Ohio June 09, 2017
9 Glorious Campgrounds In Ohio Where No Reservation Is Required
Sometimes, it’s fun to be spontaneous, pack up the car with your camping gear and retreat into nature for a few days.
That’s why it’s important to know where the Ohio campgrounds are that don’t require reservations. From remote campsites tucked away in national forests to towpath campsites along the Ohio Erie & Canalway, the following are 9 campgrounds in Ohio where no reservation is required, according to the USDA Forest Service and various other sources. Visit the one closest to you this summer!
1. Burr Oak Cove Campground (Glouster)
A short distance from Burr Oak Reservoir, you'll find Burr Oak Cove Campground, tucked away in a heavily wooded area of Wayne National Forest. There are 19 units with walk-in sites. From April 15 to the fall season, camping here is $10 per night and limited water service is available.
2. Lamping Homestead Recreation Area (Woodsfield)
Also located in the Wayne National Forest, you'll find this free campground on on S.R. 537, about 2 miles from S.R. 26 in Woodsfield, Ohio. With two nearby loop trails for hiking and a 2-acre pond, it's a gorgeous area to explore. There are 6 walk-in campsites at this former farmstead of the Lamping family from the 1800s.
3. ReCreation Land (Cumberland)
As one of American Electric Power's reclamation projects, you can camp for free along Horse Run Rd., in Cumberland, Ohio. "ReCreation Land is a 34,500-acre area in Southeast Ohio that offers a wide assortment recreational activities to the public, including camping, fishing, hunting, bike trails and horseback riding," according to aep.com. There are more than 380 campsites here. While reservations are not required, you are required to obtain a ReCreation Land permit, which you can find
4. Lane Farm Campground (Marietta)
What was once a working family farm is now a a peaceful campsite along the Little Muskingum in Wayne National Forest. You'll find the campground about 5 miles north of Marietta along S.R. 26. There are 4 primitive campsites with vault toilets and no reservation required.
5. Ring Mill Campground (Sistersville)
A little more than 30 miles north of Marrietta, you'll find another historic campsite within Wayne National Forest. The stone house of the once working farmstead and mill's owner can be found on-site. It was built in 1864 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ring Mill Campground features 3 walk-in primitive sites and is located 3 miles off of S.R. 26 along County Road 68.
6. Ronsheim Campground (Cadiz)
Tucked away in Harrison State Forest, Ronsheim Campground (not actually pictured) features a loop of 7 paved back-in sites. Each site is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. You'll also find vault toilets and a non-potable water well on site. Upon arrival, you will need to fill out a registration card. You'll find this campsite at 85250 Camp Rd., Cadiz, OH 43907.
7. Big Bend Trailhead (Akron)
Camp along the Towpath Trail for an extra special trip. Although it's free to camp at the Big Bend Trailhead and it's a first-come, first-serve basis, you'll need to sign in at the kiosk when you arrive. You'll find this site at 1337 Merriman Rd., Akron 44313-5928. Note: You can also camp about 1/4 of a mile south of the Franklin Trailhead.
8. The Rivers Edge Campground (Massillon)
While reservations are not required to camp within this beautiful park, "visitors must fill out the Primitive Camping at Rivers Edge Registration Card or at the campsite kiosk and must call 330.353.2377 when they arrive," according to the Stark Parks' website. There is a primitive group camping site available, but reservations must be made in advance for groups with more than 25 people. You'll find the campsite near the Brideport Quarry Trailhead in Massillon.
9. Atkinson Ridge Hunters Camp (Zaleski)
Within the Zaleski State Forest, you'll find the Atkinson Ridge Hunters Camp (not pictured) on the north end of the Grouse Management Area on Township Road 5 at the fire tower. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and feature latrines, picnic tables and fire rings. The campsite is operational one day before the start of squirrel season until one day after the close of grouse season, according to the ODNR Division of Forestry's website.
Have you been to any of these campgrounds before? Where is your favorite place to camp in Ohio? Let us know!
For more camping adventures in Ohio, check out our previous article:
9 Spectacular Spots In Ohio Where You Can Camp Right On The Lake.