Hipcamp host Aimee G.
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Pitch your tent by the pond or in the woods just beyond (along an intermittent stream)and enjoy a few peacefulacres in rural southern Ohio all to yourself (the host lives very close by and there are occasional guests staying in the tiny cabin on the edge of the site, but we will give you as much privacy as desired)! This primitive site is right off of a quiet country road and

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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 all to yourself (the host lives very close by and there are occasional guests staying in the tiny cabin on the edge of the site, but we will give you as much privacy as desired)!  This primitive site is right off of a quiet country road and offers parking, picnic tables, fire ring, rustic seating, and a simple composting toilet.  Firewood is included and there is a communal outdoor gazebo kitchen.  Enjoy a campfire under the stars and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and frogs.

Parking is available near the road or, during dry weather, you can drive through the grass down to the fire ring and set up camp . 

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 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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
1 bookable site
RV details
Pull-in site, max length 30ft
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 12 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, fire ring
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Off leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Compost bin, recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Aimee a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 5 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Mountain biking trails located 2 miles away at paint creek state park.

Boating

Boating is available nearby at paint creek and rocky fork state parks.

Fishing

The pond is not stocked, however there is fishing nearby at paint creek and rocky fork state parks.

Hiking

There are short footpaths through the woods here. there is also great hiking nearby at paint creek state park, highlands natur...Read more

Paddling

The pond is great for paddleboard lounging and/or yoga. it's also great for practicing rolling a kayak. great paddling opport...Read more

Swimming

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

Whitewater paddling

Practice your rolls in the pond and then hit up "the chutes" on paint creek nearby.

Wildlife watching

Lots of deer, birds and pond life here. also two honeybee hives on site.

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Pondside Camp in Ohio.

Cave

There are small caves and grottos at the nearby highlands nature sanctuary (7 miles away).

Forest

There are woods surrounding the site.

Lake

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.

Swimming hole

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

Waterfall

There are waterfalls nearby at highlands nature sanctuary.

Farm

This property is a farm (fruitdale farm) which is in the beginning stages.

Driveway

There is a short driveway at the road entrance.

Places to see near Fruitdale Farm

Paint Creek State Park
Paint Creek State Park
2 miles way Explore
Rocky Fork State Park
Rocky Fork State Park
12 miles way Explore
Pike Lake State Park
Pike Lake State Park
12 miles way Explore
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
14 miles way Explore
Scioto Trail State Park
Scioto Trail State Park
21 miles way Explore
Great Seal State Park
Great Seal State Park
23 miles way Explore
Deer Creek State Park
Deer Creek State Park
24 miles way Explore
Cowan Lake State Park
Cowan Lake State Park
29 miles way Explore
Tar Hollow State Park
Tar Hollow State Park
32 miles way Explore
A.W. Marion State Park
A.W. Marion State Park
34 miles way Explore
Caesar Creek State Park
Caesar Creek State Park
37 miles way Explore
Stonelick State Park
Stonelick State Park
38 miles way Explore
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National ...
40 miles way Explore
Shawnee State Park OH
Shawnee State Park OH
40 miles way Explore
East Fork State Park
East Fork State Park
43 miles way Explore
John Bryan State Park
John Bryan State Park
43 miles way Explore
Hocking Hills State Park
Hocking Hills State Park
44 miles way Explore
Lake Alma State Park
Lake Alma State Park
46 miles way Explore
Jackson Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
49 miles way Explore
Buck Creek State Park
Buck Creek State Park
50 miles way Explore
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Histor...
52 miles way Explore
Lake Hope State Park
Lake Hope State Park
54 miles way Explore
Sycamore State Park
Sycamore State Park
62 miles way Explore
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
63 miles way Explore
Kincaid Lake State Park
Kincaid Lake State Park
64 miles way Explore
Wayne National Forest
Wayne National Forest
64 miles way Explore
Alum Creek State Park
Alum Creek State Park
67 miles way Explore
Kiser Lake State Park
Kiser Lake State Park
68 miles way Explore
Burr Oak State Park
Burr Oak State Park
71 miles way Explore
Grayson Lake State Park
Grayson Lake State Park
77 miles way Explore
Delaware State Park
Delaware State Park
77 miles way Explore
Hueston Woods State Park
Hueston Woods State Park
78 miles way Explore
Dillon State Park
Dillon State Park
82 miles way Explore
Forked Run State Park
Forked Run State Park
85 miles way Explore
Blue Rock State Park
Blue Rock State Park
87 miles way Explore
Whitewater State Park IN
Whitewater State Park IN
87 miles way Explore
Beech Fork State Park
Beech Fork State Park
87 miles way Explore
Indian Lake State Park OH
Indian Lake State Park OH
88 miles way Explore
Muskingum River State Park
Muskingum River State Park
89 miles way Explore
Lake Loramie State Park
Lake Loramie State Park
90 miles way Explore
Mt. Gilead State Park
Mt. Gilead State Park
90 miles way Explore
Yatesville Lake State Park
Yatesville Lake State Park
90 miles way Explore

The vibe at Pondside Camp

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Hipcamper Brian
Brian W.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2017

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.

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Hipcamper Kassie
Kassie W.
recommends this listing.
October 16th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper Tina
Tina S.
recommends this listing.
November 11th, 2017

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. :)

Hipcamper Jessy
Jessy S.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Desirae S.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018
Property
Fruitdale Farm
State
Ohio
$25/night
1 Site