The best camping near Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Ohio’s only national park is a paradise for leaf-peepers, bird-watchers, and outdoor adventurers.  

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Camping at Heritage Farms

47 sites · Lodging, Tents115 acres · Peninsula, OH
At Heritage Farms, we’re currently a 5th-generation, family-owned and -operated Christmas tree farm headed by my husband, George, and me, Carol. Originally founded in 1848 by my great uncle Lawson Waterman, it was my father who shifted our primary focus to cultivating Christmas trees in 1955. George and I took the reins in 1979 and have been happily continuing the tradition of growing trees while also expanding into other areas, including celebrating Halloween with our month-long Pumpkin Pandemonium in October. We’ve also taken to hosting the Peninsula Flea during the summer months, catering to a wide variety of artisan- and craftsman-centric clientele. As for camping, we began eight years ago following a trip George and I took to Denmark, wherein we stayed in a number of outdoor shelters that would later inspire us to construct the first of our several Adirondack-style shelters. We’ve since expanded to offering six shelters total, three of which share the same Adirondack aesthetic of our original build, and three of which take inspiration from an open-air A-frame design. Along with those shelters, we’ve mapped out nine primitive tent sites, all of which are available for rent, spring through fall—we hope to see you here! Heritage Farms is a 5th-generation, 115-acre farm located in the heart of the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and as such we are incredibly close to the various trails located across the Cuyahoga Valley. We are a working tree farm, and while we do ask for your care while residing among our fields, we also encourage you to take advantage of the beauty and serenity that our property has to offer! WHAT WE OFFER From April 1st to October 26th, 2024, we have 15 campsites available* for rental, including nine outdoor tent sites, three A-frame sites, two standard Adirondack shelter sites, and one “Glamping” site. Each site comes standard with a fire ring, a grilling grate, a picnic table, and a storage rack for firewood and kindling drop-offs. All shelter sites include closure devices for privacy and protection. Our Glamping site (numbered as Campsite 3) features an upgraded Adirondack shelter that includes a complimentary mattress, screen door and fasteners, exterior curtain, lean-to awning, and full propane grill and tool set. Also included is a furnished campfire ring featuring rustic bench seating and chairs. It’s a perfect site for large groups! Included for use by all campers is our Games Field, located by our lower gravel lot, adjacent to campsites A and B. This field holds a cornhole area, a horseshoes pitch, and a tetherball court, all with playing pieces available. We also have our Lending Wagon, stocked with board games, books, puzzles, and miscellaneous gear campers may need—we do request that all items borrowed from the Lending Wagon be returned before departing Heritage Farms. Other amenities include an information booth where carts, charging stations, and assistance from an on-site attendant can be found. *During October, several of our campsites (A-F, and 6) are closed in lieu of our Pumpkin Pandemonium. As a result, our reservations are limited during this month. SOME THINGS TO KNOW 1. We have capacity limits at our sites. Tent sites, labelled A-J, can hold three (3) tents. Shelter sites, numbered 1-6, have a shelter and room for two (2) tents. All sites are limited to a maximum of six (6) campers. 2. All vehicles (except bicycles) must remain in the designated parking lots. 3. No vehicles may be driven into the camping area at any time. 4. Campers are responsible for carrying their gear to their campsites—we provide wheeled carts for your use. 5. Ohio Primitive Camping licensing does not allow for wheeled camping on Heritage Farms property. This includes car camping, truck campers, popups, RVs, and any other wheeled camping vehicles. 6. Due to Summit County Health regulations, we cannot provide ground water. Please bring your own drinking water and washing water. We do have 1-gallon jugs of water available for purchase during reservations and upon arrival at Heritage Farms. Purchases can be made using PayPal, credit card, or cash. 7. Due to the potential risks posed to our crops, and to state and National Park regulations, WE DO NOT ALLOW OUTSIDE FIREWOOD on Heritage Farms property—firewood MUST be purchased from Heritage Farms. Firewood and kindling bundles are available for purchase upon reservation at a discounted rate and will be delivered to your campsite prior to your arrival. Firewood may also be purchased upon arrival at our standard rate, using PayPal, credit card, or cash. 8. Several of our campsites are situated along the boundary between the farm and Cuyahoga Valley National Park property. Please respect the designated boundaries and refrain from encroaching into unauthorized park territory. 9. Check-in times are from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you’re arriving after 7:00 p.m., please let us know your estimated time of arrival—if you’re arriving after dark, we’ll mark your site with a solar light. Checkout should be completed before 10:00 a.m.—all tents, equipment, and trash must be removed from your campsite prior to your departure. We do have a dumpster on-site where all camp trash must be disposed. Gray water stations are available for the disposal of used or dirty water. 10. Only campers registered to Hipcamp are permitted on Heritage Farms property. A public picnic area is available ¼-mile south of the farm for outside socializing. 11. DOG POLICY: we welcome dogs who have received prior permission from the farm owners. We limit the number of dogs on property each day. A dog registration form must be filled out upon arrival and must include information regarding rabies vaccinations—dogs that have not had the proper vaccinations are not permitted on the property. All dogs MUST be on a leash and in the physical control of their owner(s) at all times. No pets may be left unattended at any time—pets must be taken with their owner(s) any time the owner(s) departs the farm property. 12. Heritage Farms is a working farm, and as such machinery may be in use during your stay. OTHER INFORMATION Our 15 primitive campsites are situated 25 to 50 yards apart from one another. This allows for social distancing and maximizes campsite privacy. All 15 of our campsites at Heritage Farms are available for booking from April 1 until September 27, 2024; from September 28 to October 26, 2024, only shelter sites 1-5 and tent sites and G, H, and J will be open. We can't wait to see you on the farm!
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Thornhill Bluff

1 site · Tent2 acres · Akron, OH
This majestic property is home to white-tailed deer, gray squirrels, red fox, several species of woodpecker are heard throughout the day and owls at night. Red-tailed hawks roost in the treetops when they are not soaring over the trees.  It's just a 1 mile hike to some of the amazing Akron Metroparks Sand Run and Naturealm facilities. Learn more about this land:The camp area sits in a mature hardwood forest surrounded by ravines. Access from street after a short hike. A short walk from indoor bathroom, water and electric.  You have access to all the other Sandrun trails after you walk down a steep ravine from camp.
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Goat Farm Hide-Away CVNP

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Cuyahoga Falls, OH
We are a small goat farm located within minutes of Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Sarah’s Vineyard. There are many activities nearby such as hiking trails, bike paths, metro parks, fishing, kayaking, river floating, swimming and even train rides. Our farm allows for hands-on contact with our animals, along with many other activities for younger kids to enjoy during their stay. We welcome tent campers, tree hammocks, small RVs and small/mid-size campers. We also welcome friendly, leashed pups. ***Please note that we are a working farm, and that we may have scheduled farm visits during the hours of 10-4 daily.
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Camp Hiyo

56 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents30 acres · Homerville, OH
Camp HiYo! can just plain spoil you on other kinds of travel stays. Tucked away in the tree-covered splendor of the Ohio countryside, just a short dogleg off the highway from Homerville, you can be both a million miles away – and less than an hour from Cleveland and Lake Erie – however you want to look at it. It’s a naturalist’s dream, Camp HiYo! is, and every kid’s ideal vacation. So, check out the Camp HiYo! Recreation page and come camp, glamp, hike, fish, and wagon ride with us to HiYo! times. Remember Camp HiYo! It’s the name you can’t say without singing it. Hi-YO! Go ahead. We all do it. We have 197 RV sites, 2 cabins, and 9 tent sites. Activities for all ages! Featuring live music, karaoke, theme weekends, nature walks with our staff naturalist, bingo, Wii Sports, crafts, potluck dinners, catered dinners, hayrides – whew!
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Three Dog Homestead

1 site · RV, Tent2 acres · Akron, OH
I started this 2 acre homestead earlier this year. It is home to myself, my three dogs, a couple ducks, turkeys, and a crap ton of chickens. I’m very close to all the creature comforts like Walmart and Target, but the property is wooded on three sides so you feel like you’ve gotten away from the city. There is a small creek my dogs love to play in and a large field for frisbee and star gazing. There are hikes close by at Little Turtle Pond and many restaurants within 10 minutes like Woodys, NauitiVine and Magic City Brewery. If you enjoy boating Nimistila Reservoir (electric only very kayak friendly) and Portage Lakes are a quick 12 minute drive. I look forward to meeting you soon!
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Hallstead Cabin & Camping

3 sites · Lodging7 acres · Hartville , OH
This small farm is 7 acres of the original 25 my great grandmother purchased for her family in 1934. The house dates back to the 1850s and is a post and beam structure. Guests can enjoy the barn, which has been converted to a rec area. Make our home and green space yours for a few days. Camp in comfort in our "little cabin in the woods." Accommodates up to six guests, with a queen-sized bed, a futon and two single rope-beds with foam mattresses in the loft, accessible only by ladder. Kids six and older may sleep in the loft-- just like Laura and Mary-- and they can read a chapter of one of Laura Ingalls' "Little House" books before bed! The Camp Cabin contains a small refrigerator, microwave and gas fireplace (no, the pioneers didn’t have that!). Fresh eggs and other snacks are provided for breakfast. The restroom and shower are located in the walkout basement of the farmhouse, a 40 yard walk from the Cabin. The restroom has a private entrance and is used only by guests during their stay. Pet and feed goats and other farm animals. Enjoy fun activities on the farm and in the barn.
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Camp near the Portage Lakes

2 sites · Tents24 acres · New Franklin, OH
Learn more about this land:Located less than a mile from Nimisila Reservoir and the Portage Lakes State Park. Set your own site in the woods, a field, or pasture. You may see deer, turkeys or lots of other wildlife.
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Red Barn Hideaway

2 sites · RVs6 acres · Richfield, OH
Perfect location! A full hookup RV site in a semi-rural setting, close to all sorts of outdoor recreation, yet 10 minutes or less from I77, I 271 and I80. Snowbirds and travelers passing through nearby freeways, we have full hook ups available all winter long. Staying a while? There are hiking trails as close as right across the road. Boston Mills Ski Resort and Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, and are minutes away, or simply walk to the back yard and fish our pond or explore our woods. Fenced in area where you can excercise your pets. Property is shared by host. Our campsite is in our backyard. Two friendly dogs on property.
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Hemlock & Hobbit Forest

2 sites · Lodging10 acres · Akron, OH
Wooded acreage nearby to the Cuyahoga National Park, Hike n Bike trails, the Great Blue Heron Nesting area and more. Creek across the road. Nearby area attractions include Blossom Music Center, Zsalay's market stand, Saturday Farmer's Market at Howe Meadow and Hale Farm and Village (historical farm).
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Kim Tam Park at Melanie Springs

4 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Uniontown, OH
15 acre BEAUTIFUL park with a 2 acre man made artesian spring water lake. We have the only high dive left in Ohio with 3 diving boards and slides. Bonfire pits horseshoe pits 3 outdoor pavilions, kids playground. The park was made in 1952 and it’s been creating memories threw multiple generations. A MUST SEE
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Bass and Buck Tent Adventures

7 sites · Tents230 acres · OH
With over 230 acres, a lake, trails, the Grand River, and plenty of wildlife. Bass and Buck Adventures is the perfect place to get away. Once known as Parkman Gorge the valley was a hub for water powered industry in the early 1800's. The river and valley is home to a wide array of wildlife. Deer, turkey, eagles, hawks, owls, mink, river otters to name a few. The area also attracts many song birds including a wide variety of warblers. There is also an abundance of wild flowers. The valley is rich in Native American history. Many artifacts have been found on the property. My great grandfather talked about the last Native American to live in Parkman had a cabin on one of the bluffs along the river. In the 1820's there was a water powered sawmill and forge on the river. The boy scouts used the valley for a camp in the 1930's. My grandpa purchased this property in the 50's from Ohio Edison. Ohio Edison's plan to dam up the river for hydro power never materialized. The valley has been a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, "jeeping". Many of the items used for the camp sites have been reclaimed. The fire rings are old tractor rims and scrap steel. The tent platform is from reclaimed deck lumber. The firewood is excess cutoffs purchased from a local sawmill. For more information log onto our website. bassandbuckadventures.com
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Haymaker Homestead

3 sites · RVs5 acres · Streetsboro, OH
Our property is located just off the beaten path with 4.5 acres of land. It’s close to shopping and turnpike/hwy access but still has the out-in-the-country feel. We have a half acre pond filled with bluegill and large mouth bass, a hillside with apple trees and blackberry bushes, and a large gravel turnaround for easy access.
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The best camping near Cuyahoga Valley National Park guide

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The Cuyahoga River snakes its way through the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, fringed with forest trails, waterfalls, and pebbly coves. Take a ride on the century-old Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; hike, bike, or horseback ride along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail; or try seasonal activities such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing. Fishing and bird-watching spots abound along the river, and you can also bring your own kayak or canoe. Camping is not allowed within the park, but private campsites and state park campgrounds sit within a short drive. 

When to go

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is open for adventures year-round, but peak season is April through October—make an early start if visiting at this time, as parking spaces fill up quickly. For the best views, come in late spring, when wildflowers are in full bloom, or in mid-October, when fall foliage is at its most vibrant. Winter snowfall means you’ll need to swap your hiking boots for snowshoes, but many trails stay open year-round.

Know before you go

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park is 20 miles south of Cleveland, about a 25-minute drive away, and just a 15-minute drive from Akron.
  • There is no admission fee to visit the national park, and free parking is available at Boston Mill Visitor Center, Brandywine Falls, and Ledges Trailhead.
  • Facilities include a visitor center, picnic and day-use areas, restrooms, and two snack bars. You can bring your own registered watercraft, but you must follow Ohio state laws.
  • Backcountry camping and overnight parking are prohibited.
  • There are ADA-accessible restrooms, picnic areas, and parking spaces at Cuyahoga Valley. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is also accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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