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 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.
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.
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'
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!
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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