Jackson Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Jackson Lake State Park

lies nestled in the heart of southeastern Ohio and is in a profoundly forested region that contains a variety of oak, hickory, maple, and tulip trees. Ohio's rugged hills and mist-filled valleys offer a beautiful, colorful backdrop for the state park, making it some of the most picturesque scenery in the state. The park is the home of many animal species, including wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. Other residents are gray squirrels, raccoons, opossums, and great horned owls. The park features a varying habitat that supports gorgeous wildflowers in the spring through autumn, including goldenrod, aster, dame's violet, and spring beauties. Cities located near Jackson Lake are Oak Hill, Jackson, and Beaver, Ohio. 

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Weather
Spring 25-72 F
Summer 55-90 F
Fall 22-80 F
Winter 11-45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Jackson Lake State Park

Suppose you prefer the comfort of a fully stocked kitchen, a comfortable bed, a private bathroom, and a living space with furniture, but you still want to be out in nature. In that case, we highly recommend an RV. If you don't have an RV, you can easily rent one from RVshare to suit your family's requirements. 

Rocky Creek Campground

Located between Jackson and Gallipolis, Rocky Creek Campground features a total of 10 RV sites that accommodate any size RV or camper. It's situated in a country setting, making it ideal for hiking, biking, and sitting by the fire. Hunting is permitted in designated areas during hunting season.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Shower house, laundry facility, and restrooms

Lazy Dog Campground & Resort

Lazy Dog Campground & Resort features spacious campsites that are big rig-friendly and equipped for slide outs. Hiking, kayaking, volleyball, and fishing are a few great activities to do at this campground. Attractions nearby include the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Stadium, and Otherworld.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Swimming pool, a restaurant, and a camp store

Iron Ridge Campground

Iron Ridge Campground is located above 143-acre Lake Vesuvius, and a picturesque forest of mature eastern hardwoods covers the area. More than 40 miles of nature trails exist in the area, making it great for hiking and biking. No reservations are accepted; it's on a first-come, first-serve site basis.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dump station, grills, and fire rings

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What to Do at
Jackson Lake State Park

Inside Jackson Lake State Park

Visitors enjoy Jackson Lake's 200-foot beach for recreational swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. The 242-acre lake has an ADA-friendly launch ramp where boats of any horsepower can be launched; anglers can try their luck in catching catfish, bass, bluegill, carp, and muskie either by boat or on the embankment along the lake. There are five picnic areas overlooking the lake for small and large gatherings. In the wintertime, guests generally go sledding, ice fishing, or ice skating. Other activities visitors enjoy in the park are camping, hiking, bird-watching, and nature observation. 

Outside Jackson Lake State Park

If you had a great time inside the state park, you're in for a treat when it comes to the area just outside. You can enjoy the delicious taste of Japanese, Italian, and American delicacies in the many surrounding award-winning restaurants. Outside of dining out, you can enjoy some amazing shopping experiences and eye-catching sightseeing opportunities. Jackson Lake State Park is just a four-minute drive from the city of Oak Hill and a 25-minute drive from Jackson, so you're never too far from the neighboring attractions.

Restaurants

Kali’s Oak Hill

Fill up on your favorite American and Italian dishes at Kali’s Oak Hill. It's a family-owned and -operated business that serves the community of Oak Hill and tourists passing through the area.

Type: American, Italian

Location: 204 North Front Street, Oak Hill, OH 45656

Kali’s Shake Shak

Stop here to get the great taste of a delicious shake, dish of ice cream, or delectable flavored milkshake. Kali’s Shake Shak also serves hometown goodies like fries and burgers.

Type: Desserts, American

Location: 415 Front Street, Oak Hill, OH 45656

Tokyo Steak House

This restaurant offers a casual and cozy atmosphere that’s designed to be ideal for people of all ages. Tokyo Steak House serves authentic Japanese dishes with just the right portions.

Type: Japanese

Location: 731 Main Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Rowdy’s Smokehouse

Slow-cooked beef brisket, pulled pork, and baby back ribs are the talk of the town at this smokehouse. Rowdy’s Smokehouse also serves fire-grilled Angus ribeyes and various traditional sides.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 495 Ralph Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Shopping

CVS Pharmacy

Shop for household supplies, personal care items, or basic grocery items at CVS Pharmacy. You can also get your vacation photos developed or refill your prescriptions.

Location: 407 North Front Street, Oak Hill, OH 45656

Hibbett Sports

Hibbett Sports carries top-brand athletic items for men, women, and children. It's conveniently located in the McCarty Crossing Shopping Plaza.

Location: 1006 East Main Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Cato Fashion

From junior and misses clothing items to women's and plus sizes, you'll be able to find the right size that fits your body type. Cato Fashion also has the necessary accessories to complete your fabulous outfit.

Location: 1117 Main Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Four Mile Bakery & General Store

This bakery makes homemade donuts daily using an Amish-style recipe that’s sure to satisfy the sweet tooth. The Four Mile Bakery & General Store also has various food products, candy, and more.

Location: 6005 Four Mile Road, Jackson, OH 45640

Piggly Wiggly

Piggly Wiggly is just 2.5 miles from the state park entrance, making it the perfect place to grab all your RV grocery essentials. Fresh-baked goods and local produce, as well as any personal care items that you might need while you’re staying in the area, are sold here.

Location: 409 North Front Street, Oak Hill, OH 45656

Sightseeing

Oak Hill Festival of Flags

Oak Hill Festival of Flags is a weekend gathering that celebrates the sacrifices of Americans. The festival features crafts, rides, games, and various food vendors. Bands are often scheduled to play Friday and Saturday nights, so come prepared to see a show.

Location: 217 West Cross Street, Oak Hill, OH 45656

Lillian E. Jones Museum

Explore the rich history of Jackson, Ohio, and the surrounding cities by walking through this amazing cultural, historical, and educational museum. Lillian E. Jones Museum is situated on the edge of the historic section of downtown.

Location: 75 Broadway Street, Jackson, OH 45640

Dogwood Pass

Step back into the era of the Old West mining town that sits in the foothills of southern Ohio. Dogwood Pass features various buildings that you can walk through and explore, including a saloon, jail, and chapel. Actors act out daytime shows and evening outdoor dramas.

Location: 722 Adams Road, Beaver, OH 45613

Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve

Explore and discover many centuries of rock art created by the ancient Native American tribes of Ohio. Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve features a half-mile trail that leads through a gorge and along unglaciated Mississippian sandstone cliffs that are 20 to 65 feet high. Within the gorge are several waterfalls and a large rock shelter.

Location: 357 Township Highway 224, Ray, OH 45672

Buckeye Furnace State Memorial

Learn the history behind iron-making towns at this 270-acre site. Buckeye Furnace State Memorial features nature trails, a historical museum, and a reconstructed charcoal-fired blast furnace.

Location: 123 Buckeye Park Road, Wellston, OH 45692

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How to Get to
Jackson Lake State Park

When traveling from Oak Hill, Ohio, you should head west on OH-279 West/Maple Avenue toward South Park Avenue. Continue to follow OH-279 West for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Tommy Been Road, and follow it for 0.7 miles. Make a right to enter the state park.

Entering Jackson Lake State Park

Jackson Lake State Park is open from 6 AM until 11 PM seven days a week.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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