Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2017. 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 regenerative 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 shar
Fruitdale Farm was founded in 2017. 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 regenerative 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.
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 4 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.
Parking is available near the road and there will be a short walk (1-5 mins) to your campsite.
There is a little nature trail through the back side of the property that you are welcome to walk, however it is not yet marked.
FIREWOOD is available for purchase and your first bundle will be waiting for you at your campsite when added onto your reservation. 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 2 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 and Reservations will be limited to three groups at a time. 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.
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 park near gate).
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 park near gate).
Site #4: This site is situated on the back half of the property (3-5 min walk from parking) in a peaceful field dotted with shrubby cedar trees. It’s located near the edge of the woods, just beyond the creek, and 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. Enjoy 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 just a short walk (2-3 min) to the pond and 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).
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: (2 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.
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!
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: 12 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
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 (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
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
We enjoyed our 2 night stay at this site. We had 12 ppl total-some chose the more wooded campsites and others chose the open, grassy area. The kids had fun in the pond. The property was well-maintained and Aimee was available and helpful. Highlands Nature Sanctuary was close by. We spent the day there swimming in Rocky Fork Creek and taking a trail into a cave. Really beautiful area.
This site was amazing...so beautiful and refreshing! Aimee was an awesome host.
My only recommendation is to watch out for some poison ivy as you walk around the area.
I’d highly recommend campers staying here...you won’t be disappointed.