You've heard about this beautiful place called Apple Valley Lake, a premier tourist destination at the heart of Knox County, Ohio. But before you pack your bags for a vacation, you might be wondering, 'Is Apple Valley Lake open to the public?'
Apple Valley Lake, Ohio is a private community that welcomes tourists, travelers, and families looking for a vacation or full time home. You can either stay at Apple Valley as a guest of the property owner or rent out a lovely home to experience lake living.
However, in order to use the facilities such as the camping area, community center, clubhouse, lake, and beaches, you have to be a property owner or be accompanied by a property owner as a guest. For the immediate family of the property owner, guest passes can be purchased so they don’t have to be with the property owner while using the facilities.
"What are some facilities available to property owners and their guests?"
Some facilities available for the use of property owners and their guests are:
- Private Lake - Apple Valley Lake is crystal clear and has an average depth of 30 feet. It is one of the few lakes in the area with no horsepower limit.
- Private Beaches - three private beaches can be found on Apple Valley Lake: King Beach, Davis Beach and Sutton Beach. All of them are equipped with picnic facilities, a kiddie playground, and a beach house with restrooms and changing facilities.
- Bennett Park - a private park with a picnic shelter, playground, and fishing pond and a vast grassy terrain perfect for family bonding moments, and as a venue for family gatherings and occasions.
- Floral Valley - a community center with an indoor pool, a lobby area with TV and fireplace, a kitchen, a small meeting room, and a large banquet area for social events.
- Clubhouse - a two-story building located on the east side of the lake which is a popular venue for wedding receptions, family reunions, parties, and other events. The clubhouse also houses the outdoor pool and fitness center.
- Apple Valley Marina - a full-service facility where pontoons and non-power boats may be rented, and new as well as previously owned boats, trailers, boat lifts, and engines can be purchased.
- Campers' Village - A vast area which provides all the necessities for campers, including electric and water hookups, as well as facilities such as playground with shaded seating, basketball court, horseshoe pit, a laundry room, two bathhouses and a picnic shelter complete with grills.
Property owners and their guests can enjoy fishing on the lake as well as other recreational activities such as water skiing and leisure boating.
"If I'm not yet a property owner or doesn't know anyone who owns property at Apple Valley Lake, can I still spend my vacation there?"
Yes, you can definitely spend your vacation in Apple Valley Lake and enjoy the beauty of lake living. Some homes in Apple Valley Lake are available for rent.
If you rent a lakefront home, you can sit on the dock and let your senses experience Apple Valley Lake or swim by the dock and create fun-filled memories.
Apple Valley is also nearby a gorgeous seasonal golf-course that is open to the public. The Apple Valley Golf course is known for being one of the finest in Central Ohio.
You can also take the scenic route and drive leisurely to some interesting sights near Apple Valley Lake. Whether you’re a water sports enthusiast, nature lover or history buff, there’s something for almost everyone.
"What are some must-see places in Apple Valley Lake that are open to the public?"
In addition to the picturesque and amazingly clear lake and beaches, Apple Valley is within a short driving distance of these other popular tourist attractions:
- Honey Run Park - A secret treasure in the heart of Knox County, it is a vast 2-acre property which includes a mesmerizing 25-foot high waterfall. Take a hike from the waterfall to the Kokosing River and marvel at the spectacular Blackhand sandstone cliffs and boulders.
- Knox County Hellbender Preserve - A sanctuary for the “Eastern Hellbender” -- Ohio’s largest amphibian, this 15-acre site covers the Buckeye Grove Loop Trail. Geocaching enthusiasts will love this preserve.
- Ariel Foundation Park - This stunning 250-acre site was previously a glass-making factory, adaptively reused to create a unique park with architectural ruins, lakes, observation tower, walking trails, steel sculptures, and a museum.
- Roscoe Village - This unique historic community allows visitors to step back in time and relive the 1830’s, a time when the canal system changed the course of Ohio history.
- Kokosing Valley Camp and Canoe - designated as Ohio’s first state water trail, it combines a campground and canoe livery in one location. In addition to kayaks, canoes, and tubes ready for use, the site also features other facilities such as a heated swimming pool, a unique golf driving range, and a beautifully landscaped 9-hole miniature golf course.
- Knox County Historical Society - a museum that showcases the rich history of Knox County, with exhibits about business and industry, notable personalities, kitchen and household memorabilia, means of communication, and early forms of transportation.
- Mohican State Park - a 1,110-acre property adjacent to the Mohican state forest, Mohican State Park offers a unique wilderness experience with the striking Clearfork Gorge, hemlock forest and scenic Mohican River, as well as luxurious accommodations and complete camping facilities.
- Mansfield Snow Trails - the Ski Capital of Ohio, this 80-acre commercial ski resort is the first in Ohio. Complete with all the amenities you need for skiing or tubing, Mansfield Snow Trails also offers ski lessons for children and beginners.
- Kokosing Gap Trail - offering miles of awesome flora and wildlife, Kokosing Gap Trail is a paved, 14-mile recreational trail built on a former Pennsylvania Railroad line. It features the 0-6-0 locomotive and Chesapeake & Ohio Caboose #90776, along with a rotary park playground.
- Brown Family Environmental Center - a 500-acre preserve located in the Kokosing River valley of central Ohio, to conserve natural diversity and engage people of all ages with nature.
- Kokosing Nature Preserve - located in the picturesque countryside of Gambier, Ohio, The Kokosing Nature Preserve consists of twenty-three acres of restored prairies and woodlands. It is a perfect place for picnics and leisurely walks.
- Wolf Run Park - Enjoy 260 acres of rolling topography and contiguous open space featuring nearly ten miles of hiking trails, woodlands, a pond, and other natural features. Wolf Run Park is the perfect place to relax and have fun. There’s something for each member of the family, including a kids' bouldering area, a fishing area, and a nearly two-acre “bark park” for your canine babies.
"When is the best time to visit Apple Valley Lake?"
Apple Valley experiences four seasons, with warm and humid summers, freezing winters, and partly cloudy weather year-round.
Apple Valley Lake is Instagram-worthy any time of the year. Each season of the year gives a different rendering of the lake that you’ll want to capture.
Some attractions near Apple Valley Lake are only open during certain seasons. For instance, the Apple Valley Golf Course and Kokosing Valley Camp and Canoe close during the winter.
According to weatherspark.com, over the course of the year, the temperature in Apple Valley Lake typically varies from 20°F to 83°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Apple Valley for warm-weather activities is from mid-June to mid-September.
"Is Apple Valley Lake the perfect location for my vacation home?"
Yes, Apple Valley Lake is the perfect place to buy your vacation home!
I live here and love it. I'd love to take you on a tour of our lake homes the next time you visit.
Apple Valley Lake is not only a premier tourist destination, but it is also a thriving community of neighborly people who go out of their way to help each other. A lot of my clients who are not originally from Apple Valley Lake, fall in love with the whole package: the place and the people.
One such client wanted to rent a home for a week before deciding to buy a property. I set him up with several rental choices. He and his family rented one of the homes I recommended and loved it!
He was not a relative of the homeowner he rented. So he couldn’t use the amenities. However, because it was a waterfront home, they could sit on the dock and swim near the dock. They loved it so much, they purchased a lakefront home from me that same season.
Don’t deprive yourself the chance to own a lake home, live a life like you’re always on vacation and be a part of this lovely community. Click here to contact us about how to get a home or lot at Apple Valley Lake, Ohio