Ruby W.
Athens, OH
Joined June 2019
I like outside.
First to Review
Simple Location

Sells Park is nestled behind a the farther east side neighborhood. There’s an adorable lake with awesome biking and hiking trails. A few small boulders that offer a view and some potential rock climbing.

Amazing Cave Systems

My family has loved going to Old Mans Cave since I was a wee babe. The campsite and surrounding park have tons of awesome amenities including hiking trails, backpacking trails, swimming, established camp sites, remote campsites, and other hocking hills tourism activities. The campsites include a wide variety of secluded and non secluded locations to choose from, depending on your comfort sleeping around other campers.

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AKA Witches Hill

If you’re parking at Bong Hill in Athens, there’s a trail up to the left by the stop sign that leads to Witches Peak. Overall it’s a tough hike on a pretty established trail. The views of Athens are great, but there are trees blocking the majority of the view. There are many rock formations, fallen trees, and even a cave a the end of the trail. Great place to boulder, hammock, and camp.

Belle Isle

No great photos to represent how pretty this State Park is. I used to camp here often with my family between 2010-2012. The campsites are nice and remote. The facilities, roads, and shelters are well maintained. There is an awesome little store to buy supplies, bait, and rent kayaks. Belle Isle also has a cute little beach touching the Chesapeake. You can walk pretty far out and enjoy the warm water!

Great Location for New River Gorge Climbing

Good jumping off point to do some rock climbing at the New. Close to food, store, and other locations. Tons of stuff to do around the area!

Awesome Backpacking

Great location to earn some backpacking miles. Feels quite remote, but along the trails there are shelters, bathrooms, trash reciprocals, and other useful hookups. When camping and hiking here, you feel space and distance from other campers, with the perks of established facilities.

Pretty Grounds

Stonewall Jackson is very established. There are well maintained roads and facilities. Plenty of space and hookups for RVs. Not the most remote location. Wouldn’t recommend if you’re looking to get out into the great outdoors. You’ll likely see your neighbors and other RVs. Still a pretty view of the lake.


Amazing views of the Appalachian Trail. Weaving in and out of the State Park, you’ll come across many wild ponies! They’re friends and nice. Make sure to tie up food. Great location to do some bouldering if you’re into that kind of thing.

Best Camping Near Athens

The go to camping location for Athens. Many campsites, trails, and amenities. Anything from boat rentals, a small store, and docks to use near the lake. Strouds also has a beach with a volley-ball net! All walking and biking distance from most of the cabins.

Great Secluded Location

Wildcat Hollow is a fantastic free camping and backpacking location. It’s quite secluded, has well established trails, and has a variety of remote campsites to choose from. There is a small shelter with bathrooms and other amenities, but not much else.

Great Lake View

Lake Snowden is a great alternative to camping at Strouds. The lake is large and clean, with an awesome new “water park” opened during the summer. Great shelters, facilities, and optional bathrooms.