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Alum Creek State Park, OH

461 RV rentals

Searching for boating paradise and a family-friendly camping spot in central Ohio? Look no further than Alum Creek State Park. Located 20 minutes southeast of the city of Delaware, this 4,630-acre park sits next to the southwestern corner of Alum Creek Lake. The lake covers more than 3,300 acres and is a hugely popular destination for water skiing, fishing, and swimming.

Throw in a disc golf course, hiking trails, and a 300-plus-site campground, and it soon becomes obvious that Alum Creek State Park has a whole lot to offer for your next RV camping vacation.

AW Marion State Park, OH

443 RV rentals

AW Marion State Park lies in central Ohio, close to the towns and cities of Circleville, Lancaster, and Columbus. The state park covers an area of 309 acres, straddling along the western shores of Hargus Lake. Being so close to the Ohio capital, AW Marion State Park acts as the perfect park getaway for many of the cities population. This small yet unique park offers its visitors a chance to escape city life and enjoy the bounty of lakeside recreation. Whether it’s fishing at the lake’s edge, boating out on the water, or exploring the many trails, AW Marion State Park has something for all.

All of this makes AW Marion State Park the ideal place to …

Big Bone Lick State Park, KY

447 RV rentals

Big Bone Lick State Park is a historical park situated near the stunning Ohio River. This unique park features swamps and forests and is well-known for its abundance of rare fossils. So many fossils have been discovered at this park that there's a museum dedicated to the prehistoric remains, with several exhibits explaining the origins of these extinct creatures. Camping at Big Bone Lick State Park is also easy due to the well-equipped campground, and with plenty to do in and around the campground, there's no better place to park your RV rental near the Ohio River.

If you're looking for a peaceful getaway, you'll find an oasis at Big Bone Lick State Park. When you book an RV in …

Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, KY

298 RV rentals

Blue Licks Battlefield State Park is located in northern Kentucky between the cities of Lexington and Cincinnati. The park lies on the site of ‘ The Battle of Blue Licks,’ which took place in 1782 and is considered the last encounter of the American War of Independence. The state park memorializes the battle with a monument to the fallen soldiers of the United States that fought those loyal to Great Britain. Along with its unique place in US history, Blue Licks Battlefield State Park has a plethora of recreational activities to enjoy within its hundred and forty-acres. Its history and recreation make it the perfect Kentucky park to take an RV rental for a weekend. Accessing the park with …

Brown County State Park, IN

341 RV rentals

Brown County State Park is by far the most popular getaway in Indiana for both Hoosiers and out-of-state visitors. Indiana’s largest state park, Brown County consists of nearly 16,000 acres of diverse landscape sandwiched between Bloomington, Indiana, and Columbus, Ohio. This convenient location is ideal for finding RV rentals in Brown County. Like so many other state parks in the country, this one also started as a Civilian Conservation Corps project to employ young men in the 1930s.

Due to the makeup of the park, Brown County has earned the moniker of “Little Smokies.” Glaciers came to the end of the road here during the last ice age, and their journey formed moody ravines and rugged hills that …

Buck Creek State Park, OH

463 RV rentals

If your RV camping trip is taking you to the Midwest, make sure to stop into Ohio and spend some quality time in the great outdoors. On the outskirts of Springfield, Ohio, about 40 minutes northeast of Dayton, and 20 minutes south of Urbana, you’ll find the massive 1,896-acre Buck Creek State Park.

In the 1830s, the US-40 road was built through Clark County which helped connect the great farmlands of the area to the rest of the nation, causing Springfield to grow exponentially. In the 1960s and ’70s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the Clarence J. Brown Dam and Reservoir and gave it to the state of Ohio to use as a park. In …

Caesar Creek State Park, OH

481 RV rentals

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 …

Carter Caves State Park, KY

230 RV rentals

As the name suggests, Carter's Cave State Park is home to more than 20 caverns, all of which extend out underneath the rolling hills of Kentucky that make up the area's landscape. The forested land above and the darkness underground means that adventure awaits visitors both above and below ground, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained, including hiking, canoeing, and golfing. People come from all over the state and beyond to book an RV in Carter County.

There are a number of attractions in the park in addition to the cave, such as a lodge, putt-putt course, and 9-hole golf course. Although visitors are able to find many attractions in the park, there is also …

Carter Caves State Resort Park, KY

227 RV rentals

The forested hills of Kentucky hide a very special secret! Well, an open secret since it’s one of the biggest attractions in the area. Carter Caves State Resort Park is located in the town of Olive Hill along Tygarts Creek and is an ideal location for a motorhome camping trip. The park’s main attraction is the caves, of course, and there are more than 20 caverns that wind beneath the forested hills. In addition to the caves, there is plenty more to experience, and camping at Carter Caves State Resort Park will turn into an adventure, unlike any other. 

While the caves have been around for a long time, the state park came into being in 1959 and includes the …

Charlestown State Park, IN

337 RV rentals

Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana on the Ohio River and Indiana - Kentucky border. The state park lies near the towns and cities of Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Lexington, KY. Charlestown State Park began life as part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant and was donated in separate parcels since 1993. Today the park consists of over five thousand acres, making it one the largest national parks in all of Indiana. The park consists of the ‘Fourteen Mile Creek,’ a tributary of the Ohio River, miles of hiking trails, and access to the Ohio River itself. All of these things, and much more, make Charlestown State Park the ideal place to take an …

Clifty Falls State Park, IN

440 RV rentals

With its beautiful waterfalls, rugged terrain, and ancient fossils, Clifty Falls State Park is one of the gems of the Indiana State Parks system. Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Indiana, around 47 miles from Louisville, Kentucky, the park is well worth checking out for a few days if you're looking for beautiful natural scenery with a difference.

The park offers challenging hiking trails, plenty of delights to thrill and challenge amateur photographers, and the chance to get back to nature in peaceful surroundings. And with more than 160 sites to choose from in the Clifty Falls State Park campground, RV travelers are very well catered for.

Cowan Lake State Park, OH

472 RV rentals

In the heart of southwestern Ohio lies Cowan Lake State Park, an excellent state park offering the perfect weekend escape for a motorhome camping trip. Located in the city of Wilmington, the park is known for its serene lake setting with scenic creeks and a forested shore. An abundance of American Lotus adds to the overall charm of the lake. This state park is also popular with swimmers, kayakers and anglers. As you are finalizing your destination, book an RV in Clinton County so that you may explore the park and the nearby cities of Lebanon and Cincinnati.

Initially inhabited by the Miami and Shawnee Native American tribes, the area was turned into a settlement in later years …

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, OH

507 RV rentals

Dayton, which happens to be the county seat of Montgomery County, is currently the sixth-largest city in Ohio. The city is located just a few miles away from Springfield and roughly an hour away from both Cincinnati and Columbus. The State of Ohio is popularly referred to as the birthplace of aviation, all thanks to Dayton. Dayton is the birthplace of a set of brothers who made a significant contribution to human history. Edgar and Wilbur Wright made history when they launched the first plane into a sustained flight in 1903. When you’re motorhome camping across Ohio, be sure to pass by the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park for some insight into early aviation.

Situated right at the …

Deer Creek State Park, OH

472 RV rentals

Bring your RV to Wallsburg, Utah, located less than 15 minutes from Heber City, and spend a few days camping at Deer Creek State Park. If you don't have your own rig, book an RV in Wasatch County before driving over to the park for a weekend getaway full of boating, hiking, picnicking, and kiteboarding.

Provo and Orem are less than 30 minutes to the south of Deer Creek State Park and offer excellent shopping and restaurant choices. Make sure your rental RV is fully stocked before signing in at the park so you can enjoy the entire weekend without having to go into a nearby town for groceries or supplies. Salt Lake City is about an hour from …

Delaware State Park, OH

483 RV rentals

Does your RV camping trip take you to the upper Midwest? If so, you might want to check out Delaware State Park in Delaware, Ohio. This forested park is located just 45 minutes north of Columbus, an hour southwest of Mansfield, only 20 minutes south of Marion, and is a nearly 1,700-acre hub for campers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Through westward expansion, European colonizers discovered the shores of Lake Erie and decided it would be a good place to build a settlement. In order to protect their families during the war between the Delaware tribe and the British colonizers, the settlers constructed a fortress around the town. After they took the land for their own, they built up …

East Fork State Park, OH

452 RV rentals

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.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, KY

217 RV rentals

Fort Boonesborough State Park lies in north-central Kentucky just south of Lexington, and between the towns of Richmond and Winchester. The state park itself is named after and located on the site of the historic ‘Fort Boonesborough.’ The original fort was constructed in the late 18th century by the famous American pioneer Daniel Boone. The state park has recreated Fort Boonesborough, complete with a working fort, cabins, furnishes, and pioneer reenactors. During the high season, the fort reenactors will give demonstrations on pioneer pastimes such pottery and blacksmithing.

Along with its unique historical twist, Fort Boonesborough State Park also lies along the Kentucky River - a perfect place for those with an RV rental to come and boat, …

Fort Harrison State Park, IN

337 RV rentals

Situated in the central region of the Midwest, Indianapolis is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. Founded in 1816, the city replaced Corydon as the state capital in 1821. Did you know that Indianapolis is the largest American city not located on a navigable river? Enough with the facts, when you decide to camp in an RV near Indianapolis, you will pass by Fort Harrison State Park. Located to the northeastern part of town just next to Lawrence, IN, this state park sits on part of what used to be Fort Benjamin Harrison, a US Army Post dating back to the 1900s. The 18-hole golf course and hiking trails make Fort Harrison State Park the premier …