The 10 Best Camping Spots in Ohio!

Given the natural beauty of our state, camping is one of Ohio's favorite activities. No matter where you are in Ohio, you're probably only a few miles away from a place to set up your tent, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy the great outdoors!

1. Hocking Hills, Logan, OH

Containing five distinct state parks and forests, Hocking Hills is home to massive caves, steep cliffs, crystal clear rivers and lakes, a natural rock bridge and more! Whether you lodge up at one of their many visitor cabins or set up your own tent at the campgrounds, you could spend weeks in Hocking Hills and still not see everything there is to see. 

2. American Wilderness Campground, Grafton, OH

The American Wilderness Campground is the closest campground to Cleveland, Ohio, at only 35 minutes away from downtown. If you're looking for some luxury comforts while you're roughing it, you can set up your motor home and enjoy the modern restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. And if you're looking to do some fishing, the Log Cabin Store offers bait, fishing gear, firewood, ice, groceries and more.

3. West Branch State Park, Ravenna, OH

West Branch State Park is located on the beautiful Michael J Kirwan Reservoir where you can go fishing, take a boat on the water, or go for a swim if the weather is pleasant. The park itself comprises 5,379 acres of meadows and woods that you'll find perfect for camping, hiking, horseback riding, or just relaxing in the wilderness.

4. Forked Run State Park, Reedsville, OH

Located in the heart of Appalachia, this 791-acre park is home to beautiful forested hills, a massive lake, and the lazy Ohio River. Take a riverboat trip while you're there and enjoy the abundant wildlife, play a game of disc golf at the park's custom disc-golf course, or even go hunting in the designated areas for deer, squirrel, grouse, and wild turkey. 

5. Tappan Lake Park, Uhrichsville, OH

With over 500 campsites, or vacation and camper cabins available, you can enjoy nature in the rough or luxurious comfort, any way you like it. The activity center features basketball courts, free Wi-Fi, a nature center, horseshoe pits, and a swimming beach, so there's something to do for everyone in the family. 

6. Mohican State Park, Loudonville, OH

Check out the local owl species on a hike at dusk, take a canoe down the lazy river, or ride your bike at breakneck speeds down one of the many mountain bike trails. Mohican State Park offers diverse year-round activities and is a friendly picturesque destination for your family, corporate, church, or wedding group outings.

7. Indian Lake State Park, Lakeview, OH

Indian Lake is one of Ohio's premier camping destinations for campers, fishermen, RV enthusiasts, and boating lovers all over the state. They offer water, electricity, sewer, and docking for your boat, tons of shade, fishing amenities, and dozens of local shops and restaurants to make your camping experience unique and amazing. 

8. Shawnee State Park, Portsmouth, OH

Forested hills, valleys, and lakes fill this 63,000-acre forest where you can enjoy such amenities as golfing along the banks of the Ohio River, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. Once the hunting ground of the Shawnee Native Americans, the park features erosion-carved valleys and has been dubbed with the nickname, “The Little Smokies.”

9. Paint Creek State Park, Bainbridge, OH

Located in the beautiful Paint Creek Valley, the 5,652-acre Paint Creek State Park is located on Pike Lake where you can enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating. The campground features dozens of trails, a 75-foot gorge, and an area known as Seven Caves about 50 feet above the Rocky Fork Creek.

10. Alum Creek State Park, Delaware, OH

The Alum Creek State Park is home to the 3,300-acre Alum Creek Reservoir lake where you can take a paddleboat, canoe, or kayak out on the northern section, or take a motorboat out on the southern section to do some water skiing. In the park, itself, you can go hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding over 40 miles of trails, have a picnic at one of the many tables throughout the park, or even let your dog have a bit of a vacation at the four-acre dog park located along the shore of the lake!

Ohio Search
Best Campgrounds and Camping Sites Near You
Best Campgrounds and Camping Sites Near You
15610 Vaughn Road, Brecksville, OH
The park's mission statement pulls key language from the park purpose set by the law the created the park in 1974: To preserve and protect for publ... Read More
4908 Marietta Road, Chillicothe, OH
Great Seal State Park is dedicated to the wilderness spirit of Ohio. The history of the Shawnee nation and Ohio's early statehood is centered in th... Read More
144 Lake Road, Chillicothe, OH
A small, quiet park nestled in beautiful 9,000-acre Scioto Trail State Forest, this 218-acre state park is an undisturbed wooded refuge just south ... Read More
19852 State Route 664 S, Logan, OH
Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls a... Read More
23 Township Road 1300, West Salem, OH
About Want a relaxing and enjoyable time with your family or friends? Then this is the place for you. We enjoy your company and strive to make eve... Read More
35 Tommy Been Road, Oak Hill, OH
Although relatively small, 106-acre Jackson Lake State Park boasts acres of some of the most scenic country in Ohio. The park's serene lake is a fo... Read More
9800 North Shore Drive, Hillsboro, OH
Rocky Fork State Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Unlimited horsepower boating allows for excellent skiing on the 2,080-acre lake which ... Read More
13480 Congress Lake Avenue, Hartville, OH
Quail Hollow is a 701-acre landscape of rolling meadows, marshes, pine and deciduous woods surrounding a 40-room manor. Scenic woodland trails, gar... Read More
65330 Barkcamp Road, Belmont, OH
Belmont County's rugged hills provide the backdrop for picturesque Barkcamp State Park. In addition to fine recreational facilities, visitors will ... Read More
20635 State Park Road 20, Mount Sterling, OH
Located in the heart of Ohio's agricultural country, Deer Creek State Park is central Ohio's vacation showplace. A collage of meadows and woodlands... Read More
5265 Dillon Hills Drive, Nashport, OH
The wooded hills and scenic valleys of the Dillon area offer a picturesque setting for outdoor adventure. Whether boating the quiet coves and inlet... Read More
4889 North State Route 235, Conover, OH
The quiet and relaxing atmosphere of Kiser Lake State Park makes it a favorite Ohio getaway. 531 acres of rolling wooded hills and diverse wetlands... Read More
422 Lake Alma Road, Wellston, OH
In the midst of some of Ohio's most rugged, scenic territory lies 292-acre Lake Alma State Park. A quiet 60-acre lake and a gentle creek meandering... Read More
27331 State Route 278, McArthur, OH
A natural paradise, 2,983-acre Lake Hope State Park lies entirely within the 26,824-acre Zaleski State Forest in the valley of Big Sandy Run. It is... Read More
4401 Ft. Loramie Swanders Road, Minster, OH
One of the original canal feeder lakes, 407-acre Lake Loramie State Park offers visitors a quiet retreat in rural Ohio. Swim from the sandy beach, ... Read More
1400 State Park Road, Oregon, OH
Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment cr... Read More
6100 Pymatuning Lake Road, Andover, OH
In a setting that highlights the mystery of an old swamp forest and the excitement of a water recreation area, Pymatuning State Park invites outdoo... Read More
23270 Wally Road, Loudonville, OH
Ohio's most scenic rustic riverfront camping sites, off river sites and primitive sites in the heart of Mohican Country. While here, you will appre... Read More
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road, Glouster, OH
History:Situated in the valley of Sunday Creek, the Burr Oak area was inhabited by Indians and, later, by settlers who found an abundance of game a... Read More
Show More
Select a Ohio town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you