Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About AEP Miner's Memorial Park (Reclamation lands) at 4470 OH-78, McConnelsville, OH 43756
Operator
Private
Access
Drive In
Features
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
AEP Miner's Memorial Park (Reclamation lands) at 4470 OH-78, McConnelsville, OH 43756 is located in Ohio
Latitude
39.6522 N
Longitude
-81.851 W
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1 Review of AEP Miner's Memorial Park (Reclamation lands) at 4470 OH-78, McConnelsville, OH 43756
Great to visit but I wouldn't camp in this spot (Big Muskie Bucket)

This spot was awesome. I loved seeing the Big Muskie Bucket. However, that being said it is a popular spot. Folks are pulling in all the time as it is a must see spot.   It is popular for a reason. The Big Muskie was built in 1969 and could move 39 millions of pounds of Earth in an hour as part of the mining operations in the area. In 1991 it was shut down.  In 1999 (May) it was destroyed the rest of the machine but the bucket remains. This item was even featured on the History channel. 

As it is so popular, I would do it as a day trip from one of the other AEP campsites. The website https://www.aep.com/recreation/areas/recreationland shows a few camping options. 

You would do better to look at the paper maps they have or look for Hook Lake campground (A), Sawmill Road Campground (D), or Sand Hollow (not seen on the map), Bicentennial Camp Ground (K) on the map.  On the paper map you will see it as a letter but no information G (Maple Hollow) and C (Sand Hollow). Make sure you ignore Woodgrove on the map (H) campsite as it no longer exists but still shows on the map. 

I would make sure you print an AEP camping permit to have just in case the boxes are empty. Camping is free on AEP reCreation campsites. 

This spot is also being taken over by the Ohio State Parks as you will notice the new sign outside of the park. So I wouldn't try to camp at this spot. I just moved onto another AEP campsite. I will ask the ranger about it the next time they pull through. 

This spot does have a bathroom.  Also, it is the spot for the BEST cell phone access out of all of the AEP campsites. They reference it in several locations if you need a signal to go here.  This is a fun day trip with your camping buddies. We certainly enjoyed it and talked about how mining has changed in Ohio.