Governor Bebb MetroPark
including Dry Fork Campground,
Pioneer Village Area, Natural Areas and Dare House Area

(formerly known as Governor Bebb Preserve)

View Trail Map Directions to Park Reserve Facility
1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana OH 45053

Open daily 8:00 am until dark

This 264-acre preserve appeals to nature lovers, history buffs, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Acres of woods, meadows, fields, and streams provide ample habitat for wildlife observation and nature study while the park’s Pioneer Village provides a glimpse of earlier times in Butler County and the region. The park takes its name from William Bebb, 19th Governor of Ohio, whose 1799 birthplace cabin and boyhood home is the centerpiece of the Pioneer Village. Joining the Bebb cabin are six other authentic log cabins moved to the park and reconstructed to form a representative early Midwestern settlement. An 1850 covered bridge, one of two remaining covered bridges in the county, was moved from the Oxford area and rebuilt at the park entrance in 1970. The pioneer Village has been the site of numerous educational programs and events throughout the years. The Governor Bebb Preserve Pioneer Group, the park’s volunteer association, and the OKI Forgers, a group of area blacksmithing enthusiasts, meet at the Pioneer Village regularly. The park includes hiking trails, picnic sites, a covered picnic shelter, the Murstein Group Cabin and rustic campsites for overnight stays by families and organized youth groups.

Park Facts:
  • 264 acres
  • Hiking trails
  • Wildlife
  • Educational Programming
  • Historic pioneer village
  • Governor Bebb Campsite Map
  • Picnic areas
  • Primitive camping
  • Non-reservable public camping:walk-in from $9-$11/night
  • Restrooms
  • Play areas
  • Reservable group camping
  • Reservable group cabin
  • Reservable picnic shelter
A motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park site. Butler County residents may receive a permit fee-free. Please refer to the home page for more information. Other guests may purchase an annual permit for only $10. Please refer to home page for more information as well.

Please note: Firewood may not be brought into the park. Firewood must be purchased from the park district. To purchase in advance call 513-867-5835 during office hours or purchase for $5/bundle at the park from park staff or rangers.

Check out March and April Program Offerings under General Information -Program Guides
Pioneer Church is now closed for the winter and will re-open in April 2015.
The 2015 FREE VOA Practice Fields Reservation Notice & Field Request Form is now available -1.7.15.....SEE NEWS
A Request for design proposal for Voice of America Park Athletic Complex Irrigation System Design 2015 has been posted...SEE NEWS
The GMRRT is closed due to flooding from the 122 Bridge to approximately ˝ mile south. Barricades are placed blocking the path in this location
Social Outings Professinal Outings
Administrative Office 2051 Timberman Road     |     Hamilton, Ohio 45013     |     (513) 867-5835