Hipcamp host Christy H.,
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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, $20 per carload for tent camping, $25 for popups, $30 for small rvs. These amounts align with wear & tear on the land, number of wheels & weight. If you are tent camping and pulling a trailer, please book under the pop-up camper selection. 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 broken glass in our feet/paws. 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).

Please give time to respond as my phone is not glued to me & I work another full time job!

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!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
22 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 20 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Ask about slideout accommodation
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Christy a message!
  • 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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Wildlife watching

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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

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There are protected vernal pools in the woods where wood frogs hatch their young. Probably salamander and fairy shrimp too.


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Hipcamper Rachael

Great site with great owners

Rachael N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 29th, 2022

For first time campers it was perfect! Very well maintained campground and the close toilet was a plus. The owners were very kind, and checked on us once it started getting cold to make sure our fire was going. We enjoyed walking on their trails as well.

Hipcamper Judy

Private, quiet, civilized

Judy O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 23rd, 2022

Slept under the Milky Way on a cool moonless October weekend. The annuals and young sycamore trees of the pollinator maze brought a wide variety of bird to the fringe of the campsite in the morning. Porto nearby, quiet neighbors, snapping campfire, it was delightful.

Hipcamper Anna
Anna S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 18th, 2022

This is a wonderful location! Beautiful in the fall with trees changing colors. Also, Christy is super kind and accommodating! I will definitely be back

Hipcamper Kathe
Kathe S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 16th, 2022

Fantastic friendly host, immaculate camp clever beginnings to a Halloween maze of creepy, crawling stuff. Safe, quiet... except for the owls were unreal at dusk.

Hipcamper Jeremy
Jeremy M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 5th, 2022

Very fun! Would definitely recommend

Hipcamper Rachell
Rachell B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 1st, 2022

My son and I had a great time. Christy is so welcoming and friendly. The camp farm is beautiful and well maintained.

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Hipcamper Donovan
Donovan D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 24th, 2022

Was (once again) amazing! Kids had a blast! We'll likely be back again soon!

Hipcamper Jeannie
Jeannie P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 18th, 2022

I love this camp site! The host was awesome! The grounds had a lot of stuff to do. I wish we had more time to explore. We will definitely be going back! It’s only about 25 minutes from OSU!

Hipcamper Mina
Mina G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 17th, 2022

Clear signs; safe and Christy is very friendly


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