13 Parks near Athens, Ohio
Sep 2011 - $21.00
Most of the campers at Lake Snowden are "extended stay" and many spend the entire summer at the lake. Sites are available on a daily, weekly, monthly, and even a seasonal basis. One big draw for campers is the Ohio Pawpaw Festival that is held every year. It is a fun, family festival with bands, kids activities, and heck they even sell Pawpaw beer for mom and dad! The people are so mellow and fun here, it is a great time. The campground always seems quiet, even during the Pawpaw festival. The campers are respectful and adhere to the rules and curfews. This is a place to go if you have a boat. The lake is very pretty for the paddler, and the fishing is fun for the angler. The grounds are kept up well, and there are stores and gas stations close by. It is very close to Athens, Ohio and the historic Ohio University campus. A short drive to Athens will give you night on the town or a day full of fun at a relaxed and quaint college town From the web site: "Campsites are divided into 4 areas. The Locust Grove is ideal for those wanting to use the horse trails. Big Oak camp has some lakefront sites and is close to the play area. Hickory Camp is close to the camp shelter house and off the beaten path. Hilltop Camp offers sites on the hilltop with hot showers and flush toilets (vault toilets are located in the other camps). Lake Snowden is a 675 acre education and recreation park, featuring the largest of four lakes which form the Margaret Creek Conservancy District. The lake covers approximately 136 acres offering camping, boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming. The serene setting reveals natural beauty while maintaining the convenience of being just 5 miles from Athens, Ohio. The shelter houses, restroom facilities, beach, shoreline fishing holes, and fish hatchery make Lake Snowden a full-featured recreation park." - Accidental RVer
Jun 2012 - $50.00
Sites were fairly level. Dusty gravel entrance road, which the manager/worker made sure the dust was flying. As small as the CG is, they should be able to get rid of the speeding ATVs. Other than those couple of gripes, it is a nice CG and if in the area. Would stay here again. - maineman
May 2012 - $40.00
Nice campground. Kids enjoyed it. Trees were nice but the top of our RV was extremely dirty from them & we had a lot of spiders in camper. I think also due to them. Store was never open and people were hardly ever at the office. Pond area was OK but had tons of geese droppings which didn't make it very appealing to go in. - Campers12
Oct 2011 - $45.00
We camped here on Halloween weekend October 20-22 and stayed in Site 13. The site was large and level. The entire campground was very wet due to 4 solid days of hard rain. The owners were very friendly and willing to assist any way they could to make sure their guests were happy. They had hay rides for the kids, a haunted forest, pumpkin painting,and plenty of activities for the kids. The adults had a Karaoke night with a DJ for dancing. The park was a nice scenic ride away from the state park and all the attractions. The only thing that could use improving is the restrooms. They were older but clean. The showers had push buttons and they only stayed on for 15 seconds and that was very annoying. Other than that I would rate this campground excellent. Oh they also deliver firewood right to your campsite That was very handy. I would definitely come back for another visit. They are very pet friendly. - Chadwick
Oct 2016 - $20.00
This site along with many others are poorly designed and built. Site 175 is slopped down hill and while the pad was paved there was a sharp 45 degree drop off off of the payment. Unless you have a front of the axle door you have a 1' to 3 1/2' drop (with a rear door) from your steps. The lot is all downhill from there. There is not even a level spot for a tent. The neighbor, two lots down have 3' posts under the rear stabilizer jacks of this AirStream. To level my 5th wheel the pin was about 3' from the ground, normally when level about 4' This site needs a patio on the right side and steps down the hillside. Raising the back of the site to level with the road would be too much at this point, but a patio on this site and others would make this campgrounds a lot better. - Wi1dBi11
Sep 2015 - $28.00
Lots are incredibly small and not private at all. You are on top of your neighbors. No bathrooms but there is a shower house. No place to change in the shower house. - Hestermomma
Apr 2012 - $30.00
Nice campground, very isolated. Great for hikers. Good fishing. Very quiet and peaceful. - Shoboat
Sep 2016 - $30.00
Just an overnight for us,
But what a neat campground, Lots of seasonal campers, but the owners have kept some very nice spaces available for us short term folks like us.
It's just a great little park...
Would surely stay here again the next time were in the area..
Very nice owners... - happyflyer
May 2016 - $30.00
As others have said, this is a really nice place. Kind of secluded in a great area. The owner obviously works very hard keeping the place looking good and everything working. It is mostly well-kept seasonals but there is an area for transients with 3 long gravel pull-throughs and some grass back-ins. We had a pull-through, and it was long enough to park anything on wheels. He wasn't putting anyone in the grass sites because it has rained a lot, and the ground was really soft. The gravel pads were fine. The transient area is open, so no problem with satellite reception (no shade to speak of either). Utilities were good, Verizon internet and cell worked well. The road into the CG is one lane, but it was not a problem. There wasn't that much activity on it, and the seasonals are used to it - they will get out of the way of an RV going in or out. - JA1800
Jul 2014 - $30.00
Nice little country campground outside of Coolville. Has been here many years and is always full as it is about the only ticket in the area. The owners do take pride in keeping the campground tidy and they do not seem to put up with any nonsense, which is a good thing these days. This is mostly seasonals, but they do have spots for transients, We are in a large field in the new section and we were escorted by the owner to the spot and had plenty of room for our forty footer. The road coming into the campground is a bit steep and gravel. It is also narrow, so keep that in mind and watch for someone coming down the hill and you will be fine. We had no problems. The hookups worked fine, no issues with surging. Would definitely stay here again if in the area. Enjoyed our stay, some of the seasonal folks we met were quite friendly. - buffy
Sep 2016 - $34.00
The park was quiet and looked quite well maintained.
There were maintenance people working all around the park.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. - Larry Burkett
Aug 2015 - $10.00
Site, although pull-through, was short, tight, and soft if it rained. Many permanent/seasonal residents. - rracer5
Dec 2016 - $1.00
The past two years rate went up $170, paid $150 extra to have gravel on lot. There are no shade trees. Pond for kids to swim in, filled with stagnate river water. Zip line $8.00 to go 200 feet. Myself and several seasonal campers left due to unprofessional actions of owner. I can't give this campground a good review! - Bill McCoy
May 2015 - $35.00
Fairly new park with mostly seasonal sites. It backs up to the Ohio river where there is a lot of barge traffic to watch. The sites are gravel and the roads are gravel. There is good Verizon coverage, but no park internet. The rate seems to be a little high, for the area and amenities.
The owner is very accommodating and they are putting a lot of work into the park. This is a less traveled area of Ohio and West Virginia, with a lot of history. If you are in this area, I would recommend this park. - retiredfields
Oct 2011 - $25.00
A small but very friendly campground. Some of the nicest people I have ever meet. Just your everyday Mom and Pop campground where you become family. I would give this place an A+++ just for how out of the way they go to please you. Wish all campgrounds where this accommodating. Two fishing lakes stock with Bass, Catfish,Blue gill,Crappie. LP fill on site as well as cheap firewood. - Ty M
Jul 2016 - $58.00
This campground has a very nice view of the surrounding area and is situated on a hill. I am glad for my experience pulling a 5th wheel while navigating the roads in the park with the trailer in tow. When it came to leveling side to side, I had to put to boards under the drivers side and then an additional orange leveling block under each tire. Other than that, the site was very nice with the picnic table on an area of crushed rocks with a railroad tie boundary. The hookups were fine. There was the dog park area which my German Shepherd enjoyed. The pool was enjoyed by many on the hot 90 plus days I was here, but not overly crowded. They have a nice playground next to the pool, and a well stock camp store with pizza and ice cream. It is a family friendly camp with things for kids to do. Next summer to a different part of the country but if I find myself in Southern Ohio I would come back again. The staff was very friendly and helpful and made you feel like they were glad you were here. One drawback is the narrow access road which would not be good for two trailers to pass at the same time, and the road is a very steep incline. Pay attention to arrival and departure times and you'll have no problem. The access road in not under the campground's ability to change as it is controlled by the township. Don't let that stop you from visiting this very nice campground. It was nice to have Christmas in July during the 3 above 90 degree days I was here. The camp decorated several areas very nicely. - Camper Jay
Jun 2016 - $45.00
We were in the area to visit the Hocking Hills State Park and this KOA is very convenient to the state park. Our site was a deluxe site and had a paved patio, gas grill and bench swing. The site was level, but the park is quite hilly, but you are is a hilly terrain section of Ohio. There is a K9 park, which our mutt enjoyed. We enjoyed our 4 night stay and would stay again. The access road is rough, but is not owned by the KOA park. Staff was friendly and escorted us to our site. - Bobo Pruns
Apr 2016 - $61.00
This was our first time to the area. We really love to camp at KOA. We stayed the second weekend in April 2016. When we arrived there was a very bumpy hill to pull a camper up to get to the campground. Amazed how the people with heavier, larger campers make it up. We have 3 kids, so they placed us next to the playground. Which felt like it was more of a turn around or walkway than a site like the rest of the campground. The brick patio for the not premium sites are broken up bricks, and our fire pit was an old rim for a vehicle. If you spend the extra money for the premium site it is worth it there. They had swings, nice tables and a nice fire pit and no broken bricks. The second night we were surrounded by campers, and there were tons of other open sites in the campground where no one should feel cramped. And where the site was there were kids constantly running through our site to get to the playground. Getting the vehicle in and out of our "parking place" was a nightmare. When we returned from hiking the last night my daughters went to take a shower and came running back grossed out because someone had pooped on the floor. Which it remained there even when we were leaving Monday. Other than that it was a very clean bathroom. Grounds were clean. We had planned to go back the beginning of next month, May, and try with a different site, but apparently everyone who camped that weekend has been banned because of the poop on the bathroom floor. Oh sorry, the vandalism. We will gladly spend our money elsewhere in the area as we love it there. - LostWv5
Sep 2011 - $26.00
Forked Run (pronounced "fork-ed") is in another time. It's away from cell phones and urban sprawl. The park offers few creature comforts. Basic electricity, latrines, old and perpetually wet shower houses. Yet where can you watch a huge barge drift down the Ohio River? Or catch sight of bald eagles? The park is lovingly maintained. I have never come across a more caring and dedicated staff. On a holiday, they drove to each site and made sure campers knew a big storm was approaching. Forget the game boys, kids here splash and swim at an idyllic beach, play frisbee golf, cornhole and rent boats for the lake. We bought delicious local tomatoes. It's unlikely there is anyplace to eat out, or even get groceries nearby. We needed gasoline, and found a BP about 30 minutes of semi-windy road with an ice cream stand that sold excellent cones, malts and food. The big warning is for big rigs. I don't know. Maybe there's a way to come in from the west or southwest, but OH 124 has hills and tight turns with narrow sections. Patience and sound equipment recommended. We pulled a popup (which we saw plenty of at camp area 2) and I held my breath on one occasion while sensing the Ohio River was "right there" and no guard rail. This is only a few miles, but care is needed along OH 124 from US 50. Drive it in the day. On the other hand, a very nice boat launch to the Ohio River is nearby, so skilled people do this all the time. Be wary of your GPS from Parkersburg. Take US 50 all the way to 124. We stayed only one day but will definitely return to hike and explore. - arborvitaes