The best camping near Alum Creek State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alum Creek adventure.

The best camping near Alum Creek State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alum Creek adventure.

Camping near Alum Creek State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Alum Creek adventure.

Hikers, horses, and dogs are all welcome at Ohio’s largest inland beach.  

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Grins & Pickin's CampFarm

47 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Marengo, OH
Grins & Pickin's CampFarm was created to share the outdoors with others. Growing food & flowers, camping & hiking is what we like to do. And we like sharing these activities with others. Our family oriented outdoor recreation facility is open on weekends only and offers primitive camping, PYO produce during the growing season, homesteading activities & nature-based programs. The peaceful 20-acre country farm has food gardens, a frog habitat pool, a barnyard for the chickens & ducks, a bluegill fishin' pond, a pollinator maze, a prairie garden, and an outdoor stage. After crossing a winding creek into 10 acres of woods, you may see deer, turkey, fox, coyote, mink, eagles & barred owls. In early spring, the peepers are peeping, wildflowers are abundant & the vernal pools welcome the wood frogs, salamanders and fairy shrimp. Summer brings on the bullfrogs, butterflies, dragonflies and fireflys. Fall is a great time to pull grapevine to make wreaths & to build stick forts in the woods. We cater to the tent camper so that we can hear frogs & owls instead of generators. But, there is an RV section up front for those with quiet generators with several feet of gravel under the grass to hold the weight of your camper. We charge by the carload & there are different rates for driving back toward the woods for camping depending on the number of wheels & the weight of your vehicle (a factor on the wear & tear on the land). We believe in going outside to play, growing & eating fresh food, strengthening family bonds and promoting the awareness of our natural resources. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 1) The speed limit is 5 mph as soon as you enter the property (kids & dogs are quick to dart in front of you). 2) As a state registered campground, it is mandatory that you check in at the house to fill out a Registration Form before heading to your campsite. 3) No glass allowed anywhere on the property (we don't want our feet or paws cut open and can do without flat tires). 4) Children under 18 must be attended to at all times for their safety (the frog pool is 10' deep, the pond is 8-10' deep depending on rains, and the creek can turn into a churning river). Thank you!
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Riverside Drive Retreat.

1 site · Tent11 acres · Powell, OH
This is a beautiful 11 acre completely wooded lot with amazing topography and geologic diversity. It has been sought after by housing developers for years, but remains untouched due to legal battles related to driveway access. It currently provides an authentic secluded retreat in Powell, Ohio; a northwest suburb of Columbus, Oh. We are hoping to keep this land in it’s natural state (all of the site prep has been done by hand (and chain saw))- so come on out, enjoy a primitive retreat and contribute to furthering this land’s interesting story. 😀Learn more about this land:This is a neat “primitive” campsite that is tucked into a natural wooded lot on 11 acres. It is located in Powell, Ohio- a northwest suburb of Columbus, Ohio.  It would be ideal for campers seeking a close get away from Columbus or the suburbs, who would like to disconnect a bit and immerse themselves in nature. We've also had some people traveling through Columbus enjoy a quick stay here.  This is the only site on the 11 acres, so you won't have any other campers to contend with.  The site is quite secluded from about June through early October.  In the fall, it should be noted that the trees will lose their leaves.  The result is that you can hear some traffic on occasion.  Also, you may notice the neighbor's houses when you first arrive.  Most people are able to get past this quite easily- as once you settle in you tend to forget about those things and enjoy the surrounding 11 acres of nature.  The site is mostly Ohio woodlands. Part of it is elevated and part of it is in floodplain adjacent to the Scioto River- providing some interesting topography. There is a small waterfall and two small creeks; which are most often active in the spring and fall.  The O'Shaughnessy Reservoir/Scioto River is in walking distance.  There you can boat, canoe, kayak and fish, but just plain swimming is not allowed.  Note that the reservoir also has a formal boat “dock” just 2 miles down the road.  For those who may wish to “base camp”- there are numerous amenities offered in Powell and nearby Dublin and Delaware and there are several interesting parks and hiking trails which would be just a short drive away.  We understand the pricing on this site may be a bit higher than most- but this is primarily related to the fact that we offer free fire wood; so you do not have to worry about bringing your own or paying for bundles as you go.    
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The Lake at the Flying J Farm

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents250 acres · Johnstown, OH
The Flying J Farm is 250 beautiful rolling acres including 100 acres of forest, 6-acre lake small pond, three streams, and numerous fields for crops and pastures with cows, horses and chickens. The owner bought the farm in 1998 for his retirement from a faculty position at the Ohio State university. Two buildings, the farm house and old barn, are original dating back to 1831. These have been restored for current use. The mission of the farm is to restore health both in people though the products produced and in the land by farming in a sustainable way with no conventional chemicals, antibiotics, and use of GMO. We host many visitors including tours and events. An on farm market is available to visitors for purchase of our products including grass-fed beef, maple syrup, and fruits and vegetables. The cabin was built using wood from the farm. It has off-grid electricity meaning it is powered by batteries charged by solar panels. There is not sufficient power for devices with a heating element such as coffee makers and hair dryers. You may charge cell phones. For any other use, please check with the owner.
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McKee Farm - Treehouses and Camping

16 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents230 acres · Frazeysburg, OH
McKee Farm is rich in memories and rich in history. It has been in the family for over 150 years and we were told that it was one of stopping points for the underground railroad. The 240 acre farm boasts a hidden cave, wide open fields, breathtaking forest land, and historic and rustic barns. Nestled at the edge of a wooded creek, Tullihas in the Trees treehouse boasts a beautiful sunset view with rolling hills. Tullihas combines comfort with the thrill of being immersed in nature. Built using recycled electric poles, Tullihas in the Trees has a deck perfect for hammocking, an interior dressed with windows so that guests can feel as if they are living amongst the trees, and two small lofts ideal for a restful night's sleep. Oxley in the Woods is our newest treehouse cabin. Nestled in the woods with a view of the sunset, the lovely A Frame is filled with lovely woodwork, vintage parquet flooring, and private wooded views. The deck is huge! We've had guests set up a tent on the deck beside the treehouse for fun! Swings, and a slide make the Oxley a fun adventure. The double bed in the loft and the two stacked single beds are comfortable and cozy. The McKee Farmhouse was built in the 1800s and is rich in memories. It's a rustic old house, with wood trim, hardwood floors, and plenty of imperfections that make it unique. You can sit on the porch and drink your coffee with a view of the barn and pastures, or cozy up in one of the house's four bedrooms and sleep in. The house is fully air conditioned and heated, has all the amenities of home, but takes you back to a simpler time. Our campsites are all set apart from one another in various locations on the 240 acre farm. Secluded and unique, each campsite has its own charm. We provide guests with a fire ring and a shovel, and some sites have a picnic table. Hiking trails are marked throughout the land. Guests can hike with views of horses, cows, wildlife, corn fields, large boulders, and rustic barns. The dirt roads provide great places to drive ATVs and four-wheelers. An Amish farm borders McKee Farm. Guests should know there is minimal cell service, however, this can offer a great opportunity to unplug. Tullihas in the Trees provides a perfect remote and rustic getaway for anyone. In October and November, access to hiking is limited.
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Sunset Paths

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Delaware, OH
Camp on one of the cleared areas in our 2.5-acre meadow! Enjoy beautiful sunsets and wildflowers. - Good spot for people traveling through the area who need an easy place to car camp for the night. :) - Great for group camps/hangouts around a bonfire! -Make yourself at home in one of the large mowed circles. See photos! We purchased this piece of land right outside of Alum Creek State Park to renovate the old farmhouse and restore the natural beauty of the farmland. We can't emphasize enough how many amazing things there are to do in the area! Within 3-minute drive (or walk!) you will find: -Trailheads to 45 miles of multi-use (including equestrian) trails in Alum Creek State Park-Hemnick Brewery-Alum Creek watercraft (kayak, canoe, small boat) launch -Kilbourne Market Pizza-Alum Creek Osprey Watch overlook-Hogback Ridge Nature Preserve Within a 15 minutes drive:-Groovy Plants Ranch -Tangier Outlet shopping-Downtown Delaware shops, restaurants, galleries, and theaters-Ohio Wesleyan University-Hoof Hearted Brewery-Alum Creek State Park Beach, Campgrounds, Fishing, Boating, and many other recreational activities-The Little Brown Jug, The Great American Harness Race (annual September event)
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Away From The World

103 sites · Tents103 acres · Mount Vernon, OH
Away From The World farm is a true getaway nestled in the highlands of Amish country. Experience 103 acres of lush woodland , green pastures and meadows in one of our four private Campsites equipped with Hammocks , Fire pits and Solar lights. Enjoy visiting our numerous farm animals , see our diverse wildlife and experience the silence of the forest with not a highway or stoplight in sight. We as well offer Farm to Table speciality dinners , tours and educational talks , or if you fancy just some peace and quiet , its easy to disappear here at Away From the World. It's bring your own Camping gear ( Tent , Cooler , Beers , Guitar , Drum , Air mattress , Scary book Etc) but if there is anything that you would need when you arrive just let us know. We hope you come here and experience paradise , there's really nothing quite like it. Learn more about this land: Away From The World farm is a true getaway nestled in the highlands of Amish country. Experience 103 acres of lush woodland , green pastures and meadows in one of our four  private Campsites equipped with Hammocks , Fire pits and Solar lights. Enjoy visiting our numerous farm animals , see our diverse wildlife and experience the silence of the forest with not a highway or stoplight in sight. We as well offer Farm to Table speciality dinners , tours and educational talks , or if you fancy just some peace and quiet , its easy to disappear here at Away From the World. It's bring your own Camping gear ( Tent , Cooler , Beers , Guitar , Drum , Air mattress , Scary book Etc) but if there is anything that you would need when you arrive just let us know. We hope you come here and experience paradise , there's really nothing quite like it. Follow us on Facebook at Away from the world farm
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Little Darby Outdoors

5 sites · RVs, Tents13 acres · Galloway, OH
This is 13 acres in the Little Darby river valley. Lots of space to choose from tents to RVs and campers. Self contained campers only. Flush toilets and shower are available in the agricultural building. Clean and comfortable with country charm. Clean water is available. Free firewood! Free phone and bicycle charging station. Three miles to McDonalds and local businesses. Surrounded by the Columbus Metro Park and 2 miles to the Ohio to Erie bicycle trail. Bring your own kayak and enjoy the beauty of the Little Darby creek.
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Camping with Unruly Goats

2 sites · RVs, Tents76 acres · Groveport, OH
Learn more about this land:Harrison Farm is a working livestock farm, with goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, a horse, a donkey, and super friendly barn cats. We host many events, including yoga classes, tours, on-Farm dinners, and private parties. We are located thirty minutes from downtown Columbus, just outside of historic Canal Winchester, and only five minutes from BrewDog. The hills of southeastern Ohio are close by, with Lancaster only twenty minutes away, and just an hour’s drive to Hocking Hills or Tar Hollow. We welcome you to relax in solitude, or join us to learn more about farming.
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Glamping at River Run

1 site · Lodging5 acres · Delaware, OH
Now booking for spring 2024! Enjoy the luxuries of home in the tranquility of nature with riverfront glamping! Hike, fish, kayak and more in a beautiful wooded location on the scenic Olentangy River in Delaware, Ohio. Our 5 acres of property is surrounded by protected land - the Delaware State park behind us, the US Forestry department across the river and the Delaware Preservation Park River Run kayak/canoe launch across the street. Historic Downtown Delaware with great restaurants and quaint local shops is only a few miles south on 23. Read more details about all of the amenities of the Bluebell glamping site below under the lodging site information!
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TIFFIENE’S camp

4 sites · Tents2 acres · Lake Darby, OH
Hello! I have 2 acres of land that is dog friendly and completely fenced in. We welcome bonfires and s’mores! We are also kid friendly with a trampoline and limited access to indoor bathroom if need be. This property backs up to farm and only one neighbor next door. Plenty of parking and a place to hang a hammock or two.
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Piper’s Perch

1 site · RV, Tent30 acres · Sunbury, OH
Our property is 30 acres. A small homestead, a field of clover and wildflowers that is around 12 acres, a small creek, and a larger crop field are all part of this wonderful farm. Sitting over a quarter mile off of the road you will have privacy and the peacefulness of nature. Feel free to walk around, birdwatch, take pictures, observe wildlife and enjoy nature during your time at Piper’s Perch.
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The Pleasant Valley Farm

17 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents53 acres · Lucas, OH
Pleasant Valley Farm was originally a working farm with a two-story farmhouse and traditional bank barn, built in the late 1800s. The massive timbers and joinery are constant reminders of the meticulous craftsmanship of the era. Jim and Kathy Grogg purchased Pleasant Valley Farm in 1994 and not only updated the house and barn, but also expanded the lake to its current 13 acres. The large 144-year-old, 2736-square-foot barn is now available for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, birthdays, and reunions.
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The best camping near Alum Creek State Park guide

Overview

About

More than 3,000 feet of sandy beachfront stretches along the west shore of Alan Creek Reservoir, just 15 minutes from downtown Delaware. Hit the water to swim, sail, or waterski; seek out quiet coves to canoe, kayak, or fish; or venture inland to hike, bike, or horseback ride through the maple forests. Campers can head to the waterfront Alum Creek Campground, where there’s ample space to pitch your tent, park your RV, or even tether your horse—some sites also come with lake views. Bringing your dog? The four-acre lakeside dog park means your pup can cool off with a swim too.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of 297 campsites (including electric and full hookup sites, and eight cabins) via the Reserve Ohio website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open from 7am, six months in advance, and all sites can be reserved online.  
  3. Campsites can book up fast, so book as early as possible, especially if visiting during peak season or on holiday weekends. Plan six months ahead for cabin bookings. 

When to go

Thanks to its close proximity to the city, Alum Creek State Park draws visitors year-round.  Peak season runs from April through October, when advance bookings are essential, while winter activities such as ice fishing and snowmobiling attract a steady stream of cold-season campers. Come in summer to cool off at the lake or in fall when the woodland trails are aglow with autumnal foliage.

Know before you go

  • Alum Creek State Park is about a 30-minute drive north of Columbus.
  • There are no entrance fees for Ohio State parks, but camping and reservation fees apply. Ohio fishing licenses are also required.
  • Facilities include restrooms, picnic areas, seasonal boat rental, and a swimming beach with changing area, showers, volleyball court, and a concession stand. Campers can also benefit from free wifi.
  • There is unlimited horsepower at the lake, and you can bring your own boats and watercraft. Swimming is permitted only in designated areas

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