East Fork State Park

Bethel, Ohio

Bethel, Ohio
Phone: (513) 734-4323

Sites: 399
Recent Rate: $27 10/2015

Latitude: 39.0062
Longitude: -84.1402

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

12 Reviews

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has been fully updated in the past 2 years (previously stayed here and things were in major need of repair). The park has newer paved roads and campsite pads, new electric service (including the pole/service at each individual camp site), and showers. They recently (I'm told this past summer) added a few pieces of playground equipment, but this is still on the wish list for the park as their playground is super small for this size park. Trails could use some much needed repair and maintenance. This is a nice state park, but outside of biking and walking, you need to provide your own entertainment. They have a small putt-putt course for an additional fee near the ranger's station and a new bike trail connected to the surrounding community. Friendly and helpful staff, but there could be a little more effort put into cleaning the showers - satisfactory, just not as well cared for as I would like to see in an updated shower house. Overall, a great park now that renovations have been made. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

Most sites are level, big rig friendly, and easy to back into.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has been a regular weekend retreat for us for nearly a decade, and the campground has had some good years and bad years, usually based on funding. Some recent improvements include renovations to most of the restrooms in loops closest to the camp office. A few more loops have been upgraded to 50 amp electric. Roads have been repaved, which was long overdue. Parking pads have also been repaved and many have also been extended to accommodate longer rigs. A paved bike and pedestrian path from nearby Williamsburg has been connected to the campground. Pets are now allowed at all sites. I have heard that there are plans to improve the campground’s beach area in the near future. On the downside, the naturalist program, which was always popular with kids, has been cancelled. Patrols by park rangers are less frequent compared to past years. While a number of water faucet / drinking fountain units in the loops have been replaced, not all of the new units are operational. The camp store is not well stocked, though a convenient store just outside the park entrance has just about anything you would want. All sites are back-in and nearly all of the sites are electric only. There are five full hookup sites grouped together near the playground in ‘C’ loop, and another four grouped together in ‘G’ loop. In my opinion, the best thing this campground has going for it is the size and versatility. With around 400 sites, unless you need full hookups, reservations are rarely needed. If you want to be out in the open so you can put out the satellite dish, or you want a site that is almost fully shaded, you can find it here. Some loops of campsites are wide open with areas that work well for large groups of people camping together. Other loops are smaller, don’t see as much use, and are more private and quiet. Some sites even have large clearings in the woods behind the parking pad and are great for large groups of tents. It’s worth taking your time to explore the campground and find a site that you feel is just right. If you live in southwest Ohio this is a nice place to get away for a weekend. It is also close enough to I-275 that it could make for a convenient overnight stop for travelers. Note that the campground entrance is off of State Route 32. A relative came out to visit once and their GPS unit sent them down State Route 125 to the park office on the opposite side of the lake. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 101
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Five spaces in the park have full hook ups. We had one of those spaces. The rate reflects Passport America. We had to contend with a LOT of mud because of Hurricane Isaac. Could have used a little wider pads. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground was grassy with scattered trees and spacious sites. A few sites had meaningful shade. Roads and sites were paved but the site pads were extremely narrow. Restrooms could have been cleaner and they needed serious maintenance. They had minimal heat and shower water was lukewarm at best. 50 amp was available at my site, but there are no sites with water or sewer. Entry road was paved but rough and needed to be resurfaced. Rate is for 7 day stay using Passport America. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park seems to be experiencing the results of state budget cuts. The camp office is only staffed for about 8 hours a day. The campsites are situated in loops all branching of a main camp access road. Shower houses in Loops E thru L were closed due to problems with the water & sewer system, however porta potties were in place. Shower houses in Loops A thru D were open. (We stayed in loop B.) The restrooms and showers did not seem to be cleaned some days. We were told by the staff that the miniature golf course should be avoided because bees had taken over some of the holes. The camp swimming beach has just pit toilets and no other facilities. No camp programs other than a movie (Bambi) once a week. The state should consider permanently closing some loops and concentrate on maintaining the others. Good points: Most sites are large and have level parking pads. Campground very empty the 8 days we stayed here. Good place for equestrian camping with miles of bridle trails and one loop exclusively for horsemen. Good park for boaters with 6 launching ramps and sites big enough for a camper and boat trailer. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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S. Hayden

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We were not impressed with Eastfork Lake Campgrounds. The electric kept going out. They claimed the electric was going to be updated but they have been saying that for 3 years! The grass also needs cutting. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2008 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a mixed bag, the park is older, but in good shape, the restrooms were some of the cleanest and nicest we've found in the Ohio park system. The sites were a bit to close to each other for our taste, and some of the camper host's units looked like they had been there for years. Also, no one that we noticed picked up their dog's droppings, so be careful where you walk if you stay in the pet section. Not alot to do in the area unless you like to boat. Security is lax, the gate was not manned much of the time, but maybe that was because it was after labor day, and we did not see alot of security patroling the campground. All in all, we would go back if in the area. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We just spent the weekend for "Gold Rush Days" at East Fork Lake. It is a nice campground for families, but isn't the best place we have ever stayed. The bathrooms were muddy and not that nice. You could tell they tried to keep up with them because they smelled like bleach a lot, but even clean they were pretty dated. The sites are on the small side and pretty close to one another. There were some fun activities for the kids, but overall it was just o.k. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2006 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of the better Ohio state parks for camping. We stayed through the week and it was almost empty. Most of the sites are large with lots of room to spread out. Fire rings and picnic tables are at each site. Most sites are reservable on the state web site. There they include descriptions of the site to make it easy to choose. We camped in section "I" and I don't think there is a bad spot there, but that section is further away from the bathhouses than most. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park. Sites were roomy and level. Paved roads throughout the park. Beach area was clean. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Campsites were not secure. Be sure to secure the campsite and lock everything up. We had left the ice chest outside overnight and sometime in the night it was stolen. We found it further down the lane, emptied and broken. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park. We camped here for 10 days and only had campers near us on the weekends. Bathrooms could have been cleaner. Lot sizes were nice. Didn't have any problem with any other campers or noise. We camped in the pet area and didn't even notice any barking. Will definitely camp here again. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Camped in the Pet Area, the area had a good amount of shade, it rained while we were there, and the site didn't have good drainage. The bathrooms were OK, the mens room was clean, the womens needed a little work in the showers. The neighbors were fairly noisy, and I ended up getting the Ranger to shut their animals up. Will camp here again, since I can't believe will meet the same jerks again. We camped at East Fork State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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