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Blue Dog Bike Camp

· Nelsonville, Athens, Ohio
3 acres hosted by Jim & Michele M.
2 tent sites
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Our little campground began as Bailey Wayne Bike Camp. In 2023 we learned that Wayne National Forest wanted to drop "Wayne" from its name, so we decided to rename our campground and campsites in memory of Raleigh and Blue, two wonderful dogs who we wish were still with us. This area was once a booming coal mining town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The hollow was made up of hundreds of company homes, several mines, and other company buildings. As the mines died, the forest slowly took over. In the 1980s the National Forest began acquiring ownership. Today, we are just a stone's throw from the new Baileys Trail System. My wife and I have been biking for years; we've spent a lot of time camping and biking in OH, KY, WV, and NC. We primarily ride gravel routes on our tandem mountain bike around Athens and Washington Counties in Ohio. Our property is 3 acres, which offers enough room to open up a couple primitive campsites so we can share the peacefulness of the forest.
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Nelsonville, Athens, Ohio, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), Kaskaskia, Hopewell Culture, Adena Culture, and Ofo First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Jim & Michele M.Joined in March 2021
10 ratings · 10 reviews
Sarah M.recommends
August 28, 2023
Raleigh Campsite
Absolutely perfect setup for tent camping! I loved the privacy and the feeling of safety from the fence around the site. The host was wonderfully communicative and even made a trip to the property to mow before I arrived.
Stacie D.recommends
June 11, 2023
Blue Campsite
Jim & Michele have done a great job with their camp sites. Everything was very well done and clean. Convenient to Bailey’s. We 100% would stay again.
Dylan K.recommends
May 30, 2023
Raleigh Campsite
Great spot close to baileys. Very secluded. Would recomend!
Verne H.recommends
September 18, 2022
Blue Campsite
Nice private place. Clean and cared for. Lots of stars and we saw glow-worms!
Heidi C.recommends
July 10, 2022
Blue Campsite
We LOVED camping at West Maple! The site was very clean. The Vault toilets were very clean. The nature noises and near by farm noises were a nice reprieve from town noises. The movie theater was so close. We enjoyed Hiking at Hocking Hills which was only a 30 min drive by Highway (I would suggest heading up the visitor center for maps for the trails and roads in the area). We did have cell service at the campsite it was just very slow but thankfully we had some (Straight all wireless\Visable). There was firewood on site for donation. Surprisingly the bugs we're not bad at all even though it had just rained. We pulled the table underneath the big maple for cover when it started to sprinkle and it did great. It was a perfect shaded spot when weather turned hot too. Jim and Michelle work quick to respond to any of our needs.
Chris H.recommends
June 30, 2022
Blue Campsite
Great for Riding Baileys!
Great launching point for exploring the trails Baileys! I stayed 2 nights and got in 3 days of mountain biking. The location was convenient to the trails - 2 days I drove to the Chauncey-Dover trailhead and it was probably 10 minutes. The last day I drove up the road to park at the Utah Ridge Pond which was also maybe a 10 minute drive. You can ride the road up to the trails, but I wanted to save my climbing legs for the singletrack. Camp is primitive - so no running water - but the outhouse was clean and stocked with all you need. Plenty of trees for shade and hanging hammocks. I'll be back!
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