The Buckeye state has some of the most attractive natural forests, hiking trails and bodies of water. Ohio camping can be in different sorts - including campsites, campgrounds (both established and dispersed) and wild/backcountry camping. There are plenty of tent camping opportunities in Ohio, across state parks and the open land. This blog will cover what you need to know for camping in Ohio.

Where to camp in Ohio

There are many traditional campsites throughout the state of Ohio, however a major positive factor of the state is how it’s one of the few that allow wild camping without a permit. However, this is only for one night in one place. The perfect time to practice primitive camping and hone in on bushcraft skills. For those who wish to camp in controlled areas, with the chance to meet other campers, then here is a set of places you should consider. Cherry Springs state park, Racoon Creek state park, Colton Point state park, Great Seal state park, East Fork state park, Tar Hollow state park, Cuyahoga Valley national park, Alum Creek state park, East Harbour state park, Shawnee state park and Ohio state park. All of these state parks have their own set of campgrounds, each equipped with their own rules and regulations, welcoming different styles of camping and different numbers of people. Each campground is worth researching for the different amenities and pitches, this will be covered more in a future section of this blog.

What to pack for camping in Ohio

There are essential items to pack into your inventory that carry across all typ4es of camper. However, there are specifics too. If you are a hiker/backpacker who is always on the move, and maybe pitching up for just one nighters on your journey, you’ll need a lightweight tent to ease up your carry. The Tentsile UNA 1-erson Tree Tent is the perfect choice, as it’s incredibly comfortable and quick to set up. Much faster than a traditional tent. If you’re not sleeping and just resting up, the T-Mini 2 Person double camping hammock is just like the UNA, light, quick to set up, and super comfortable.
For the backcountry campers, who require a hub for their base camp. Something a little more sturdy to hold up multiple days and nights no matter the weather or terrain, then a heavy-duty tent will do the job. The Safari Connect 2-Person Tree Tent is made of the most durable materials, and takes no time at all to set up. The suspension system that Tentsile Tree Tents have opens up the versatility of camping, and allows you to camp almost anywhere. Over water and on rocky terrain. The Safari range is heavy, so it’s best to split the carry weight amongst your team of campers, unless you are alone, then a vehicle is recommended.
Now for the beforementioned essentials; sleeping bags are a must, an all season sleeping bag will do you just right for Ohio across the year. A portable phone charger is important, as your phone will be your main GPS system as well as a way to call for help if necessary. Sunglasses are important when camping, even in winter. There’s nothing worse than sore eyes when you’re trying to relax. A first aid kit is a top priority, you never know when you’ll need it, but you should definitely have one. And finally, bring plenty of food and water.

What to consider before camping in Ohio

There are a few things to think about before camping in the Buckeye state. There are different rules and regulations in each state, but they all cover a general set of policies. Things like maximum stays – how long you can camp in certain locations, whether it’s in the wild or in a campground, there’s always rules. Also, check out camping permits where you plan to camp. Fires, and whether you can have them. If you can, keep safe and don’t over fuel it, learn to create a firepit in order to both keep the heat contains and the flames down. Check the local wildlife online and see if you’d need to be extra careful about dangerous animals.
Another thing to consider that people forget is checking local amenities to make you comfortable. Things such as washing machines for your clothes and showers for personal hygiene. Also, trash cans, respect the environment and dispose of your waste. You’ll sleep better at night if you know you’re keeping the peace with mother nature.

Ohio camping tips

Before heading out in your camping trip in Ohio, get familiar with the rules of where you’re travelling. As previously mentioned, there are rules and regulations for each state, however there are variations within the state depending on the local jurisdiction. It’s worth checking them out before you head there and pitch up.
Make your bookings far in advance and research the available amenities, see if they suit your style of camping and the number of campers you have in your group.
Depending on the time of year you book, there are chances of large crowds. Consider the time of season, if you’d prefer a quiet trip then you may have to trade the busy summer for a quiet winter.
Pack in preparation for the weather, keep an eye on the forecast to inform your decision on if you need to bring an anorak.


Where can you camp in Ohio?

You can camp anywhere in Ohio, but double check the local rules and regulations to see if a permit is needed.

Where is best to camp in Ohio?

Depending on how you like to camp, there are varying best ways. For the solo campers, a dispersed campground may be to your liking for a more primitive way of camping. For the groups, an establish campground in a state park would be great fun as you can interact and work with the other campers there.

When does the camping season start in Ohio?

Mid-June to July is the start of the summer, this is when people will tend to go camping as the weather starts to turn to the sunny!

Jack Thomson