Ohio Camping Guide

Waterfall in Hocking Hills

To get the most out of camping in the Buckeye State, you will want to have an Ohio camping guide. Perusing the various campgrounds and activities before you go can help you plan the best camping trip ever.

What to Do in Ohio

Most Ohio parks and campgrounds are open year round. Ohio has a plethora of activities to engage in from hiking the national forests to spelunking in a variety of caverns and caves. Depending on the season you may also want to enjoy:

  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Biking
  • Surf in the waves of Lake Erie during certain seasons
  • Bird watching
  • Amusement parks
  • Follow the Underground Railroad

There are museums, shopping, and a variety of other attractions in Ohio.

Ohio Regions

Ohio can be broken up into five basic regions for camping.

  • Northwest, including Toledo
  • Northeast, including Akron
  • Central, including Columbus
  • Southwest, including Dayton and Cincinnati
  • Southeast, including Zanesville and Portsmouth

Each of these regions offers unique opportunities for the camper.

Northwest Region


Marblehead is a New England style area, with a lighthouse, islands to explore, and quaint cottages and shopping. You can enjoy:

  • Fishing
  • Historic sites
  • Shopping
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • Boating

Campgrounds in this area include:


Campers at Sandusky can visit many of the area's attractions including:

  • Cedar Point Amusement Park
  • Sandusky Speedway
  • African Safari Wildlife Park
  • Maritime Museum
  • Thomas Edison Birthplace Museum

Campgrounds in this area include:

Southwest Ohio

If you are looking for a real getaway in a natural setting then southwestern Ohio may be the place you are interested in. Miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails are available. Other attractions are:


Visitors to the Lebanon area can experience:

  • Wright Patterson Air Force Museum
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Lebanon Opry House
  • Kings Island Amusement Park

A few of the campgrounds in the area are:


There are a variety of festivals and special events that happen throughout the year in the Camden area, including:

  • Black Walnut Festival
  • Pork Festival
  • Pretzel Festival
  • World's Longest Yard Sale

Things to see include:

  • Covered bridges
  • Wildlife
  • Miamisburg Mounds

Some of the campgrounds in this area are:

  • Cross's Campground (no website; (937) 452-1535
  • Schaun Acres

Other Campgrounds in Southwestern Ohio

Central Ohio

Central Ohio includes attractions like the Longaberger Basket Company, housed in a seven story basket. Other attractions include:

  • Ye Olde Grist Mill
  • Daws Arboretum
  • Heisey Glass Museum

Campgrounds in this area include:

Northeastern Ohio Region

Northeastern Ohio offers the following things to see and do:

  • Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
  • Winery and Vineyards
  • Covered Bridges, including the longest covered bridge in the world
  • Fishing
  • Hiking

Indian Creek

Indian Creek RV & Camping Resort offers:

  • Golfing
  • Swimming
  • Free WIFI
  • Volleyball
  • Planned events

Cool Lakes

Cool Lakes has a variety of things to see and do.

  • WIFI
  • Cabins
  • Electrical Hookups
  • Three spring fed lakes

Southeastern Ohio Region

Southeastern Ohio is full of activities including:

  • Numerous caves and caverns to explore
  • Robbins Crossing Pioneer Village
  • Horseback riding
  • National forest

Hocking Hills

Hocking Hills Campground includes:

  • Fishing
  • Paddle boats
  • Walking trails
  • Swimming
  • WIFI

Top O' the Caves

Top O' the Caves family campground is situated on 60 acres adjacent to the famous Buckeye Trail. From here you can visit several caves as well as Cedar Falls. Amenities here are:

  • Campsites
  • Cabins
  • Showers
  • Hiking
  • Special events

Wolfie's Campground

Wolfie's Campground is a highly rated camping facility. It includes:

  • Tent sites
  • Cabins
  • Water/electric sites
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor movie theater
  • Pool
  • Game room

It is close to the Muskigum River, and many local sites of interest.

Ohio Camping Guides to Purchase

You can find Ohio Camping Guides at Amazon. These are convenient because you can take them with you when you camp. They are great references and make good gifts for a favorite camper. Some of the titles to consider are:

Using Ohio camping guides can help you have the camping experience that you are looking for.

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Ohio Camping Guide