We are located almost in the very center of Ohio, 4 miles from Interstate 71, exit 140 in the peaceful country. Only open on weekends, your getaway is on a 20-acre working farm that offers PYO food (during the growing season), fresh chicken & duck eggs, primitive camping, hiking, creeking, bluegill catch & release fishing, star gazing, a pollinator maze, frog habitat pool &
We are located almost in the very center of Ohio, 4 miles from Interstate 71, exit 140 in the peaceful country. Only open on weekends, your getaway is on a 20-acre working farm that offers PYO food (during the growing season), fresh chicken & duck eggs, primitive camping, hiking, creeking, bluegill catch & release fishing, star gazing, a pollinator maze, frog habitat pool & Little Free Library. There is a nice trail alongside the creek with vernal pools & trails in the woods. The spring wildflowers are spectacular. You'll want clothing protection from the stinging nettle, wild roses & ticks when hiking. We like to play outside & have horseshoes, cornhole, & other games like croquet & bocce ball.
We enjoy sharing the peace, quiet & abundance of nature here with dark starry nights, the sounds of frogs & barred owls with plenty of lightening bugs, dragonflies & butterflies. You'll want to bring a good supply of food & water as there are no stores, gas stations or fast food (ugh) places for 4 miles. We do have a small camp store with essentials, firewood, ice, supplies & others goods. Delco water is 50 cents a gallon.
There are 31 large campsites located near the pond, alongside the woods, some open, some group areas. You may want to bring a sun shade canopy as the shaded sites get booked first. There are no hookups for electricity or water, no showers, no wifi but do have clean portapotties. We charge $5 per bike, $15 per carload for tent camping, $20 for popups, $30 for small rvs. These amounts align with wear & tear on the land, number of wheels & weight. There are no addl. fees for extra people nor for dogs, holidays or peak season.
We are a family friendly camp & people come here to for peace, quiet, relaxation and to enjoy the sounds of nature. If your group likes to be continually loud or inconsiderate with rowdy partying most of the night, then this is not the camp for you.
Check in is at daybreak, check out is dusk. A state required registration form is at the house area/parking lot by the big pole barn upon arrival. Please arrive before dusk so that you can see where you are going & not accidentally drive over a firepit, site post or porta-potty, lol. We also prefer to avoid driving at dark or delivering firewood thru the grounds since none of us likes headlights & vehicle noise around the nightly campfire.
Our rules are common sense. The most important rule is driving 5 mph so that we have time to brake for people & dogs playing, wandering chickens, the feral cats, and wildlife like baby bunnies & newborn deer just getting their legs. The 2nd rule is no glass containers - we hate flat tires & it hurts when we get glass in our feet/paws when it accidentally breaks. The 3rd most important rule is that kids under 18 must be attended to at all times with an adult - there is a frog pool with 10' of water, the fishing pond is 8' deep & the creek can turn into a churning river from heavy rains.
Trash in, trash out please. We like to help keep Mother Earth clean & have provided recycling cans for plastic & cans. A dumpster is provided by the big pole barn and if you will place broken metal poles out by the dumpster, our scrappers will recycle. Please do not burn plastic or Styrofoam with harmful dioxins that will contaminate our bodies, air, soil & water.
The driving lanes are made of grass, not concrete or blacktop & it gets soggy during heavy rains (may have to hoof it in if the tiled fields haven't yet drained). In the event of severe storms & lightening, we always open the big pole barn up for immediate safe cover where you can enjoy board games or play with musical instruments such as a washtub bass, washboards, cowbells, small drums & glockenspiel.
Within a half hour drive is the Heart of Ohio trail (hiking/biking), the Kokosing water trail (canoeing/kayaking/tubing), 3 state parks with swimming beaches & shooting facilities. Nearby water activities are listed on the bulletin board by the big pole barn. On holiday weekends, we offer scavenger hunts, contests for fishing, horseshoes & cornhole, game days and enjoy potluck dinners. We are celebrating Halloween on Saturdays on October 10, 17, 24 and 31 (more info on Facebook).
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Since GPS does not our location, exact directions can be found at grinsandpickinscampfarm/directions . com to 1 County Road 170 in Marengo. Your booking site is auto-generated and is not the actual site reserved. Feel free to look at pics of the campsites on our website, click the Campsite Map & contact us to reserve the one you want! For more information, we are on the web & feel free to like us on Facebook! Thanks for looking! Hope to see you in the great outdoors - where you make fun happen!
- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 6PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Grins & Pickin's CampFarm - tents
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Catch and release bluegill, great for kids!
There are 10 acres of woods with hiking trails & a winding creek. Spring is filled with tons of wildflowers (have documented 3 ...Read more
The wildlife is plentiful here! You will probably see lots of different frogs, deer, turkey, coyote, mink, bald eagles, barred ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Grins & Pickin's CampFarm - tents in Ohio.
There is a mowed playing field near the fishing hole and a field of trails in the prairie garden!
River, stream, or creek
You'll need to cross the creek to get into the woods. The wildlife drink from the creek. We've found mussels, salamander, fish,...Read more
There is a small area in the creek that is deep enough for a swimming hole when we get rains. During the very hot summer, the c...Read more
There are protected vernal pools in the woods where wood frogs hatch their young. Probably salamander and fairy shrimp too.
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Best place in ohio thus far!
This was a Wonderful Place to Stay; great for kids with a maze that they could play in. Nice grounds and clean areas and facilities. Christy was an amazing host, kind and friendly. We highly recommend this place. We were able to go to local places to purchase quality healthy and natural food. We are still talking about the fun we had here.
I cannot wait to return to this campsite. It is absolutely immaculate. I think I saw the host clean the bathroom about 10 times in the two days I was there. She also cleans out the fire pits and make sure there is no debris. For a small fee, she offers firewood delivered to your campsite and delicious fresh farm eggs. The sky is so clear you can see a multitude of stars and the camp was absolutely quiet and serene.
Quiet and lovely. Beautiful flowers and gardens. My dog enjoyed hiking through the woods and wading through the creek. Nice weekend getaway, especially if you are local.
What a weekend!
We spent two nights here, and we enjoyed it a lot. It was quiet, and the other campers that were there on Friday night were very friendly. Christy was absolutely the best host, making sure that we knew where everything was, giving the kids corn for fishing, and keeping the port-a-potty SO clean.
We will absolutely be going back.
We had a fantastic time at Grins. Christy was friendly and helpful, sites were large and easily accessed, and the farm was fun to explore. My kids especially enjoyed a nature scavenger hunt and prize at the end. I highly recommend getting the wood and eggs as add ons! It was so nice to have the wood waiting for us at the site.
Christy was so sweet and awesome. Her place is very peaceful and beautiful. Really is a recommended experience. The only downfall we had experienced was noisy neighbors. Other than that my boys loved walking around and seeing all the animals. Would love to stay there again.
Beautiful property! The host was great! Came out every morning and made rounds to make sure everyone was good! Even cleaned the port-a-pottys twice a day i do believe! Super accommodating with the dogs as well. ❤️ Which is super important to us! Even has farm fresh duck and chicken eggs for sale! They do fun little nature activities everyday if thats something you are interested in! Would be a great place to rent multiple spots and enjoy some family/friend time since most of the spots are side by side. I am planning to return at some point in the near future! 10/10 would recommend!
Fun on the farm!
Christy was very friendly and helped us out so much when our car got stuck in mud! She was so very kind about the situation. We went creeking and found a lot of little animals, we fed chickens and ducks and heard owls at night. The pond is great for kids because the fish are very easy to catch. We had a nice campsite although not super secluded if your looking for a lot of privacy, but it wasn’t super crowded and people were spaced out well. The kids did a scavenger hunt and we had farm fresh eggs delivered to us along with some awesome quality firewood. We toured the little garden area and my daughter was obsessed with catching frogs and tadpoles in the large frog pool. It is primitive camping so you will need to bring your supplies, but it is perfect for a quick easy getaway, for young campers and first camping experiences. This is a wonderful place and the prices are amazing. Next time we go we will probably take friends and rent a few campsites. Both of my kids asked to go back already!