Fruitdale Farm, founded in 2017, consists of 15+ acres located off a quiet country road in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio. About half of the property is wooded. As a farmstead, we are guided by regenerative practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center. We are steadily making little improvements to the land and we love shar
Fruitdale Farm, founded in 2017, consists of 15+ acres located off a quiet country road in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio. About half of the property is wooded. As a farmstead, we are guided by regenerative practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center. We are steadily making little improvements to the land and we love sharing it with others who appreciate the outdoors and all that this area has to offer.
Pitch your tent by the pond or in the woods just beyond (along an intermittent stream) and enjoy a few peaceful acres in rural southern Ohio. There are 5 designated primitive campsites and a tiny guest cabin on the edge of the property, and the host lives in a small cabin through the woods close by. Each campsite offers a picnic table and a fire ring and there is a shared composting toilet. Take a dip in the pond on hot summer days (bring your pool floats!). Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls. **No fishing in the pond (it hasn't been stocked).
Parking is available near the road and there will be a short walk (1-5 mins) to your campsite.
There is a disc golf basket on site that you are welcome to use for practice (there is a great 21 hole course at the state park just a few miles away). There is also a little nature trail, starting near site 3, that winds through the property that you are welcome to walk (about 3/4 mile total).
FIREWOOD is available for purchase. You can pre-pay for your first bundle and have it delivered to your site. Otherwise, you can purchase bundles, as needed ($5/bundle, exact cash only).
The area offers great hiking, paddling (Rocky Fork Creek is the best around!... ask about shuttling service), boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 3 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Amish markets and bakery is a must!
*****COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: All campsites are well-spaced for social distancing. The host will be minimizing interactions with guests and will practice social distancing. Please use the hand-washing station at the privy both before and after use. Also, if you plan to visit any of the parks or other attractions in the area, it is a good idea to make sure they are open to the public before setting out, as many parks and businesses have closed due to the pandemic.
Site #1: This site is right beside the pond and is the shortest walk (1 min) from the parking area. Enjoy easy access to the dock and the communal fire pit with a picnic table and additional seating. Site 1 is also right beside the large vegetable garden, which is a busy place during the growing season, and is also a bit close to the road (not ideal for campers looking for a more secluded, peaceful experience). This site is in the clearing and is, thus, great for yard games and for enjoying the sunset and the night sky! When the ground is dry, it is possible to drive down to the site, if necessary, for unloading. Camper vans or pop-ups are OK (no hookups).
Site #2: This site is set back in the woods, just beyond the pond (to the left) and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves and is quite private. Good hammock trees! The site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk (1 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy. (2- minute walk from parking, however, it is possible to drive down around the pond for unloading, if necessary, when the ground is dry. Please stay on the pond levee and then park near gate after unloading).
Site #3: This site is situated in the woods, just beyond the pond (to the right) and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves and is quite private. Good hammock trees! The site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk (1 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy. (2- minute walk from parking, however, it is possible to drive down around the pond for unloading, if necessary, when the ground is dry. Please stay on the pond levee and then park near gate after unloading).
Site #4: This site is situated on the back half of the property in a peaceful field dotted with shrubby cedar trees (it's a decent 3-5 min hike from parking). Located near the edge of the woods, just beyond the creek, site 4 offers great sunsets and views of the night sky. It is not possible to drive to this site, as you will have to cross a small creek/ravine by a narrow bridge and continue down a short trail through the woods (about 100m from the unloading area... wheelbarrow available upon request). It's a little bit more work to get to this site but you'll have a few peaceful acres all to yourselves (out of sight from all other sites). This site offers privacy, a picnic table and small fire ring but not much shade. It is a short walk (2-3 min) to the pond and communal fire pit and privy.
Site #5: This site is situated in the woods, beyond the pond and across the ravine, and overlooks a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves. Good hammock trees! It is not possible to drive to this site, as you will have to cross a small creek/ravine by a narrow bridge and continue down a short trail through the woods (about 100m from the unloading area... wheelbarrow available upon request). It's a little bit more work to get to this site, but it offers good shade, a picnic table and a small fire ring. It is a short walk (2-3 min) to the pond, communal fire pit and privy.
Here are some POINTS OF INTEREST in the area:
The HIGHLANDS NATURE SANCTUARY (7 miles away), previously called "7 Caves" is highly recommended for some beautiful hiking. There is a small museum (The Appalachian Forest Museum) at the main trailhead by the parking area... the folks there can direct you to a couple of other great trails nearby if you're interested in further hiking. NOTE: Most of the trails within the sanctuary are not open to dogs, however, there are a couple of dog-friendly trails (inquire at the museum). Museum is closed for the winter (Nov-March). **Highly recommend the Barrett's Rim Trail (2.5 mile loop), which is accessible during pandemic.
AMISH BAKERY (Country Crust Bakery) & MARKET (JRs General Store) on 41 South in Bainbridge (15-20min away): The bakery is a great lunch stop for a fresh, soft Pretzel Bun sandwich (delicious) and to load up on fresh baked goods (the apple fritter is my fave!). The market, which is almost right across from the bakery, is also worth checking out... great deals on spices, cheeses, pickles, jams, bulk foods, produce, etc. Watch out for horse & buggy traffic... and bicycles!
In the teeny town of BAINBRIDGE (10-15min away): There are some nice ANTIQUE/PRIMITIVE SHOPS... in particular, the Ancient Valley Mercantile... they have local gifts, gourmet coffees and local honey. The Paxton Restaurant has good home cooked meals and a variety of pies for dessert. Mystical Retreat cheesecake (only open on weekends) is another good spot for a sweet treat... or grab an ice cream at the Dairy Queen before strolling the primitive shops.
PAINT CREEK STATE PARK: (3 miles away) There are some hiking trails (dog-friendly), mountain bike trails, a disc golf course, boat ramp (if you have kayaks, you can paddle around on the lake), and a camp store that has hand-dipped ice cream. There is also a beach, which is good for picnicking and swimming, located at the southern entrance, off of SR 50.
GREENFIELD: This town is closer (5 miles) and larger than Bainbridge. There are some restaurants, bars and supermarkets (Community Markets, at the further end of town, is recommended over the Save-a-Lot)... The Pot Belly Pig would be my restaurant of choice if you decide to eat out. Big City Pizza is pretty good for take-out, too!
SERPENT MOUND (about 30 miles away, Peebles, OH) is an internationally known National Historic Landmark built by the ancient American Indian cultures of Ohio. It is an effigy mound representing a snake with a curled tail. Nearby are three burial mounds—two created by the Adena culture (800 B.C.–A.D. 100), and one by the Fort Ancient culture (A.D. 1000–1650). A must see!
FORT HILL EARTHWORKS & NATURE PRESERVE: (30 minutes away) This preserve encompasses 1300 acres of mature woodlands and 11 miles of some of the best hiking trails in the state. Part of the Old Growth Forest Network, there are remnants of the temperate deciduous forests that once covered all of the eastern United States. For archaeology enthusiasts, there is a stone and earthen wall hilltop enclosure, as well as a smaller circular earthwork (both of which can be difficult to discern).
CHILLICOTHE (Ohio's first capital): (30 minutes away) The historic downtown boasts charming architecture and is perfect for exploring on foot. Several local shops, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. A lovely city park with a small lake is host to a year-round population of ducks, geese and swans. There is also a disc golf course in the city park. There is frequent live music, gourmet cocktails and a wide variety of craft beer at Steiner's Speakeasy (an Americana-style bar).
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
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Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at Paint Creek State Park.
Boating is available nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There is a short nature trail through the property here that you may wander. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek ...Read more
The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. It's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. Great paddling opport...Read more
The pond is a great swimming hole on hot days (bring your floaties!). Swimming is also available nearby at Paint Creek and Roc...Read more
Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on Paint Creek nearby.
Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. Also two honeybee hives on site. There is a little nature trail through the property...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Fruitdale Farm Primitive Camping in Ohio.
There are beaches nearby on the lakes at both Paint Creek and Rocky Fork State Parks.
There are small caves and grottos at the nearby Highlands Nature Sanctuary (7 miles away).
There are woods surrounding the site.
There are two nearby at Paint Creek And Rocky Fork State Parks
The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.
River, stream, or creek
There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond (not large enough for swimming). There are great creeks for kayaking ...Read more
The pond is a great swimming hole in hot days (bring your floaties or paddle board!). Lake swimming is also available at two n...Read more
There are waterfalls nearby at Highlands Nature Sanctuary.
This property is a farm (Fruitdale Farm) which is in the beginning stages.
There is a green farm gate and a short driveway at the road entrance.
The vibe at Fruitdale Farm Primitive Camping
Places to see near Fruitdale Farm
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This was my first stay and it was beyond what I expected! The site was neat, well kept, prepped for me and marked very well. I will definitely be returning to maybe check our the other sites on her land and explore the area, but I LOVED site 4!
Overall a great experience! Fairly close proximity to the road, but it is a country backroad and the quaint camping setting is just far enough away and down a bit of a hill by the pond to make up for it. Plenty of seating and tables provided by the large fire pit. The composting toilet was very clean and was just enough room for me, but became an awkward space when my 4yr old was spooked by a bee and squeezed in with me.
It seems like the site is new and improvements are already underway and it will continue to get better and better. A perfect base camp for outdoor activities in and around Paint Creek.
Aimee was very responsive and gave us great recommendations of nearby places to go. Our group of 4 adults very much enjoyed our stay. There is a great fire ring with all the wood you could possibly need right next to it. The outhouse was very clean. The property is fairly secluded. You have a couple of acres to yourself with very easy access to the road. It's a beautiful site.
This site was a little tricky to get to because our gps wasn't picking it up. The host was super helpful though. Once we found the place, we were pretty excited about how peaceful it was there, unknowing to how short-lived that would be. We did get a fire going despite some misting rain at dusk and were able to get our dinner cooked. Unfortunately the night we stayed there was the night of a terrible SEVERE thunderstorm with the most blinding heat lightning I've ever experienced which came on shortly after nightfall. Our dog is terrified of thunder so we had to move her into the car. It's been over a week and she's still not the same as before the storm. This is of course no fault of our host or this site specifically. The site is actually quite charming with a little pond, a compost and composting toilet. Firewood was offered as part of the service. Aimee even checked up on us after hearing about the terrible storm. There's a infantile fruit forest that has been planted on the site as well, which is really amazing. We would totally stay there again, hopefully with nicer weather. :)
Beautiful farm in southern ohio
My wife and I loved our stay here! We were looking for a fairly quick getaway from Columbus and wanted somewhere quiet to stay. Aimee’s farm was quiet, beautiful and quite well maintained. She offered us fresh vegetables and eggs from the garden. We stayed at Site 1 right by the pond, which was well-equipped with a fire pit and picnic table. The cat was friendly and hung out with us for a while. The night was perfect as we got to listen to the sounds of the forest and the pond, and we were lucky to enjoy a perfectly clear night to see the stars.
We were pleasantly surprised by the couple of activities in the area as well, which Aimee was eager to suggest. Paint Creek Lake is very close and we brought our own kayaks to enjoy the water. In addition there is a nice Amish bakery with a ton of different baked goods, from bread to pastries to pies. Lastly we did some short hikes at Highlands Nature Preserve nearby.
Overall this was perfect for a quick escape for Columbus. One could definitely spend two nights here and strike a nice balance of having things to do and a good place to relax and unplug. We hope to come back one day!
Nice well kept site in the woods. We stayed at site 2. The outhouse was great, clean with rainwater barrel and soap for washing up. We did not have any host interaction and were the only campers at the site so it was very private. Just the way we like it. Minor downfalls: could hear traffic, dogs barking through the night, and some neighbors ATV. Would recommend and return. Much more private than a state park campground.
This is a fantastic camp site! The property is super clean with a great setup and the host, Aimee, is awesome. She let us know where to go and had recommendations for exploring the area and made sure the wood supply was stocked.
We spent a couple nights in site #4, which is a short walk across the ravine and it provided a lot of privacy, which was perfect for us. There are also well groomed short walking trails on the property that we wandered with our morning coffee on the cool morning.
We’ll be back!
We had a lovely stay at this campsite. Very considerate host, good communication, good upkeep of the sites and very clean (composting) toilet. Things like the toilet, the bees, the cute pond show that the owner really cares. We’re definitely coming back!
Beautiful site, great hosts
This property was beautiful and very well maintained. Each of the 4 sites offer a different experience and great view, whether you want to camp in the trees, in a clearing, or near the pond. There is a small creek to walk through and beersby to play as well. Our hosts were very friendly. This was a perfect place for our son's first camping trip and it was a peaceful weekend in nature.