Discover Some of America’s Best Campgrounds in Ohio

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December 8, 2023 / Comments (3)

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Ohio is a great mix of lakes, mountains, forests, and rivers. The Appalachian country to the south and chilly Lake Erie to the north make it a unique blend of northern character and southern charm.

Whether you like hunting, fly fishing, ice fishing, hiking, or just getting away from the city for a night or two, you can't go wrong with an Ohio camping trip.

Here are our picks for the best places to camp in Ohio:.

1. Alum Creek State Park, Delaware

Alum Creek's 3,387-acre reservoir and 4,630-acre gently rolling span of fields and woodlands provide a hub 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 sunseekers mingle with thousands on Ohio's largest inland beach.

2. Hocking Hills State Park, Laurelville

Hocking Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities in a splendid natural setting. The 2,356-acre park has towering cliffs, waterfalls, and deep hemlock-shaded gorges to lure the hiker and naturalist and serve as a backdrop to popular facilities and accommodations.

3. Mohican State Park – Loudonville

Discover Some of America’s Best Campgrounds in Ohio | Mohican State Park - Loudonville

1,110-acre Mohican State Park and the adjacent 4,525-acre state forest are outstanding in their beauty and offer limitless opportunities for visitors to explore one of Ohio's unique natural regions. The striking Clear Fork Gorge, hemlock forest, and scenic Mohican River offer a wilderness experience, while the resort lodge and cabins provide luxurious accommodations.

4. Indian Lake State Park – Lakeview

5,800-acre Indian Lake offers a variety of water-related recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, skiing, and camping are the highlights of this 800-acre multi-use park.

5. Tappan Lake Park – Deersville

Discover Some of America’s Best Campgrounds in Ohio | Tappan Lake Park - Deersville

Tap Pan Lake Park offers a variety of campsites that range from full hook-up to primitive campsites nestled in the woods.  More than 550 campsites are available for RVs and tents to camp for a night or longer (discounted 30-day camping rates are also available).

Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table and a campfire ring. If you choose an electric campsite, a 30-amp service is provided. Learn more.

6. William H. Harsha Lake (Batavia)

Discover Some of America’s Best Campgrounds in Ohio | William H. Harsha Lake - Batavia

Located on the East Fork of the Little Miami River in central Clermont County, William H. Harsha Lake and East Fork State Park offer outstanding boating, hiking, hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor recreation activities.  William H. Harsha Lake is a multipurpose project for flood reduction, water supply, recreation, and wildlife habitat. Learn more.

7. Shawnee State Park, Portsmouth

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Located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River, the 1,095-acre Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000-acre Shawnee State Forest. Once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians, the region is one of the most picturesque in the state, featuring erosion-carved valleys and wooded hills. The rugged beauty of the area has earned it the nickname “The Little Smokies.

8. Paint Creek State Park – Bainbridge

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Located amid the breathtaking scenery of the Paint Creek Valley, the 5,652-acre Paint Creek State Park features a large lake with fine fishing, boating, and swimming opportunities. A modern campground and meandering trails invite outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the rolling hills and streams of this scenic area.

9. Forked Run State Park – Reedsville


Forested hills, a picturesque lake, and the lazy Ohio River characterize the 791-acre Forked Run State Park. Located in the heart of Appalachia, colorful history, riverboats, scenic vistas, and abundant wildlife give the park its rural charm.

10. American Wilderness Campground – Grafton/Cleveland

Heading to the Cleveland Metropolitan Area? If so, you will find the American Wilderness Campground and Event Center; from here you can explore the amazing Cleveland Area Attractions, as well as make use of the campgrounds’ high-quality Camping Amenities.

We are one of the closest campgrounds to the Cleveland Metropolitan area, only thirty-five minutes from downtown Cleveland and fifteen minutes from Elyria, Ohio.

Discover Some of America’s Best Campgrounds in Ohio

Do you have a favorite camping spot in Ohio that wasn’t included on this list? Let us know in the comments!

And be sure to check out the rest of our Best Campgrounds in the US series.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on July 8, 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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