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.

Outside Strouds Run State Park

There is an incredible array of opportunities for Stroud Run State Park visitors to explore outside the park. With the urban area of Athens, OH, and various small communities close by, there are plenty of restaurants and shops from which to choose. The region is rich with history, allowing a family plenty of choices of where to go and what to see.


Ciro Italian Kitchen and Bar

Try some of the best Italian food in the area at the Ciro Italian Kitchen and Bar. You will remember their Italian garlic steak, aged to perfection and topped with roasted garlic and demiglace, as one of the finest meals you have ever experienced.

Type: Italian

Location: 120 West Union Street, Athens, OH 45701

Restaurant Salaam

If you have not yet experienced Middle Eastern, Moroccan, or Mediterranean cuisine, then stop by the Restaurant Salaam for a new dining experience. Since the restaurant’s reputation rests on its use of fresh produce, its menu changes daily. If you have the chance, try the grilled shrimp with chimichurri sauce.

Type: Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Mediterranean

Location: 21 West Washington Street, Athens, OH 45701

OMG! Rotisserie

The OMG! Rotisserie specializes in American soul food with some American traditional thrown in. Try the sweet heat sandwich for a bite that bites back.

Type: American

Location: 139 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 45701

Casa Nueva

To find the best Mexican cuisine in the area of Stroud Run State Park, visit Casa Nueva. They use the freshest produce and herbs to create their meals. To taste the difference using local produce makes, try their seasonal burrito.

Type: Mexican

Location: 4 West State Street, Athens, OH 45701


Athens Antique Mall

When you visit the Athens Antique Mall, you will find all sorts of odds and ends. Whether you are looking for used books, jewelry, antiques, or collectibles, you will find them here.

Location: 180 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 45701

Passion Works Studio

Passion Works Studio is a shop dedicated to the inspiration found in art, especially in art produced by local artists around Athens. You will find individually designed silk-screened shirts, painted door magnets, and individual and collaborative works of art in this shop.

Location: 20 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701

The Pedaler and The Packer

With the rugged nature of Strouds Run State Park, you may want to drop by The Pedaler and The Packer and get some tips on what to expect. The store offers everything you need to experience the outdoors, no matter the season. They offer scuba equipment, boating gear, climbing gear, and so much more.

Location: 432 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701


Dairy Barn Arts Center

While you are near Athens, OH, stop by the acclaimed Dairy Barn Arts Center. The center offers exhibitions, events, and educational programs that enhance the exposure of local artists. They also periodically hold exhibitions on renowned artists of the past and their effect on the artists of the present.

Location: 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens, OH 45701

Southeast Ohio History Center

To learn more about the history of the area, stop by the Southeast Ohio History Center. The center holds programs on the critical events that created Athens and prehistoric evidence of American Native habitation. Genealogy records stored at the center go back to the pioneer days.

Location: 24 West State Street, Athens, OH 45701

Escape the Space

Visit Escape the Space for a real-life puzzle experience. Try to figure out how to escape confinement. This facility offers many escape puzzles. You can spend days here with your family and never experience the same scenario.

Location: 1005 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701

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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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