Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2016. The property consists of 15+ acres, about half which is wooded, located off a quiet country roadin the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio. As a farmstead, we are guided by sustainable practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center. We are still just getting things off the ground and we love sharing the
Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2016. The property consists of 15+ acres, about half which is wooded, located off a quiet country road in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Ohio. As a farmstead, we are guided by sustainable practices and our goal is to become a sustainability learning and retreat center. We are still just getting things off the ground and we love sharing the land with others who appreciate the outdoors and all that this area has to offer. We currently have one cabin rental and 5 designated camping sites.
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 through the woods close by. The site offers parking, picnic tables, fire ring, rustic seating, and a simple composting toilet. Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets, frogs and owls.
Parking is available near the road and there will be a short walk (1-5 mins) to your campsite.
At the moment, the site is a bit under construction. We have been salvaging building materials from old barns in the area with which to build some tent platforms and a couple of simple cabins. The site is still nice and peaceful, but there are a few piles of building materials near the parking by the road. We hope to have it cleaned up and turned into more infrastructure soon!
The area offers great hiking, paddling, boating, mountain biking, birding and disc golf (Paint Creek State Park is only 2 miles away and the Highlands Nature Sanctuary is 7). And a visit to the nearby Mennonite markets and bakery is a must!
Site #1: The great thing about this site is that it 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 (the downside is that it is shared by other campers, but there's a good chance you will be the only ones!). When the ground is dry, it is possible to drive down to the site, if necessary, for unloading. Camper vans are OK (no hookups).
Site #2: This site sits atop a little hill, backed by forest and overlooking the pond and is just a 1-2 min walk from the parking area. When the ground is dry, it is possible to drive straight to the site and park. Camper vans are OK (no hookups). This site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is also just a short walk to the dock and the communal fire pit and privy (neighboring houses are visible from site).
Site #3: This site is situated on the edge of the woods, just beyond the pond and overlooking a small creek. It is completely shaded when the trees have their leaves. Good hammock trees! The site offers a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk to the pond and communal fire pit and privy.
Site #4: This site is one of the more secluded on the property, situated on the back half of the property (3-5 min walk from parking) along the edge of the woods. It is not possible to drive to this site, as you will have to cross a creek by narrow bridge. Enjoy a few peaceful acres all to yourselves (out of sight from all other sites). This site offers partial shade (potential for hammocks), a picnic table and small fire ring and is just a short walk (2 min) to the pond and communal fire pit and privy.
Site #5: This site is the most secluded on the property, situated at the very back of the property (5 min walk from parking) along the edge of the woods and hidden behind clusters of cedar trees. It is not possible to drive to the site, as you will have to cross a creek by narrow bridge. Enjoy a few peaceful acres all to yourselves (out of sight from all other sites). This site offers a small fire ring and is just a short walk (3-4 min) from the pond and communal fire pit and privy.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 5 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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 are short footpaths through the woods here. There is also great hiking nearby at Paint Creek State Park, Highlands Natur...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.
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
Prairie, meadow, or plain
The site resembles a meadow surrounded by forest.
River, stream or creek
There is a small creek through the woods beyond the pond.
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 short driveway at the road entrance.
The vibe at Fruitdale Farm Primitive Camping
Places to see near Fruitdale Farm
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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. :)
Aimee was super helpful in making sure we were comfortable and had the level of privacy we needed. She made sure the site was comfortable for us and even offered us paddle boards to use (in addition to local recommendations and help with getting our camp set up if needed). This was the second time staying at this site and would definitely go back again.