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Perched in between Preble and Butler Counties of Southern Ohio lies Hueston Woods State Park. The sprawling park sits on a massive 3000-acre piece of land that features an enormous wealth of recreational activities. Located in College Corner, this state park has the towns of Oxford and Camden as its neighbors. Notable parks in the area include the Whitewater Memorial State Park in Liberty and the Mounds State Recreation Area in Brookville, IN. Don’t get left behind, search for an RV in Preble County and uncover the region’s best-kept secrets one campground at a time.
Back in time around 1779 is when Matthew Hueston was serving with the legendary General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, Matthew observed that the area had some good, fertile soil. After Indian attacks subsided, he started buying land in the area. After the last descendants of Matthew died, conservationist Morris Taylor bought the land and kept it while awaiting the state to allocate funds for the land. In 1941, the state finally bought what we now know as the Hueston Woods State Park. Perfect for adventure seekers, a weekend spent RV camping at Hueston Woods State Park will be well worth it.
The main attraction to this park is simply the availability of a whole load of activities you’ll run into. Why visit a couple of parks when one offers everything? For starters, the hiking trails are to die for. Bring along a camera as you’ll come across all kinds of wildlife and birds. Want a tip? Try out the trail near the big mound at the upper campground. You’ll love it. If you’re into biking, unload the bike off your rental RV and hit the trails.
After exhausting the trails, pull out your fishing rod and some bait and head over to the lake for a fun afternoon giving some fishing lessons to the kids. Some of the fish to watch out for are channel catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill. Anglers aged 16 and above need to have valid licenses though. Instead of spending the whole day fishing by the lake, why not rent a boat at the marina? Public docks and launching ramps are provided. If you’re bringing along a boat, note that there is a 10 horsepower limit imposed on boat engines.
If hanging around large water bodies isn’t your thing, the swimming pool has you covered. The 1500 foot swimming pool is a great place to practice your technique. The park also boasts of a paintball field and an archery range, but you’re required to bring along your equipment. You can, however, rent some equipment for a small fee.
When you rent an RV in College Corner, the campground at Hueston Woods State Park is the nearest. Featuring 225 family campgrounds, the park only offers electric hookups on ample asphalt pull-thru sites. The lots are long enough, so you will not have to disconnect your 5th wheel unless you wish to. Water spigots are located throughout the park, and the dump station is large.
Pet owners will be delighted since apart from pets being allowed, the park has a massive shaded dog park and an even more impressive dedicated dog beach. Some other features of the park include a store and a playground for the kids, not to mention lots of recreational trails.
After a few days camping with an RV in the state park, you’ll inevitably start looking for new things to do beyond the park's boundaries. Luckily, your search won’t be in vain. A nice place to start would be the 18 hole, par 72 Hueston Woods Golf Club. The numerous trees and lots of water will put your skills to the absolute test. Beginners will love the nice practice area, and the fairways and greens are in top notch condition. The little pro shop has a wide variety of food and drinks.
Speaking of food, College Corner is home to a vibrant food scene where most dishes are made from scratch. If your taste buds are feeling patriotic, indulge in a selection of American style dishes ranging from tasty pies to a good fried steak. If you’re feeling more adventurous, expand your menu by visiting the nearby town of Oxford and get a chance to dine as you enjoy some live music.
If you’re a petrolhead, the Big Maple Farms ATV Park should be on your to-do list already. When it comes to off-road motorcycle riding, there’s no such thing as poorly maintained trails; your skill is what matters. If you’ve got a four wheel drive and it happens to be muddy, unhook from your RV rental and go splash in some mud.