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The Best Camping in Ohio

Looking for the best camping in Ohio? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ohio. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Ohio

  • Logan, Ohio

    Hike & Camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio

    4.9
    3 mi
    If you find yourself in Ohio, you must stop in Logan and visit the Hocking Hills. This place seems to consistently find itself on lists for the best hiking in the country - and for good reason. The forest and state park is vast, and it includes Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Cedar Falls, Rock House, t...
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  • Saint Paris, Ohio

    Camp at Kiser Lake

    5.0
    This pet-friendly park has some great sites for lakeside camping, all on the east-end of the lake, giving campers a great view of the sunset. The sites are near a 'field' of lily pads, and the frog calls that emanate from the area make for a relaxing sound to sleep to. There are few trees lakes...
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  • Swanton, Ohio

    Hike the Scout Trail at Oak Openings Preserve

    4.0
    The Scout Trail at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark in Swanton, Ohio is an easy hike that covers a lot of beautiful ground! I love this hike and do it several times each season (REALLY recommend the fall for the gorgeous colors!). I am constantly surprised by how few people take advantage of this ...
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  • Perrysville, Ohio

    Hike the Pleasant Hill Lyons Falls Loop

    5.0
    2.75 mi
    To get to this trail you can go to the Dam that is a part of Pleasant Hill Lake and there is a parking area across the street. After you start walking you reach signs that will ask where you want to go, either to the covered bridge or to the Lyons Falls.By going towards the covered bridge first y...
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  • Morrow, Ohio

    Camp at Morgan's Riverside Campground

    5.0
    The camping spots at Morgan's are right along the Little Miami River, making it a peaceful and beautiful place to camp. There are more than 50 sites to camp at. (Note: not all camp sites are along the water.) The campsites vary in size. There are sites for 2 and sites for 20. There are a decent a...
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  • Grove City, Ohio

    Hike through Scioto Grove Metro Park

    4.0
    7 mi
    New in May 2016, the Scioto Grove Metro Park has about 600 acres of land in Grove City, OH. There are more than 7 total miles of connecting trails as well as picnic areas and jungle gyms.Easy to navigate, there are park maps at all major trail junctions, which makes this hike enjoyable for all. ...
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  • Yellow Springs, Ohio

    Rock Climb at John Bryan SP

    If you are new to climbing, someone who really enjoys toprope climbing or if you live in west central Ohio and are looking to climb somewhere within a reasonable driving distance, John Bryan State Park is a great option. Equipment is not provided and all climbers are encouraged to use safe climbi...
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  • Independence, Ohio

    Hike Lost Man Pass via Independence Lake

    5.0
    4.5 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Park at the pull out just west of independence pass. From there, begin on the Linkin's Lake Trail. The trail is generally easy to follow (although it can be muddy as it is a wet area) and climbs 900 feet in the 1.8 miles to independence lake. From Independence lake it is about 0.5 miles and 400 f...
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  • Geneva, Ohio

    Camp at Geneva State Park

    Swim in Lake Erie and then camp right next to the beach at Geneva State Park! Located an hour outside of Cleveland, Geneva State Park is a beautiful park with lots of outdoor activity options perfect for all kinds of groups. The Park offers boat access to the Lake through a six-lane boat ramp and...
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  • Dayton, Ohio

    Hike the Adirondack Trail at Hills & Dales MetroPark

    2.92 mi / 230 ft gain
    Hills & Dales MetroPark is surprisingly large, spanning 63 acres and nestled between two golf courses. When hiking here, it is quite easy to forget that it is surrounded by a city and is just a couple miles south of Dayton. The Adirondack Trail is the most prominent trail in the park, winding...
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  • West Portsmouth, Ohio

    Shawnee Backpacking Trail Loop

    8.55 mi / 981 ft gain
    Shawnee Backpacking Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near West Portsmouth, Ohio.
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  • Glouster, Ohio

    Burr Oak Reservoir Lakeview Trail

    21.04 mi / 2641 ft gain
    Burr Oak Reservoir Lakeview Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Glouster, Ohio.
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  • Logan, Ohio

    Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave via Buckeye Trail

    9.42 mi / 1060 ft gain
    Old Man's Cave and Ash Cave via Buckeye Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes to two scenic caves in Hocking Hills State Park located near South Bloomingville, Ohio. This trail is dog friendly on-leash. 
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  • Blue Creek, Ohio

    Shawnee Backpacking Trail Camp 6 Loop

    7.61 mi / 1148 ft gain
    Shawnee Backpacking Trail Camp 6 Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Stout, Ohio.
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  • Chardon, Ohio

    Hemlock and Wildflower Loop Trail

    2.4 mi / 253 ft gain
    Hemlock and Wildflower Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Chardon, Ohio.
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  • Ravenna, Ohio

    West Branch North Loop Trail

    2.75 mi / 289 ft gain
    West Branch North Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Ravenna, Ohio.
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