From the shores of Lake Erie to scenic woodlands and meadows, Ohio has something to suit every camper.
Remarkable geological diversity makes Ohio one of the Midwest's sleeper spots for camping. Lake Erie forms most of the state's northern border and features plenty of campgrounds for fishing and boating. East Harbor State Park is a particularly good location for campers who love to watch waterfowl. For more Lake Erie fun, head for Kelleys Island State Park. Take a ferry from Sandusky to reach this relaxing hideaway. Six miles of hiking trails crisscross the park. Hunting and swimming options are available here. Alum Creek State Park in central Ohio is exceptional for boating. The 3,387-acre reservoir creates the state's largest inland beach. Pull out the water skis and gun the engine on the wilder south side of the lake. The north side of the reservoir is more relaxed, perfect for a lazy day paddling about. Shawnee State Park is two hours east of Cincinnati, very close to the West Virginia border. Here you get access to the shores of the Ohio River and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Interested in Native American history? Visit the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail to learn about the tragic forced relocation. Set your sights on the cave network in Hocking Hills State Park if you like to head underground. About an hour's drive southeast of Columbus, Hocking Hills is an excellent spot for spelunking. Hocking Hills also makes a good choice for an overnight stay. You'll find modern cabins, camper cabins, and about 50 tent campgrounds. Caves make you edgy? Try Mohican State Park, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. MSP is attached to an enormous 4,525-acre state forest with extensive hiking trails. Sightseers won't want to miss the beautiful view of the Clear Fork Gorge. The fishing in the gorge's Clear Fork River is also excellent.