10 Best Campgrounds In Ohio For RVers - RV LIFE (2022)

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The Buckeye State Has Something for Everyone

After living in Ohio for nearly 20 years, I can tell you it’s a great state to live in and visit. There are destinations for every kind of camper, from those looking to camp near the major cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, or along the shoreline of Lake Erie.

Keep reading and check out some of the best campgrounds in Ohio.

1. Berlin RV Park & Campground

Located in Ohio’s Amish Country, Berlin RV Park & Campground has an on-site herb garden where guests can pick their own fresh herbs and spices. Hang out at the observation benches located on numerous walking trails, watch the horse and buggies pass as you enjoy a campfire, or take a trip into one of the many communities located around the park.

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Berlin RV Park – Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

Visitors can enjoy shopping, partaking in Amish food, including restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, and more. Check out the Christmas store any time of year. You might even want to take a behind the scenes tour of Amish Country.

In a review from Robert P,

“Staying here for two nights was delightful. The property is hilly and it has beautiful scenery, not to mention gorgeous sunsets! The site are level, clean, well cared for, although we did not see an abundance of staff. It is very quiet there. The sites are well laid out, close, but not too close. The facilities were excellent.”

Check out the video below for a full tour:

2. Cross Creek Camping Resort

Located in Delaware, Ohio just 20 minutes north of Columbus, Cross Creek is a two-time National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Park Winner.

It offers beautiful surroundings, lots of activities, and themed weekends including Pirates and Wizarding weekends in July, a Luau in August, a benefit for hospice during Labor Day weekend, and Fall Festival in October.

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Cross Creek Camping Resort – Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

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Amenities include disc golf, tennis, bike rentals, and pedal carts. This Ohio campground is close to the Columbus Zoo, as well as restaurants and other local attractions.

3. Evergreen Park RV Resort

Evergreen is a luxurious park located in Dundee, Ohio. With 87 paved RV sites, most sites can accommodate the largest of big rigs. Some of the sites are pull-through. The park offers activities throughout the year including a fun dog show with prizes for Best Trick, Waggiest Tail, and more.

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Evergreen Park Resort. Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

In October, visitors can participate in Willie’s Annual Fish Fry and Fall Festival. Halloween weekend offers trick-or-treating, and a Halloween costume contest with prizes and fun for all ages.

Evergreen boasts heated shower floors, waterfall hot tubs, and an exercise room. This park is also close to Amish Country and just an hour south of Akron where you can make it a day trip and visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Akron Zoo, as well as many parks and natural areas.

4. Lazy River At Granville

The family-friendly Lazy River park is located in Granville, Ohio, in the Welsh Hills area near Columbus. The park has a plethora of exciting activities including a splash pad, basketball court, zip lining, and a two-story challenge course to test your skills, along with a game room and large recreation hall.

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Lazy River at Granville features Snappie who is always ready for a hug. It is one of the most family-fun campgrounds in Ohio!

A creek that runs through the property is great for fishing or wading. Pedal carts will keep the young ones entertained and even Fido can enjoy the dog park. A swimming pool, hiking trails, and BMX jumps will make campers of any age entertained. Keep in mind the park’s themed weekends when planning your adventure.

5. Woods Tall Timber Resort

Woods Tall Timber Resort is a 157-acre park located in New Philadelphia, Ohio. The main attraction is a seven-acre lake where guests can swim and fish. The park also offers cabins and cottages as well as 150 RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and cottages.

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Wood’s Tall Timber Lake Resort. Photo via resort

Guests can also enjoy paddle boating, canoeing, electric boating, or relax on the beach while the kids enjoy the water. Woody’s Grille provides food and ice cream.

A trip to the Historic Schoenbrunn Village or Tuscora Park in nearby New Philadelphia is a great addition to your trip.

6. Olive Branch Campground

Olive Branch is located in Oregonia, Ohio, 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati. The family-owned park has easy access to attractions such as Kings Island amusement park.

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Olive Branch Campground. Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

Amenities include a catch-and-release fishing lake, large playground, basketball court, game room, horseshoe pit, and walking trails. Check out the parks’ themed and holiday weekends including Halloween Festival, Pirate Festival, Chili Cookoff, and more.

You can also spend the day checking out the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, Fort Ancient, Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village, La Comedia Dinner Theatre, and Coney Island, among other area attractions.

7. Camper Village/Lighthouse Cedar Point

Camper Village, located in Sandusky, Ohio, is the roller coaster adventurer’s mecca. As you step outside the park, you step into Cedar Point amusement park, the roller coaster capital of the world.

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Step out your camper door and step into Cedar Point for a wild ride.

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Named the Best RV Park in Ohio by Reader’s Digest, Camper Village has some 283 lakefront luxury RV sites. All sites are level with concrete pads, including back-in and pull-through configurations.

The park provides a swimming pool, outdoor games, game room, gift shop, and quick-service food stand. RV sites are equipped with a charcoal grill and picnic table. A supply store, laundry facility, restrooms, showers, and Lake Erie Beach, will provide a haven to rest after a day of amusement park fun. Cedar Point tickets are available for purchase at the park.

8. Wapakoneta KOA

This quaint KOA campground is perfect for the relaxing weekend or one-night stay when traveling to your next destination. Sites can accommodate RVs of all sizes, and if you are traveling by automobile, there are tent with electric sites, a 40-foot fifth wheel rental, standard cabins or deluxe cabins.

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Wapakoneta KOA. Photo via KOA

If you make it between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can take part in a super soaker hayride. Families can participate in Tie Dye Time (a tie-dye shirts event), play horseshoes, shuffleboard, or juts relax and play in the heated pool. The park is close to the Dayton Air Force Museum and the Neil Armstrong Museum.

9. Hocking Hills

A trip to Ohio wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Hocking Hills State Park. The area provides a number of camping options including Serenity Hills Campground, a peaceful setting that will get you away to spend time with family and friends with no agenda.

Top O’ the Caves is a 60-acre resort set in the heart of Hocking Hills with everything from primitive camping to RV sites with full hookups and luxury log cabins.

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Hocking Hills State Park is one of our favorite campgrounds in Ohio. Photo via RV LIFE Campgrounds

Hocking River RV Park boasts every space has a river view and electric hookups. The park contains river swimming, tubing, and hiking.

One of the most popular areas in Hocking Hills is Old Man’s Cave. The trail begins its six-mile course connecting three of the park’s areas: Old Man’s Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave. The trail has been designated as part of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, as well as part of two national systems—The North Country Scenic Trail and America’s Discovery Trail.

10. Geneva-on-the Lake

Geneva-on-the-Lake, is a destination located on the shores of Lake Erie, is known for its entertainment strip which features arcades, amusement rides, restaurants, nightclubs, live music and more. Lake Erie offers fishing and swimming just a short jaunt from your RV site.

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You can shoot a round of golf at one of the in-town or area golf courses. Families will enjoy one of several miniature golf courses. The area also has wineries, so grab a glass, enjoy a summer breeze and a beautiful sunset.

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Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort. Photo via resort

Several RV parks are available including Kenisee Grand River Campground, Geneva State Park, Indian Creek RV & Camping Resort, and Hearthside Grove Lake Erie, a new motor coach resort for Class A rigs only.

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Plan your trip to these campgrounds in Ohio, and find more points of interest, on RV LIFE Trip Wizard and the RV LIFE App with RV-Safe GPS. While you’re in the Midwest, we also recommend visiting these scenic campgrounds.

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Terri and her husband, Todd, are full time RVers and work campers. They have been living full time in their RV for nearly three years with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Newton, and their Mini Aussie puppy Remi. They are currently wintering in Arizona with plans to continue their travels next summer. Writing is Terri’s passion but she also loves hiking, kayaking and anything she can do outside.

FAQs

Where can you live in an RV in Ohio? ›

In most rural areas of Ohio (and the rest of the United States), it is perfectly legal to park an RV in your backyard. There are no federal statutes that can forbid you from doing so. If you live within the city of Dayton, however, you will need to adhere to local zoning codes when parking your RV on your property.

Where can I park my RV to live in Ohio? ›

Most of Ohio's free campsites are located on public land — state parks, state forests, along with a few county and city parks. Ohio's sole national park, Cuyahoga Valley, does not allow camping within its boundaries, but there are a few state parks and recreation areas with camping facilities just outside it.

What is the longest length RV allowed in national parks? ›

Almost 98% of National Park campgrounds can accommodate RVs up to 19 feet long. You will still have a large number of options if your RV is up to 25 feet since more than 90% of parks permit that length. On average, national parks will allow RVs with a maximum length of 27 feet.

Can you live permanently in a campground? ›

Yes, you can live in an RV park all year long.

Not all parks have long-term rentals and you may have to get creative to find a place for your rig. We spent a spring and summer in Kansas City, Missouri, and had a total of three RV parks to choose from.

How long can you stay at a campground in Ohio? ›

The maximum period of time that any person is permitted to stay overnight in any designated campground or other rented overnight facility within a state park shall not exceed fourteen days in any thirty day time frame.

Can I live in my RV in Ohio? ›

There are no federal statutes that forbid you from living in your RV.

Can you sleep at rest stops in Ohio? ›

It is legal to sleep in your car in designated rest areas in Ohio. There are currently no laws prohibiting drivers from sleeping in their cars. The state encourages motorists to stop at a rest stop to get adequate sleep so that they can continue their journey safely.

Where can I park my RV for free in Ohio? ›

The state of Ohio offers a myriad of camping opportunities. In fact, the state parks alone offer over 9700 campsites across 57 campgrounds!
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Another Tip for Free RV Camping or Boondocking
  • Wayne National Forest. ...
  • Ronsheim Campground. ...
  • East Fork State Park. ...
  • Sawmill Road Campsite. ...
  • Hidden Hollow Campground. ...
  • Sand Hollow.
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Can you live in RV parks year round? ›

To put it simply, yes, you can live in an RV park all year. While there are often ordinances that restrict people from living in their RV (even on their own property), RV parks are usually exempt.

What size RV is allowed in Yellowstone? ›

There are no hookups. RVs up to 40 feet long can use pull-through and back-in sites. Sites may not be level. There is an RV dump station in the campground.

Does Max RV length include tow vehicle? ›

Does My Tow Vehicle Count Toward My RV Length? Yes, your tow vehicle could count toward your overall RV length. Even if some RV parks or campgrounds state that you only need to worry about the overall length of your rig, you should still know how long your RV is with your tow vehicle or additional accessories in tow.

Can you drive an RV through Yellowstone National Park? ›

You can drive through Yellowstone in an RV or RV campers. We do not recommend driving around to see the park in a large RV but if you are going to do it, Yellowstone National Park is one of the best parks to explore with an RV. The park is huge and often has large group tour busses traveling through the park to see it.

What RV is best for full time living? ›

The Best RV for Full Time Living: Top 7 Names
  • Keystone Montana: Best Full-time 5th Wheel.
  • Northwood Arctic Fox: Best Full-time Travel Trailer.
  • Newmar Dutch Star: Best Class A Motorhome.
  • Airstream Interstate: Best Class B RV.
  • Thor Four Winds: Best Class C RV.
  • Grand Design Reflection.
  • Roadtrek CS Adventurous.

Where is the best place to live in an RV? ›

13 Best Places to park your RV to live
  • Workkamping. This is a tried and true method of securing a spot to live in your RV. ...
  • Amazon Camperforce. ...
  • National/State Park host. ...
  • County Parks. ...
  • Bureau of Land Management Lands. ...
  • Park your RV at approved businesses. ...
  • Membership Clubs. ...
  • Discount RV Clubs.
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What is the best state for full time RV living? ›

The Three Best States for Full-time RVer Domiciles

The best states for full-time RVer domiciles generally come down to Texas, Florida or South Dakota. All three states are income tax-free, the government entities will accept mail-forwarding addresses and they are headquarters for mail-forwarding services.

What is the biggest campground in Ohio? ›

#1. Salt Fork State Park

Salt Fork State Park is in Guernsey County in Eastern Ohio, near Lore City off of I-77. This location isn't just for RV's, as it also has tent campgrounds as well as cabins and lodges throughout its 17,229 acres of land.

What is the largest campground in Ohio? ›

Reservations are required for all sites and may be made six months in advance online or by calling (866) 644-6727. The family campground at East Harbor is the largest in the Ohio State Park system.

Is it cheaper to live in an RV? ›

Living in an RV means living a lot smaller with a lot less stuff. You have less room for everything – clothes, toys, tools and more saving you a lot of money. Along with less space, you save on utilities and home-improvement projects if you own your home. Living in an RV can cost as much or as little as you would like.

Can I buy land and live in an RV? ›

Let's get right into it: Is it legal to live in an RV on land you own? The short answer is: Yes, as long as you live in the right place. The primary factor to consider is your jurisdiction's zoning codes. Most cities have rules that require all places of residence (RVs included) to follow the same ordinances.

Can you use an RV park as a permanent address? ›

Conclusion. Everyone needs an address, no matter how they choose to live. Unfortunately you cannot use your RV as a permanent residential address. A mail forwarding service like the one with Escapees RV Club is the easiest way RVers get mail on the road, for as long as they want.

How do people live full time in RVs? ›

Before you start your engines, here are six pro tips on how to live in an RV full time.
  1. RV Life Is Slower Paced. ...
  2. Find a Job That Suits the Lifestyle. ...
  3. Diversify Your Experiences. ...
  4. Find the Balance Between Planning Ahead and Going With the Flow. ...
  5. Build a Community. ...
  6. Embrace a Life Defined by Travel.

Can you sleep in Walmart parking lot? ›

It is illegal to sleep in a Walmart parking lot without permission. There is no national law against sleeping in your car. That said, there are laws against trespassing. Therefore, sleeping in your car in a parking lot where you are trespassing is illegal.

Can you run a generator at a rest stop? ›

Yes, you can run a generator at a rest area in all 50 states.

Does Ohio Turnpike have RV dump stations? ›

An electrical outlet*, dump station, and potable water filling station are available at all RV facilities.

How much does it cost to camp in Ohio state parks? ›

Camping Rates for Ohio State Parks
ParkType of Camp SiteSun-Thu (Apr 1-Oct 31)
Alum CreekPremium$33
BarkcampEquestrian$25
BarkcampFull Service$35
BarkcampElectric$25
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Where can I plug in my RV for free near me? ›

How To Find Free Overnight RV Parking
  • Truck Stops. Truck stops are one of the most common places where you can park your RV for the night and get some rest without having to pay. ...
  • Walmart Parking Lots. ...
  • National Parks. ...
  • Big Box Stores. ...
  • BLM Land. ...
  • Backcountry Camping. ...
  • Dry Camping.
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What is Boondocking for RV? ›

What Is Boondocking in an RV? Boondocking in an RV is when you camp without hookups to electricity, water, or sewage. You can boondock in many different ways, like staying overnight in a business parking lot or camping on public lands.

What is the downside of owning an RV? ›

The number one con to owning an RV is definitely the cost. And there are many other costs involved in owning an RV than just the price of the RV. There is maintenance, storage, insurance, and many other costs as well.

How do you live in an RV in the winter? ›

How to Keep a Trailer or RV Warm in Winter?
  1. Reduce Heat Loss. There are lots of practical ways to reduce heat loss and trap heat inside. ...
  2. Insulate Your Walls. RV insulation is essential to keep your RV cool in the summer and warm in the cold weather. ...
  3. Insulate RV Windows. ...
  4. Use Your Heater.
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How much does it cost to live in a stationary RV? ›

Depending on the amenities and location, these sites can cost $600 to $1,000 per month. Additionally, most long-term campsites require RVers to pay for their electrical usage. Considering these expenses, you could easily spend $1,500 to $2,000 monthly to live stationary in an RV.

Can you camp in Yellowstone for free? ›

There is free camping located inside of the national park, the north entrance, east entrance, south entrance, west entrance. The only location without free camping is the northeast entrance. There is a few spots but they are all around an hour and a halfway from the gate, which makes it pointless to camp there.

Can you Boondock in Yellowstone? ›

Yes, boondocking is allowed in Yellowstone National Park. However, boondocking is limited to just tent camping only, and only in specific areas of the park. Yellowstone also requires campers to obtain permits.

What size RV is allowed in Grand Teton National Park? ›

The campground accepts both tents and smaller RVs (up to 30 feet total length).

What is the best size camper? ›

A 32-foot long RV is perfect for those who still want a bit of space while also having access to national parks and other campgrounds with smaller sites. In fact, 32 feet is the average maximum length in most national parks.

What is considered a large RV? ›

Class A motorhomes offer the largest square footage you'll find in an RV. They can range anywhere from 29 to 45 feet long, often sleep between six to eight people and start at around $85,000.

How do state parks measure RV length? ›

How do RV parks measure length? To measure the length of an RV, you have to measure the exterior length of the RV, width, and sometimes the trailer and hitch. Measuring this way will give you an accurate idea of the size of your RV, and whether or not you meet those requirements for the park.

What is the largest RV allowed in Yosemite? ›

Maximum RV/trailer lengths: In Yosemite Valley, the maximum RV length is 40 feet and maximum trailer length is 35 feet, however, only a total of 8 sites of this size are available (six sites in Lower Pines and two in North Pines, which are open spring through fall).

How much are RV parks in Yellowstone? ›

Campsites cost as little as at $15 per night, per site. Most campgrounds with more amenities such as flush toilets and nearby laundry facilities range from $20 to $31 per night.

Can you park an RV at Old Faithful? ›

Due to its popularity, Old Faithful is one of the toughest places to find RV parking. There are three lots available, each free with 24-hour access between April 17th and November 3rd.

How much is it to camp at Hocking Hills? ›

One Tent or one Camper per site 2 Adults & 4 Children – 6 Max per site Check-In 3 PM Check-Out 2 PM
SiteWeekdaysHolidays *
Primitive – no water or electric at site$59$69
Electric Only – 15 Amp tent site$75$87
Water and electric – Back in 30 Amp$82$92
Water and electric – Pull in 30 Amp$85$95
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What is the largest campground in Ohio? ›

Reservations are required for all sites and may be made six months in advance online or by calling (866) 644-6727. The family campground at East Harbor is the largest in the Ohio State Park system.

What is the biggest campground in Ohio? ›

#1. Salt Fork State Park

Salt Fork State Park is in Guernsey County in Eastern Ohio, near Lore City off of I-77. This location isn't just for RV's, as it also has tent campgrounds as well as cabins and lodges throughout its 17,229 acres of land.

Does Hocking Hills have RV parking? ›

We have 21 RV spots. 30 & 50 Amp Electric Sites Each Site has: Water Hook Ups Fire Pits & Picnic Tables at Each Site Pet Friendly- Pets permitted on leads/leashes Dump Station is available.

Can you swim in Devil's Bathtub Hocking Hills? ›

If you've ever heard of a place in Ohio called the Devil's Bathtub you should know that it really does exist—and it's actually really beautiful. Within the Hocking Hills State Park, you can find this natural wonder along the Old Man's Cave area hiking trails. While you can't swim in it, it's an impressive sight to see.

Can you take a camper to Hocking Hills? ›

Whether you're in a tent or a trailer, the Hocking Hills State Park Campground and other area campsites make up some of the best camping in Ohio – a true camper's paradise.

How much does it cost to camp at East Harbor? ›

Each group camping site can accommodate up to 50 campers, and is available by reservation. Fee is $90/night.
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Does East Harbor State Park have full hookups? ›

East Harbor State Park Campground is the largest in the Ohio State Park system. It offers Full Hookup, Electric, Non-electric and ADA sites. Pets are permitted at all sites.

Can you swim at Indian Lake? ›

Today, Indian Lake offers a variety of on-the-water recreational options including boating, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming. Off the lake, visitors can enjoy camping, picnicking, and winter activities such as ice fishing and snowmobiling.

Does Ohio have good camping? ›

The state of Ohio is ideally placed for great camping throughout the year. You can camp in the northern region of the state near the shore of Lake Eris, or head south to the Wayne National Forest. In the southwest part of the state, check out the state parks near Cincinnati.

Is Ohio Good for camping? ›

Home to spectacular natural scenery, tranquil lakes, rugged mountains, and deep, forested valleys, Ohio is the perfect place to spend the weekend camping, hiking, biking, and soaking up the state's natural scenery. Home to hundreds of campgrounds and campsites, Ohio has a camping spot for every taste.

How can I camp for cheap? ›

These tips will help reduce cost on all fronts, so you can plan a budget-friendly camping trip the whole family will enjoy.
  1. Rent or Borrow Equipment. ...
  2. Check Out Thrift Stores and the REI Garage Sale. ...
  3. Use What You Have at Home. ...
  4. Camp Close to Home. ...
  5. Fill Up On Cheap Gas. ...
  6. Cook Simple Meals Over the Campfire. ...
  7. Make a Meal Plan.
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