RV Camping – All The Comforts Away From Home
Ohio RV Camping and Campgrounds
Ohio has a wide variety of RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. From the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, there are great camping destinations across Ohio. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations. Industrial reclamation lands offer public camping, and county and municipal parks have campgrounds that are great for RV camping.
Ohio Private RV Parks and Campgrounds
Private RV Parks – Research tools for finding the best privately owned RV parks and campgrounds in Ohio.
Federal RV Camping Information
- US Forest Service – Official USFS information about RV camping in the Hoosier National Forest in Ohio. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted on lands managed by the USFS. Includes public campground information.
- US Army Corps of Engineers – USACE/COE information about COE lakes and RV camping opportunities in Ohio.
- National Park Service – NPS information about Ohio National Park Service administered lands. There are no NPS campgrounds in Ohio.
State RV Camping Information
- Ohio State Parks – Information about RV camping and campgrounds in Ohio.
- Ohio State Forests – Information about RV camping opportunities at several state forests. Designated primitive campgrounds are great for smaller RVs and tents.
- Official Ohio Tourism Website – Where to go, and what to do in Ohio. Includes RV camping locations and travel planning ideas.
AEP Recreation Lands
American Electric Power – Offers free camping and recreation opportunities. Free permit available online, directions, and information.
Camping Reservations – Make your Ohio RV camping Ohio Federal campground reservations and your campsite will be waiting for you when you arrive.
RV Dump Stations In Ohio
Free RV Camping In Ohio
Public land offers free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) opportunities. You can get camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts, as well as current restrictions and conditions. Several municipal parks offer limited stay free RV camping as well. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV remote camping sites on public lands.
The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Ohio.
Free RV camping is permitted at the USDA designated Timbre Ridge Lake. There are no designated campsites, but a vault toilet is available. Great boondocking location.
Free RV camping is allowed at the USDA Haught Run Campground. From Interstate 77, take Exit 1 (S.R. #7). Go towards Marietta on S.R. 7. Turn right at Acme Street (the first light). Acme St. ends at Greene Street. Turn right on Greene St. (S.R. 26). This campground is approximately 14 miles north of Marietta. There is a vault toilet and 4 designated primitive campsites.
One of several free camping locations provided by American Electric Power is the 6,600 acre Gavin Wildlife Area. There are some small ponds and streams in the area open to hunting, fishing, and primitive camping. No camping/recreation permit is required. Map.
Ohio Public Campgrounds
Ohio public campgrounds are great destinations for RV camping trips. Located throughout the state, USDA Forest Service, State Parks, State Forests, and USACE/COE (US Army Corps of Engineers) offer facilities from primitive campsites to full hookup campgrounds.
The following are only a few examples of the great public camping opportunities available in Ohio.
Mill Creek Campground located on Berlin Lake is a US Army Corp of Engineers managed facility. Both electric and non electric campsites are available as well as RV dump station. Recreation opportunities include a playground, group camping area, boating and fishing.
The Harrison State Forest offers two campgrounds equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets. No water is available. Seven family campsites are located at Ronsheim Campground while 20 sites accommodating family and/or horse campers are available at the Trailriders Campground. No fee!
The Harrison Lake State Park has a 173 campsites, 152 available with electricity. Showers, flush toilets and an RV dump station is available. This park is popular for swimming, fishing, camping and canoeing.
The Iron Ridge Campground offers reservable RV camping campsites, most with electricity. This family campground is located on a ridge above Lake Vesuvius and has drinking water and vault toilets. Special rules apply during Ohio gun hunting season.
The Leith Run Recreation Area is a multi-purpose area on the banks of the Ohio River. RV and tent campsites have electricity available as well as drinking water and flush toilets. Popular area and reservations are suggested.