The Best Ohio Tent Camping

The Best Ohio Tent Camping
Ohio, known as the birthplace of aviation, offers opportunities for many outdoor pursuits. In the north, you can kayak, swim, scuba dive and sail on Lake Erie. Near the West Virginia border, there are trails for hiking and mountain biking. Bird watching and wildlife observation abounds throughout the state. If you are looking for places to pitch your tent and enjoy time in the great outdoors, several parks stand out for camping in Ohio.

Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park is the top-ranked Ohio park at the TrailBlaze website. The number-one ranking is determined by user reviews and number of users at the park. The park is in the southern portion of the state, near the West Virginia border and in the rolling and forested foothills of the Appalachians. Pitch your tent at one of the flat and level campground sites. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided with each site. Check for current rules regarding fire prior to starting bonfires or cookouts. Pets are allowed at Hocking Hills but must remain leashed. Hiking trails, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and bird watching are available at the park. Toilets, showers and fresh water are also offered.

Hocking Hills State Park
19852 State Route 664 S
Logan, OH 43138


Hueston Woods State Park

The second-highest ranked park for camping and backcountry pursuits on Ohio, according to TrailBlaze, is the Hueston Woods State Park. There is a 3,000-acre lake in the park for canoeing, camping, kayaking, fishing and swimming. There is a series of hiking trails in the park as well as a 12-mile long mountain biking trail. Tent sites are on level grassy surfaces with picnic tables and fire pits. There are vault toilets and fresh water taps available. Pets are permitted if leashed. Anglers go for crappie, channel catfish, and bluegill at the park's lake.

Hueston Woods State Park
6301 Park Office Road
College Corner, OH 45003

Indian Lake State Park

Indian Lake State Park is third on the Top 100 list of Ohio camping areas, according to TrailBlaze. The park is situated along the Indian Lake, making it a prime camping destination for water sport enthusiasts. Canoe, kayak, fish, swim and snorkel the lake. Pitch your tent at one of the park's flat and level campsites that come with fire rings, grills and picnic tables. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed. Toilets, showers and fresh water is available. Hikers have access to four miles of walking and hiking paths.

Indian Lake State Park
12774 State Route 235 N
Lakeview, OH 43331


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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