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Kelly Blank 09-15-2012 01:21 PM

Camping for Thanksgiving near Ohio
We wanna take our three children camping over the Thanksgiving school break. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go and what we might do to make it memorable for them? We would consider any of our neighboring states. Any advice is welcome.

Shadowcatche 09-15-2012 09:09 PM

My wife is a teacher up near Toledo and we are considering the same thing, using those four days. Many of the Ohio state parks are great and being married to a teacher visiting Indian Mounds State park and Adena mansion as well as other Ohio historical locations might be an idea.

lgarcia 09-16-2012 08:14 AM

If you are into crafts, Salt Fork is having their 20th anniversary "After Thanksgiving" craft show.

Here is a link to an Ohio activity guide

Most Ohio state parks have limited or "walk in" reservations in November.

Superslif 09-16-2012 03:41 PM

We're also from the NE Ohio area and have camped 3 times over the Thanksgiving weekend (Thru -Sun) the last 7 years. The biggest problem is most of the Ohio State Parks turn off their water by early Nov. You just have to call around to see who still has it on if you need to fill up with water.

I had to because I didn't like to travel with water, but with our new tt (2013 Aerolite hybrid) and a WD hitch I can handle more weight.

Last year we did Findley SP. and had a super weekend....some friends joined us from PA. for the weekend. Beware of Punderson SP. who does have a showerhouse that stays open all year, but the electric 20 amp service is very poor. The breakers kept tripping at the box.

I like to hit Findley at the end of Oct for the last of the fall colors

Kelly Blank 09-16-2012 08:19 PM

Great place to start
Thanks to all! Your suggestions are very helpful and we will consider each one. Incidentally, does anyone want to share their camping turkey day menu?

myhands4God 11-16-2012 05:52 PM

I live in Central Ohio. John Bryant State Park is a nice park. That is near Springfield, Oh. We like Mohican State Park. The Whole are of Mohican is really nice. We are actually going to Pigeon Forge for Thanksgiving. We are staying at a campground called Up the creek. I am having a roast for my husband (he doesn't like turkey). I will make mashed potatoes, and gravy. I will take my homemade canned green beans. The leftover roast I will cut up and make stew and cook that in my dutch oven all day so when ever we want to eat it we can. I am thinking of getting a small turkey loin and cook that for me. I will probably take some stove top since I am the only one who likes it. It is just my husband and I camping. Taco soup in a dutch oven simmering for hours is a very simple relaxing meal too.

Kelly Blank 11-17-2012 08:09 AM

That sounds really nice! Would you mind sharing your recipe for taco soup? And do you use the oven in your RV? I tried to bake biscuits and they burned terribly fast.

Also, when you stayed at Mohican did you have a full hook up? We wee having trouble finding a campground in that area with one.

Thank you so much for sharing!!

Superslif 11-23-2012 03:46 PM

Yes, Mohican State Park has about 30 - 35 full service sites. But, they fill up rather fast especially for the summer months....I'm looking for a 7-9 night stay there next summer...Here is a few pics from Mohican from 11' & 12' Mohican

We were all set to go camping this weekend until they changed the forecast. The original forecast was for upper 40's to mid 50's all weekend. Monday (11-19) they changed it to snow coming in Friday and Saturday. I just looked outside and the ground is semi-covered in snow up here in Northern Ohio. It's official, the camping season is over. :nonono::mad::banghead::frown::angry:

myhands4God 11-24-2012 03:37 PM

This week was the first time I used the oven. I baked green bean casserole in it with the rolls. Normally I do everything over the campfire. My taco soup recipe is very simple 1-2 pounds ground beef, 1 can each of kidney, black, and white beans, tomato (petite diced), corn, 1 envelope of taco seasoning and 1 envelope of dry ranch mix (hidden valley). I throw it all in the dutch oven (last time I put coals on the lid and under and it cooked really well). My hubby was energetic with his fire so the fire was going really strong and after 15 min it was completely burned :nonono:. Good thing there is a pizza joint down the road :laugh:
There is also a campground called Mohican adventures that is really nice. They have full hook ups and have a lot of things for the children and they also have a canoe livery across the street from their place which is next door to the state park.

BFlinn181 11-24-2012 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by myhands4God (Post 1380167)
There is also a campground called Mohican adventures that is really nice. They have full hook ups and have a lot of things for the children and they also have a canoe livery across the street from their place which is next door to the state park.

Canoeing in Ohio in November isn't for wimps. :whistling:

myhands4God 11-25-2012 05:26 AM

Point taken :facepalm: sorry, I was just thinking about what I did in the summer sorry

Kelly Blank 11-26-2012 06:43 AM

Well, we had a decent week in Cincinnati. The travel there was a little hairy getting through Columbus, but the route home was a piece of cake. The campsite at Winton Woods was very nice, but the neglected to tell everyone that they were winterizing the water pumps and we had to fill up our own tank (for the first time). Not too happy about that. Made us nervous about how much we were using, so we went on high conservation alert and did whatever we could in the showerhouse, which was a real bummer.

The weather was really great until Saturday and then it got a little cold, but the fire was great and we could sit out there most of the time if the wind cooperated. We made a beer can chicken instead of a turkey and my husband set it on fire, but it was still good and yielded enough for shredded chicken sandwiches for another day.

I love the taco soup recipe! We would like to start making more camp-specific food when we vacation as opposed to the normal grilled fare one can have at home.

Thanks for everyone's feedback! I hope the weather cooperates next year and we can try a different campground.

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