16 Gorgeous Places To Go Camping In Ohio

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It’s officially summer in Ohio, which means it’s time to bust out those tents.

We live in such a beautiful state and there are so many different places to choose from and get back to nature. If you’re in need of a wonderful weekend getaway, check out these awesome places to go camping here in the Buckeye State.

Due to COVID-19, all State Park campgrounds are available by reservation only. Campers are urged to practice “self-contained” camping, whenever possible and follow all COVID-19 protocols. Restrooms and shower houses are limited.

Mohican State Park

Price per night: $30 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 78 miles
Amenities: Cabins; Electric Campsites; Non-Electric Campsites; Full Hook Up Campsites; Camper Cabins; Commissary; Swimming Pool; Pet Friendly

Shawnee State Park

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Price per night: starting at $24-25 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 105 miles
Amenities: Amphitheater; Basketball Court; Beach; Bike Rental; Boat Launch Ramp; Boat Rental; Canoe Rental; Comfort Station; Convenience Store; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Fishing; Flush Toilets; Golf; Handicap Access; Hiking Trail; Horseshoes; Hunting; Lake; Marina; Miniature Golf; Nature Center; Parking; Pet friendly; Picnic Tables; Playground; Ranger Station; Shelter House; Showers; Swimming; Telephone; Tennis Court; Volleyball Court

Kelleys Island State Park

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Distance from Downtown Columbus: 135 miles
Amenities: 45 non-electric sites; 82 electric sites; Pet friendly sites; Showers, Flush Toilets, Dump Station; Volleyball Court; Playground; Cabins, Yurts; Lake

Hocking Hills State Park

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Price per night: starting at $30-$60 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 57 miles
Amenities: 156 electric sites; 13 non-electric sites; Showers; Flush Toilets, Laundry Facility, Dump Station, Camp Store; Swimming Pool; Playground; Volleyball Court; Horse Shoe Pit

Lazy River At Granville

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Price per night: starting at $35-$205 per night for a standard back-in with water and electric. Due to COVID-19, groups must be under 10 people.
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 40 miles
Amenities: Swimming Pool, Spray Ground, Zipline, Basketball, Game Room, Playground, Horseshoes, Sand Volleyball, Camp Store.

John Bryan State Park

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Price per night: starting at $22-$25 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 58 miles
Amenities: Cross Country Skiing; Drinking Water; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Fishing; Hiking Trail; Pet Friendly; Picnic Table; Pit Latrines; Restrooms; Sledding; hike to Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve

Dillon State Park

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Price per night: starting at $26-$27 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 58 miles
Amenities: Amphitheater; Archery Range; Basketball Court; Biking; Boat Launch; Boat Rental; Canoe Rental; Comfort Station; Disk Golf; Dump Station; Fishing; Flush Toilets; Handicap Access; Hiking Trail; Hunting; Kayak Rental; Laundromat; Nature Center; Parking; Picnic Table; Playground; Ranger Station; Showers; Star Gazing Area; Swimming; Telephone; Tennis; Courts; Volleyball Court

Alum Creek State Park

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Price per night: starting at $30-$31 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 21 miles
Amenities: 20/30/50 Amp Electric; Air Conditioning; Amphitheater; Basketball Court; Beach; Boat Launch Ramp; Boat Rental; Bridle Trails; Camp Pond; Comfort Station; Disk Golf; Drinking Water; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Flush Toilets; Hiking Trail
Horseshoes; Marina; Mountain Bike Trails; Naturalist Programs; Nature Center; Parking; Pet Friendly, Picnic Table; Pit Latrines; Playground; Restaurant; Shelter House; Showers; Swimming; Telephone; Volleyball Court

Columbus North KOA

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Price per night: KOA Prices Vary
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 33 miles
Amenities: Max Amp 85; Wi-Fi; Cable TV; Pool; Snack Bar; Propane; Fishing; Firewood; Pavilion; Dog Park; Canoes; Kayaks; Laundry Room; Petting Zoo

Hueston Woods State Park

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Price per night: starting at $24-$50 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 112 miles
Amenities: Basketball; Beach; Bicycle Trails; Bike Rental; Boat Launch Ramp; Boat Rental; Boat Storage; Bridle Trails; Comfort Station; Disk Golf; Dog Park; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Golf; Hiking Trail; Horse Arena For Rent; Horse Rental; Horseshoes; Limited Hunting; Miniature Golf; Parking; Picnic Shelter For Rent; Picnic Table; Picnicking; Pit Latrines; Playground; Showers; Snack Bar; Swimming; Telephone; Vault Latrines;

Salt Fork State Park

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Price per night: starting at $28-$29 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 91 miles
Amenities: Amphitheater; Beach; Boat Launch Ramp; Bridle Trails; Camp Office; Camp Store; Comfort Station; Dock; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Fishing; Golf; Hiking Trail
Hunting; Lake; Marina; Miniature Golf; Nature Center; Parking; Pet Friendly, Picnic Table; Putt-Putt Golf; Ranger Station; Showers; Swimming;

East Harbor State Park

Price per night: $30-$35 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 126 miles
Amenities: Amphitheater; Basketball Court; Beach; Boat Launch Ramp; Boating; Camp Store; Comfort Station; Convenience Store; Cross Country Skiing; Disk Golf; Dump Station; Fishing; Flush Toilets; Handicap Access; Hiking; Hiking Trail; Horseshoes; Hunting; Ice Fishing; Ice Skating; Naturalist Programs; Parking; Picnic Shelter; Picnic Table; Playground; Potable Water; Ranger Station; Restaurant; Showers; Sledding; Snowmobiling; Swimming; Volleyball Court

Indian Lake State Park

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Price per night: $26-$29 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 74 miles
Amenities: Air Conditioning; Amphitheater; Basketball Court; Beach; Bicycle Trails; Bike Rental; Boat Launch Ramp; Boat Rental; Camp Store; Comfort Station; Dump Station; Fire Rings; Fishing; Flush Toilets; Golf; Handicap Access; Hiking Trail; Horseshoes; Lake; Naturalist Programs; Parking; Pet Beach; Picnic Table; Playground; Ranger Station; Showers; Swimming; Telephone; Volleyball Court; Waterfront Sites; Welcome Center; Multi-Purpose Building

East Fork State Park


Price per night: $26.00-$29.00 per night for a campsite with electricity during peak season
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 97 miles
Amenities: Amphitheater; Beach; Boat Launch Ramp; Boat Rental Nearby; Boating; Bridle Trails; Camp Office; Camp Store; Dump Station; Fishing; Hiking Trail; Horse Rentals At Nearby StablesHorseback RidingHunting NearbyLakeNaturalist Programs; Parking; Playground; Putt Putt Golf; Showerhouse/Restrooms; Swing Set

Buckeye Lake KOA

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Price per night: KOA Prices Vary
Distance from Downtown Columbus: 30 miles
Amenities: Basketball; Fire Truck and Wagon Rides; Game Room; Gem Mine; Giant Checkers; Giant Chess; Horseshoes; Jumping Pillow; Motorcycle Clubs; Patio & Deluxe Sites; Planned Activities Available; Primitive Tent Sites; Clubs & Rallies; Sand Volleyball Court; Shuffleboard;

Originally published 6/2/17. Updated 6/24/20.

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