The best camping near Hocking Hills State Park

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

The best camping near Hocking Hills State Park

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

Camping near Hocking Hills State Park

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

Hike to ancient caves, soaring cliffs, and cascading waterfalls.  

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Altenbrauch Farm

4 sites · RVs, Tents62 acres · Mc Arthur, OH
Located only 8 miles from Hocking Hills State Park, Altenbrauch Farm features 62 acres of open fields, small streams and wooded hills intersected by a lonely country road.  Aside from our house, there are no neighbors in sight.  Easily pitch your tent in an open field or trek through the hills and hollows to find your perfect campsite.As part of Ohio's famous Hocking Hills Region, Vinton County is home to the second largest state forest, in addition to multiple state parks and wildlife areas. You’ll encounter abandoned historical sites and relics dating back to the early 1800s, hidden away among the wooded hills of Ohio’s least populated county. If you're a lover of outdoor recreation, this is the place to be. Within about a half-hour drive, there are many opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, hunting and fishing, and birding.  Nearby parks and forests include Hocking Hills State Park, Hocking Hills State Forest, Lake Hope State Park, Zaleski State Forest, the Moonville Rail Trail, Lake Alma State Park, Tar Hollow State Forest, and more!Set up camp wherever you like!  There are 12 acres of open field space, surrounded by 50 acres of wooded hills and hollows with hiking trails and level spots to pitch tents. Vehicles can be driven to the field sites; we are still working on a road to access the hill sites by vehicle.  The fields have about a dozen "permanent" sites with stone or metal fire rings and log seating.  Portable fire rings are also available that can be moved anywhere.  Dead wood for campfires is free to gather, or split firewood is available to purchase for $5/bundle. A toilet and solar shower are located at the center of the property. An outdoor water spigot is also available. Guests are expected to follow the "Leave No Trace" principles. Any trash packed onto the property must be bagged and taken with you.
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Yourway Camp

5 sites · Tents26 acres · South Bloomingville, OH
Our camp sites are located in the Hocking Hills Region in the Appalachian Mountain foothills. The campsites are in densely wooded, hilly, terrain. Our 26 acre, residential property, is a great year round destination to get back to nature, no matter the season. Located in the Hocking Hills are several state parks. Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Whispering Pines, Conkles Hollow, and Rock House, and Tar Hollow are all within 10 miles. You can enjoy hiking our trails, sitting around the fire ring and just getting back to nature. So many options for fun on your trip to Hocking Hills. If you enjoy canoeing, horseback riding, shopping, or a trip to an observatory, Hocking County has lots of options that can be found in this area.
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Nature's Way

17 sites · Tents75 acres · Rockbridge, OH
Lived here since birth. This valley is my pride and I am happy to share it with you. Learn more about this land: Outdoor Kitchen has been recently built, complete with 50 and 30 Amp RV hookup. Grill available if needed. Open now and constantly improving the grounds. East-west valley is groomed, secluded with an established fire pit in a well shaded area with seating and free firewood provided. One group per night bookings allows you to have the entire place to yourself ! Electric is accessible as needed, natural gravity fed non-potable water available. There's a nice sheltered pit toilet for responsible use. Good WiFi with shared internet. A short hike back the holler will lead you to natural rock formations. Trails throughout the woods are available for hiking and 4-wheel ATV riding. Cell service is best with Sprint/TMobile. Slight elevation or location change will get Verizon. You are responsible for leaving with your own trash, however, I have recycling bins available for cleaned items and aluminum cans may be left. Beings this is a secluded valley, Nudity IS permitted on this property. There are other parts of the property that a tent could be pitched, if you prefer somewhere other than the valley.
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Hocking Hills Private RV Retreat

1 site · RV11 acres · Mc Arthur, OH
Situated in the heart of Hocking Hills down a quiet, privately maintained township road you'll find a secluded RV campsite on 11 acres with its own private hiking trails! Go for a short private hike out back or take a short drive to enjoy some of the nearby famous hiking trails that the Hocking Hills region has to offer. Our property has gated, lockable access and you would have it all to yourselves, we only allow one booking at a time.
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Geode Nature Domes

4 sites · Lodging, Tents11 acres · Chillicothe, OH
Come for the thrill, stay for the chill. Geode Nature Dome is a one-of-a-kind outdoor event space nestled at the foothills of the Appalachians in Chillicothe, Ohio. Designed to create epic outdoor experiences immersed in nature’s elements, our space is perfect for groups, teams, wellness getaways, and adventure-seekers of all kinds. Our unique geodesic domes and glamping sites offer you and your community a rare experience in the heart of nature surrounded by its rich elements. Thrill + Chill Escape the daily grind and tap into your divine adventurous spirit. We offer a series of exhilarating outdoor experiences that allow you to connect with the earth. Be inspired by the open fresh air, trees, mountains and seek the adventure that awaits you. However you wish to connect to nature, we provide you a range of experiences that match your energy level. Embrace your bold spirit and take on adventures like ziplining, mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. Or take a deep breath and find something a little more tranquil like yoga, massage, meditation, foraging, or a nature walk. We want to share the magical space that Geode Nature Dome is while showing gratitude for our natural habitat. It is our mission to leave our space better than we found it. Adventure therapy is calling. Geode Nature Dome: Thrilling Events Brought to Life 36' Dome Ideal for 10 people 16' Dome Ideal for 2 people The Specs: Private, half-mile hiking trail on property Picnic area with fire pit Sunlit with ventilation in summer Majestic views Learn more about this land:
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Lazy Ferret Glamping

2 sites · Lodging35 acres · Logan, OH
Indulge in off-grid glamping and marvel at the stunning starlit skies in one of Ohio's darkest spots. Experience the thrill of hiking scenic trails and exploring the wooded hills spread across 35 private acres. Conveniently located near Logan and less than an hour's drive from Columbus, our property borders the Buckeye Trail and offers quick access to Hocking Hills, Rockbridge, Clear Creek Metro Park, and an array of outdoor adventures including hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, biking, and more. Explore local venues, dine at charming restaurants, and sample the offerings of nearby wineries and breweries in the Logan area. For optimal access, we strongly recommend a 4-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive vehicle. Please take precautions against ticks and insects by bringing bug spray. Keep pets attended at all times and remain vigilant of coyotes and other wildlife. A Porta Potty is conveniently located at the front of the property, while a compostable Loo is available at your site. We provide drinking water and offer water refill stations for your convenience. Ample parking is available, with on-site space designated for setting up the included 4-person tent. Immerse yourself in nature's splendor and enjoy a memorable stay amidst Ohio's natural beauty.
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Hocking Vacations Campsites

4 sites · Tents4 acres · Logan, OH
Experience the tranquility of the Hocking Hills at Black Oak Campsites by Hocking Vacations, nestled in the heart of this picturesque region. Our 4-acre property offers a serene retreat where you can pitch your tent and reconnect with nature. Choose from several semi-secluded campsites, each equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and wooden tent platform. These sites provide the perfect setting for relaxation and outdoor adventure. While camping at Black Oak Campsites, you'll enjoy the convenience of a short uphill walk from the parking area to your campsite. A porta-potty is available on-site for your comfort and convenience. Whether you're seeking a peaceful getaway or a base for exploring the beauty of the Hocking Hills, Black Oak Campsite by Hocking Vacations promises a memorable outdoor experience.
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My Spot Private Campsite

1 site · Tent80 acres · Dexter , OH
Nestled under the shade bequeathed by a tall canopy of deciduous trees and alongside a gentle flowing brook, lies a forest opening perfect for immersing in nature’s solitude. Our private campsite is a short walk (3-4 minutes) from parking where you’ll find a footpath that empties out onto a level forest understory, surrounded by trees ideal for pitching tents and hammocks. Our campsite is equipped with the necessities: a firepit with a removable grill, a large table, and your own private outhouse with a composting toilet. Trails leading from the campsite will usher you short distances to our best stargazing hilltop, for playing in the shallow creek running alongside our campsite, as well as shaded forest and ridgetop views. Our pond, equipped with a dock, ladder and seating is a favorite short 7 minute hike for swimming, fishing, or simply relaxing. For longer hikes, any trail will connect you to our larger network of maintained trails over hill and dale, through shaded forests and open (mowed) pasture trails and farm-life views across our 80 acre farm. To make your packing lighter and your stay more comfortable, we offer the following "extra items" at an additional cost: - Firewood bundles (unlimited) - 5 gallons of water (or less) in jugs with handy pour spout - Charged battery pack with plug and USB receptables - Stringed twinkle lights - prehung (we do the hanging before you arrive) * must be ordered with our charged battery pack or bring own power source. All purchased "extras" will be waiting at your campsite when you arrive. Please see the "extras" for more detailed information and pricing.
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Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch Creekside Retreat

2 sites · Lodging50 acres · Thornville, OH
Our farm has been in the family for over 50 years. My Cherokee grandmother purchased the farm with the intention of giving each of her children property. We have been raising bison here since 2008. We chose the name Cherokee Valley to honor my heritage and the gift of this farm by my grandmother and mother. We created this tipi experience to share that gift with you! Enjoy a night in our spacious 22 foot tipi. We provide a comfortable queen platform bed for your convenience. You must provide sleeping bags, linens , blankets etc. The tipi can sleep up to 6 people, 2 on the queen bed we provide, with ample room for additional cots or air mattresses that you provide. We have cots available to rent as an add on. . You may also pitch additional tents or hang hammocks in the trees with room for up to 10 people in all.​ Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch is a working bison farm with bison, honeybees, chickens and peafowl. We are a certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Way Station. Enjoy our beautiful hiking trails through the rolling hills of our ranch. We have a plethora of bird species, butterflies and wildflowers to delight nature lovers. After hiking the trails you can splash around in the pristine creek that borders our property (we recommend water shoes). Take in a gorgeous sunset over our farm, enjoy a wood fired dinner cooked over the provided fire pit with grill. The sounds of hoot owls will lull you to sleep and when you wake, enjoy the stained glass glow through the beautiful tipi. We are close to several wineries, breweries and recreational areas (kayaking, canoeing, golfing, biking) as well as Legend Valley concert venue. We are a short drive to Buckeye Lake, Dillion Dam, and Hocking Hills. We have a selection of grass fed bison available in our on-site farm store.
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Geneva Hills

11 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents350 acres · Lancaster, OH
Located in the beautiful Hocking Hills in southern Fairfield County, Ohio, it is a quick and convenient drive that feels a million miles away - providing the serenity and connection with God's creation that only being emerged in nature can provide.
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Trothwood Forest

8 sites · Tents43 acres · Mc Arthur, OH
Family-Owned 43+ acres. nearly all wooded. This property has been minimally developed so as to allow it to be as clean and as natural of possible. There are some trails making hiking the property easier. A few locations on the property are available for quite private camping stays or family friendly getaways. Solar/fire heated shower near the flagpole. Always test the water temperature before use. There is cell service on the property! This is an ideal location to give children adventures that are still within minutes to a small town and other attractions in the Hocking Hills area. Approximate near bys: Enjoy the scenery while driving or just staying put: 17-minute drive to Le Petit Chevalier Vineyards and Farm Winery 20-minute drive to Ash Cave 26-minute to Old Mans Cave 2-3 minute drive to McArthur for supplies if needed
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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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The best camping near Hocking Hills State Park guide

Overview

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This state park turns up the volume on a hike in the hills. Wooded gorges open out into sandstone caves and caverns, where layer-cake cliffs tower overhead and waterfalls cascade into misty pools and gurgling streams. Popular hiking trails lead the way to Ash Cave, Whispering Cave, Old Man’s Cave, and Cedar Falls, while guided tours offer activities including horseback riding, kayaking, and 4WD excursions. Hocking Hills Campground has plenty of space for RVs and tents—alternatively, get back to nature at a hike-in primitive sites, or book a cozy log cabin or treehouse in the woods.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of 169 campsites at (including 156 electric and 13 non-electric sites) via the Reserve Ohio website. All sites must be reserved in advance.
  2. Campsite reservations open six months in advance, and all sites can be reserved online.
  3. Campsites can book up fast, so reserve as early as possible, especially if visiting during peak season or on holiday weekends.

When to go

Hocking Hills State Park is open year-round from dawn to dusk. In summer, the shaded trails and cool caves provide welcome relief from the heat, while winter visitors can bring snowshoes and admire the frozen waterfalls. Fall foliage peaks from the second weekend of October, making this one of the most magical times to explore the forest. 

Know before you go

  • Hocking Hills State Park is 55 miles southeast of Columbus, or about a 1-hour drive.
  • There are no entrance fees for Ohio State parks, but camping reservation fees apply. 
  • Facilities include a visitor center, park store, picnic areas with grills and drinking water, and restrooms. The campground has flush toilets, hot showers, and vending machines.
  • Cell phone service is patchy throughout the park, but the visitor center offers wifi.
  • Accessible campsites, picnic areas, and restrooms are available at Hocking Hills State Park. Ash Cave and Conkle’s Hollow lower trail are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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