Franklin Trailhead
Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 31, 2018

Free with Mosquitos

Shhhhhh…these campsites seem to be the best kept secret!  These sites are specifically designed for hikers/cyclists.   They are located just off the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath in the New Franklin Township, about 1/4 mile south of the Franklin Trailhead on Center Road (north of the village of Clinton) and are FREE!   No reservations possible; first come, first served only.  Just be sure to register at the kiosk.

All 3 sites are rustic, and somewhat private.  No picnic tables or fire rings are provided. Lots of shade available, but also a lot of mosquitoes.  While the campground itself doesn’t have restrooms available, just ¼ mile north on the towpath you will find clean pit toilets, a picnic table, and trash receptacles.  No drinking water is available and the nearby Pancake Creek is hard to get down to (with lots of poison ivy), so come prepared with drinking water from a spigot along the trail.

There are railroad tracks directly across the river from the campground. While it doesn’t seem to run at night, you’ll definitely hear it first thing in the morning.  

More info here:

  • Site #2 is farthest from the towpath, has the most privacy.
  • Site 3 is just past the entrance to the camping area, quite small, and not much privacy.
  • Site 1 is tucked back in the trees, but right next to the towpath.
  • Along the towpath near the camping area.
  • No bathrooms at the camping area, but just a 1/4 mile north you'll find pit toilets, a picnic table, and far less mosquitoes!  No drinking water though.
  • Free camping but they want you to register before you camp.
  • Watch out...these little guys are hopping all over the towpath.
  • Towpath is nicely shaded in this area!
  • Found this prehistoric looking creature in one of the wetlands just a few miles up the trail from this campground.
  • Lots of locks to explore along the much history!
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