Best Campgrounds in Ohio

This list represents the most popular campgrounds in Ohio. Use this list to plan your next Ohio campgrounds trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Geneva State Park


The obvious draw here is the park’s location on the shores of Lake Erie. It fronts the lake for about 2 miles. Campers have access—via a marina with a six-lane boat ramp to the lake and its central ba…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Geneva, OH - Campgrounds
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#2. Pymatuning State Park


When it comes to Pymatuning it’s all—or at least mostly—about the fishing. Pymatuning Lake covers about 17,000 acres and offers some of the finest walleye, crappie, bass, channel catfish, and musky fi…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Simons, OH - Campgrounds
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#3. Perry Township Park


This park is located right on Lake Erie’s shore, so access to that Great Lake is the main draw. There’s a boat launch; its use is restricted to township residents and campers, so staying here gives yo…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
North Perry, OH - Campgrounds
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#4. Punderson State Park


There are not a lot of tall mountains in Ohio, so no one’s going to confuse it with Vail. But Punderson is considered to be Ohio’s premier winter park, with two cross-country ski trails, a lighted sle…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Geauga County, OH - Campgrounds
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#5. Big Creek Park


Big Creek Park exists because of a failed dream. In 1926 Samuel Livingston Mather bought almost 1,000 acres with hopes of creating a high-class resort. The onset of the Great Depression crushed that.…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Chardon, OH - Campgrounds
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#6. Headwaters Park


Up until 1932, picnickers enjoyed summer afternoons in the ravine al ng the East Branch Cuyahoga River. Then the City of Akron bought the land and flooded it to create the East Branch Reservoir as a w…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Middlefield, OH - Campgrounds
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#7. Chickagami Park


This is one of the smaller parks in the Geauga County system at just 139 acres, most of it woods, with some wetlands, streams, and uplands mixed in. It’s also the park with the greatest camping tradit…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Parkman, OH - Campgrounds
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#8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park


Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a big one, taking in 33,000 acres along both sides of the Cuyahoga River. As you’d expect, there are a lot of things to do. One of the more interesting ways to see thi…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, OH - Campgrounds
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#9. Portage Lakes State Park


Portage Lakes State Park is well named. It has eight lakes of various sizes covering a total of 2,034 acres within its borders, compared to just 411 acres of solid ground. Two of the lakes, Turkeyfoot…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Nimisila Reservoir, OH - Campgrounds
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#10. West Branch State Park


This is a huge chunk of country. The lake is nearly 2,700 acres, while the land around it takes in almost 5,400 acres of woods and fields. There’s correspondingly a lot to do. The lake is open to boat…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Michael J Kirwan Reservoir, OH - Campgrounds
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#11. Mosquito Lake State Park


Mosquito Lake is one of the largest lakes in Ohio, covering 7,850 acres. That makes it hugely popular with both boaters and anglers. Boaters, given the fact the lake has no horsepower limits, flock he…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Trumbull County, OH - Campgrounds
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#12. Berlin Lake Mill Creek Recreation Area Campground


There’s probably no fish that tastes better than the walleye, and there are few inland waters better at producing them than Berlin Lake. It’s known for its excellent fishing. Walleyes reproduce well e…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Berlin Lake, OH - Campgrounds
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#13. Beaver Creek State Park


There’s a lot to recommend this park in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, with hiking and biking trails, an archery range, pioneer village, old canal locks, and more spread across its more t…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
West Point, OH - Campgrounds
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#14. Guilford Lake State Park


This park has an interesting history, mostly centered on its 396-acre lake. Geologists believe Guilford Lake began as the result of a glacier that settled into a natural depression in the landscape an…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Winona, OH - Campgrounds
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#15. Fernwood State Forest Hidden Hollow Campground


Fernwood is a forest built with sportsmen in mind. It’s not big, at just a hair over 3,000 acres split between three tracts. But fishermen can hit the many small ponds, all of which have been stocked…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Jefferson County, OH - Campgrounds
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#16. Friendship Park


Friendship Park is fairly large as most county facilities go, encompassing 1,320 acres. There’s an 89-acre lake here and fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, bluegills, carp and trout is popular. All…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Bloomingdale, OH - Campgrounds
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#17. Leesville Southfork Campground


This long, narrow, C-shaped lake, impounded in 1938, is a little bit of wilderness. That’s because no roads encircle it. Instead, its 27 miles of pine tree-covered shoreline give the place a remote fe…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Leesville Lake, OH - Campgrounds
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#18. Atwood Lake Park


Atwood Lake Park is a big one at more than 3,000 acres. The lake itself adds another 1,500-plus acres and is the main attraction. It’s a favorite with boaters— it’s considered one of Ohio’s premier sa…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Atwood Lake, OH - Campgrounds
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#19. Sally Buffalo Park


Sally Buffalo? The unusual name of this park traces its roots to a former landowner and his wife. A Revolutionary War soldier from Pennsylvania, John McFadden, settled here, bringing with him a son na…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Cadiz, OH - Campgrounds
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#20. Harrison State Forest Trailriders and Ronsheim Campgrounds


This 1,345-acre forest in Harrison County is a relatively new one, by public standards. It wasn’t purchased until 1961. Of course, it wasn’t much of a forest then either. The area had been heavily str…
From the guidebook "Camping Ohio"
Jewett, OH - Campgrounds
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