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 6 hours
  • 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 Stephen

Beautiful farm and lake!

Stephen W.
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(Site 3)
May 1st, 2022

We booked a full weekend and it was the best camping experience we've ever had. We stayed at site #3 and had easy access to the toilet, water, the lake and hiking trails. The fire pit was in great condition. There is a lot of space between the sites so it feels quite private! We had a ton of space. You can tell Richard really loves his home and we're so delighted he's shared this beautiful space with others. Highly recommend chatting with him, his friendly pup and checking out his farm shop!

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on May 4th, 2022

Thanks, Stephen, enjoyed meeting and talking with you. You are welcome back anytime.

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Hipcamper Christopher

Great location!

Christopher Z.
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(Site 4)
May 1st, 2022

Loved tent camping on the farm. The views of the lake and wooded area are beautiful. Convince of having the cabin with a bathroom and kitchen clean up area was helpful. Sites were spaced out nicely so we had privacy if we wanted or could chat with other campers. Already booked the next visit!!

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on May 4th, 2022

Thanks, Chris, you are welcome anytime!

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Hipcamper Anna

Nature getaway

Anna C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
April 10th, 2022

Was an excellent getaway an hour from where we live. The drive through the cows was fun and the camp site had amazing views of the little lake, very peaceful and was everything we wanted! Richard was very nice and led us back to the site. It was a bonus that the campsites had a bench and fire pit. Will definitely be back to camp and purchase fresh meat from his store.

Hipcamper Erica

Perfect getaway

Erica T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
March 9th, 2022

The Flying J Farm was perfect for our weekend camping excursion! We had a private, large wooded site right on the water and there was a cabin within walking distance if you need water or a toilet. There are canoes and an army boat to take out on the lake. We felt comfortable letting the kids roam around and went hiking on the trails. There are some fun things to search for including an art installation and the Bent Tree out on the trails. I really enjoyed talking to Richard about the farm and he even explained the syrup process and showed me the sugar shack. No doubt we will be repeat campers here and i can't wait to see it when the landscape fills in!

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on March 9th, 2022

Thanks, Erica, I really enjoyed having you and family. The children were so nice, happy and creative. I hope to see you all again. Richard

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Hipcamper James

Chill spot to hang with friends

James R.
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(Site 4)
March 7th, 2022

Had a good time camping here with a few buddies. We picked site 4 as it seemed more secluded on that side. We enjoyed the ample forest as we all hung a hammock to sleep in. The fire pit area was clear and a great hangout spot. It was pretty windy, so we we didn't really get a chance to fish. I think the pond is ripe for some fat sallys though. I would definitely recommend this camp.

Hipcamper Ashley
Ashley M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
March 6th, 2022

Richard is so kind and helpful, I have been camping here multiple times and I’m planning on coming back!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
January 24th, 2022

Beautiful, expansive property. Richard was very communicative and thoughtful, especially with the cold weather making sure I was good. Hope to return when there’s less snow down the road!

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Hipcamper Jonathan

Winter tent camping!

Jonathan N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
January 15th, 2022

Richard was very kind and helpful! The campgrounds are beautiful! It’s hard to believe that we are so close to Columbus! Lots of small shops and things to do in Johnstown. We will be back in the spring!

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on January 18th, 2022

Thanks, Jonathon, actually, Coyotes killed one of my calves last fall, lets talk.

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Hipcamper Finn
Finn B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
November 29th, 2021

Richard was very friendly and helpful. He had firewood available for purchase and gave a lot for the price. The farm, and lake view from campsite 5 was beautiful and i’ll be sure to be back.

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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