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Nice trails, not so nice campsites

Most of the sites at this state park campground are very small and don’t have much level ground. Even the sites meant for RVs and trailers are right on top of each other. It’s almost like they took what should have been one site and made it two. There’s a handful of sites that offer a little space and level ground for tent campers. You may or may not have a picnic table and fire ring with a grill at your campsite when you arrive. According to staff, people take the fire rings and I guess there’s nothing they can do. Bathrooms were clean. The lake view trail was nice and accessible from the campground.

Great site!

Site 41 with a paved pad and electric. We were across from the shower house and bathrooms. The office is closed but a staff person was on site. Our site was perfect for us with trees on either side to help with shade. Across our site was also a big green space to walk our dogs. Not all the electric sites have shade especially if you are up top. The lower electric is much better however some of the sites hardly have a space for tents and would be better for a camper. Lots of places to hike and a lake to kayak or canoe. There’s a big playground for the kids as well. The tent only sites are a little less desirable as they are all downhill and mostly uneven. They have flush toilets and sinks but you’d have to come up to the main campground to shower. Pick your site wisely!

Fabulous, Numerous Activities!!

Salt Fork State Park is Amazing!! There is 'something for Everyone' here; from the lodge, golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, trail rides, hunting, pontoon boat rides, boat and kayak rentals, primitive camping, camping with your horses, a beach, and numerous other options!! If your BRAVE enough, You can explore 3 different known areas where Bigfoot has been sighted, on numerous occasions, thru the years!!

Fabulous, Numerous Activities!!

Salt Fork State Park is Amazing!! There is 'something for Everyone' here; from the lodge, golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, trail rides, hunting, pontoon boat rides, boat and kayak rentals, primitive camping, camping with your horses, a beach, and numerous other options!! If your BRAVE enough, You can explore 3 different known areas where Bigfoot has been sighted, on numerous occasions, thru the years!!

Park is Great, Campsites Suck!

Stayed here in the “primitive” camp. You are basically staying with your neighbors in small cleated areas where you can see everything everyone else is doing and if you have one of the sites nearer to the parking areas, you will have people walking through your campsite all day and night from the ones in the rear. From what I saw, the electric sites in the main campground aren’t much better. I mean this is a midwestern state park camping experience for sure. If you’re expecting any amount of privacy, think again.

The lake is pretty beautiful. The trails are well marked and the horse trails go on for miles and miles so if you have horses this is a great place to trail ride and if you’re a hiker who is not afraid of horses, you can always enjoy the equestrian trails for some serious mileage!

Very Secluded beautiful lake.

You will have everything you need for rv. Water, (fill your rig) Sewer Dump and electricity. Cell service is good. No 4g on Verizon I’m unsure if they offer extended WiFi.

Everything you can want in a state park

Friendly staff bailed us out when I found that I booked the wrong site. Boat rental is pricy, but there’s lots to see, especially if you have a Big Foot fan in the group.

Other campers were friendly, but there’s also enough space if you want to be alone. The bathrooms were clean and well-maintained. No complaints at all—we’ll definitely be back.

Solid campground - maps incl here

I couldn’t find much information on this campground online, so trying to fill in some of those gaps for others.

Some sites are close to each other, some are more spread out - see attached map. The ones you need to walk to (3-7) aren’t far - I wish I noticed them when I drove by.

You do hear highway traffic from the site at the turnaround point (#12), but I liked that it was away from other.

Note that you can connect to Lakeview Trail from the campground. The trailhead is by #3-7. From #12 to the lake, it was 1.3 miles and a moderate hike.

You’ll find firewood on Burr Oak Road just to the west of the entrance, on the north side of the street.

Beautiful park, average campground

We are tent campers who look for sites with shade and privacy.  Although the campground is well-maintained and all the staff (and campers) we met were very friendly, there are very few "tent only" sites and all of the loops we saw had sites that were open, unshaded, and not very private.  The park itself, however, had much to offer, with two marinas, good hiking trails, a nice, very inexpensive golf course, pretty beaches for swimming, and boat rentals.  The park also has "primitive" sites that are several miles from the campground.  We decided not to stay there in order to be somewhat close to a bathroom and shower during hot weather, but the sites might be worth a visit for those seeking a great deal of privacy.

History-Rich Sweet Spot

I came across the Towpath Trail Peace Park while looking for small places within an hour of home. With 4 primitive camping sites, Towpath Trail Peace Park is a charming roadside site within easy distance of Canton or Akron. It’s definitely geared for primitive camping with only one site available for trailers, or a small RV.

This might sound a little over-romantic, but for those who have ever dreamed about the great hiking pilgrimages in Europe, even the Appalachian trail here in the states, the towpath trail is Ohio’s answer for historically-rooted hiking. And sites like this, are the Midwest’s equivalent to the famous European stop-overs for through-hikers: a warm reception, great conversation, and a place to lay your head. Can’t beat the price either!

Joe, the site host, has his private residence on site, and he’s always ready to greet you with a conversation, and a quick game of ball with his golden retriever, Airbud :)

The historical significance of the site something most campers might be unaware of. The entire Bolivar area, the Erie canal, the towpath trail and even some of the nearby historical landmarks date back to the mid-18th century. Interesting fact: George Washington even mentions the area and some of his early writings as a surveyor.

The only potential downside is the traffic. Joe let me know that the train passes through more frequently than some campers prefer. Also, if you’re sensitive to road noise, you want to know that the road passes fairly closely to the campsites. But if you’re biking, hiking, or traveling through the area. This is one of the sites you’re probably gonna want to hit :)

Quick tip: Learn about the history of the area before you camp. The property line is on one of the most significant places in Ohio history. You are literally camping 200 yards from where Native American wigwams used to stand. Pretty cool!