Best Ohio Camping: Iron Ridge at the Beautiful Lake Vesuvius
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 the place for you!
Iron Ridge at Lake Vesuvius is located in Ohio's Wayne National Forest. The closest town is Ironton, ten miles from the campground, which is perfect. With just 32 campsites and varying types of hookups (none with sewer), we found this to be one of the nicest smaller campgrounds in Ohio. The 143-acre lake and 1,200-acre complex provide the perfect spot for a 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 an attached grill. It's 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've stayed to date with water and electricity.
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.
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. Purchase your firewood before you arrive at your campsite.
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