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Located very close to Cincinnati is East Fork State Park, one of the biggest state parks in Ohio. Covering both rugged hills and open meadows, the park offers an ideal getaway into the wilderness for RV campers visiting East Fork State Park.
The park is home to the Little Miami River Basin, with the area being inhabited for over 3000 years by different Native Indian tribes. It boasts of a very diverse landscape, including dry-forested hills, rocky cascades, swamp forests, and marshy grasslands, spread over 4500 acres of land. Book an RV in the East Fork State Park to explore the many outdoor activities available in the massive expanse of this state park.
The presence of East Fork Lake is a major attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, in addition to its varied landscape and diverse vegetation. Hikers are spoilt for choice with the range of hiking options. There is a 32-mile Steven Newman Worldwalker Perimeter Trail that circles the entire park, offering a strenuous hike. Easier hiking trails include Cedar Pond Loop, the Prairie Trail, the Whipporwill Trail, and the Fern Hill Trail, ranging from easy to moderate hikes, and between half a mile to two miles. There are a few bridle trails that can be hiked, such as the Pin Oak Trail, the Red Fox Bluff Trail, and the Cascades Trail, among others. Mountain bikers get to enjoy a mountain-bike trail that covers a little over nine miles of terrain that’s a mix of flat, smooth stretches and twisting, winding turns. If you’re an advanced cyclist, the second loop goes through steep hills and switchbacks.
No state park RV camping trip is complete without water sports, and East Fork Lake is ideal for this. Boating is popular here, and there are five launch ramps that provide access to the lake for boating. On your RV rental vacation to East Fork State Park, make use of the lake’s rich catches as you indulge in fishing. The lake is stocked with hybrid striper, largemouth bass, channel catfish and more. Remember to have the necessary licenses for fishing here.
Swimming is another popular activity for those visiting or camping at East Fork State Park. There is a 1200-foot beach area with changing rooms and amenities.
For winter trips, subject to weather conditions, there’s a range of winter sports like sledding, ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.
If you plan on camping in a rental motorhome in East Fork State Park, you’ll have access to one of the largest campsites in the area, and an ideal location for RV camping. With over 400 sites, the campgrounds offer amenities like full hookups, electric (both 30 and 50 AMP), big rig access, sewers, water, restrooms and showers, cell phone connectivity and a camper’s beach. There is lots of space to run around for the kids. Pets are permitted but in designated areas. Another interesting feature of the park is the Equestrian Camp with around 15 spots. Make reservations ahead of time to guarantee yourself a spot at this campsite.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near East Fork State Park, try Steamboat Bend Campground in Cincinnati, a smaller campsite with about 50 parking spots. The campground offers RV campers quite a few facilities including pull-thru sites, big rig access, electric hookups (30 AMP), cell phone connectivity, water, picnic table, fire ring, and a dump station. Located by the shores of the Ohio River, it’s a great spot for recreational activities too.
It’s a good idea to continue your Ohio road trip once you’ve explored East Fork State Park, and make your way to the city of Cincinnati that has much to offer everyone. About a half-hour’s drive from the state park will bring you to Cincinnati, located in Hamilton County, along the Ohio and Licking Rivers. Across the rivers lies the neighboring state of Kentucky.
If you happen to be traveling with kids, check out the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is touted as one of the best in the country! Over 140 years old, the zoo is home to a large number of animals belonging to over 500 species.
For art lovers, head to the Cincinnati Art Museum, one of the oldest in the country, boasting of a collection of over 60,000 works of art spanning six centuries. There are quite a few art programs conducted at the museum as well if you’d like to sign up for a workshop. The Taft Museum of Art is another interesting art museum to visit while in town.
Once you’ve booked your RV rental in Clermont County, stop by at the Cincinnati Observatory and get an insight into astronomy and science in this picturesque building that is home to one of the oldest working telescopes in the western hemisphere.
In between your sightseeing, don’t forget to refuel your energy by trying out some of the local favorites like Cincinnati Chili and Greek Gyros. And once you’re done with exploring the city, fill up your tank at one of the gas stations in town before hitting the road again in your rental RV to continue your adventure exploring the Buckeye State.