If the sound of hitting the trail in your RV, with a destination of “tranquil beauty” and “rich geological history” appeals to you, two of Ohio’s state parks can provide just that, and so much more. And if that idea appeals to you and your caravan, we’ve got you covered.
Campers of all kinds who have had the privilege of visiting Mohican State Park and Geneva State Park often cite the shimmering expanse of the waters, and the peaceful beauty of the ancient forests as the most memorable.
Abundant natural history and beauty, limitless outdoor activities, and all the RV-friendly amenities you’ll need, here are two of the best camping locations in Ohio for the nature-loving RV traveler:
Mohican State Park
This 1,110-acre camping location is home to the scenic Mohican River, Clear Fork Gorge, Pleasant Hill Lake and a stunning hemlock forest. Many of the natural features in the Mohican region are the results of geological events that occurred more than 14,000 years ago during the Ice Age. The Wisconsinan glacier completed its advance here, with multiple linear ridges of rock and soil (moraines) formed by the edges of the glacier still visible today.
The Mohican-Memorial State Forest is more than 4,000-acres of forest adjacent to the park, and home to a diverse ecosystem of plants and animals. Fifteen different species of ferns thrive here, amidst red, white and black oaks, white pine, hemlock, beech, yellow birch, willow and ash trees.
Residents of the forest include white-tail deer, opossum, red fox, and skunk; making a comeback to the area are bald eagles and wild turkeys. Some of the reptilian residents include dusky salamanders, American toads, and the gray tree frog. It is important to note that the venomous copperhead does live here, but is not aggressive and typically only strikes when threatened.
The Delaware Indians frequented this area as regular hunting grounds long before pioneer settlement and state parks.
After the War of 1812, most of the Native Americans were driven from the area. Also in the 1800’s, John Chapman, famously known as “Johnny Appleseed” cultivated his apple tree nurseries here.
The outdoor activities at this highly rated campground are seemingly endless:
- Fishing on the Mohican River for carp, largemouth bass, catfish and bluegill
- 12 different designated picnic areas
- Paddling, canoeing, and kayaking on the Clear Fork of the Mohican River
- Hunting in the nearby forest
- 6 hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, ¾ mile to 2 miles
- 3 horseback trails
- 2 bicycle trails
- 1 mountain bike trail
- Nature Center Programs
- Snowmobiling in the winter
Mohican State Park can accommodate large groups of up to 100 people with a reservation. The campground provides convenient access to flush toilets, showers, camp commissary, and a dump station.
Campers are also permitted to bring domestic pets, use the pool, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts; as well as borrow games and sporting equipment from the commissary. There are:
- 118 Electric Sites
- 33 Full Hook-Up Sites
- 35 Non-Electric Sites
Geneva State Park
698 acres of breathtaking northeastern Ohio shoreline perfectly reflect the natural beauty of Lake Eerie. Fishing, swimming, and boating lovers will want to stay on this expansive lake forever! The Geneva State Park is also home to freshwater marshes and estuaries.
Once covered by glaciers over a mile thick, this region is home to some of Ohio’s richest geologic history. The advance and retreat of at least four different glacial events during the Ice Age (Pleistocene) carved the lake basins and river valleys, filling them with glacial meltwater, and depositing the dunes, sand bars, and sandy beaches that surround them today.
The western beaches host plants that are considered rare in this part of the country, but native to the Atlantic coastline such as seaside spurge, sea rocket, silverweed, and beach pea.
Erie, meaning “it is long-tailed” or “wildcat” was the name given by Native Americans who lived in the area until the mid-seventeenth century. The lake itself was once a primary transportation route for other Indians as well European pioneers such as French fur trappers.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, Lake Eerie was a prominent feature in the beginnings of Ohio’s state history and economic growth. Trade goods were shipped throughout the canal system from local farms to Cleveland, Toledo, and even New York.
Today, the Saint Lawrence Seaway enables global trade from the American Midwest to numerous foreign nations. Among the most common trade goods are soybeans and wheat.
Known as the walleye capital of the world, Lake Erie also has other great catches such as channel catfish, steelhead trout, and yellow perch. Other outdoor activities at the park include:
- Hunting from mid October to Late February
- Two Miles of Paved Bike Trails
- 5 Mile Snowmobiling Trail
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Ice Fishing
- Six Miles of Hiking Trails
- Archery Range
The campground amenities at Geneva State Park extend to an impressive list for the marina as well. Close to camp, you will enjoy a heated shower house, flush toilets, and coin-operated laundry facilities.
Campers are permitted to bring domestic pets (designated sites only), and borrow games and sporting equipment. Other amenities include a sand volleyball court, basketball court, a playground for the kids and:
- 89 Electric Sites
- 4 Full Hook-Up Sites
- 7 Non-Electric Sites
- Deli and Canteen
- Fueling Station
- Fish Cleaning Service
- 407 Slips and Transient Docking
- Bait and Tackle Supplies, Fish Licenses, Boat Accessories
- Boat and Trailer Storage
- Six-Lane Boat Ramp