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One of the best places in Ohio for outdoor recreation is the 3,741-acre Caesar Creek State Park in the southwestern part of the state near Waynesville. The park also boasts a 2,830-acre lake that was created when the United States Army Corps of Engineers erected a dam in the 1970s. Water recreation at the park is a big draw for visitors, and many drive their RV to Caesar Creek State Park for camping and outdoor fun.
Want to go camping at Caesar Creek State Park but don't have an RV? You can book an RV in Warren County and spend a few days exploring Ohio in your rental motorhome. Dayton is only about 40 minutes north of the park and offers fantastic shopping, restaurants, and tourist attractions. The bustling city of Columbus is just over an hour northeast of Caesar Creek State Park.
Be sure to bring along your boat or other watercraft and relax on the lake. There are five boat ramps located around the lake as well as a marina. Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are popular on the lake as well as motorized and non-motorized boats. A harbormaster building is located at the marina, complete with a shop for fishing equipment, boating accessories, and even souvenirs. A concession stand is also located at the marina for visitors to grab a quick snack and drink.
Make sure you've packed your swimsuit in your camper rental so you can fully enjoy the 1,300-foot beach at Caesar Creek State Park. Swimming is permitted but only in designated areas, and no lifeguards are on duty at the beach. While visiting the beach, be aware this is a carry-in, carry-out beach with no trash bins available. Do your part to help save our oceans and leave nothing behind but footprints.
Hit the trails of Caesar Creek State Park for a relaxing stroll or a more strenuous workout. Multiple trails wind through the state park, offering views of the lake, breathtaking waterfalls, and even a swinging bridge. Pick up a trail guide at the park office when you arrive for a weekend of RV camping at Caesar Creek State Park. Two mountain bike trails also allow hiking, but be aware of your surroundings when on these trails.
State park RV camping is a great way to gather the family together and make some fantastic memories. Caesar Creek State Park offers nearly 300 campsites with electric hookups, and a handful of those offer full hookups. Available amenities include flush toilets, shower facilities, and dump stations. A camp store is located near the sites and offers concessions, camping supplies, ice, firewood, and souvenirs.
If you'd rather camp in an RV near Caesar Creek State Park, check out the Frontier Campground in Waynesville. Each campsite comes with 30 or 50-amp electric, sewer, and water hookups. Pull-through and back-in campsites are available.
Alternatively, head to Oregonia to the Olive Branch Campground, located about 15 minutes from Caesar Creek, for a relaxing weekend. Full hookups with 30 and 50-amp electric, water, and sewer are available. Campers can enjoy Wi-Fi and a pool. Modern showers and restroom facilities are centrally located, and laundry facilities are near the camp store.
On your camping trip, be sure to find some extra moments to explore the area around the park. The Museum at the Friends Home in Waynesville is a truly exceptional experience. When you visit this museum, you'll be transported back in time to 1905 to visualize what the Friends Boarding Home looked like when retired Quakers and school teachers called it home. This museum is the gateway to the Quaker Historic District in Waynesville. There are 22 rooms that display historical exhibits detailing early Quaker life, local educational opportunities, and historical clothing and medical practices. The entire Quaker district in Waynesville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
While you're venturing through the area, head over to the vast farmers' market in Monroe. Open every weekend, the market features hundreds of vendors offering a variety of items from handmade quilts to fresh produce. Food vendors are very popular in this market and you won't leave hungry. You may even find goodies to take home as gifts for loved ones. Live entertainment, raffles, and giveaways are also a big draw for visitors. You can spend hours browsing the booths and get lost in the festive atmosphere of one of the oldest and largest flea markets in the state.
Who wouldn't want to visit a castle while on vacation? Ohio has its very own castle which is now the Loveland Castle Museum in Loveland Park. Château Laroche, better known as the Loveland Castle, sits on the bank of the Little Miami River. Accomplished author and doctor Harry D. Andrews built the castle in the 1920s. Andrews even implemented the Knights of the Golden Trail, who protect the castle’s history and keep the grounds surrounding the castle “green” to avoid adding to the pollution harming the Earth. Upon Andrews’ death in 1981 at the age of 91, the castle and grounds were willed to the Knights of the Golden Trail. The society of knights has converted the castle into a museum honoring the history that Andrews loved. To this day, the Knights who guard Château Laroche still greet visitors.