Planning a weekend of camping at Jackson Lake State Park near Oak Hill, Ohio? If you don't have your own rig, book an RV in Jackson County and spend time visiting Ohio's spectacular state and national parks. Even though Jackson Lake State Park is a smaller park at just over 100 acres, it does have some of the most picturesque views in the entire state.
Columbus is about two hours to the north of the park and is an excellent destination for visitors, with restaurants, shopping, attractions, and sightseeing. Another great tourist destination is Chillicothe, which is only about an hour to the northwest of Jackson Lake State Park. Pack your family into your motorhome and gear up for an exciting RV camping trip.
People don't go RV camping at Jackson Lake State Park simply to sit inside their motorhome. They want to experience all this state park has to offer. The gem of the park is the 242-acre Jackson Lake. Boating on Jackson Lake is a great way to unwind and let the worries of yesterday slip away. Boats of any horsepower are allowed on the lake; however, they must remain at idle speed. Non-motorized boats are also welcome to launch from the park's ramp as well as paddleboards and kayaks.
Fishing either from the shore or from your boat is another activity Jackson Lake State Park campers enjoy. You don't have to be a professional angler to enjoy casting your line and hoping for a bass, bluegill, catfish, muskie, or carp to bite. All anglers must have a valid Ohio fishing license to fish in Jackson Lake State Park. Pack your favorite fishing gear in your rental motorhome, or rent some equipment once you get to the park.
During those hot Ohio summers, swimming at Jackson Lake State Park is an ideal activity the entire family can enjoy. The park has a 200-foot sand beach where you can build sandcastles and lounge in the sun. There are designated swimming areas, but lifeguards are not on duty at the park. Visitors are advised to use caution when swimming in Jackson Lake.
Camping at Jackson Lake State Park
Jackson Lake State Park features 34 campsites with 50-amp electric. A dump station is available on-site, and restrooms are within walking distances of most sites. The campground is open from early April through mid-December.
If you're unable to reserve a spot at Jackson Lake State Park, check out Deerland RV Park Resort in Jackson, just minutes from the park. Deerland RV Park offers several full hookup campsites with electric, water, and sewer, making this a great place to camp in an RV near Jackson Lake State Park. Restroom and shower facilities are centrally located within the RV park.
The Lazy Dog Camp Resort, also in Jackson, is another alternative to the state park RV campground. Pull-through and back-in sites are available. Full hookups include electric, water, and sewer. The campground offers laundry facilities, restrooms, and showers for campers' use. A camp supply store is located near the entrance for campers to stock up on essentials and pick up souvenirs.
Exploring the Area
While camping at Jackson Lake State Park, check out the Cooper-Hollow Wildlife Area in Oak Hill. Hunting is permitted in the Cooper-Hollow Wildlife Area as a way to control populations, especially deer. When visiting during the hunting season, guests are asked to wear bright orange or pick up a safety vest at the office. Several trails lead through the wildlife area, and visitors can snap photos of some of the more adventurous animals who wander close to the trails. Visitors are asked to not approach the wildlife and to remain vigilant while within the park.
Drop into Ray to visit the Leo Petroglyphs State Memorial Trail within the Leo Petroglyph and Nature Preserve. This is a half-mile trail that takes visitors through a gorge and along sandstone cliffs that rise between 20 and 65 feet in the air. As you travel the trail, you'll see one of the small tributaries of Sour Run. The Friends of Buckeye Furnace help maintain the park and preserve the history of the Native Americans who first settled in Ohio. You can view a large sandstone slab that contains a panel of petroglyphs carved by these ancient inhabitants.
Plan to spend a day or two RV camping at Tar Hollow State Park near Laurelville. This park is part of the Tar Hollow State Forest and has amazing hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous that wind through the park and into the forest. A trail guide is available in the park office. Pine Lake, a 15-acre lake, is a big draw for visitors to boat, fish, or swim. There are excellent spots to bring a picnic and enjoy the majestic views within the park.