Pitch your tent by the pond or in the woods (along an intermittent stream) and enjoy a few peaceful acres in rural southern Ohio. There are 5 designated primitive campsites, 1 glamp site, and a tiny guest cabin on the edge of the property, and the host lives in a small cabin through the woods close by. Each primitive campsite offers a picnic table and a fire ring and the
Pitch your tent by the pond or in the woods (along an intermittent stream) and enjoy a few peaceful acres in rural southern Ohio. There are 5 designated primitive campsites, 1 glamp site, and a tiny guest cabin on the edge of the property, and the host lives in a small cabin through the woods close by. Each primitive campsite offers a picnic table and a fire ring and there are two shared outhouses with composting toilets. Take a dip in the pond on hot summer days (bring your pool floats!), enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls. Lots of nature to explore nearby! **No fishing in the pond (there are only a few koi in there).
Parking is available near the road and there will be a short walk (1-5 mins) to your campsite.
There is a disc golf basket on site that you are welcome to use for practice (there is a great 21 hole course at the state park just a few miles away). There is also a little nature trail, starting near site 3, that winds through the property that you are welcome to walk (about 3/4 mile total).
FIREWOOD is available for purchase. You can pre-pay for your first bundle and have it delivered to your site. Otherwise, you can purchase bundles, as needed ($5/bundle, exact cash only).
There is also a wonderful SAUNA on the property that you may reserve by the hour ($10/hour for 2 people; payment can be made in advance by purchasing in extras or you can pay on site via cash/venmo/paypal). The sauna is located at the back of the host's residence and can be reached by a short (3/4 mile) hike down the nature trail. The sauna is available for guest use between 9am-9pm.The area offers great hiking, paddling (Rocky Fork Creek is the best around!), boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 3 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Amish bakery and market is a must!
*****COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: All campsites are well-spaced for social distancing. The host will be minimizing interactions with guests and will practice social distancing. Please use the hand-washing station at the privy both before and after use. Also, if you plan to visit any of the parks or other attractions in the area, it is a good idea to make sure they are open to the public before setting out, as many parks and businesses have closed due to the pandemic.
Site #1: This site is right beside the pond and is the shortest walk (1 min) from the parking area. Enjoy easy access to the dock and the communal fire pit with a picnic table and additional seating. Site 1 is also right beside the vegetable garden, which is a busy place during the growing season, and is also a bit close to the road (not ideal for campers looking for a more secluded, peaceful experience). This site is in the clearing and is, thus, great for yard games and for enjoying the sunset and the night sky! When the ground is dry, it is possible to drive down to the site, if necessary, for unloading. Camper vans or pop-ups are OK (no hookups).
Site #2: This site is set back in the woods, down a small slope just beyond the pond (to the left) and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves and is quite private. Good hammock trees! The site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk (1 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy. (2- minute walk from parking, however, it is possible to drive down around the pond for unloading, if necessary, when the ground is dry. Please stay on the pond levee and then park near gate after unloading).
Site #3: This site is situated in the woods, just beyond the pond (to the right) and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves and is quite private. Good hammock trees! The site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk (1 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy. (2- minute walk from parking, however, it is possible to drive down around the pond for unloading, if necessary, when the ground is dry. Please stay on the pond levee and then park near gate after unloading).
Site #4: This site is situated on the back half of the property in a peaceful field dotted with shrubby cedar trees (it's a decent 3-5 min hike from parking). Located near the edge of the woods, just beyond the creek, site 4 offers great sunsets and views of the night sky. It is not possible to drive to this site, as you will have to cross a small creek/ravine by a narrow bridge and continue down a short trail through the woods (about 100m from the unloading area... wheelbarrow available upon request). It's a little bit more work to get to this site but you'll have a few peaceful acres all to yourselves (out of sight from all other sites). This site offers privacy, a picnic table and small fire ring but not much shade. It is a short walk (3 min) to the pond and communal fire pit and privy.
Site #5: This site is situated in the woods, beyond the pond and across the ravine, and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves. Good hammock trees! It is not possible to drive to this site, as you will have to cross a small creek/ravine by a narrow bridge and continue down a short trail through the woods (about 100m from the unloading area... wheelbarrow available upon request). It's a little bit more work to get to this site, but it offers good shade, a picnic table and a small fire ring. It is a short walk (2-3 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy.
POINTS OF INTEREST in the area:
The HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY (7 miles away), previously called "7 Caves" is highly recommended for some beautiful hiking. There is a small museum (The Appalachian Forest Museum) at the main trailhead by the parking area... the folks there can direct you to a couple of other great trails nearby if you're interested in further hiking. NOTE: Most of the trails within the sanctuary are not open to dogs, however, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails (inquire at the museum). Museum is closed for the winter (Nov-March). **Highly recommend the Barrett's Rim Trail (2.5 mile loop) and the Kamelands Trail, which are both accessible during the pandemic.
AMISH BAKERY (Country Crust Bakery) & MARKET (JRs General Store)* on 41 South in Bainbridge (15-20min away): The bakery is a great lunch stop for a fresh, soft Pretzel Bun sandwich (delicious) and to load up on fresh baked goods (the apple fritter is my fave!). The market, which is almost right across from the bakery, is also worth checking out... delicious deli sandwiches and great deals on spices, cheeses, pickles, jams, bulk foods, produce, etc. Watch out for horse & buggy traffic... and bicycles! *The Amish accept cash or check only and are closed on Sunday.
In the teeny town of BAINBRIDGE (10-15min away): There are some nice ANTIQUE/PRIMITIVE SHOPS... in particular, the Ancient Valley Mercantile... they have local gifts, gourmet coffees and local honey. The Paxton Restaurant has good home cooked meals and a variety of pies and cheesecakes for dessert...or grab an ice cream at the Dairy Queen before strolling the primitive shops.
PAINT CREEK LAKE STATE PARK: (2 miles away) There are dog-friendly hiking trails (the little pond trail is a personal favorite), mountain bike trails, a 21-hole disc golf course, boat ramp (if you have kayaks, you can paddle around on the lake), and a camp store that has ice and hand-dipped ice cream. There is also a BEACH, which is good for picnicking and swimming, located at the southern entrance, off of SR 50.
GREENFIELD: This town is closer (5 miles) and larger than Bainbridge and good for getting supplies. There are some restaurants, bars and supermarkets (Community Markets, at the further end of town, is recommended over the Save-a-Lot)... The Pot Belly Pig would be my restaurant of choice if you decide to eat out. Big City Pizza is my recommendation for pick-up.
COVERED BRIDGE: There is a sweet little covered bridge that you can still drive across in the tiny town of South Salem, just a 5 minute drive away. To get there from here, take 41 North and then take a right onto Lower Twin Rd and drive a few miles and you will come to the bridge.
SERPENT MOUND (about 30 miles away, Peebles, OH) is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650). A must see!
CHILLICOTHE (Ohio's first capital): (30 minutes away) The historic downtown boasts charming architecture and is perfect for exploring on foot. Several local shops, restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and bars. A lovely city park with a small lake is host to a year-round population of ducks, geese and swans. There is also a disc golf course and skate park in the city park. There is frequent live music, gourmet cocktails and a wide variety of craft beer at Steiner's Speakeasy (an Americana-style bourbon bar of America).
GREAT SEAL STATE PARK (about 35 miles away in Chillicothe): If you are into mountain biking, you will find some of the best trails in the state here (start at the Lick Run parking area). There is also a great disc golf course here along with a picnic shelter and a playground for the kids.
FORT HILL EARTHWORKS & NATURE PRESERVE: (30 minutes away) This preserve encompasses 1300 acres of mature woodlands and 11 miles of some of the best hiking trails in the state. Part of the Old Growth Forest Network, there are remnants of the temperate deciduous forests that once covered all of the eastern United States. For archaeology enthusiasts, there is a stone and earthen wall hilltop enclosure, as well as a smaller circular earthwork (both of which can be difficult to discern).
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at Paint Creek State Park.
Boating is available nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There is a short nature trail through the property here that you may wander. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek ...Read more
The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. It's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. Great paddling opport...Read more
The pond is a great swimming hole on hot days (bring your floaties!). Swimming is also available nearby at Paint Creek and Roc...Read more
Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on Paint Creek nearby.
Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. Also two honeybee hives on site. There is a little nature trail through the property...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Fruitdale Farm Primitive Camping in Ohio.
There are beaches nearby on the lakes at both Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There are small caves and grottos at the nearby Highlands Nature Sanctuary (7 miles away).
There are woods surrounding the site.
There are two nearby at Paint Creek And Rocky Fork State Parks
The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.
River, stream, or creek
There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond (not large enough for swimming). There are great creeks for kayaking ...Read more
The pond is a great swimming hole in hot days (bring your floaties or paddle board!). Lake swimming is also available at two n...Read more
There are waterfalls nearby at Highlands Nature Sanctuary.
This property is a farm (Fruitdale Farm) which is in the beginning stages.
There is a green farm gate and a short driveway at the road entrance.
Places to see near Fruitdale Farm
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Camping at site 5
We had a great time camping at site 5. Aimee was friendly and welcoming, and the farm was gorgeous. Our only suggestion to future campers would be to be aware that site 5 gets very muddy after it rains. Other than the mud, it’s a nice private site!
We had a great time tent camping in site#5. Secluded, wooded, and spacious. The privy was well-maintained and not smelly. Our site was very muddy and wet because it had rained the 2 days before our arrival, so keep that in mind when planning - but we did not mind the mud and had an amazing camp. Would definitely recommend!