20 Low-Key Camping Spots Within a Quick Drive From Cleveland

With summer finally here, it's time to go explore the great Ohio outdoors by spending the night away from home. In this list you'll find camping sites for everyone from the most experienced backpacker to the best glamper around. Easiest of all, these spots are all within a 2-hour drive from Cleveland.

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South Bass Island State Park Campground
1523 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, 419-285-2112. Drive time: 1 hr., 56 min.
Camp on top of the white cliffs of South Bass Island in Lake Erie at this wooded campground. Including 128 RV and tent site, along with four cabents and a rustic cabin, this campsite provides private access to Lake Erie for swimming, fishing and boating — bring your personal watercraft or rent a power boat, fishing boat or kayak and set off from the park’s public launch ramp. 
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South Bass Island State Park Campground

1523 Catawba Ave, Put-In-Bay, 419-285-2112. Drive time: 1 hr., 56 min.

Camp on top of the white cliffs of South Bass Island in Lake Erie at this wooded campground. Including 128 RV and tent site, along with four cabents and a rustic cabin, this campsite provides private access to Lake Erie for swimming, fishing and boating — bring your personal watercraft or rent a power boat, fishing boat or kayak and set off from the park’s public launch ramp.

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Springbrook Campground
13833 Monclova Rd., Swanton, 419-407-9700. Drive time: 1 hr., 56 min.
Tucked within the 5,000 acres Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, this tent-camp only site is a must for nature enthusiasts and equestrians. Two sites include horse corrals, allowing campers to sleep next to their horses before setting off on the bridle trails. The more than 50 miles of trails feature alternating wetlands and vegetated dunes, hot sand dunes and wet swales. 
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Springbrook Campground

13833 Monclova Rd., Swanton, 419-407-9700. Drive time: 1 hr., 56 min.

Tucked within the 5,000 acres Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, this tent-camp only site is a must for nature enthusiasts and equestrians. Two sites include horse corrals, allowing campers to sleep next to their horses before setting off on the bridle trails. The more than 50 miles of trails feature alternating wetlands and vegetated dunes, hot sand dunes and wet swales.

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The Eco Camp
5751 Waterville Swanton Rd., Swanton, 419-482-8406. Drive time: 1 hr., 58 min.
Also situated in Oak Openings, this luxury campsite is perfect for glampers everywhere. The Eco Camps offers a wide variety of fully-furnished tents, each featuring a queen size mattress, charcoal grill, device chargers and much, much more. A special kids yurt is also available for children six and under. 
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The Eco Camp

5751 Waterville Swanton Rd., Swanton, 419-482-8406. Drive time: 1 hr., 58 min.

Also situated in Oak Openings, this luxury campsite is perfect for glampers everywhere. The Eco Camps offers a wide variety of fully-furnished tents, each featuring a queen size mattress, charcoal grill, device chargers and much, much more. A special kids yurt is also available for children six and under.

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Heritage Farms
6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2330. Drive time: 33 min.
While you might know Heritage Farms for their Christmas tree and fall pumpkin selections, this family-owned farm also doubles as a campground. Located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Heritage Farms offers 12 unique tent sites and three hillside camping shelters overlooking the sunset. 
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Heritage Farms

6050 Riverview Rd., Peninsula, 330-657-2330. Drive time: 33 min.

While you might know Heritage Farms for their Christmas tree and fall pumpkin selections, this family-owned farm also doubles as a campground. Located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Heritage Farms offers 12 unique tent sites and three hillside camping shelters overlooking the sunset.

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Maumee Bay State Park Campground
1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 419-836-8828. Drive time: 1 hr., 47 min.
Situated in a convergence of the land and Lake Erie, this 1,336 acre park offers a unique natural environment. Cottages are set between wet woods, marches and meadows, allowing ___ for a balanced indoor-outdoor camping experience. For recreation, rent a boat or bike, sharpen your birdwatching skills, take a walk on the beach or a swing at 18 hole public golf course in the middle of the park. 
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Maumee Bay State Park Campground

1400 State Park Rd., Oregon, 419-836-8828. Drive time: 1 hr., 47 min.

Situated in a convergence of the land and Lake Erie, this 1,336 acre park offers a unique natural environment. Cottages are set between wet woods, marches and meadows, allowing ___ for a balanced indoor-outdoor camping experience. For recreation, rent a boat or bike, sharpen your birdwatching skills, take a walk on the beach or a swing at 18 hole public golf course in the middle of the park.

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Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA
187 State RT. 303, Streetsboro, 330-650-2552. Drive time: 41 min.
Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsy type or prefer your camping in small-doses, Streetsboro KOA has it all: one-room and deluxe cabins, sites for pop-up campers and tents and space for even the biggest rigs. The campground also features themed weekends throughout the camping season, plenty of small ponds for fishing, a dog park, pool, group campfire, game area and access to the General Store where you can find fudge and ice cream galore. 
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Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA

187 State RT. 303, Streetsboro, 330-650-2552. Drive time: 41 min.

Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsy type or prefer your camping in small-doses, Streetsboro KOA has it all: one-room and deluxe cabins, sites for pop-up campers and tents and space for even the biggest rigs. The campground also features themed weekends throughout the camping season, plenty of small ponds for fishing, a dog park, pool, group campfire, game area and access to the General Store where you can find fudge and ice cream galore.

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Woodside Lake Park
2486 Frost Rd., Streetsboro, 330-626-4251. Drive time: 42 min.
The highlight of Woodside Lake Park is surely its four-acre lake, which offers campers ample opportunities for fishing, swimming or enjoying a lakeside picnic. Containing over 100 acres of campground, the park features 250 RV sites, along with several cabins tucked between the trees. 
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Woodside Lake Park

2486 Frost Rd., Streetsboro, 330-626-4251. Drive time: 42 min.

The highlight of Woodside Lake Park is surely its four-acre lake, which offers campers ample opportunities for fishing, swimming or enjoying a lakeside picnic. Containing over 100 acres of campground, the park features 250 RV sites, along with several cabins tucked between the trees.

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Punderson State Park Campground
11755 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, 440-564-1195. Drive time: 47 min.
Campers can enjoy access to the 741-acre Punderson State Park while staying at one of the many family cottages, RV sites or classic tent sites. The state park offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and amenities, including but not limited to an archery range, boat and bike rentals, golf, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a fishing pier, hiking trails, and a nature center and ranger station. 
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Punderson State Park Campground

11755 Kinsman Rd., Newbury, 440-564-1195. Drive time: 47 min.
Campers can enjoy access to the 741-acre Punderson State Park while staying at one of the many family cottages, RV sites or classic tent sites. The state park offers a wealth of recreational opportunities and amenities, including but not limited to an archery range, boat and bike rentals, golf, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a fishing pier, hiking trails, and a nature center and ranger station.

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Roundup Lake Campground
3392 State RT. 82, Mantua, 330-562-9100. Drive time: 49 min.
Located in the village of Mantua, Roundup Lake offers an array of camping options, including lodge, cottage and cabin rentals, plus 350 additional campsites for RVs, pop-up campers and tents. A sandy beach stretches alongside its beautiful 50-acre lake, where you have the option of canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, fishing or even just taking in the scenery. 
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Roundup Lake Campground

3392 State RT. 82, Mantua, 330-562-9100. Drive time: 49 min.

Located in the village of Mantua, Roundup Lake offers an array of camping options, including lodge, cottage and cabin rentals, plus 350 additional campsites for RVs, pop-up campers and tents. A sandy beach stretches alongside its beautiful 50-acre lake, where you have the option of canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, fishing or even just taking in the scenery.

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Tucaway Lake Campground
3365 Lake Rockwell Rd., Ravenna, 330-297-7908. Drive time: 49 min.
Spend a weekend at this lowkey campground in Ravenna, where you rent a cabin or set up shop in the many available tent and RV sites. Rent a bike and take off on the nature trails or take a kayak out on the water for the day.  
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Tucaway Lake Campground

3365 Lake Rockwell Rd., Ravenna, 330-297-7908. Drive time: 49 min.

Spend a weekend at this lowkey campground in Ravenna, where you rent a cabin or set up shop in the many available tent and RV sites. Rent a bike and take off on the nature trails or take a kayak out on the water for the day.

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