Best Camping in Ohio

Camping in Ohio

Traveling across the Buckeye state? Here are some Ohio camping options.

See a map of all camping in Ohio.

Ohio State Parks

The beautiful state of Ohio is home to 75 state parks. Five of the more popular state parks are:

Alum Creek State Park: Anglers and water-enthusiasts will enjoy Ohio’s largest inland beach (3,000 foot beach). All 286 camping sites have electrical hook-ups for RV camping.

Lake Hope State Park: Nestled within the Zaleski State Forest, this state park offers both electric (46) and non-electric (141) sites. Nearby amenities are heated bathhouses and flush toilets; each site has picnic tables and fire rings.

West Branch State Park: Bring Fido along, because pets are allowed at all of the camping sites.

Findley State Park: Located in northeast Ohio, this state park has both RV and tent camping sites. There are also recreational activities on-site like basketball, sand volleyball, gaga ball, and horseshoes.

Hocking Hills State Park: This state park is known for natural beauty like waterfalls, gorges, and amazing rock formations. Campers enjoy fishing at the nearby Rose Lake, when not enjoying the abundant hiking trails and views.

Learn more about Ohio State Parks.

National Parks in Ohio

Make sure you pack your hiking boots so that you can enjoy over 125 miles of scenic hiking trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park!

Camping is not allowed within this national park; however, there are several nearby state parks with RV sites.

Free Camping in Ohio

Looking for no-cost camping in Ohio? You can always look into dispersed camping on State or National Forest land or on Ohio ReCreation Land for an undeveloped, no-cost adventure.

Learn more about Free Camping in Ohio.

RV Parks in Ohio

Private Ohio campgrounds will offer you more amenities than you might find at a publicly run state park. Learn more about RV Parks in Ohio.

National Forests in Ohio

Wayne National Forest camping opportunities are in southeastern Ohio, among the Appalachian foothills.

Free tent camping is allowed in national forests, provided that you pitch your tent in an undeveloped area at least 150 feet from water sources or developed campgrounds.

If your Ohio camping adventure involves your RV, you’ll want to check out one of these locations within Wayne National Forest:

Camping is a great way to experience all that Ohio has to offer as you enjoy the great Buckeye State from the comfort of your RV or from the serenity of your tent!

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Recent Ohio Campground Reviews

Nov 26, 2021

"Lovely Park!"

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Loved our stay at this park. Since we didn't need hook-ups, they let us stay in an electric only riverfront tent site with our 21' van. It wasn't overly level, but we were able to make it work. So peaceful, and they honored Passport America too! The riverfront sites here are awesome if you can snag one. The other sites are more typical...
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140 reviews
Nov 26, 2021

"Delightful Gem!"

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What a unique find nestled into the city park, with great access to biking trails. The campground doesn't offer a lot of facilities - no bathhouse, no water. Just power at each site. And each site varies in how level it is. We selected site 6, which needed up being on the end of one of the 'blocks' and didn't quite match their campground...
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140 reviews
Nov 18, 2021

"Quiet place that slaps."

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This place is super basic but on-grid recluse & safety for a no-window-knock night. When you pull into the lot, hang right past the treeline and you'll see the gravel lot begin. Park on the right against the grass line. There are currently 3x tiny homes near where you can park. No amenities but still a safe and quiet space to crash in your...
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Keith Shred
1 review
Newport, OH

Harris RV Park

Nov 17, 2021

"5 star owner, 4 star river-row campsite"

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First things first: Max, the RV park's owner, is a gem and a half. He is friendly, accommodating, and happy to share tons of historical and tourist info for the area. He also delivers the local weekly paper once a week and checks in to make sure everything is okay. We paid a weekly rate, which was $150 in November 2021. Max offered to...
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Pleasant Plain, OH

Stonelick Lake State Park

Nov 09, 2021

"Good Stay"

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First time visiting here, campground was nearly full the first weekend of November as the weather was nice. Campsites are spaced out pretty well, and level. There were a few unlevel pads, but if you're in a tent the grass lot would be ok. Quite a few hiking trails, most people would probably drive to them as the park itself is large. We didn't...
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Bob Magee
57 reviews