Very beautiful setting! With it being a remote location, it doesn’t seem like they spray for mosquitos. We bombed our campsite the first night, but still got ate up pretty bad even with spray and citronella candles. Pit toilets only, with some having bee/wasps nest in them. They do have a place to empty your grey water, but no black water tank. It seems like some people may have dumped their black tanks into the lake, by the smell and look of it. The water station was broken at our site so we had to travel to another location to get more. No service and no electric hookup.
I know it seems these are are all negative, but just a few things to keep in mind. It is very beautiful and peaceful. I would go back, maybe in the fall with cooler temps. The trees would look pretty and it’s nice since it is free and oftentimes has open spots.
Campsite was large. We had 5 people in 3 tents, and a pretty good size trailer with 5 kayaks loaded and still had more than enough room for everyone. Overall really enjoyable time there. We did have a guy who was in the next site over but he never bothered us. The only bad thing I have to say about the area was the “rest rooms”. Definitely need to have bug spray in hand and possibly your own TP. They were disgusting.
Very secluded, perfect for those nature lovers looking to get away from it all. No cell service and very little light pollution at night so perfect for looking at stars. Many waterfront sites, picnic tables, fire pits and bathrooms. Also a very generous amount of room for parking right on your site.
You need to get a free permit to use this recreation area. Pick one up at local gas stations or convenience stores, it takes less than 5 minutes. There are lots of campsites to choose from in this campground and surrounding areas. Campsites range in size from tiny to huge and each has a picnic table. Some campsites are right beside the water and have easy access for canoes and kayaks. There are multiple lakes nearby that have boat ramps as well.
It may have just been the time of year that we went but the bugs were especially terrible at this campground. We used spray and still had so many bites. Also, lots of poison ivy in the area. We had a great weekend but itched for the next week.
This campground is wonderful for tents, hammocks or RV. It always has spots available and they are completely free. You have to fill out a permit online. No cell service. Right beside a pond good for fishing and kayaking. No power. Portable bathrooms on site
Sand Hollow AEP is one of many free camping areas in the America Electric Power ReCreation area. Outside McConnellsville, Oh it is worth the drive.
My favorite thing about this area is the covered bride, weird I know, but I like seeing the old covered bridges.
It is a looonng area with several group sites, pit toilets and small ponds.
Knowledge is power:
AEP American Electric Power
Offers The Wilds; 10,000 donated reclaimed land where wildlife species reside. Tree farms, hydro plants and deer hunting. Then there's the free camping with permit, horse trails, bike trails and dog training areas.
AEP not only ReCreated Land that was stripped mined, they made it an out door enthusiasts playground while conserving and putting things back better then they were. Check out their site online for more information and permit printing.
My family of 5 stayed 2 nights. Pit toilets were well maintained, fire rings provided and nicely kept grounds with observed quiet times made for a fantastic stay!!