New Ohio Outdoor Adventures

Opening Soon in Cambridge/Guernsey County

Southeast Ohio will soon welcome two new family-oriented outdoor attractions. A new splash pad is under construction at Seneca Lake, and an immersive Eco-Center is being built at Salt Fork State Park. Both attractions are located within minutes of Cambridge, Ohio, and are scheduled to open this summer and fall.

New Splash Pad at Seneca Lake

Situated between the Parkside Central Campground area to the west and rolling hills to the east, Seneca Lake Park Beach is in the process of welcoming a series of improvements benefiting guests of all ages. The main feature of the renovation will be a new interactive splash pad, complete with water slides, a tree house, and charming picnic-themed water stations.

Additional improvements include seating areas, shade structures, basketball court, pickleball court, storybook trail and space for lawn games. Park officials anticipate the splash pad opening this summer.

New Eco-Center at Salt Fork State Park

Visitors of all ages will soon experience an immersive learning adventure alongside the mythical Bigfoot at the Salt Fork State Park Eco-Discovery Center. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) broke ground on the 3,300-square-foot project in October 2023 and anticipates opening the center in fall 2024.

Inside the center, Bigfoot will act as a character guide throughout the building, highlighting fun facts and teaching visitors how, despite having big feet, Bigfoot’s environmental footprint is small. The exhibits will engage visitors in an interactive journey through Salt Fork’s forest ecosystem to discover how everything in nature is connected and ends with visitors learning ways they can practice sustainability to protect these valuable connections and natural resources.

Outdoors, visitors will enjoy a patio with seating, a rain garden, meadow plantings, native trees, and a trail leading through the habitats and to the lake. The center will sit approximately 2.5 miles from the park entrance.

ODNR’s ConServe Ohio sustainability initiative inspired the need for a nature center that interprets the importance of sustainable practices now and in the future. The building will include sustainable elements indoors, such as high-efficiency HVAC equipment and filtration, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, a water bottle refilling station, and an entry-floor system to reduce indoor pollution. Visitors will find a green roof and wall outside of the building, permeable pathways, solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, and EV charging stations.

For more information on area attractions, events, and overnight packages, contact the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau office at 627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200 in downtown Cambridge, call 740-432-2022, email mail to, or log onto VisitGuernseyCounty.com.

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