Best Ohio Camping: Iron Ridge at the Beautiful Lake Vesuvius

Updated on June 5, 2019
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Iron Ridge Campground at Lake Vesuvius

Do you love the idea of Adventure plus a Serene, relaxing location for your camping get-away? If you love long hiking trails, lakes, beaches, canoeing and kayaking, I have just the place for you!

Iron Ridge at Lake Vesuvius is located in Ohio's Wayne National Forest. The closest town is Ironton, 10 miles from the campground, which is perfect. With 32 campsites and varying types of hookups (no sewer), we find this to be one of the nicest campgrounds in Ohio. The 143-acre lake and 1,200-acre complex provide the perfect spot for relaxing and adventurous camping or RV retreat.

We reserved site #3, which is nestled under the trees and contains a double paved pad (perfect for guests or group camping), an oversized picnic table, and a fire ring with attached grill. It is flat and perfect for adding an insect shelter, or additional tents. This site has both electric and water (no sewer) hookups. The cost is only $20 per night, the least expensive of all the sites we have stayed to date with water and electric.

The lake has a small beach area where boating, swimming, and fishing are permitted. During our hike, we noticed a canoe/kayak launching area, with the public beach in the same vicinity.

Facility Details - IRON RIDGE - LAKE VESUVIUS, OH - Recreation.gov

Reservations for camping in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (Oak Hill and Iron Ridge Campgrounds) can be made by visiting https://www.recreation.gov/.

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Know Before You Go

Pets are permitted within recreation areas but must be caged, on a leash not longer than six feet, or under other physical restrictive control.

Camping or the establishment of a campsite within the Wayne National Forest shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 days in any 30 day time period.

Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Obtain your firewood at or near your camping destination.

Our Savannah cats enjoying the outdoors.
Our Savannah cats enjoying the outdoors. | Source
Trying out our new EZ-UP tent and screen room.  Highly recommended!
Trying out our new EZ-UP tent and screen room. Highly recommended! | Source
A shot from another campgrounds showing our four Savannah cats enjoying the screen room.
A shot from another campgrounds showing our four Savannah cats enjoying the screen room. | Source

Would you like to add this screen/room combination to your campsite?

Continue reading to learn where to purchase this dynamic duo. You will wonder how your campsite ever got by without it!

E-Z UP Pyramid Instant Shelter Canopy, 10 by 10'

E-Z UP PR3WH10RB Shelter 10', Cathedral Ceiling for Increased Headroom | Portable Instant Canopy Popup Tent, Royal Blue_Pyramid 10
E-Z UP PR3WH10RB Shelter 10', Cathedral Ceiling for Increased Headroom | Portable Instant Canopy Popup Tent, Royal Blue_Pyramid 10

We wanted to add an outdoor option for additional shade, mosquito, and rain protection to our campsites. After speaking with a representative from the E-Z UP company, we were able to put together the perfect combination (when the screen-room shown below is added to the Pyramid model tent). With a wide range of fun color combinations, fast set-up, great strength, and overall durability, this is the perfect combination to enhance your tent or RV experience; not to mention, it's perfect for your backyard gatherings or block parties too! The tent also comes with a wheeled storage case to make moving and carrying easy for pretty much anyone.

 

EZ-Up 10x10 Screen Room

E-Z UP SC10SLGY Cube Mesh Wall Canopy Screen Room, 6 Person
E-Z UP SC10SLGY Cube Mesh Wall Canopy Screen Room, 6 Person

Not only is this tent and screen room a great way to enjoy being outside without the mosquitoes, but it also is a great place for our three lively Savannah Cats to hang out with us outside and not have to be tethered on their leashes, which is actually why we bought it in the first place! Of course, they can't be left unattended in it due to the fact that they can totally tear it up and break out; but they were pretty happy to hang out in there with us. The best part about this screen room is that the mesh is very easy to see through; so easy that you almost forget you're in a screened area!

 

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    © 2018 Debra Roberts

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        Lavern Moore 

        4 months ago

        I would love to go camping at iron ridge. I would enjoy it greatly. I have visited Ohio many times but never here.

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        The Sunny Side Lifestyle Co. 

        4 months ago

        Lake Vesuvius looks stunning! Ten miles from the nearest town is a little remote for me but I'm sure ensured that you were focused on enjoying nature and relaxing. I loved to see that your cats enjoy camping too!

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        Thuy 

        4 months ago

        Wow what a cool idea and I love that you travel with your Savanah cats! I need that screenroom to avoid being eaten by all these bugs

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        Tracy @ Cleland Clan 

        4 months ago

        Ohio has so many beautiful state parks and natural areas. I've lived in Ohio all my life and still hadn't heard of this one. Now, it's on my list for a weekend getaway!

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        Live Learn Better 

        4 months ago

        This is nice though camping isn't my type of fun. One of these days will give it a try. Your lucky cats are having a good time.

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        Subhashish Roy 

        4 months ago

        I had heard of Lake Vesuvius but did not know much about it. It looks like a stunning place which I would love to visit sometime.My list is getting longer each day

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        jerry godinho 

        4 months ago

        buying an RV and driving from alaska to mexico is my dream and your post reminded me of my dream. A great write up and i liked your pics thanks for writing this

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        Lyosha 

        4 months ago

        Looks great! i would so spend my time there. I like camping, especially when it is a nice and accessible place like you reviewed.

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        Erica (The Prepping Wife) 

        4 months ago

        I’ve always wanted to buy an RV and travel around, and this post reminded me of that! I love that you can have pets with you too, and you talked about the rules, especially the firewood rule. I wouldn’t have even thought about that.

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        Snehal 

        4 months ago

        How nice that one can take pets along with them too! :) I would love to hike there someday.

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        Luna S 

        4 months ago

        This does look like a beautiful place to stop and set up camp for a night or two! I like that it is near the water.

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        Trish Veltman 

        4 months ago

        I'd love to tour the US in an RV - such a nice way to get around and see different places. this campground would make a perfect retreat.

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        Scott DeNicola 

        4 months ago

        We've never been much of a camping family but if it were a campground like this it may be a different story. And if we had a camper as well. Love the pop-up shade cover and screen idea. We do however like a good hike and these look like some fantastic trails should we get to Iron Ridge Campground one day. The opening picture is enough to make me want to go.

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        Despite Pain 

        4 months ago

        I am a wee bit envious - we would love an RV. We hired one many years ago and toured Scotland and had such a good time. The area you were in looks so nice. Relaxing, yet plenty to do in the area. I love the screen room for your cats (which are absolutely gorgeous).

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        Robert Sacchi 

        13 months ago

        Great pictures. Your off to a fine start with HubPages.

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        Liz Westwood 

        13 months ago from UK

        Great photos and product placement in this hub.

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