September 28, 2021

See the Leaves Changes at These 20 Camping Destinations Within Driving Distance of Cincinnati

See the leaves and seasons change on an easy weekend camping trip near the Queen City.  These camping destinations are perfect places to unwind and spend some time with Mother Nature — all less than four hours from the city. Some boast waterfalls and hiking trails, others feature beaches and mountain views; whichever one you choose, you're sure to enjoy. So pack up the tent and grab the s'more supplies, it's time for a road trip.

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Brown County State Park
1810 State Road 46 East, Nashville, Indiana
Distance: About 2 hours
Explore 70 miles of bridle trails on your own horse or during a guided trail ride with a steed from the park's Saddle Barn. For those who prefer wandering on their own two feet, there are also 18 miles of hiking trails, a swimming pool and lakes for fishing. If you're lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of one of the wild turkeys that call the park home.
Photo: VisitIndiana.com

Brown County State Park

1810 State Road 46 East, Nashville, Indiana
Distance: About 2 hours
Explore 70 miles of bridle trails on your own horse or during a guided trail ride with a steed from the park's Saddle Barn. For those who prefer wandering on their own two feet, there are also 18 miles of hiking trails, a swimming pool and lakes for fishing. If you're lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of one of the wild turkeys that call the park home.
Photo: VisitIndiana.com
Hocking Hills State Park
19852 State Route 664 S., Logan, Ohio
Distance: About 2 hours 30 minutes
This park includes stunning cliffs, waterfalls and hemlock-shaded gorges. There are many biking and hiking trails for exploring the park's natural beauty, as well as a 17-acre lake where you can boat and fish.
Photo: Catie Viox

Hocking Hills State Park

19852 State Route 664 S., Logan, Ohio
Distance: About 2 hours 30 minutes
This park includes stunning cliffs, waterfalls and hemlock-shaded gorges. There are many biking and hiking trails for exploring the park's natural beauty, as well as a 17-acre lake where you can boat and fish.
Photo: Catie Viox
Mammoth Cave National Park
1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Distance: About 3 hours
This national park highlights the world's longest known cave system, over 400 miles long. The huge chambers and intricate underground labyrinths led early guide Stephen Bishop to describe it as "a grand, gloomy and peculiar place." In addition to the cave tours, there are also trails and rivers for fishing and boating.
Photo: Facebook.com/MammothCaveNPS

Mammoth Cave National Park

1 Mammoth Cave Parkway, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Distance: About 3 hours
This national park highlights the world's longest known cave system, over 400 miles long. The huge chambers and intricate underground labyrinths led early guide Stephen Bishop to describe it as "a grand, gloomy and peculiar place." In addition to the cave tours, there are also trails and rivers for fishing and boating.
Photo: Facebook.com/MammothCaveNPS
Red River Gorge
Robbie Ridge Road, Stanton, Ky.
Distance: 2 hours and 15 minutes
In east-central Kentucky, you'll find the Red River Gorge, where the land is rich with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, natural bridges and trails that draw in hundreds of hikers and campers every year. The large amount of sandstone has made “the Red” one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. You also can’t forget to stop by Miguel’s Pizza on Natural Bridge Road while you’re there — a Red River Gorge tradition.
Photo: Facebook.com/OfficialRedRiverGorge

Red River Gorge

Robbie Ridge Road, Stanton, Ky.
Distance: 2 hours and 15 minutes
In east-central Kentucky, you'll find the Red River Gorge, where the land is rich with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, natural bridges and trails that draw in hundreds of hikers and campers every year. The large amount of sandstone has made “the Red” one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world. You also can’t forget to stop by Miguel’s Pizza on Natural Bridge Road while you’re there — a Red River Gorge tradition.
Photo: Facebook.com/OfficialRedRiverGorge
Tar Hollow State Park
16396 Tar Hollow Road, Laurelville, Ohio
Distance: About 2 hours
This 604-acre park includes deep ravines and dense woodlands, home to pitch pines that were once a source of tar for early pioneers. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming from a beach, several hiking trails and more.
Photo: Facebook.com/TarHollowStatePark

Tar Hollow State Park

16396 Tar Hollow Road, Laurelville, Ohio
Distance: About 2 hours
This 604-acre park includes deep ravines and dense woodlands, home to pitch pines that were once a source of tar for early pioneers. Visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming from a beach, several hiking trails and more.
Photo: Facebook.com/TarHollowStatePark
John Bryan State Park
3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Distance: About 1 hour 30 minutes
This park features a limestone gorge created by the Little Miami River, a portion of which is a national natural landmark. It also includes boating, fishing, rock climbing, disc golf and hiking and biking trails.
Photo: Friends of John Bryan State Park Facebook page

John Bryan State Park

3790 State Route 370, Yellow Springs, Ohio
Distance: About 1 hour 30 minutes
This park features a limestone gorge created by the Little Miami River, a portion of which is a national natural landmark. It also includes boating, fishing, rock climbing, disc golf and hiking and biking trails.
Photo: Friends of John Bryan State Park Facebook page
Lake Isabella Park
10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland
Distance: About 30 minutes
The 28-acre Lake Isabella is stocked weekly with catfish and other varieties of fish. Boat rentals are also available for fishing and cruising. The park also offers access to the Little Miami River and includes a canoe/kayak launch.
Photo: greatparks.org/parks/lake-isabella

Lake Isabella Park

10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland
Distance: About 30 minutes
The 28-acre Lake Isabella is stocked weekly with catfish and other varieties of fish. Boat rentals are also available for fishing and cruising. The park also offers access to the Little Miami River and includes a canoe/kayak launch.
Photo: greatparks.org/parks/lake-isabella
Mohican State Park
3116 State Route 3, Loudonville, Ohio
Distance: About 3 and a half hours
This 1,110-acre park borders a 4,525-acre state forest, where visitors can wander through a hemlock grove to enjoy the beautiful views offered by Clear Fork Gorge. There are 25 miles of hiking and biking trails as well as fishing and boating on the Clear Fork River, Wolf Creek and Pleasant Hill Lake. The area is known as the Canoe Capital of Ohio.
Photo: Facebook.com/MohicanStatePark

Mohican State Park

3116 State Route 3, Loudonville, Ohio
Distance: About 3 and a half hours
This 1,110-acre park borders a 4,525-acre state forest, where visitors can wander through a hemlock grove to enjoy the beautiful views offered by Clear Fork Gorge. There are 25 miles of hiking and biking trails as well as fishing and boating on the Clear Fork River, Wolf Creek and Pleasant Hill Lake. The area is known as the Canoe Capital of Ohio.
Photo: Facebook.com/MohicanStatePark
West Branch State Park
5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna, Ohio
Distance: About 4 hours
You can fish, boat, and swim in this park's 2,650-acre lake or camp, hike and ride horses through its meadows and woodlands. It also contains bogs and a beech-maple forest perfect for exploring.
Photo: Facebook.com/OhioFindItHere

West Branch State Park

5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna, Ohio
Distance: About 4 hours
You can fish, boat, and swim in this park's 2,650-acre lake or camp, hike and ride horses through its meadows and woodlands. It also contains bogs and a beech-maple forest perfect for exploring.
Photo: Facebook.com/OhioFindItHere
East Fork State Park
3492 Elklick Road, Bethel, Ohio
Distance: About 45 minutes
The 2,160-acre William H. Harsha Lake offers unlimited horsepower boating, fishing and swimming. There are almost 100 miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Photo: discoverclermont.com

East Fork State Park

3492 Elklick Road, Bethel, Ohio
Distance: About 45 minutes
The 2,160-acre William H. Harsha Lake offers unlimited horsepower boating, fishing and swimming. There are almost 100 miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Photo: discoverclermont.com