Strouds Run State Park RV & Campground Guide


Located near Athens, OH, Strouds Run State Park spans 2,606 acres, including the 161-acre Dew Lake. Strouds Run is a composite of several properties once owned by pioneering families who farmed the valleys and harvested the old-growth forests. Today, the woods are second-growth, left undisturbed for more than a century. Most of the land consists of deep ravines, narrow ridges, and steep hillsides. With the park only five miles east of Athens, Ohio University uses the lake for many of its watersport team activities, including rowing crew. Smaller communities, like Nelsonville, Amesville, and Coolville, OH, are within a short distance of the park.

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Spring 30-76 F
Summer 58-85 F
Fall 32-76 F
Winter 23-48 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Strouds Run State Park

There is no better way to enjoy camping at Strouds Run State Park than with an RV. When camping in an RV, visitors have a home away from home with reasonable amenities that tents do not supply. Those who do not own an RV can find one easily on RVshare.

Strouds Run State Park

The campground at Strouds Run State Park provides 78 primitive RV campsites. Picnic tables and fire rings grace each campsite. Fresh drinking water is dispensed through water stations placed around the park, and pit toilets serve as restrooms. Visitors to the park enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and a 900-foot swimming beach. Boats are limited to 10-horsepower motors. A concessionaire rents boats for those who do not have one. Fifteen miles of trails meander through the forest and around the lake.

  • Water Hookup: No

  • Electric Hookup: No

  • Sewer Hookup: No, but a dump station is on-site

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $10 to $20 per night

Carthage Gap RV Park

Carthage Gap RV Park sits close to Coolville, OH, which is 20 miles southeast of Strouds Run State Park. The park offers 135 RV campsites with full hookups that are available year-round. These RV campsites are grass-covered, so your rig may require some leveling when you park. The campsites are spacious, with some accommodating rigs up to 90 feet in length. Most of the sites are pull-through. The park is lined with trees and there are two small fishing and swimming ponds; The ponds are well-stocked with pan-sized fish. Two playgrounds, one designed for younger children and the other designed for older children, are available at the campground. Restrooms with flush toilets, a hot shower facility, and a laundry room complete the facilities. The owners strive to welcome everyone. An ice cream truck visits the site three times a week. Carthage Gap RV Park is one of the highest-rated campgrounds in the area.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $40 per night

Burr Oak State Park

Twenty miles north of Strouds Run State Park sits Burr Oak State Park. Over 90 campsites, of which 16 offer electric hookups, can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. The park covers 2,593 acres of area, with 661 of those acres being Burr Oak Lake. Boats are welcome and are allowed to have motors up to 10 horsepower. Five boat ramps provide ample access to the lake, and boat rentals are available at the camp store. A public swimming beach allows visitors to enjoy the cool water during the hot summer months. Restrooms with flush toilets, a shower house, and changing booths sit alongside the swimming beach. Other restrooms are spaced throughout the park. Water spigots are conveniently spaced in the campground, and a dump station is available to empty RV waste tanks. Twenty-eight miles of hiking trails lead to impressive views and unique rock outcroppings. Though a short loop trail provides an easy hike, most of the trails are considered challenging.

  • Water Hookup: No

  • Electric Hookup: 30 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $15 per night

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What to Do at
Strouds Run State Park

Inside Strouds Run State Park

Strouds Run State Park is a primitive environment close to a densely populated urban area. Dew Lake is stocked each year with rainbow trout and other species for the enjoyment of visitors. Angling, boating, canoeing, and kayaking are some of the favorite sports enjoyed here. Hikers and bicyclists share trails that wander through the densely packed forest during the spring, summer, and fall months. In the winter, the hiking and biking trails convert to cross-country ski routes.

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How to Get to
Strouds Run State Park

Most travelers approach Strouds Run State Park through Athens, OH. To get to the park from Athens, travel east on Mill Street until it merges with Ohio Highway 32 East/US Highway 50 East (OH-32 E/US-50 E). Drive for three miles and turn left onto Township Highway 213A. Follow the road directly into the park.

Entering Strouds Run State Park

Strouds Run State Park is open from dawn until dusk for day-use activities.

Strouds Run State Park Entry fee : $0.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Strouds Run State Park

What is the climate of Strouds Run State Park?

The climate of Strouds Run State Park is temperate. Winter lows can dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit while summer highs can exceed 90 degrees. Located in central Ohio, the densely wooded park experiences all four seasons.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Strouds Run State Park?

The park is home to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, raccoons and squirrels. Visitors can also enjoy sightings of bobcats, coyotes and beavers. While in the park, you may hear songbirds like the wood thrush, nuthatch and various woodpeckers.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Strouds Run State Park?

RV camping spots are available in Strouds Run State Park, but they’re not designated. Several spots are designated for tent camping, and two cabins are available by reservation. Large groups can reserve the park for camping and activities.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Strouds Run State Park and what is the cost?

You don't have to reserve RV camping spots at Strouds Run State Park, but it’s recommended. The cost is $10 per night for a campsite. The park accepts same-day reservations until 3 p.m. for both RV and primitive campsites.

Are pets allowed at Strouds Run State Park?

Yes, leashed pets are allowed at Strouds Run State Park. There are designated areas for dogs to walk, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their animals. Pets aren’t allowed in any of the buildings or swimming areas.