Free Campgrounds in Ohio Dakota
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East Fork State Park
Located 25 miles outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Free camping is available in four primitive sites located along 46 miles of trails. Permit required. There is also a 5-mile mountain bike trail. The park's terrain includes both rugged hills and open meadows. Pets on a leash are allowed on backpacking trails and backcountry campsites.
Wayne National Forest
The Only National Forest in Ohio. There are 300 miles of Hiking, ATV, Mountain Bike, and Horse trails on the Forest. Free primitive camping is allowed away from developed campgrounds. Camping is NOT allowed within designated Special Areas. There is no fee and it is not normally necessary to check in with the Forest Service. However, groups larger than 25 people require a permit and prior coordination is required. 14-day limit.
Burr Oak Cove
Located on the north-west tip of Burr Oak Reservoir in the Wayne National Forest, Ohio. Free camping is available Monday through Friday on all 19 sites when water is no longer available. Pit toilets, tables, and fire rings are provided on the site. The fee for camping between 5/15 and 9/30 is $5 per night.
Stone Church Horse Trail and Campground
Named for the skeletal ruins of an old stone church nearby, the horse trail winds through the rolling hills of the Wayne National Forest, Ohio. Water is turned off during the winter due to risk of freezing. During the period when no water is available camping is free at this site. A Forest Trail Permit is required to ride horses on any Wayne National Forest trail. The trail system is closed to horse use from December 16th through April 14th, but is open for hiking year-round. Watch your step!