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AEP ReCreation Public Land & Trails
Hocking Hills State Park Trails
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Mohican Memorial State Forest Trails
Selinde Roosenburg Memorial Backpack Trail in Zaleski State Forest
Scioto Trail State Forest Trails
Strouds Run State Park & Athens Trail
Kiser Lake State Park - 10 miles
Kyle Park (War Horse) Horse Trail
Honey Creek Preserve, Tipp City
Sycamore State Park - 21 miles
Poor Farmers Campground
7211 N. Lost Creek Shelby Rd., Fletcher(937) 368-2449
Spacious country setting (pictured below) with themed camping weekends, public events, a swimming hole, fishing and much more.
A&E Camping Resort
3299 OH-540, Bellefontaine
Located on 66 acres of rolling hills in Logan County, this resort has everything from primitive campsites to deluxe cabins and offers swimming, fishing, games, hiking, a rec building, hot showers and more.
1361 Thomas Rd., New Paris
A quaint campground with a pool, a free game room, fishing and playgrounds and ball courts.
Buck Creek State Park
64 ODNR Roads, Springfield
Besides a huge beach and lake, plus kayaking on Buck Creek (pictured below), this campground has tent camping, cabins and RV parking, fishing, designated bike paths and so much more.
CAMP + CO (Glamping)
For around $400 per night, go glamping in Miami County. You just have to see this one, including the wood-fired hot tub.
8549 Althoff Rd., Versailles
A small, rural, quiet family friendly campground north of Versailles. Has a small beach for children and fishing.
Dayton KOA Holiday
7796 Wellbaum Rd., Brookville
A camping resort featuring an in-ground swimming pool, a large lake with boat rentals, a number of playgrounds and a host of themed weekends and activities.
Campgrounds at Grand Lake St. Marys
Indian Hallow Campground at Indian Lake
10601 OH-235, Lakeview
Situated right next to the shores of Indian Lake, this private campground features a large lake of its own and an in-ground pool, plus quick access to all that the Indian Lake area has to offer.
Campgrounds at Indian Lake State Park
Indian Lake State Park
13156 OH-235, Lakeview
Rent a canoe and paddle through the channels and lake (pictured below), fish, rent boats and hop around to the different restaurants and attractions around the lake and much more.
John Bryan State Park Campground
3790 OH-370, Yellow Springs
Excellent hiking and sightseeing within the park, at nearby Clifton Gorge, downtown Yellow Springs and Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Kiser Lake State Park
4084 Kiser Lake Rd., St. Paris
The campground (pictured below) is right next to the lake. There’s a swimming beach, boat rentals, cool playgrounds and more. They also have fun little cabins.
Lake Loramie State Park
4401 Fort Loramie-Swanders Rd., Minster
Swimming, boating, hiking, dining, disc golf, bird watching, local history (including being in the middle of the Land of Cross Tipped Churches (LEARN MORE), and much more at this campground (pictured below).
Lazy R Campground
8714 U.S. Rt. 36, Bradford
Primitive wooded sites and plenty of RV camping, the facility has an in-ground pool, a fully stocked fishing pond, family activities, live bands, contests and much more.
Natural Springs Resort
500 S. Washington St., New Paris
Giant inflatables at the Wibit Water Play area, a heated in-ground pool, a splash pad, a sandy beach, 12-acre spring-fed lake that is popular for scuba diving, watercraft rentals, playgrounds, colorful water fountains, golf cart rentals, special events and more.
Oak Crest Campgrounds
4226 Township Rd 187, West Liberty
Includes an in-ground swimming pool, 7-acre lake, row and paddle boat rentals, a general store, playground and more. Near Ohio Caverns.
4611 OH-235, Quincy
This eclectic campground is located in a wooded area next to the Great Miami River and hosts themed events on designated weekends. The Pines restaurant is located just up the road.
On Cedar Pond
This 5-acre farm offers two campsites and access to a 2-acre spring filled ond with a beach, boats and swimming hole with slides and water features.
Orange Moon Camping
New Carlisle, Ohio
Stay on a small working hobby farm with a half-mile of trails, bonfires, fishing, climbing and more. There are 15 sites for $25 per night.
Patten Family Farm
This little hidden treasure has only 1 campsite. It is on a 100-acre farm near Troy and costs $22 per night.
4739 Woodville Pike, Urbana
40-acre campground with 180 campsites, swimming lake and fishing pond.
Stillwater Beach Campground
8408 Versailles Southeastern Rd., Bradford
Wildcat Woods Campgrounds
1355 Wildcat Rd., Greenville
A swimming and fishing pond and paddle boat rentals highlight this small campground in Darke County.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Famcamp
Building 4057, Area A St., Wright-Patterson AFB
The campground is available only to those with base access, including Active Duty military, retired military, DOD civilians, DOD contractors and dependents with DD Form 1173.
Camp right next to the airstrips at the base and next to Bass Lake, where fishing and kayak and canoe rentals are available. Tent camping is only $10 per night for primitive sites. There’s also a bunkhouse available.
WEST MILTON COMMUNITY PARK
Probably the most famous sledding hill in Miami County, and one of the longest, is at West Milton Community Park. The hill starts at Miami Street and drops quickly into the Stillwater River valley below. It’s a fun, fast ride, and, unlike almost every other place on this list, there’s a staircase to climb back up to the top.
PIQUA - MOTE PARK
Located at Gordon Street, families have been sledding at Mote Park for generations. It is a modest 35 degree angle, giving sledders a long, safe run to the bottom of the hill - and a fairly easy climb back to the top.
The levee system in Tipp City provides numerous spots to sled. However, the safest place is at the east end of Plum and Walnut streets, near Canal Lock Park, which has parking and is accessible from Main Street. Unlike other parts of the levee, where trees line the bottom of the hill, several spots near Canal Lock Park open up into a prairie. Add to this a very steep grade, and the hill provides both speed and distance. It is, however, more challenging than other places on this list to climb back up!
The main sledding hills in Troy are located along the Great Miami River levee between Adams Street and North Market Street and behind Troy Memorial Stadium. Archer Park is also popular and features a small but steep hill. Another location (considered to be less safe) is near the water treatment plant on Staunton Road in Troy. There are several new locations to sled at Treasure Island Park.
STILLWATER PRAIRIE RESERVE
Located at 9750 Rt.185 near Covington, this Miami County park features a sledding hill at the Overlook Pond.
At left, the sledding hill at West Milton Community Park. At right, Mote Park in Piqua.
MOOSE HILL IN SIDNEY
Moose Hill is located at Moose Golf Course, 1200 Broadway Ave. in Sidney and has a number of sledding options.
A large, central mound on the golf course has two ways to go – one long, steep hill (nicknamed “Suicide Hill”) and another decent drop on the other side. There are other hills where very small children can feel safe as well.
KISER LAKE STATE PARK IN ST. PARIS
One of several state parks in the region to offer sledding in the winter, plus ice skating, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and ice boating.
TAYLORSVILLE METROPARK IN VANDALIA
Located on the east side of Brown School Road, south of US 40 in Vandalia, this nearby hill spans about 500 feet, making it one of the longer, faster hills in the region and worth the short drive from home.
Englewood MetroPark’s sledding hill is located in the West Park. Use the 100 E. National Road entrance (U.S. 40 at State Route 48) and follow the park road for parking. There is a short walk through the woods to the hill from the parking lot. The entrance to the wooded trail is signed at the south end of the parking lot. There’s lots of room to have multiple launches for races or stunt competitions.
COMMUNITY GOLF COURSE IN KETTERING
(a.k.a Suicide Hill)
Located next to Hills & Dales MetroPark at Community Golf Course, 2917 Berkely St., Kettering, this sledding destination has been the stuff of legend for decades. A very long, fast and wide hill draws visitors from throughout the Miami Valley. Side hills are even crazier. Be safe at this one!
WRIGHT MEMORIAL PARK IN FAIRBORN
Spanning nearly 1,000 feet, only Suicide Hill in Kettering rivals the distance of this sledding hill at Wright Memorial Park, located at 2380 Memorial Road. Easy parking and access a plus at this location.
LAKE LORAMIE STATE PARK IN MINSTER
The state park offers sledding, ice skating, ice fishing and boating and snowmobiling.
VALLEYS EDGE SNOW TUBING IN NEW PARIS
This tubing park is located at 8295 St. Rt. 121 in New Paris in Preble County. Regular hours are 5-9 p.m. Thursday; 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission for two hours of tubing is $12 for those 4-6 and $20 for those 7 and up. An additional hour is $5. The Family Rate is $65. Along with regular hours, there are special events planned. Learn more HERE.
Located at Mad River Mountain Ski Resort (pictured above) in nearby Zanesville (about an hour away), Avalanche Park is “Ohio’s largest tubing park” with ten lanes all stretching more than a thousand feet. Avalanche Park is open 5-9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Check their website for other open dates, including holiday weekends. The cost is $25 for three hours of sledding. Concessions are available at the lodge. Plan your visit at www.skimadriver.com.
SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT
Although located nearly 300 miles from Miami County (about 4 ½ hours), Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania can make an excellent family vacation or weekend getaway. Along with some of the best skiing in the region, the resort's sledding park is one of the largest in the Eastern United States. It has 11 chutes that jet down a massive hill (pictured above at right). Even better, conveyor belts pull sledders back to the top of the hill. The cost ranges between $20 and $31, depending on your age and which day(s) you visit. This is for unlimited sledding. Open 7 days a week. Plan your visit at www.7springs.com.
PERFECT NORTH SLOPES
This tubing park at Perfect North Slopes (near the gambling boats in Indiana) features 23 lanes, including “super lanes” for adults, and is open to all ages seven days a week. At 1,200 feet, the tubing hills are very long. The cost varies based on time and age and ranges in price from $22-$32, with additional hours available for $5. Plan your visit at www.perfectnorth.com.
Not as steep as other tubing parks on this list, Snow Trails (located near Mansfield) is better suited for those who enjoy speed. The cliff-like drop-off for tubers means immediate action. Open Thursday through Sunday and the cost is $25 for two hours and $15 for children 5 and under. Plan your visit at www.snowtrails.com.