8 Parks near Hillsboro, Ohio
Sep 2015 - $34.00
This is not a destination campsite. This is somewhere to go if you plan on boating and need a place to stay overnight. There's a decent "backyard" to the sites but to the front and sides, it's sardine city. Big campers are backed up against a tree to the rear and your truck has to go somewhere else, there's no room onsite and less than five "guest parking" spaces.
You need to be darn good at maneuvering your rig to make it into the tiny spaces. If it wasn't for my husband driving tractor trailers for the past 15 years, there's no way we could've gotten in with a 36' camper and dually. Even he had to wiggle and twist for a good 10 minutes before nailing it, and we're really not sure at this point how to ever make it out. The people beside us came in later with a much smaller fifth wheel camper and a regular sized truck. Getting in was nearly impossible for them too. They had to cut the wheel hard, bringing the truck two inches from the shower house, to make it happen. This involved two people guiding the driver and a whole lot of adjustments and corrections.
Unleashed large dogs roam the campsite freely, owners trailing behind at a distance. I haven't noticed any owners trailing behind with cleanup bags either.
There's free wifi but no one offered up a password to access it.
Bring a pallet if you come here. Everyone else has them. If it rains, you'll quickly find out why you needed it. - malik0976
Aug 2010 - $25.00
The motorhome and travel trailer sites are level with gravel parking and grass in between sites. Facilities were clean. The staff were very friendly and accommodating to the campers. They walked the grounds every day and talked to the campers to make sure everything was OK. Easy access to Rock Fork Park and lake. We would stay here again. - Wayne Magill
Aug 2016 - $24.00
CG SE of Hillsboro beyond the airport, (look at google map) and some sites, no trees, located by the lake, and most on top of a hill with many areas well treed.
Large bathhouse that was clean, but posted note stating long time to get hot water. I never got hot water for a morning shower. Several small toilet/sink only huts. Several sewer dumps and drinking water located by the CG entrance.
Tarmac roads and sites, but 90 degree back in sites narrow and short. Some pull throughs with unusual 90 degree in and outs with a horizontal section joining the two entries to the CG road. (Think of a table.)
Some good views of the lake along a circular CG section where I was. Nice camp store. Well mowed grassy grounds. Nice. - 210jem
May 2016 - $30.00
Enjoyed our stay. Miss the Ash trees though. A lot of them had to be cut down. Some sites need fill dirt and grass replaced. Can get muddy at times. - Tom De
May 2013 - $37.00
Very nice shady treed sites up in the back part. No phone service for Verizon, but there is minimal broadband for our air card. Roomy sites . We were only there 2 days, but if in area again would like to spend at least a week. - joemama
Jul 2016 - $26.00
We stayed for 1 week. The sites are level but some sites off the pad can be steep. Many of the heavily treed areas could be reseeded. Lots of mud to deal with. Very clean park and bathroom shower water pressure is excellent. We use this park often, as it is fairly close for our weekend getaways. - Tom De
Sep 2015 - $26.00
The campground was pretty satisfactory. Our site was located near the playground, but my kids spent more time in the woods surrounding it rather than on the dated wooden apparatus. The bathrooms were mostly clean, and the water temperature was good. Unfortunately, someone pooped in one of the showers, but it was cleaned up after several hours. There were a lot of free activities available. They offered a free breakfast, canoe basic trip, hay rides, archery training, and even a cave tour on the weekend we had gone. We had a pretty level pad, and the campsite was pretty hilly, but it offered a lot of shade and the area around the fire ring was flat and allowed for five camp chairs to be arranged around it. On another note, the lake beach has a changing area that is locked up, so make sure you change before you head down, unless you don't mind changing clothes in a porta-potty. - McLovin Camper
Aug 2015 - $12.00
We stayed early in the week and so the campground was quiet and sparsely populated. The grounds are very well groomed and the pads are in good shape and level for the most part. However, quite a few sites are mounded and there could be a danger of stepping out of your camper and rolling down an incline. There seemed to be ample amounts of restrooms interspersed but, kind of dated and a bit on the rusty side. You can get satellite reception in about half of the sites and we could not get Verizon cell phone service.
A warning to those of you who might be coming from the north. My Garmin GPS had me entering on County Road 1 which has a 7'-3" railroad overpass and single lane. Fortunately, we caught the sign and entered from the south off of U.S Hwy. 50. We stayed three nights in a 40' motor home. - Lil' Red Rooster
Oct 2014 - $30.00
Site was grass and clay and it was raining so lots of mud. Getting there is an adventure, curvy 2 lane roads. No cell reception, tv, wifi. Lots of permanent sites and you can hear people talking and radios playing(or cds). They have lots of stuff for kids but shut down Oct 1st. Doubt we would stay there again. Geared more for full time seasonal folks. - tlrpilot
May 2012 - $28.00
Stayed here over Memorial Day weekend, lots of people and very busy. They do NOT take reservations, so show up early to get a site on holiday weekends. Overnight sites are grass, some with full hook-up. You cannot pick any TV reception unless you have a satellite. All and all not a bad place to spend the weekend. - Andy7359
Aug 2010 - $40.00
Now this is a resort. Even though it doesn't have a pool: it has the lake. You can paddleboat, canoe, swim and fish. They have go carts and a huge game room that's air conditioned. The only down side to this park: it's busy, so you have to keep a close eye on your kids. - fishy
Jul 2015 - $23.00
Very quiet place to get away. Electric with water nearby to fill up if needed. Very little traffic and no cell service so it really is a getaway. Shower house requires driving to because it is at the farthest point from the camping area. We will definitely go back. - ohbuffalo
Aug 2014 - $28.00
This campground has a lot of potential. It is in a very quiet area of Pike Lake Sate Park. Sites are clean and level. Pike lake is usually beautiful with swimming and fishing but during 2014 the lake had been drained. The state had heavy equipment sitting near the campground with most of the ground torn up. Before you go, call ahead to see if they have completed the work on the lake. - depguy
May 2009 - $19.00
Nice out of the way State Park. There are no showers and only pit toilets. If you are looking for a nice quiet place with little frills, but with playground area, put this place on your list. - stetwood
Jul 2015 - $50.00
Loud, all day, all night. Not relaxing at all which is sad because it's a beautiful setting, full hookups available, not too crowded and packed with things to do. They have activities for the kids, an on-site store, town is close for everything you forgot to bring, playgrounds and a swimming area, lake (troll motor only), canoe rental and, the big problem, miles of ATV trails. The trails close at 11 but that doesn't stop people from zipping around the campsite at all hours of the night. There's a 10 mph speed limit posted for vehicles but the ATVS run full throttle. If they would restrict the ATVs to just the quieter ones and only to run from 10AM to 10PM, I would never leave this site. As it is, I'm never coming back and don't encourage anyone to visit either. Unless you're into ATV riding. If so, you'll be in heaven here. - malik0976
Jul 2008 - $25.00
Campground is very run down. Roads are very poor and not maintained. The staff is very unfriendly. The campground allows off road 4 wheelers which run around all day and most of the night and are destroying the place. Ruts in the road are so bad my camper drug the back jacks off of the unit pulling in to the dump station. When I talked to the owner his response was, "Too bad." The water pressure was so low we could not use our shower. I talked to other campers, and they all told me that since the new management has taken over the place has fallen apart. With the high 4 wheeler and golf cart traffic the place is not safe for the kids, and I would not advise anyone to stay at this campground. - davisnoh
Jul 2016 - $27.00
Nice state park. There are shady spots, but many trees have been removed due to ash borer. Some spots remain very muddy. Only electric at sites. Water available near by, dump station available. Remodeled camp store very nice. Great ice cream at the camp store too. - Drapery Queen
Apr 2011 - $27.00
Cowan Lake Campground is average for an Ohio State Park. We stayed the second weekend of April, only the showerhouse and restrooms were open. Both were clean (other than cobwebs in the windows) and in working order. The non-pet section is nicer, though a large majority of those sites are not level. Bring an outdoor rug if staying in the pet section. - jc29021
Jul 2010 - $27.00
We had a large shady site. We stayed during the week and there were very few campers there and it was quiet and peaceful. The restroom and shower house were disappointing. The restroom had a strong smell of cat urine. The cleaning routine seemed to consist of emptying the trash and replenishing the toilet paper. There were tons of spiders, bugs and spider webs. The shower house had a strong odor of cigarette smoke. Again, lots of spider webs and bugs. It didn't look to have been cleaned thoroughly recently. The campground had its own beach which was nice. The lake had some seaweed in it and the water was green, which might have been because of the 90 degree weather. The personnel were friendly and helpful. The store had a restaurant which offered reasonably priced fast food. Because of the restrooms and shower house, we would not stay here again. - loribrady
Jul 2011 - $36.00
This campground I recommend the owners are very nice and are always willing to help out. The campground is kept very nice you can tell they work very hard to make it a very nice place. Restrooms and showers are always clean. A lot of activities are available and fun. Very wooded area makes camping nice and a very nice pool. - gatorbait72
Sep 2010 - $40.00
My whole family stayed at this park and it was the best time we have had in a long time. We will be returning. The owners are too nice. Has a Dee Jay by the pool; a train ride for the kids; a game room and huge pool. The best campground in Warren county. Located close to the beach, Kings Island, Wal-Mart, Krogers, gas stations and a state park. - fishy
Jun 2010 - $35.00
Interesting campground, very tight. Great pool. Very secluded location. Even has a petting zoo! Lots of campers crammed into a little space. - RobinRocks