The best camping in
Ohio

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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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Recent Reviews in Ohio
Big fan

Love this forest both for its day hikes and backpacking trails. This would be a great place for a first time backpacking trip. The trails are well maintained and marked. Lots of cool history in this area too.

Cute camp!

I study wildlife conservation and my professor has flying squirrel boxes here that we check every winter. A couple cute cabins that I believe are run by the Girl Scouts. Short trail in a residential area but definitely pretty!

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Peaceful

I’ve gone to several festivals here. Such an amazing community and fun place to gather.

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Sweet spot

Some amazing rock out cropping and views up here. There are several boulder routes and a cool rock shelter!

First to Review
A nice place for a walk

No camping here! However the trails are nice for biking, hiking, or trail running

Not bad

The lake and the beach are very nice! Sometimes the water isn’t very clean. Often times the beach is littered with goose droppings. The trails are worth it though!

Love this place

I camp here every year during the Annual Pawpaw festival in mid September. Such a blast.

THE place to camp

I used to work at Wayne National Forest as a YCC crew member! I fondly remember visiting these sites for maintenance. Happy to report they are still very clean and groomed!

Lovely

Several fine camping spots for a fair price! Always clean. Private.

Amazing spring wildflowers

Camp here all the time. Secluded spot and a pretty but easy trail.