Malabar Farm State Park

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Malabar Farm State Park
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Park that features a working farm and the 32-room country home built by Pulitzer prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield.
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Cherry_Wonderdog
New England2,747 contributions
Aug 2021
The area around Malabar farms is quite picturesque. We drove up a long and winding road to the top of a small mountain where we took scenic pictures of the world around us. By all accounts, the historic barn where Lauren Bacall honeymooned with Humphrey Bogart was idyllically quaint. It was fun to visit the animal house (cows, goats, and pigs) and the obsolete meat smoking room. Our walks in the area were pretty as well, including one to a small cut-through cave where I bashed my shoulder.

There was also a nice display of 1960s era technology and photos that brought back fond memories of my youth.

In contrast, the gift shop offered nothing of interest, and most everything there was overpriced.
Written September 10, 2021
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817colleenv
Hilliard, OH32 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Visited here with my two kids (8 and 10 years old). They enjoyed the farm portion and seeing all the animals. We also enjoyed the house tour. Tour lasted a little over an hour. Lots of interesting information and history.
Written July 20, 2021
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lisa renee
Grove City, OH65 contributions
May 2021
I really enjoyed visiting this place - lovely baby ducks and goats! The gentleman working at the entrance and the Naturalist were both very friendly and informative and welcoming. The farm is beautiful. The map was hard to follow in terms of finding where to drive to get to the hiking trails. I only hiked part of the Butternut Trail, but enjoyed my time. I did not tour the farm house - I am hoping to return and do this on the next visit. I recommend this place over Mohican because I could not find any parking at all at Mohican but found parking places here at the main entrance / visitor center and Butternut Trail by Pugh Cabin.
Written June 2, 2021
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Stephanie L
Toledo, OH49 contributions
Oct 2020
Review for navigation of hiking trails, blazing, and park maps. The trails itself are beautiful natural wonders and worth the visit, especially the caves on the Butternut path. However, the park makes access difficult to figure out. First, the hiking trail maps at the visitor center are printed incorrectly. The compass rose is flipped in regards to east/west. The roads leading to the park were barely discernible in terms of print. I spent about 30 minutes trying find the trail head. There is also another pamphlet with details on where to park for the trailheads and more information about how to navigate the park, but it lacked clarity and the photos were small, underexposed, low-resolution.

The Doris Duke trailhead is on a small service road, which can be easily mistaken for a trail itself. Further down this lane is the access to the Butternut trail. Everyone was driving down it and parking, and I later found out that is its supposed to be only for emergency vehicles and special events. The correct lot was 1/4 of a mile down from where everyone was parking, located on the main road by the working farm. Very confusing! And hardly anyone, if NOBODY was parked in the correct lot. You wouldn't think you had to walk down the main road for some time just to get to the trailhead.

The starting point for the Butternut Trail is POORLY blazed. There is a sign on the left-hand side, which one would think to continue straight, in the same orientation where the sign is. But that is incorrect. That is actually a connector trail to the 7 mile Bridle Trail. The Bridle Trail was not blazed for some time, and when I turned around after finally seeing the blaze, it was a decent walk back. Two other families also did the same thing when I was there, along with vloggers on Youtube complaining the same. The Butternut Trail is actually a fork on the right at the very beginning.

All in all, Malabar is a beautiful place to visit, hike and explore its rich history. It is a shame that its poor mapping brings a negative experience, especially if you are visiting for the first time. I recommend going with someone else to help navigate – I went alone and it was hard to find my way around.

Please Malabar Farm, make your maps and signage more clear! Sincerely, A Headached Hiker
Written October 10, 2020
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Tag1126
Xenia, OH210 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
My husband and I really enjoyed our visit here. We toured during the Christmas candlelight tour one afternoon, so we were able to walk through the "big house" at our own pace. There were guides in each room, and they were both friendly and knowledgeable. The house is beautiful and an interesting look into 1950s history, with the added interest of the celebrity of Bogart and Bacall. I knew little about Bromfield before our visit, but it was fascinating to learn more about his writing and his forward-thinking agricultural practices. There is more to explore here than we had time to do. I highly recommend visiting.
Written January 7, 2020
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BuckeyeAdventures
Cleveland, OH1,618 contributions
Dec 2019
I don't know what the rest of Malabar farm looks like, but the Big House all decked out for the Holidays looks absolutely stunning!!!
Written December 8, 2019
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M199CLmelissah
North Royalton, OH7 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Malabar Farms is a wonderful experience. Beautiful grounds. It is a State Park, so the public is welcome. If you would like to learn about the history of the property, they offer what they call House tours. They will give you a tour through the house and around the grounds. If you choose to just spend a leisurely day walking the grounds on your own, you are welcome to do so. It is incredibly therapeutic. They do have animals on the grounds. Goats, cows and mini horses.
Written November 5, 2019
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JBH
295 contributions
Oct 2019
We've been to Malabar Farm State Park on different occasions. There is lots to do and really anyone can find something of interest.

One time, we took a house tour. It was interesting and the guide was informative. We went in the summer and it was a pretty large group that toured when we did. We took my 90 year old grandmother and the ranger was very accommodating, driving her to the house from the parking lot. Be warned that some of the information provided about the home/family isn't really for younger ears. Many famous names made stops in the house.

Another tour, we've been on is the farm hay ride. It is a bit bumpy of course. The tour guide talks about the tree from Shawshank Redemption (although it is gone now), the Ceely House, the cemetery, the farm and grounds. Do this when temperatures are comfortable. It was almost too hot the day we went.

Just last month, we went for a hike. While the trails are not well marked, apparently new maps had confused the color codes too, but that is something I'm told the park is working on in the near future. We had a difficult time locating the exact location of the butternut trail, but when we found it all was well worth it. Fern and moss stretch over large boulders. Veering to the left is a cave that you can explore and climb out by going straight back and then to the left and out. Though be cautious there is one place with a drop off. We accidentally happened upon a guide that was wonderful and let us tag along with him through the cave and gave us directions for following the loop of the trail.

We've also gone up to the top of Mount Jeez. Beautiful views of the river and farm. We had a picnic lunch. A rule for driving down...look to see if someone is coming up before you drive back down and wait for them to come up.

There are picnic tables scattered over the farm and a playground that is in great condition for the kids.

They have festivals and events throughout the year to check out and hopefully the restaurant will open back up soon.
Written November 5, 2019
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James M
Bay Village, OH280 contributions
Oct 2019
If you are in the area and you are a trivia fan, this is the place to be.
This is where Bogey and Bacall were married.
There are pictures of them and all sorts of celebrities scattered throughout the main house.
Written October 27, 2019
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Chuck & Cathy
Paulding, OH17 contributions
Oct 2019
We were looking for something different to do & I had heard of Malabar Farms so we chose that. About all I knew about it was that's where Bogie & Lauren Becall were married. But we found the history of the farm & the Louis Bromfield family fascinating. He was quite an interesting person. Between the dogs movie stars the place was usually jumping.
Written October 14, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM