Alum Creek Camping
One of Ohio’s favorite camping destinations is Alum Creek State Park. The camping is first-class in this showcase public campground operated by the Division of Parks and Recreation and thousands of people take advantage of it every year.
Alum Creek offers a variety of camping experiences with opportunities that appeal to everyone. The campground has 286 campsites with 50-amp electrical hookup and three sites that provide a full hookup service that includes sewer, electricity and water. Some of the park’s campsites are found right on the water while others cater to sun lovers. The more private sites are shaded by an overhead canopy of leaves with trees and brush on either side that provide a good deal of peace and quiet. The state park has developed the campsites to accommodate large self-propelled RVs right on down to smaller pop-ups and tents. It’s a great place to cook over a campfire and enjoy the great out-of-doors.
The state park lays out the red carpet to campers. Modern restrooms and heated showers are a real plus. Playground equipment, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a swimming beach and a boat ramp are designated for camper use only. Nature programs of interest to adults as well as children are offered by the park naturalist throughout the summer. Free WiFi is available for those who can’t leave the laptop at home.
It gets even better. Groups with special interests find what they’re looking for here, too. An equestrian camp for horsemen offers 30 primitive sites and church groups, scouts and other organized camping groups can reserve the group camp area. There are an additional five camper cabins and three cedar cabins for those who want to sleep under a solid roof and out of the cold.
Campers have the run of the state park and will find tremendous opportunities for hiking, boating, swimming and fishing. The lake covers 3,387 acres of water to enjoy fishing and water sports. Bring a boat or rent one at the park. Alum Creek Reservoir is renown for its bass, panfish, walleye and muskie fishing.
There are several miles of designated hiking, mountain bike and horse riding trails around the lake. The area is covered by relatively new-growth forest that harbors a variety of wildlife. It’s not unusual to see several species of birds and whitetail deer on an outing. Campers enjoy the raccoons until the masked invaders start rummaging through coolers and left-over food that’s been left on the picnic tables.
Unlike many private campgrounds there are rules enforced by state park officers and state watercraft officers. Any criminal activity, noise violations or other disruptive behavior should be reported to the posted phone number.
Alum Creek is only a few miles from Columbus, Westerville and Delaware. The area offers a multitude of shopping opportunities as well as access to state government buildings.
For additional information call the Alum Creek State Park office at (740)548-4631. To make campground or cabin reservations call 1-866-644-6727. Campground and cabin reservations are required.