Hipcamp host Richard J.
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Pitch your tent near the lake. Water sports including, Boat, canoe, kayak, and fishing on the lake and hiking trails in the forest. GPS directions: Use street address: 5329 Van Fossen Rd., Johnstown, OH. There is a "bent Tree" in the forest, that may have been created by the Indians a long time ago.  Outdoor kitchen for cooking, four picnic tables, one at each campsite. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
4 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 14ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 98%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


On trails in woods or on township roads in the neighborhood.


Canoe, kayak, row boat


Yes, from shore and row boat, catch and release


There is a maze of trails in woods

Wind sports


Wildlife watching

If you are quiet, deer, turkeys, etc.


Natural features you'll find at Lake and Forest Camping in Ohio.


There is a 60 acre forest around the lake, with a maze of trails, including a "Bent Tree".


There is a beautiful wetlands in the forest.


Farm animals include, cows, horses, chickens, golden retriever


The vibe at Lake and Forest Camping

Places to see near The Lake at the Flying J Farm

154 Reviews

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Hipcamper Kaleigh
Kaleigh C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 30th, 2018

We had a great experience at the Flying J Farm. Richard and his dog Ruby met us at the entrance of his farm and took us down to the campsite. The hipcamp is a beautiful space around a pond with several spots to set up a campsite. We set up camp next to the pond where a fire ring was already established. There were trails around the pond and we found blackberry bushes along the way. We enjoyed canoeing in the morning as Richard has kayaks, a canoe and paddleboard available for guest use. Overall this is a great escape that is still close to the city, we hope to come back in the Fall.

Outdoor Kitchen, we did not use but has potential if set up ahead of time. Fire ring by the pond, a grate was available at the outdoor kitchen. Lake and Forest Campingkayaks, a canoe, paddle board and even a floating tent available to guests.
Hipcamper Ben
Ben T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 30th, 2018

My girlfriend and I were the first ones to stay on Richard's property, and we really loved it! The area is quite private - on arrival he and his dog Ruby greeted us immediately and took us back over half a mile to the camping area. There is a pretty large pond with trails through the surrounding woods, and he had left a canoe, two kayaks and a paddleboard by the pond for us to use. He told us we could camp wherever we saw fit, and we were the only group there that night. We set up pretty close to the pond next to a fire pit, and it was a lovely spot! It felt peaceful and secluded.

It should be noted that the cabin and outdoor kitchen mentioned on the listing are pretty basic and could use a little work (the host admitted these are still a work in process), but the cabin has clean running water and a shower/bathroom.

I would recommend this site more for the property itself rather than the cabin. For guests eager for a beautiful, quiet place to set up a tent with a few basic but convenient amenities, Richard's farm is perfect. We absolutely loved it and would like to come back one day!

The pond is quite large and had a canoe, two kayaks and a paddleboard for us to useThe property is well-maintained and beautifulNight sky above our tentThe cabin is close to the pond and has three picnic tables to eat at
Hipcamper David

Natural, pristine, perfect

David S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 25th, 2020

Very nice and private campsites, developed but rustic at the same time. Richard our host was very helpful and kind. Highly recommended.

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Hipcamper Phillip

Great camping for kids

Phillip S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 26th, 2020

Flying J Farms is a great place to take kids camping! I was searching for the perfect place to take my 3 year old on her first camping trip and was not disappointed. All the camping sites are remote, primitive, and private, but there is still a shower and bathroom available via a short drive down to the garden house. There is also a small lake house/cabin available to use, which we took shelter in and played board games during some heavy afternoon thunder storms. The sites themselves provide a very well rounded camping experience with many activities available including: fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, nature watching, star gazing, and just relaxing in a hammock. We stayed 5 days - My girls had the time of their lives and learned a lot about camping and the outdoors in general. We will be back soon!

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Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 5th, 2018

My friends and I had a great time at the lake at the flying J Farm. Richard was sweet and welcoming. We will be back again!

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on September 6th, 2018

Hi Melissa, it was a pleasure sharing my farm with you. Thanks so much for stopping by. Richard

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Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 17th, 2018

Spent 2 night’s camping with my boyfriend at the farm and had an excellent experience. First a warm welcome by Richard’s goldie ‘Ruby’, followed by a tour of the amazing,
huge piece of farm land. We felt welcomed right away! We chose a wonderful spot in the shade, right along the pond. The fire ring was perfect, with an abundance of firewood provided by Richard and the woods. Our favorite part was Ruby spending the day with us :) Richard stopped by ar sunset to take her home and that was truly a beautiful day. We would definitely stop by again if ever in the area. Thank you again Richard for being such a wondeful host and letting us share a fantastic moment on your farm. Hope to see you and Ruby someday on our visit back to NY.

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on September 17th, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your time here, best to you as you set up in Colorado. Thanks so much for your review

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Hipcamper Autumn
Autumn K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 30th, 2018

The Lake at the Flying J Farm was absolutely lovely! Our host was friendly and accommodating and gave us a tour of the beautiful farm. The site was nestled in the woods beside the lake. The lake is a great size for kayaks and canoes. Rich in history, the farm had many unique features including maple syrup tapping, berry bushes and fruit trees, wildlife, and a lovely farmhouse. Would definitely recommend this destination for any campers looking for a peaceful getaway.

Coffee tastes better in the woods. What a view! This iconic maple tree made for a beautiful photo op. "Marker trees" or "trail trees" were carefully bent by local Native Americans; giving them this unique shape.
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 13th, 2019

Flyjng J Farms was so quiet and beautiful. Only a short drive out of the city but you felt a million miles away.

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Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on May 14th, 2019

It was a pleasure having Sarah and her boyfriend spend a night here at the Flying J Farm. They cleaned up their campsite perfectly and took everything away. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Hipcamper MATTHEW

Peaceful weekend

Matthew H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 13th, 2019

This property was beautiful and our site next to the lake was perfect, this was the privacy and quiet me and my wife were looking for to get away for the weekend. having a canoe to use was also very nice for a morning paddle around the lake as well. I would for sure come back here again!

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on June 13th, 2019

Thank you Matthew, glad you enjoyed it. You are welcome anytime.

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