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, Ohio DNR and various other sources. Camping in Ohio is a special way to embrace nature and quality time with those you love. Visit the campground closest to you this season and enjoy some good old fashioned family camping.
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Have you been to any of these campgrounds in Ohio before? Where is your favorite place to camp in Ohio? Let us know!
Some of the most scenic and popular places to camp in Ohio are Hocking Hills State Park, Kelleys Island State Park, Grand Lake St. Marys, Alum Creek State Park and Mohican State Park. The hiking trails in these parks are especially beautiful. Ohio is also home to several resorts and natural water parks that offer camping, such as Longs Retreat Family Resort in Latham, Natural Springs Resort in New Paris and Wood’s Tall Timber Resort in New Philadelphia. These camping resorts are family friendly and often feature other activities beyond hiking, such as arcades and zip lines.
Are you allowed to camp in state parks?
Yes, most Ohio State Parks feature year-round campgrounds, however, there may be limited facilities in the winter months. Select state parks also feature cabin rentals and electric hook-upsfor campers and RVs in addition to primitive sites. For more information about camping in Ohio’s state parks and a complete list of which parks feature campsites, visit the ODNR’s website here.
What are some things I need to take on a camping trip?
Camping essentials primarily depend on what type of campsite you’ll be using. Some cabins and cottages may come equipped with mattresses, cooking utensils and other items, while pitching your own tent will mean bringing your own air mattress, cookware, sleeping bag, etc.Whether you’ll be pitching a tent, bringing your RV or staying in a cabin, the following are some must-bring items for camping in Ohio: First-Aid kit, flashlight, matches, water, food, pocket knife, a navigation tool and rain gear.
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
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