 6:30 for a cabin. They were very slow cleaning it 😕 However they did comp us for a night for making us wait, so that was very nice. As someone had mentioned earlier on another review, we had a lot of ants in the kitchen and the beds were a bit hard. Otherwise the stay was great. Absolutely love the lake and the area, the beach was nice and everything is very well-kept up.

Crystal Chesser

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Saturday, May 19, 2018
In 2016 my son and daughter in law had their wedding here. It was BEAUTIFUL and the staff was awesome. Fast forward 2 years and today I had my daughter in laws baby shower here. Again, it was just beautiful and the staff did an excellent job. Kayla, in sales, was extremely helpful and always so friendly. If your looking for a place to have a party you can't go wrong here.

Joan Young

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
The staff was friendly. It was in a beautiful rustic setting. Lots to do from disc golf putt putt golf regular golf fishing boating camping dining. Our room was clean large and had something we had never had before windows that opened and a door to a patio with furniture with a stone wall with a fantastic view of woods and the lake. Overall our stay was great we would go again.

dick tracy

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Monday, July 2, 2018
Disapointing. four desk clerks bumping into each other acting confused. Breakfast buffet was outstanding. Waitresses were great especially Chelsea. Pizza was burnt on edges. The round cardboard pizza comes on was thicker than the pizza. Noise in hallway from kids running up and down. The doors slamming in hallway would wake up the dead. Once burned twice shy

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