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The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains make for a stunning location for an RV rental vacation, and Burr Oak State Park is your ticket to a fun motorhome camping trip! Located in the southeastern part of Ohio, the park covers a whopping 2593-acres of densely forested land and valley farms. Centered around Burr Oak Lake that also forms one of the main attractions of the park, visitors have plenty of outdoor recreation to look forward to. From fishing and boating in Burr Oak Lake to hiking the many rugged trails and wildlife and nature viewing, campers have a great deal to look forward to when camping at Burr Oak State Park.
Situated in the village of Glouster, the state park is not very far from the cities of Athens and Zanesville, and renting an RV is a convenient way of commuting around the area. You’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Morgan County, where most of Burr Oak State Park lies. A small part of the state park lies in Athens County as well. Interestingly, the land where the park lies today was once inhabited by Indians and then by settlers who found an abundance of resources that made life easy. It was also used for the mining of coal in later years. The park was officially established in 1952, after which it was dedicated entirely to outdoor recreation and preserving wilderness.
RV camping at Burr Oak State Park is a delight for anglers. Burr Oak Lake is known for healthy populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Spread over 664-acres, anglers can fish from the lakeshore or rent a fishing boat and enjoy casting a line into the lake from your fishing boat. There is a ten horsepower limit on the lake, so boat fishing is a breeze. Don’t forget your Ohio state fishing license to fish in this lake.
Put on your hiking shoes and explore the many rugged trails in Burr Oak State Park. With over 40 miles of hiking trails, the terrain of the park offers a variety of hiking possibilities with several trails differing in difficulty levels. A few of the popular trails in the park include the Buckeye Trail that goes around the lake, the North Country Trail, the Chipmunk Trail, and the Red Fox Trail.
Hunting is sought-after at Burr Oak State Park. Make the most of over 1800-acres of public hunting grounds. With some of the best deer hunting in the state, the park is also known for an abundance of wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, raccoons, and squirrels. Remember to carry a valid Ohio hunting license to hunt in the state park.
Enjoy a leisurely swim in the Burr Oak Lake. There’s a public swimming beach for swimmers and sunbathers, along with amenities like a bathhouse, showers, changing rooms, and a snack bar.
Park your RV rental at Burr Oak State Park to enjoy easy access to the park’s many recreational features. The campground offers a mix of electric and non-electric campsites. Seventeen campsites are newly paved, electric sites while 90 of the sites are non-electric. Amenities available at the campground include a shower house, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and a camp store for last-minute camping essentials. For recreation, make use of the many recreational trails or go fishing or boating. Bring your four-legged friends along to this pet-friendly campground.
When you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Burr Oak State Park, drive to Nelsonville to the Happy Hills Family Campground. With 92 campsites, the amenities here include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, water, sewer, and limited cell phone connectivity. Campers have access to restrooms and shower stalls. Kids will have a blast in the swimming pool. Don’t forget to bring your furry friends along to this pet-friendly campground.
A little over 20 miles from Burr Oak State Park is the city of Athens. As the county seat of Athens County, the city has lots of interesting attractions for visitors passing through. Another great city in the area is Nelsonville that is packed with lots to see and do.
Drive to Hocking Hills, just outside of the city of Athens. It’s another great spot for camping, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. Don’t miss the Old Man’s Cave when you visit Hocking Hills.
Looking for something unique to buy from the area? Stop by at the Nelsonville Antiques and Vintage Market, located in a public square and home to several really interesting antique shops.
Another attraction in the area is the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. Enjoy a scenic train ride through the region aboard this historic train.
Get to know about the rich cultural history of Athens at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum. The museum houses artifacts spanning decades and highlighting important periods in the city’s history.
There are quite a few dining options when it comes to eating out in Athens and Nelsonville. With several fast food joints, fine dining restaurants, family-owned eateries, takeouts, bars, and pubs, you can sample interesting Ohio staples on your visit.