Hipcamp host Richard J.,
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Pitch your tent near the private lake free (mostly) from the sound of traffic. Beautiful hiking trails in the forest. No fishing license is required as this is a private lake. There is a "bent Tree" in the forest, that may have been created by the Indians a long time ago.  There is a cabin with a flush toilet and an outdoor kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven for cooking. T

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Pitch your tent near the private lake free (mostly) from the sound of traffic. Beautiful hiking trails in the forest. No fishing license is required as this is a private lake. There is a "bent Tree" in the forest, that may have been created by the Indians a long time ago.  There is a cabin with a flush toilet and an outdoor kitchen with a wood fired pizza oven for cooking. There is a picnic table and fire ring at each campsite. 

This campground is located on the Flying J Farm, a sustainable farm where we practice regenerative agriculture growing grass-fed, grass-finished beef, maple syrup, and vegetables, chemical free, no antibiotics, and no hormones. The proprietor is Richard Jensen, a former pilot, professor, writer, and editor, now enjoying retirement as a farmer. Farm products are available to campers for purchase.

The land is described as "250 acres of rolling hills with a lake, a pond and three streams." The road to the campsite runs through pastures so campers may need to open AND CLOSE gates so the cows don't get out, on your way to the campsite. The camping area is located near our developing perennial food forest where we have started fruit trees, nut trees, and berries. A garden of annuals including herbs and flowers is located near the area as well. There is an abundance of wildlife including, deer, water birds, song birds, hawks, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons,  turkeys, coyotes, and owls.

For campers we offer a 10 percent discount on all of our organically grown farm products including grass-fed beef, maple syrup, and vegies. Beef includes grilling steaks, hamburger patties, hot dogs, and brats.

New in July, blackberry season has started. Campers are welcome to help themselves to wild blackberries at the edges of the woods and on trails through the woods.

"RANGER TALK". Do you attend the ranger talk when you go to National Parks? You can request an educational experience while you are camping at the Flying J Farm. Farmer Richard Jensen is pleased to offer a short talk and discussion about finding health through food, protecting the environment, and alternative energy as practiced at our farm. Just ask for it in your message while booking your stay, it is free.

Site 1 is in the woods right at lake side. It is fairly private especially when there are leaves on the trees. You can drive your vehicle right to the site. You can bring a small popup type trailer but nothing over 10 feet. There is room for a second car but not right at the site. No RV. The restroom is about 200 steps away.

Site 2 is in the woods right at lake side. It is fairly private especially when there are leaves on the trees. You can drive your vehicle right to the site.  There is room for a second car but not right at the site. No RV. The restroom is about 200 steps away.

Site 3 is in the open by the dock. You can drive your vehicle right to the site. You can bring a small popup type trailer. A small RV is fine as well but there are no hookups. There is room for a second car at the site. The restroom is about 100 steps away.

Site 4 is right at lake side across the dam. You cannot drive to this site. Parking is about 200 feet from the campsite. It is fairly private. There is room for a second car but not right at the site. The restroom is about 300 steps away.

Site 5 is in the woods right at lake side. It is fairly private especially when there are leaves on the trees. You can drive your small vehicle right to the site. A bigger truck would need to park about 50 feet away. There is room for a second car but not right at the site. The restroom is about 350 steps away.

Site 6 is in the woods overlooking the lake. It is fairly private especially when there are leaves on the trees. You can drive your small vehicle right to the site. There is room for a second car. No to trailers or RVs. The restroom is about 350 steps away.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Campervans and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 14 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
Generators allowed
No Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

On trails in woods or on township roads in the neighborhood.

Boating

Canoe, kayak, row boat

Fishing

Yes, from shore and row boat, catch and release

Hiking

There is a maze of trails in woods

Wind sports

No

Wildlife watching

If you are quiet, deer, turkeys, etc.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Lake and Forest Camping in Ohio.

Forest

There is a 60 acre forest around the lake, with a maze of trails, including a "Bent Tree".

Wetlands

There is a beautiful wetlands in the forest.

Farm

Farm animals include, cows, horses, chickens, golden retriever

Lake

Places to see near The Lake at the Flying J Farm

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Hipcamper Caroline

Very fun, except for the poison ivy

Caroline S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 5)
June 23rd, 2022

We annoyed our time here. The sites were spread out. We were very loud, I’m sure all night and nobody said anything. That said, if you have an allergy to poison ivy this place is not for you. We stayed at campsites 5 & 6 and it was everywhere. We had 6 adults, two toddlers and 3 dogs with us. Several of us got poison ivy some worse than others and some in the group are not allergic at all. Luckily it was cool enough to wear pants, socks and long sleeves all weekend. We really did have a good time. I just wouldn’t bring my child back as it was stressful keeping her wrangle and out of poison ivy that surrounded us. If you have a sever allergy I would talk to the owner about the other sites. Maybe they have less.

Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 21st, 2022

Probably our favorite camping spot in ohio! Gorgeous, private and plenty to do! Biggest problem I have with bigger campsites is there is so many people around and doesn't feel primitive! This place is perfect! Camp spots are graciously spaced! Our pup loves coming out with us! Great place for families or even just getting some friends together and have a great time by the lake! I recommend this place to everyone!

Hipcamper Shay

A little awkward, but fun

Shay B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
June 20th, 2022

Overall we had a pretty good time, but it wasn't as private as expected. We stayed at site 2. Also, it was a little awkward using the water crafts provided for the campers, because you have to walk through someone else's campsite in order to get to where the boats are.
The lake is huge, but it's extremely difficult to access the water if you're wanting to fish. You basically have to be in a boat or something if you're wanting to fish. We used the boat (so we could access the water and fish from our site) and took a break to come eat, and the host told us when we aren't using it we need to dock it back at site 3. I would recommend site 3 (the one that has the dock and boats at it) before I would recommend site 2 or 1, especially if you're wanting to fish. It's a huge hassle having to use, dock, and walk back and forth from someone else's campsite basically.
Other than the fishing situation, we had a really great time. Campsites were clean and well kept. Might consider staying again.

Hipcamper Jim
Jim C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 19th, 2022

We returned to Richard’s property and again it didn’t disappoint. It’s still one our favorites. Richard offers free kayaking and canoeing. The bull frogs echoing at night is amazing and hasn’t compared to anywhere we’ve been. We will definitely return.

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on June 21st, 2022

Thank you jim.

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Hipcamper Caitlin

Camping on the lake

Caitlin R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
June 12th, 2022

Very nice campground. Stayed at sites 5 and 6. Nice to be close to the lake and able to use the boats. Definitely fish in the lake to catch.

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on June 15th, 2022

Thanks, Catlin.

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Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 12th, 2022

We had a wonderful time on Richard’s land. There wasn’t really anywhere to swim but we had an amazing time using the kayaks provided, and the fishing was awesome! The farm is beautiful and we will be back!

Hipcamper Bertram

Great camping in a beautiful place

Bertram M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 7th, 2022

Flying J Farm is an amazing property. The lake is beautiful and the campsites are spaced out around it to give everyone their own lake view. Richard is friendly and keeps the property well maintained. I hope to come back soon!

Hipcamper Britt

Best campground ever

Britt M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 6th, 2022

This is the second year in a row I have booked Richard’s property to host an annual camping trip for my friends, and honestly I don’t think we’ll ever go anywhere else. The property is beautiful, very well kept, and the cabin/facilities is an awesome amenity that you won’t find at most camp grounds. We had an awesome time and can’t wait to come back again. Thank you for everything!

Hipcamper Mahmoud
Mahmoud E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 5th, 2022

Very welcoming host. You can boats and life jackets for free! They also offer you a brick pizza oven. Great place with lots of activities.

Awards

Best of 2022 Tent Site
Finalist
Best of 2022 Ohio
Finalist
Best in 2021 Ohio
Finalist
Best of 2019 Ohio
8th place
Property
The Lake at the Flying J Farm
State
Ohio
Country
United States
$35/night
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