Located along the south side of The Lakes, The Woods offer a cool and calming environment.

Originally a no-mans land of tangled trees, brush, and debris, it benefitted from a major clean up effort and is now an enjoyable, natural scenic area of the park. Several species of native trees and plants are found in The Woods, providing the perfect shade. Whether you’re walking, bird watching, or just relaxing, The Woods is a perfect place to rest.



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My favorite place for a shady picnic.



Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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