5 Great Camping Sites in Ohio
Get away from it all in the heart of it all
Camping season is in full swing. Most parks opened up last month and with school’s dismissing soon for the summer, these five great campgrounds in Ohio are sure to be bustling with activity.
Tappan Lake Park
Located in Deersville, Tappan Lake accommodates more than 500 campsites with full hookups and electric, vacation cabins and camper cabins. More than 2,300 acres of water surface are on hand, ready for swimming, boating and fishing. Meanwhile, the 5,000 acres of land are great for hiking a trail that connects the park to the Tappan Wetlands, a designated watchable wildlife area. You can also play on one of the three playgrounds or engage in some sporting activities such as basketball, tennis, volleyball or horseshoes. The activity center has free Wi-Fi, a laundromat and a nature center, which is the home for many daily programs and activities for children. For more information, visit http://tappanpark.mwcd.org/.
Alum Creek State Park
Alum Creek’s 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630 acres of gently rolling fields and woodlands provide a nucleus of recreational activity just minutes from Ohio’s capital city. Quiet coves nestled among shale cliffs await the solitary fisherman in the park’s northern reaches, while sun-seekers mingle on the state’s largest inland beach. Playground equipment, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a swimming beach and a boat ramp are designated for campers’ use only, while seemingly endless miles of hiking biking trails run throughout the park, as well. There are camping experiences for everyone here — with almost 300 campsites with 50-amp electrical hookup, three sites that provide a full hookup service including sewer, electricity and water, 30 primitive sites and a group camping area for reserved retreats. For more information, visit http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/alumcreek.
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills in Logan provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a grand natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations. Activities include archery, fishing, nearby hunting, picnicking, pool swimming, hiking and cave exploring, biking and horseback riding. There is no shortage of room for you, as Hocking Hills boasts 15 resorts and campgrounds ranging from cabins to tents to tepees. For more information, visit http://www.hockinghills.com/camping.html.
Indian Lake State Park
The 5,800-acre Indian Lake in Lakeview offers a variety of water-related recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, skiing, hiking, biking and more. Two public beaches provide 1,400 feet of shoreline access to the lake that is surrounded by the 800 acre multi-use park. Nearly 450 family campsites suitable for tents or trailers are available near the lakeshore, and three deluxe cabins can be rented from May through October each year. For more information, visit http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/indianlake or http://www.indianlakearea.com/indian_lake_state_park.htm.
Shawnee State Park
This 1,095-acre park is nestled in the woodlands of Appalachia near the banks of the Ohio River in Portsmouth. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is renowned for its rugged beauty. Roosevelt and Turkey Creek Lakes provide two public beaches for swimming and 68 acres for boating and aquatic sports and fishing.
Six hiking trails traverse the park, along with two bridle trails for 60 miles of backpacking through the wilderness of Ohio. An 18-hole championship golf course is located nearby, along with mini golf, volleyball, basketball and courts, playground equipment and more to be found at the park. The nature center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with more than 100 sites suitable for camping in tents or trailers there, plus two camper cabins, 25 cottages and a 50-room lodge. For more information, visit http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/shawnee.
Enjoy all the environment of Ohio has to offer, anywhere in Ohio, at the stellar above campsites or any of the many others throughout the state.
This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio