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Strouds Run State Park has put itself on the map thanks to the popularity of kayaking and canoeing on beautiful Dow Lake, which cuts into the Appalachian Foothills in Ohio. However, this is far from the only thing to do in Strouds Run State Park, as during the summer, the beach becomes crowded and the hiking and mountain bike trails full of people making the most of the great outdoors.

Rent an RV in Athens County to see for yourself what this picturesque park has to offer. Covering 2606 acres, there is plenty of room for everyone. The rolling hills are covered with hardwood forests, making for an exciting place to explore, and the rugged terrain offers visitors a chance to experience a true wilderness escape in south-eastern Ohio. Zanesville, Lancaster, and Nelsonville are all nearby, making Strouds Run State Park easily accessible.

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Getting Outdoors

For hikers camping with an RV in the Strouds Run State Park area, over 11 miles of trails run through the park. Lakeview Trail is the longest, taking you all around the perimeter of the lake. Just make sure you have some good walking shoes on and plenty of time, as it generally takes around 5 hours to complete. In the colder months, the park transforms into a winter wonderland, and the ski trails open, many of which are quite similar to the hiking routes.

In addition to hiking trails, there are also 15 mountain bike trails that range in length and difficulty. Some of the longest include the Athens Trail or the Hickory Multi-use Trail. These routes can be a lot of fun, but just be sure to pack a map, so you don't get lost. You could end your day with a tasty picnic at one of the many picnic spots, or an evening around the campfire in the state park RV campgrounds.

Dow Lake, which lies within Strouds Run State Park, is the ideal spot for a range of recreational activities. Fishing is one of the most popular things to do in the park, especially thanks to the fact that the lake is constantly stocked with a whole range of fish species, including crappie, catfish, perch, and bass. As long as you have an Ohio fishing license, then you are good to go. Another lake centered activity is swimming, and there is a dedicated swimming area located on the lake's east side. There is a huge 700-foot beach area to enjoy, which is particularly popular in the summer months.

Camping at Strouds Run State Park

There is a campground directly in the state park campgrounds, which has many facilities for guests to make use of. There are 78 campsites in total, and although they don't come with electrical hook-ups, bringing your own generator is permitted. Camping with an RV at Strouds Run State Park means that you’ll be first to hit the trails in the morning.

Another option when you get an RV rental near Strouds Run State Park is Hocking Hills KOA, ideal for a peaceful getaway that can also be loaded with adventure. Order pizza and have it delivered to your site, cool off in the heated pool or just chill around the campfire, after a busy day, the options are endless. With 50 max amp and a max length of 40', the campground caters to a range of trailers and RVs. The sites also come with free WiFi, cable TV, water, and sewer hook-ups, everything you need for a comfortable stay.

Exploring the Area

Get your culture fix at the Kennedy Museum of Art, home to many changing exhibits. The Museum offers visitors the chance to get a look at a variety of American artwork, including Southwest Native American textiles. Although relatively small in comparison to some of the bigger city galleries, this hidden gem is definitely worth a visit when renting an RV in the area.

For an adrenaline rush, head to Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, a world-class tree top adventure that is recognized throughout the state. There are lots of different adventures to choose from, but many visitors simply opt for the Original Canopy Tour, where you can zip through the treetops, ok a network of cables and sky bridges, suspended high above the forest floors with stunning views of the Hocking River. You'll be in the trees for a good few hours, so get ready for the thrill of a lifetime.

Although your days may be packed with excitement, that doesn't mean your evenings also need to be quiet. Take a look at what's on at the local Stuart's Opera House. The theatre hosts regular shows throughout the years, all of which never fail to impress the packed audience. It could be the final touch that makes your camping vacation perfect.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds


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  • Lakeview Trail, OHStrouds Run State Park, OH
  • Beaver Pond Trail, OHStrouds Run State Park, OH
  • Hockhocking Adena Bikeway: Athens to Nelsonville, OHAthens, OH
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