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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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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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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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Heritage Lake Farm

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Garrettsville, OH
Heritage Lake Farm features Heritage Lake, of course, a 2-acre spring-fed lake in the headwaters of  Ohio's Grand River. Heritage Lake offers fishing, a swimming platform with a diving board, a diving board, a trapeze swing.    Park your RV, motorhome or self-contained trailer just off the driveway south of the Host's main cabin for water, electric and sewer on property.  Tent Camping can be separately booked at FarmStay - Tent @HeritageLakeFarm and is allowed most anywhere on the farm as long as it will not interfere with seasonal agricultural operations. Two vintage sleeping cabins can be separately booked at FarmStay - Cabin1 or  FarmStay - Cabin2 @HeritageLakeFarm. Heritage Lake Farm has abundant wildlife and offers excellent opportunities for hiking, birdwatching,  and foraging.
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Barrel Run Creek

4 sites · Tents80 acres · Rootstown, OH
Camping at our farm you will enjoy extremely private wooded sites surrounding our vineyards. The property is cut by Barrel Run Creek and flanked by the NSF railroad (hence our theme and name). The sites comes stocked with firewood, trash can and picnic table. Located behind the main vineyard of Barrel Run Winery, you are a short walk to the bathroom we leave unlocked for campers if you choose. We have closed the winery but the campsites remain. The sites are very private. Thank you!
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Century Village Museum

4 sites · RVs, Tents63 acres · Burton, OH
A living Pioneer Farm with Historic Buildings and 15,000 Museum Artifacts from the 1700 and 1800's. Located in the rolling hills of the Connecticut Western Reserve, Burton, Ohio the first settlement in Geauga County in 1798. You can join us at the many festivals and tours! SOLAR TOTAL ECLIPSE FEST APRIL 6,7,8!
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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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Cabins at ELWR

1 site · Lodging7 acres · Youngstown, OH
This retreat is located in the middle of an industrial area of Youngstown. As you go up the drive you'll find that the city slips away as you suddenly find yourself in a different peaceful world. Overgrown brush and woods completely surround the property. You'll find a hilly field scattered with a few trees. There is a small shallow creek running along one side of the perimeter. This is a primative cabin with a shared portapotty walking distance.
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Hemlock Hideaway

12 sites · Lodging, Tents18 acres · Geneva, OH
Hemlock Hideaway and its 18 acres was originally part of a larger 100-acre plot that was surveyed and settled in the late 1700's by Gideon Granger of the Connecticut Land Company. Granger sold it to one Jehoikim Burget in 1815 for the whopping price of $400. The resident house was built in 1816 by Burget and then passed down to family members over the next 5 generations, until we bought it in 2003, marking the first time the house and remaining property were ever officially sold. In the mid 1800's, a grist mill was put up across the river from the cabin, and our creek was the main road in and out of that operation. There is a gravestone belonging to the wife of Jehoikim's son, she being half Native American and therefore couldn't be buried in the local white cemetery. We also own the original hand-written deed from 1815 detailing the sale of the original 100 acres to Jehoikim Burget. Learn more about this land: Our primitive cabin nestled in the woods overlooking the Grand River is a nature-lover's paradise! Come canoe, fish, experience wine country, or unplug and just get away from it all. Please note: There is no running water or electricity at the site, but the cabin is generator-ready and there is an outhouse.  The cabin does have a wood burning stove for heat and simple cooking, however there is no running water or electricity.  That being said, the building is wired and has plugs and outlets and is generator-ready.  You provide your own generator and fuel.  We provide bottled water, sheets, pillows, flashlights, a fire ring with cooking grate, charcoal grill (you provide the charcoal), access to firewood, and an outhouse with toilet paper.  Our 1/4 mile of Grand River frontage can be accessed right outside the cabin door via a quick hike down the somewhat steep hillside.  If hiking isn't preferred, then a quick two-minute drive will take you to the Harpersfield Covered Bridge Metropark - a favorite of local fishermen.  Bigger groups with tents are welcome, but will need to bring all supplies beyond what we provide for two guests. 
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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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Exploring Limits wildlife Retreat

5 sites · Tents9 acres · OH
This hidden gem is tucked away in the middle of an industrial area of youngstown. One moment you'll be in the middle of a busy city and the next, you'll be engulfed into a peaceful retreat. As you travel up the drive the outside world slips away. You'll find yourself in a private escape surrounded completely by a barrier of overgrown brush and woods.
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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 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park guide

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For those seeking a blend of adventure, relaxation, and memorable experiences, camping near Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park is a top choice. The scenic Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, with its vast 250 acres of forests, meadows, streams, and rock ledges, offers a plethora of activities for every kind of camper. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a music lover, or someone just looking to unwind, this park has something special in store. With over 400 diverse campsites, ranging from deep woodland settings to those overlooking the quarry or tucked away in quiet meadows, every camper can find their ideal spot. The park's versatility also makes it a prime location for weekend-long music festivals, adding a touch of vibrant energy to the serene landscape. One of the park's standout features is its pristine quarry. Spring-fed and crystal clear, the quarry is a refreshing swimming spot that warms up by mid-May. The park takes pride in the purity of this water, ensuring visitors have a clean and safe experience. For those interested in aquatic life, two fishing lakes teem with bass, catfish, crappie, and blue gill. These lakes also house a variety of waterfowl and smaller creatures, from turtles and frogs to nonpoisonous snakes. Beyond the waters, the park's trails beckon hikers to explore the unique rock formations and lush greenery. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park truly encapsulates the essence of outdoor recreation, offering hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and so much more. A Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park camping trip is more than just a getaway; it's an opportunity to create lasting memories in a place where nature's beauty meets human connection.

Notable campgrounds

  • Primitive Campsites - Nestled in diverse terrains, offering a true back-to-nature experience.
  • RV Sites with Electricity - Enjoy the convenience of modern amenities amid the wilderness.
  • Meadow Campsites - Bask in the open fields with stunning cliffside views.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, especially for peak season events.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Join the NLQP newsletter for updates on reservation openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations.

When to go

The best time to visit Nelson Ledges Quarry Park is during the summer months when the full splendor of the park is on display. However, the park's year-round accessibility means there's never a bad time to explore. Be mindful of event schedules, as they can affect crowd size and availability.

Know before you go

  • Check event schedules to plan your visit around the park's vibrant festivals.
  • Adhere to the park's rules, including the prohibition of illegal substances and alcohol regulations.
  • Service dogs are welcome outside of peak season from May 18 to October 1.
  • Remember to bring proof of rabies vaccination for your dog to gain entry.
  • Scuba diving enthusiasts should not miss the clear waters enhanced by the park's aeration system.

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