Established in 1934 as a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, CCC workers built roads, service buildings, and one of the most beautiful forest lakes in the state. The scenic beauty of the area allows for a peaceful get-a-way with nature. This 7,640-acre area includes primitive camping (available for a fee), picnic areas, shelter houses, grills, playground, fishing, hiking, boating, swimming, boat ramp, restrooms, dressing facilities, showers, hunting, a swimming beach, and horseshoe pits. Rowboat and canoe rental is available on Ferdinand Lake from mid-April through October. The swimming beach is available from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
For hiking and biking trails, please click here. There are multiple different trail options at the Ferdinand State Forest.
Location: Ferdinand State Forest
Trails: Kyana Trail (1.9 Miles), Firetower Trail (2.6 miles), Twin Lakes Trail (1.2 miles), Foxey Hollow Trail (1.3 miles), Southridge Trail (1.8 miles), plus additional trails.
Surface: Rugged Forest
Amenities: Restrooms Available Throughout Ferdinand State Forest
Allowances: Pets (Leashed), Bicycles. No Motorized Vehicles.
Parking: Access to Parking Available Throughout Ferdinand State Forest
Information provided by Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center “Walking Paths” Booklet