Camping in Ohio: Lake Vesuvius Pedro, Ohio
Iron Ridge Campground and Lake Vesuvius
Iron Ridge and Lake Vesuvius are located in Ohio's Wayne National Forest, with the closest town being Ironton, 10 miles from the campground. 32 camp sites with varying types of hookups (no sewer) and in our opinion, is one of the nicer campgrounds we have visited in Ohio. The 143-acre lake and 1,200-acre complex provides the perfect spot for a getaway.
We reserved site #3, which was nestled under lots of trees and contained a double paved pad (perfect for accommodating guests or group camping), an oversized picnic table, and a fire ring with an attached grill. It was flat and perfect for adding a bug shelter, or for additional tents, and 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 at to date with water and electric.
The lakes has a small beach area and boating, swimming and fishing are all permitted. During our hike, we passed a canoe/kayak launching area, with the public beach in the same vicinity.
Reservations for camping in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area (Oak Hill and Iron Ridge Campgrounds) can be made by visiting https://www.recreation.gov/ .
All Trails GPX, Map, and Trail Elevation Details
Day Hiking and Backpacking Trails
- Lakeshore Trail (eight-mile trail around the lake)
- Iron Ridge Campground
- Lake Vesuvius - Roadside Picnic Area (not shelter)
- Lake Vesuvius Boardwalk Trail
- Balancing Rock Trailhead
- Bluegrass Trailhead
- John's Creek Trailhead
- Paddle Creek Horse Camp
- Sand Hill Trailhead
- Lake Vesuvius Picnic Areas - Roadside Shelter
- Oak Hill Campground
- Rock House Trailhead
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.
Don't Move Firewood
- Don't Move Firewood - Protect Trees From Bugs
They give you shade. They provide oxygen. Let’s make sure trees everywhere can do the same for future generations. If you’re a camper heading out for a
E-Z UP Pyramid Instant Shelter Canopy, 10 by 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
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!
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