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Old 07-10-2015, 11:49 PM   #1
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During a two week Southern Ohio camping trip, we did a drive-thru to the following Southern Ohio State Parks: Shawnee, Paint Creek, Rocky Fork and Hueston Woods.

~ First off, Shawnee State Park along the Ohio River just west of Portsmouth. First off, if you have a RV over 20' one would be very hard pressed to find a site. Rather hilly terrain with odd paved RV pads. It appears at one time the campsites were about 15' long with the electrical post in back. Somewhere in the past many of the pads had a extension added to the pavement to go around the electrical post another 5 or 10 feet. Might have been 5 sites out of 107 in the whole campground I could even think about fitting my 26' tt in.

~ Rocky Fork an hour east of Cincinnati. Mostly sunny sites. Over-all very tight sites close together.

~ Paint Creek an hour SE. Of Columbus. Decent sized sites mostly on a semi-hilly terrain. Most watch were many have a downward slope as soon as one steps out there RV door. The grounds seems to be well kept. The 5 mile access road to the camping from route 50 has spots that are very narrow. Wide-body RV's beware.

~ Hueston Woods 45 minutes due north of Cincinnati. The campground has been devastated with the removal of 80% of the old growth Ash trees. The pull-thru section which was once heavily wooded is now tree-free. What a shame.... The upkeep was just not there. Sidewalks in and around the park are patched and in need of a complete re-do. The other side of the campground had me puzzled All these double width paved pads of under 20' but with dual sided electrical posts and two site tags per pad, very strange. There was no way two RV's can fit on a pad. (think "buddy" system). Here no RV's are to be put on the paved pads, only tow vehicles. All RV's must be parked in the grass areas of every site. So the dual paved pad holds one tow vehicle each for two campsites. I just can't see how with the rolling terrain people can safely park RV's. Now we get to the showerhouses. All I can say is a bull-dozer is the only answer.

Besides Paint Creek, the other 3 were a disappointment. Yes for tent camping or small RV's one would be OK.
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Sorry to hear about Hueston Woods....... Stayed in the cabins, and camped there as a kid; remember when the lodge was built...... A very timely and helpful post, as we are planning our big 2016 trip, I was thinking of spending a day or two there on our last leg, but guess I'll cross that idea off the list now.
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Don't want to shy RVers away from places like Hueston Woods, but if someone had been there years ago and desired to come back, they would sure think they were in the wrong campground with all the trees gone. I think in the pull-thru section there were like 5 trees (non-Ash) left.

We have stayed at Stonelick State Park just East of Cincinnati 3 times in the last few year. And same thing there 1000 Ash trees taken out. What was our favorite lakefront site with 15 trees on the site is now tree-less.
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