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Nestled between the Great Lakes and the Appalachian Mountains, Ohio offers a plethora of unforgettable outdoor experiences. Beautiful Lake Erie beaches give way to caves, escarpments, and waterfalls, so if you’re looking to go camping in Ohio, you’re bound to find the perfect spot!

Starting in the northern tip of the state, bordering Lake Erie, campers will find serene beaches and natural coves full of picturesque summertime fun. Kelley’s Island State Park, a 677-acre park on the northern tip of the island, offers campers year-round adventure. Unique natural history and geographical features make Kelley’s Island an excellent choice for camping in Ohio’s unique Great Lake region.

East Harbor State Park, another camper’s haven along the shores of Lake Erie, offers opportunities for boating, fishing, 10 miles of hiking trails, and three boat ramps make this amazing campground the perfect spot for avid outdoorsmen and family campers alike.

South of Lake Erie, near the border of West Virginia, campers will find Ohio’s famous Hocking Hills area. Stunning cliffs and waterfalls, deep hemlock forests, and world-famous caves make this area one of the most popular for year-round camping in Ohio. The most well known cave in the Hocking Hills is Old Man’s Cave, so named for hermit Richard Rowe who lived in the cave for 30 years after settling in the area around 1800. The Old Man’s Cave area provides trails along a breath-taking gorge, which was carved 150 feet into the sandstone by the waters of Old Man’s Creek.

Campgrounds located in the Hocking Hills and Old Man’s Cave areas provide unique opportunities for waterfall hikes, climbing, and canoeing along the Hocking River. The geologically unique Hocking Hills region offers up some of the most beautiful natural beauty in the state and the country.

From pristine Great Lake beaches to the rugged beauty of the Appalachians, let The Dyrt help you find the best camping in Ohio!

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Needs Some Love

Wolf Run is a nice-ish camp ground. If you're just looking to chill at your campsite, it'll do. If you camp with the goal of hiking and swimming, I would look elsewhere.

The state park really doesn't have a ton to offer in ways of entertainment. The swimming beach is small and in direct view of a road that runs nearby, it's nothing to write home about. The hiking trails are not well maintained, and there are really only two. 

The campground is passable. The initial site we booked for Memorial Day Weekend was super muddy, very small, and did not have a picnic table. I was able to switch to a different site fairly quickly over the phone. The site we moved to was bigger and slightly more secluded. Sadly our fire ring was a safety hazard as it was riddled with holes at the bottom. It also had a very small grate for cooking, meaning we had to build the fire up against the side of the ring in order to cook. The majority of people who camp here are using generators, so it can get a little loud in some of the loops at times. 

I will note that it is possible that the campground would have received some updates before opening for the season if COVID had not hit.

Must love Toledo Metroparks

We stayed an evening here for a last day of school celebration. Bathrooms were clean (and prepared to follow social distancing guideline). The park provides cut firewood for campers. The yellow scout trail which connects with the NCT is off the meadow with the group sites, or you can ride your bikes down the paved road to mallard lake where most of the parks trailheads and multi use trail access lies. Oak openings has everything from pine tree forests to sand dunes. The sites were nice for primitive camping. As a lifetime local I must applaud our metroparks for creating some beautiful primitive campsites. Prior to this initiative the only local campsites were loud party campgrounds filled with RVs.

Perfect weekend

Site 56 - We have stayed at this site before with electric. You don’t have close neighbors and the trail is right off your site. Good for you but invited others coming off the trail if they don’t know where they are going. We put up a piece of flagging tape to block off hikers and bikers. It’s a smaller campground with both electric and non- electric sites. Currently there are no walk-ins permitted so the walk-in sites have been made reservable. There is a playground with two vault toilets in the electric - which were very clean. They also have portables in the other end which is non-electric. There are also two flushable toilets by the group campsites. The camp hosts (Diane, John and Steve) were great and very friendly. No showers, sinks or full hookups so come prepared. The marina is on the other side of the lake, just a short drive if you want to kayak. If you like to hike or mountain bike the trail is 5 miles around the lake and very pretty.

Great place to backpack in Ohio

Wonderful overnight backpack trip for our family. We did the South Loop at Zaleski - 10.9 miles. Hike was great. Lots of ups & downs, a pond & beautiful rock outcroppings. Not supposed to filter the water in the creeks. Thankfully there is pretty tasty water at camp. Cannot camp off of marked areas. 3 camp areas total, camp 1 & 2 are available on the South Loop. Latrine available (bring toilet paper). Camp sites fill up quickly & areas will be shared. Not all have fire rings. Camp 2 is very popular since it is the halfway point(ish) on the trail. Camp 1 is only a couple miles into the loop. Great place to stop for lunch. Highly recommend. Our 8 year old did great & we saw lots of families camping. Trails had lots of poison ivy & ticks present.

Not too far from I-71

Open and almost full on 5/30/20. We stopped for one night on our way from VT to CO. Tho they messed up and double booked our site (a really nice one on quieter waterfront side) we were able to get another waterfront one by marina. I would say this is a popular seasonal site for many. Many pontoon boats and kayaks on the lake. Restrooms were fine with free shower. Had electric at our site, not water. Shared water very close.

Small, cheap, and difficult to find.

Super cheap at only 8.50 a night, but its located within a gated community. You must go to the main gate at 1 Waynoka Dr. Sardinia, OH 45171 to enter the they will give you a map to the campground. Lots are ok, but gravel. Nice bath houses and electric is at each site. Not much hiking or adventure here but a good place to camp a few nights. Lots of permanent campers and kids biking around. Good shade. First come first serve, but they usually have a few sites open when we go.

Quiet and good hicking.

Nice Campground, electric but no water at the sites. Lots of good tent or small camper spots, but be selective if you have a camper bigger than 25ft. I recommend site 82, 83, 85, or 78. Great trails, nice lake, plenty of shade and creeks. Not much access to a good town for supplies so bring what you need. If you want to take a drive for a great hole in the way steak house try The Ribber. But go early 45 min wait at 4pm and it gets worse.

Didn’t wave back.

Came here and explored. Beautiful place. Seems like awesome cabins. Saw some staff members on a golf cart. Middle aged women. Waved and they looked away instead of waving back. Wouldn’t recommend a place without first knowing the staff are helpful. I’d rather camp in the middle of the woods than be around people that aren’t welcoming.

Easily accessible

Nice and flat grounds. Alot of sites for its size. Very nice lake and inflatables in swim area. Good fishing lake as well. Lake milton is a jump down the road for boating. But the hiway noise was just too much for the kids to sleep, and to enjoy a night at the fire having to yell at times.

Clean and great facilities

Nice camping area and clean shower, bathrooms. Nice marina and boat launch!