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  1. Djilc

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    my son and I are wanting to do some serious camping this spring/summer. Only problem is we don’t know where to go. I’m not really looking for your normal campground, would rather have a hike in, set up and camp then hike out. So far all I’ve been able to find is a 40 mile loop down in Shawnee National Forest, which is WAY to far of a hike for my 11 year old. I live in Ross County halfway between Cincinnati and Columbus. Anyone know of any parks that allow hike in-hike out camping or am I just gonna have to deal with a tent site? Thanks in advance.
     
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    Wayne National forest is your best bet. There are 3 different sections and you can camp anywhere there plus there's some trails. All state land camping has to be on a designated site.
     
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    There is Zaleski State Forest, there are designated campgrounds, but they are hike in. you can find a trail map on their website.
     
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    Wayne NF for sure—way too many options.
     
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    I looked into Wayne, liking the Wildcat Hollow loop. Hopefully my 11 year old can handle a long hike. Looks like it’ll be fun.
     
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    I've never been there, but read they have a 5m trail as well. Can always do the 5 mile loop instead of the 17, or just go as far as he enjoys and set up.
    I'd like to visit other parts of the Wayne myself sometime but I don't ever seem to have time.
     
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    When I told a friend of mine I was moving to Ohio 6 years ago the first thing he said to me was that I had to go check out The Wayne. He loved going there when he was a kid. Looking forward to checking it out.
     
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    I have hiked wildcat a couple times. Really like that place, just got back from doing a bushcraft camp for a couple of nights there as well. One of the best things about the place is the many campsites that they have along the way. I will suggest to stash water along the way as you drive to the trailhead. You will cross the trail a few times, and putting water in those areas off of the road will benefit you.
     

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