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11 Unforgettable RV Camp Spots in Ohio (Both Parks and Rustic)

Published on March 26th, 2019 by Jim Harmer
This post was updated on April 29th, 2019

As someone who comes from Ohio and who has an interest in camping, I was interested in finding out some of the greatest places in Ohio to camp with an RV, so I decided to research it.

Listed below are 11 unforgettable RV camp spots in Ohio that would be great options to check out for your next camping adventure.

#1. Salt Fork State Park

This location is an official State Park in Ohio, the largest one in the state, that boasts many amenities and perks. It is open year-round, with the peak season from April 1st until October 31st.

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Salt Fork State Park is in Guernsey County in Eastern Ohio, near Lore City off of I-77. This location isn’t just for RV’s, as it also has tent campgrounds as well as cabins and lodges throughout its 17,229 acres of land. There is also 2,952 acres of water at the park.

Some amenities at this park include an 18 hole golf course, a beach, a marina, hiking trails, showers, mini golf, a nature center, picnic tables, places to eat, a gift shop, an amphitheater, and much more.

It’s a great place to take a family, especially one with younger kids, as there is plenty to do. This place also allows pets at certain sites, but with a maximum of two pets per family, and they must be on a leash and attended to at all times.

Prices here vary, but are usually from $22 to $45 dollars, depending on exact location and if it is peak time or not.

#2. Dayton KOA

In Brookville, Ohio, right near Dayton is the Dayton KOA campground, the KOA standing for “Kampgrounds of America,” which is the world’s largest system of privately owned campgrounds.

This site is family-run, owned by Rhonda and Joe Landis who treat their guests like family.

This site is only open from April 1st until November 1st, so winter camping doesn’t happen here.

This campsite is one of the pricier options on this list, but is a wonderful place to stay.

This site also has plenty of amenities, such as an 80-foot pool, a pond for paddle-boats, basketball courts, soccer and volleyball, train rides, theme weekends, mini golf, and a dog park.

There is an RV campground, as well as cabins and tent sites. 50 max amp hookups are possible, and the site even has WiFi.

Surrounded by trees and water, this picturesque campground is a great option for someone who wants to camp with style, but still feel like they are camping.

This option is a bit more expensive, around $45 to $70 dollars a night, depending on variables like the number of people, vehicle type, pets, or other factors. They do occasionally have deals on their website, however, so that’s something to look out for.

#3. Natural Springs Resort

This site is located in New Paris, Ohio, near Dayton and not too far from Indianapolis.

The RV camp has pull-through or back in options, 30/50 amp hookups, paved and non-paved sites, and much more. There are rustic options as well, for those who prefer to camp that way.

All of the RV sites vary with their amenities and options, and are color-coded, with prices varying at each. There are also cabin and tent options.

The resort boasts a clear freshwater lake with a beach, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, picnic tables, and fire rings, WiFi, a cafe, and clean restrooms and showers.

This site is only open from mid-April until November.

Prices range from around $40 up to $65, depending on the time of year, site accommodations, and other variables. Up to two pets are allowed, but it is an additional $2 fee.

#4. Cross Creek Camping Resort

Photo Courtesy of: Cross Creek Camping Resort

This site is in Delaware, Ohio, north of Columbus. It is near the Alum Creek State Park, which may be better known, but this site is a great option that’s not too far from there.

This is a smaller, more family-oriented camping site, with plenty of activities each week to stay entertained. Amenities include a pool, basketball and volleyball, tennis, shuffleboard, wagon rides, a playground for kids, a clubhouse with games, crafts, and puzzles, and hiking trails.

This site has been referred to by many of its visitors as a glamp ground or “glamorous campground,” because of the million dollar RV’s that often times choose this campground to stay. There are even many pro-golfers who choose to camp here during the Memorial Tournament.

This site is mainly for RVs, but there are tent options as well. The WiFi is only in the common areas and not throughout the whole park.

The season opens in April and ends in November. Prices range from $28 to $65 a day, depending on the accommodations that you choose.

#5. Kelleys Island State Park

Located in Lake Erie at the top of the state, this is another Ohio State park with RV options. You’ve just got to take a ferry to access it, but the ferry can take RVs.

It’s kind of fun to be able to camp on an island, as there is no outside interference into nature with sounds like cars driving by. And the State Park is 677 acres, so it is by no means a tiny island.

This location is also open year-round, with peak times from April 1st to October 31st.

Amenities include an amphitheater, beaches, a boat launch ramp, fishing, a playground, restrooms and showers, electricity and non-electricity options, volleyball, and picnic tables.

There are also tent and cabin options. Some sites allow pets and others do not within this park, and a maximum of two are allowed.

This is a great option if you want a few amenities at your site, but still want to get away and feel close to nature.

Pricing ranges from $25 to $70 depending on the time of year and other variables.

#6. Wilmington RV Resort

In Wilmington, Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton, lies the Wilmington RV resort. This site is around 170 acres, and it includes a scenic lake and plenty of amenities.

Some of those amenities include a clubhouse, fishing, a pool, mini golf, a hot tub, laundry facilities, hiking trails, restrooms and showers, and more. Another great plus to this location is that it is close to King’s Island Amusement Park, which is an excellent roller coaster and ride park.

I’ve been to King’s Island plenty of times and it’s a fun place to go for a day or two if you don’t want to be camping the whole time, and it’s great for a family.

This is a fun place to go for a day or two if you don’t want to be camping the whole time.

The Wilmington RV resort allows pets, though they must be registered and stay on a leash that is less than 10 feet at all times. There is also free WiFi in certain areas. There is a dump station as there is not a sewer hook-up. This site also only goes up to 30 amp hookups.

It also has a shorter season, from April 17th until October 21st.

This is a great option if you are looking for something simple. It’s also a great place to stay for the night and go out and do other things nearby during the day, as there is plenty to do in the surrounding area.

This site is part of the Thousand Trails campsites, so if you have a pass, you can access it that way. Rates average around $50 a day but can be more or less depending on a range of variables.

#7. Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA

This is another KOA option, this time located in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, near Columbus. It’s the closest KOA to Columbus, so if you want a nice place to camp with the option to go to the city and explore, this is a great way to do that.

This site has shady pull-through sites for any size vehicle, as well as cabin and tent options.

Amenities include 50 amp hookups available, WiFi, a pool, a snack bar, mini golf, a pavilion, bike rentals, a dog park, a game room, basketball, giant chess, sand volleyball and more. They also have planned activities for the whole family to enjoy.

There’s plenty to do in the local area as well. As an added bonus, on weekend mornings from 8:00 to 10:00 AM, they serve breakfast cook to order, with options like pancakes, eggs, and other breakfast foods.

The host of this site is a friendly woman named Rhonda who loves to treat guests like family.

Pricing is similar to other KOA options, from about $30 to $60 a day usually, but with deals that can go down to as much as $20 a day on occasion for certain dates.

#8. Ashland RV Park

This site is located in Marietta, Ohio, near the eastern border of the state by West Virginia.

This is a simple site, without a ton of amenities. It’s got a shower house and toilets, water, electricity, with 30 and 50 amp hookups, and a dump station, laundry facilities, a basketball court, and a playground, as well as access to a boat ramp and to the Ohio River.

Pets are allowed at this RV camp site.

This option is definitely not as flashy or exciting as many of the other options listed. It’s not even as scenic. However, it’s a great place for someone who really wants to feel like they are camping, and not just going on an extended vacation in their RV.

It’s got all of the basics, but this place is quiet and simple, for a more authentic camping experience.

Marietta is also a historic town, so there are a few things to see there.

It’s open from April 1st to October 31st. The rate is about $30 a day, and $150 a week plus the cost of electricity.

#9. Evergreen Park

Photo Courtesy of: Evergreen Park

Something you may or may not know, Ohio actually has a fairly large Amish population. Evergreen Park is located in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, in Dundee, Ohio, south of Cleveland.

This site has a pool house, with a game room that has arcade games, a pool table, a snack bar, a shower house, and a fitness room, as well as a hot tub. There is also laundry facilities, a nice pavilion, and a gift shop.

The Amish community provides opportunities for a neat experience, as well as shopping. There are local flea markets, cheese factories, auctions, and some of the best cooking you’ll find anywhere.

The RV sites offer 20, 30, and 50 amp hookup options, as well as sewer and water. There are cable TV and WiFi, as well. Large rigs can be accommodated, with pull-through accessibility.

Rates are around $55 to $62 a night, with other variables that can affect the cost.

#10. Cedarlane RV Park

In Port Clinton, Ohio, right near Lake Erie is the Cedarlane RV Park.

This site is a family-friendly RV park with plenty of great amenities. There are laundry facilities, volleyball and basketball courts, ice cream, a playground, a camp store, and other regular campground amenities.

Water amenities are a huge attraction here.

The main attraction, however, is all of the water amenities. There is a family pool, an adult pool, a wading pool- all heated, as well as an interactive playground/splash park that is perfect for younger kids.

This site opens on May 1st and goes until October 15th. Prices range from $45 to $70 for a night, with variables affecting the exact price that you may end up paying.

#11. Austin Lake RV Park

Photo Courtesy of: Austin Lake RV Park

Located in Toronto, Ohio, off of the Ohio River is the Austin Lake RV Park. It covers 1,300 acres of land, with the lake itself being around 80 acres.

This park is great for anyone that loves outdoor activities, and it is very family-oriented. There are bathrooms and showers, hiking trails, fishing ponds, concessions, and a camp store. This site also has a beach on the lake, with kayak, canoe, and paddle boat rentals.

There are also bumper boats, pedal karts, a tube slide, inflatable water toys, and even a dog swimming area. Some of those things will come at an additional cost, however. There is also WiFi in the park, all though there may not be cell service everywhere.

The RV sites have 30 and 50 amp hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. There are different locations for RV parking, some with better accommodations than others, which will affect pricing.

Pricing is around $40 to $75 a day, depending on your accommodations and specific circumstances. If you camp for a week, they do it so that you pay for seven nights for the price of six, which is not a bad deal.

Where Should You Go?

Where you decide you want to go RV camping will depend on your situation and location. There are several of these options, such as the Salt Fork State Park and the Austin Lake RV park that are great for families with small children. They have plenty of activities and fun amenities for kids and family members to enjoy.

If you want something more low-key but still fun, the KOA options would be great, as well as the Wilmington RV resort or Kelleys Island. Going to the Ashland RV park will give you a more authentic camping experience.

You may also want to consider the local area. The Austin Lake RV park, Wilmington RV park, Buckeye Lake camp, and Evergreen Park are great options with fun things to do outside of the park.

Whatever you decide, all of these options have something unique about them that you can come to love.

Related Questions

Why is Ohio a good place to camp? Camping in Ohio is great, because of all of the beautiful trees, hills, rivers, and lakes. Nature and greenery are classic Ohio, and you can’t go wrong camping anywhere in this beautiful state, the “heart” of America.

What is a state park? State parks are protected government lands meant to preserve a location based on their beauty, history, or recreation potential. While national parks are meant more for preservation and education, state parks can include extensive campgrounds, and they are under the state rather than the national government.

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