Camping On The Ohio River

August 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Best Camping Places

The Ohio River is a majestic natural waterway that feeds into the Mississippi River. Beginning in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Ohio River winds along the borders of Ohio West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana for 981 miles, offering plenty of peaceful and scenic areas that are perfect for camping and enjoying the abundant river activities. Camping on the Ohio River is fun for all types of campers, with campgrounds and state parks scattered all along the river, each offering their own selection of amenities and activities.

Forked Run State Park, located in the charming southeastern Ohio hillsides, is the perfect destination for a weekend spent camping on the Ohio River. The park campground features 81 RV sites with electrical hookups, as well as 71 tent campsites, all with breathtaking views of the valley. Visitors can access Forked Run Lake with small motorboats (no larger than 10HP), as well as with canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. The park also offers boating access to the Ohio River. Guests can swim and relax on the sandy 400 feet beach, hike and explore one of three hiking trails, or enjoy the excellent fishing on the Ohio River.

O’Bannon Woods State Park, in southern Indiana, borders the Harrison Crawford State Forest and is surrounded by the Blue River as it feeds into the Ohio River. The family campground features 281 sites with electrical connections and there are also 50 primitive campsites, as well as horse camping accommodations. Don’t forget your Coleman life jacket as you enjoy eleven scenic miles of canoeing or tubing down the Blue River. Guests can also access the Ohio River with small watercraft or enjoy a picnic overlooking the beautiful river. There are more than 15 miles of hiking trails throughout the park, as well as access to the 24 mile long Adventure Trail. Horseback riding is also popular and there are plenty of fishing opportunities along the Ohio River, Blue River, and a small fishing pond.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend of fishing or want to enjoy hiking the beautiful woods of Illinois, Cave-in-Rock State Park promises a fun and relaxing time camping on the Ohio River. Enjoy fully equipped RV camping, tent camping, or stay in the comfort of the deluxe suites at the lodge. Whichever accommodation you choose, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the breathtaking Ohio River. Bring along your motorboat and take advantage of the wonderful boating and water recreation on the Ohio River. Golconda Marina is nearby and provides overnight storage as well as launch ramps.

Another favorite camping destination on the Ohio River is the Shawnee State Park, in the midst of the beautiful Shawnee State Forest in Ohio. The 107 site campground features hookups, hot showers, and laundry facilities and horse camping is available nearby. If camping on the Ohio River isn’t your idea of fun, reserve a room at the Shawnee Lodge and enjoy the indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, and sauna, as well as tennis and basketball facilities. There are also 25 two bedroom cottages available that share access to these amenities. Boating on the Ohio River is easily accessible from the Shawnee Park marina or you can rent a canoe at one of the park’s lakes. Other activities you can enjoy while camping on the Ohio River at Shawnee State Park are hiking through the State Forest, fishing, and swimming, as well as a nearby golf course.

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