Buck Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

The idyllic countryside of west-central Ohio is on full display at Buck Creek State Park. Many visitors come for the fishing; the 2,120-acre Clarence J. Brown Reservoir is on the park’s grounds for fishing, boating, and swimming fun. Off the water, there are plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that take you through the rolling hills and moraines that were sculpted by glaciers during the Ice Age. Springfield, Ohio, where Buck Creek State Park is located, is a culinary and cultural center of southwest Ohio, and it’s smack-dab in between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio, so there's plenty to do when you’re done in the park. 

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Summer 58-83 F
Fall 41-64 F
Winter 17-40 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Buck Creek State Park

Because of its location between Columbus and Dayton, Buck Creek State Park is a popular location to enjoy a getaway, and there's no more simple and convenient way to hit the open road than in an RV. You have all the comforts of home while still being immersed in nature; it’s truly the best of both worlds. If you don’t have an RV yet, don’t fret – check out rentals near Springfield, Ohio to find the best one for your needs.

Buck Creek State Park Campground

Staying right at the park means that you won’t miss a moment of the action. Buck Creek State Park Campground has 88 electric sites and 22 non-electric sites. There's a dump station available on-site as well as flush toilets, showers, and its own beach. Pets are welcome at every site, and there's a camp store on the park grounds where you can even rent bicycles. The campground takes reservations, which is always a plus.

Tomorrow’s Stars RV Resort

With over 200 sites that include water, sewer, and electrical hookups, you can really spread out at Tomorrow’s Stars RV Resort. It offers everything an RVer could want after a long journey on the road: restroom facilities with showers, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, propane refills, a dog park, a swimming pool to relax by, and more. There are tons of organized activities and themed activities to keep the whole family entertained, as well as a mini-golf course, horseshoe pits, a fishing pond, and hiking trails. Tomorrow’s Stars is truly a luxury RV resort, and it’s conveniently located right down the road from Buck Creek State Park.

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What to Do at
Buck Creek State Park

Inside Buck Creek State Park

Because the large Clarence J. Brown Reservoir is on-site, water sports are extremely popular at Buck Creek State Park, and there's a four-lane boat launch, as well as a marina where you can purchase boating and fishing supplies and even dock space if you’re going to be staying awhile. Off the water, there are miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails that take you through the rolling hills, wetlands, and forests of the Springfield area. Because of its biodiversity, several rare songbirds are found in the area, including dickcissels, bobolinks, and Henslow sparrows. The active crowd will love the volleyball and basketball courts at the park and the 18-hole disc golf course. Finally, there are plenty of picnic areas and open spaces to just relax and enjoy the serenity of the Ohio countryside.

Outside Buck Creek State Park

Southwestern Ohio is gaining acclaim as a foodie destination in the Midwest, and you’ll find out why when you venture outside of Buck Creek State Park. The bistros and eateries in the area are embracing the farm-to-table culture, and you won’t want to miss the surprisingly upscale cuisine. You’ll find unique shopping destinations as well, including the largest indoor antique mall in America. 

Restaurants

Speakeasy Ramen

Housed in a historic building, Speakeasy Ramen is where chef Clayton Horrighs showcases his Asian fusion skills using only the freshest ingredients. Don’t miss offbeat specials, like Sushi Mondays, that truly give this restaurant a clandestine speakeasy feel.

Type: Asian Fusion

Location: 365 Ludlow Ave, Springfield, Ohio 45505

Cecil and Lime

If you’re looking for an upscale steakhouse experience, look no further than Cecil and Lime where the focus is on providing high-quality cuts of meat. To provide a unique ambiance, owner Micah Berner performs live on the piano on most weekends.

Type: Steakhouse

Location: 227 E Cecil St, Springfield OH 45503

Hickory Inn

Hickory Inn is a casual dining spot with a full bar and an eclectic menu that features burgers, ribs, wings, and outstanding pizza. Hickory Inn is popular with the students of nearby Wittenberg University. 

Type: American

Location: 652 N Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45503

Guerra’s Krazy Tacos

You won’t want to miss the Tex-Mex madness of Guerra’s Krazy Tacos, repeatedly named one of the best taco restaurants in Ohio. The owner, Felix Guerra, frequently changes the menu, so you’re in for a singular experience with each visit. Don’t leave without sampling a local craft brew or hand-made margarita!

Type: Tex-Mex

Location: 229 N Belmont Ave, Springfield, OH 45503

Buckeye Sports Lodge

The goal at Buckeye Sports Lodge is to make every customer feel like family, and the amazing staff does just that. With daily specials, a full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and kids’ menu, there’s something for everyone in the family at Buckeye Sports Lodge.

Type: American

Location: 126 W High St, Springfield, OH 45502

Shopping

Champion City Guide + Supply

If you’re looking for quirky, fun gifts and souvenirs to remember your trip to Buck Creek State Park by, your first stop should be Champion City Guide + Supply. The store is partnered with the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and is also Springfield’s official visitors center. The clothing and memorabilia at this spot embody the unique spirit of "The Champion City," so it’s not to be missed.

Location: 36C N Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502

Heart of Ohio Antique Center

At 116,000 square feet, the Heart of Ohio Antique Center is the largest indoor antique mall in the U.S. There are over 650 vendors, so if antiquing is your thing, you’re going to want to set aside a whole day to visit this veritable treasure trove. 

Location: 4785 E National Rd, Springfield, OH 45505

Vintage Depot

Folks looking for vintage vinyl, rare books, fun glassware, and mid-century-modern furniture and décor items won’t be disappointed by the selection at Vintage Depot. The shop’s original owner collected and sold antiques for over 40 years until his death in 2018, and now his family carries on his legacy. This is a collection that is decades in the making, so it’s a must-see for anyone with a soft spot for Americana at its finest.

Location: 2905 E High St, Springfield, OH 45506

Sightseeing

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Owned by the Young family since 1869, Young’s Jersey Dairy is a working farm that also has a store on-site to sell freshly-made goods, including ice cream made right there at the farm. There's also a mini-golf course, batting cages, a petting zoo, and many fun seasonal events. A trip to Young’s is a great time for the whole family.

Location: 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd, Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Springfield Museum of Art

The Springfield Museum of Art is the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Ohio. The collection features American masters but also has a rotating collection of art from self-taught and folk artists, so you’re always going to see something fresh and thought-provoking.

Location: 107 Cliff Park Rd, Springfield, OH 45504

Flank Lloyd Wright’s Wescott House

You’ll definitely want to visit the only prairie-style house of America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, while you’re in Springfield. Wright’s Wescott House underwent a $5.3 million restoration in 2005 that restored the house inch by inch to its previous 1908 glory.

Location: 85 S Greenmount Ave, Springfield, OH 45505

Hartman Rock Garden

What began as a backyard fish pond in 1932 somehow turned into one of the largest folk art masterpieces in the United States. Ben Hartman handcrafted every piece in the Hartman Rock Garden from found materials like stone, glass, wood, metal, concrete, and whatever else he had available. It’s a visual feast for the eyes and mind and a unique glimpse into Depression-era pop culture that should not be missed.

Location: 1905 Russell Ave, Springfield, OH 45506

Ohio Caverns

The Ohio Caverns are one of the most compact and stunning cave systems in the U.S. The temperature is 54 degrees year-round, and the geologic formations are incredible. Discovered in 1897, the cave system contains Ohio’s biggest stalactite, known as The Crystal King. The park sits on a total of 35 acres, and the walking tour is only one mile, so everyone in the family can enjoy this incredible attraction. Ohio Caverns is about a 40-minute drive from Buck Creek State Park, but it’s definitely worth it.

Location: 2210 E State Route 245, West Liberty, Ohio 43357

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How to Get to
Buck Creek State Park

Folks headed to Buck Creek State Park will generally either be coming from Dayton or Columbus. Start in Dayton on Ohio Highway 4 North and head toward Columbus. Take I-70 E. You’ll exit the I-70 at Exit 59 for OH-41 toward South Charleston. Continue on OH-41 N/State Route 41 N/S Charleston Pike. Take South Bird Road to Buck Creek Lane in Springfield Township. This will take you right into the park. 

From Columbus, just take I-70 W OH-54 N in South Vienna. Take Exit 66 from I-70 W. Take Old Columbus Road to Buck Creek Lane in Springfield Township. It’s a straight shot into the park from here. 

Entering Buck Creek State Park

Buck Creek State Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

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