There are many sites in the Miami Valley that are great places to pitch a tent
After spending months inside the house, this summer is the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Camping in one, or even all, of these three locations is just one way to practice social distancing while still getting fresh air.
Five Rivers MetroParks
Five Rivers MetroParks, a park system that offers outdoor recreation, conservation and programs to the public, is also home to a variety of parks that are great for camping. In total, there are 23 campsites within the Five Rivers MetroParks system. A few of these can be found at Possum Creek, Englewood, Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks.
Each of these MetroPark locations requires a permit and a reservation. Some offer other activities in addition to camping. Englewood not only offers four campsites, which are accessible by vehicle, but also has 9.5 miles of hiking trails. Visitors are welcome to play disc golf on the Blue Heron Disc Golf Course or explore three of the park’s waterfalls.
John Bryan State Park
John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs is located on 752 acres, and features a limestone gorge, formed by the Little Miami River. A portion of the gorge is marked as a national natural landmark.
Visitors to the park can stay in the family camp area, which houses 100 non-electric sites. The sites offer picnic tables and fire rings, and pets are permitted. For larger, organized groups, a 100-person group camp area is available. All visitors must make a reservation.
Campers can also go fishing or canoeing in the Little Miami River, in addition to rock climbing and rappelling. Visitors must register for a rock-climbing site in the park office before participating.
Caesar Creek State Park
Caesar Creek State Park, located in Waynesville, offers not only camping, but also boating, fishing and hiking. This park in southwest Ohio is home to a campground with 283 sites available to the public.
Each camping site features a paved space large enough to house a 40-foot trailer or RV if visitors wish to bring these types of vehicles. There are also sites reserved for those who choose to use tents. A camp store on the grounds provides guests with supplies they may need, such as food, ice and firewood. Reservations are required to camp.
In addition to the 2,830-acre lake that can be used for boating, water skiing and swimming, Caesar Creek also has a 1,300-foot beach available to visitors.