Now there is camping and then there is family camping. Popping up your tent in the middle of the woods where you ponder life’s great questions like, “Does a bear shit in the woods?” Then there are the big campground places you go to with your family to get away from it all but not too far away so if your kids get bored, you know you can send them to the arcade or something. Well, I dare say Mohican country located in Ohio is the place to go. It is packed full of campgrounds that there is enough options for you to choose from. They have state parks and smaller campgrounds and every activity you can think of.
I have been going down to the Loudonville-Mohican area for about 10 years now and stayed in as well as visited a whole host of their campgrounds. I’ll be 100% honest, I’m not all about state parks. You don’t get a site with any trees and you can’t even bring your booze. Those two are a must when we go camping so we usually venture out to either River Run or Mohican Wilderness. Both campground offer fun Halloween weekend activities, I’ve heard that Mohican has improved theirs greatly. I remember going on a ghost tour where they handed the kids sticks with a nail in it, stuck a pop can with the top ripped off, wrapped a rag in there and poured in kerosene. As flaming liquid dripped down onto our arms we decided this wasn’t the best idea as we trekked up a large hill sloshing our fire torch o’ death. River run offers a DJ on certain holiday weekend nights which is great for your teens but if I have to listen to Cotton Eye Joe one more time I’m going to flip someones friggin tractor…and then I’ll start flinging poo.
What I enjoy about this area is that it is one of the best canoe/kayak places in Ohio. You can float on down for hours enjoying the great outdoors for what it truly is. My family would bring jello shots and toss it by as we pass, you know for our fuel to keep us going. That or we would pull over for a swig of Boones Farm, yeah we are classy like that.
Also, it wouldn’t be Mohican country if it didn’t have wonderful hiking trails and views to keep you busy for days. There is one lookout point that has to be breathtakingly beautiful in the fall (Just look at those rolling hills to the right). They also have zip lines, water parks, horseback riding and many more activities depending on how adventurous you are and how deep your wallet goes. Additionally, if you go into Loudonville they have a bunch of small shops and usually have town festivities during the holiday weekends as well.
However, my favorite thing about camping is sitting down with a good book and doing absolutely nothing. Then at night toasting marshmallows and serving up hobo-pies.
My tip if you do visit Mohican country during a holiday weekend, leave before 9am if you are leaving on the holiday (like Memorial Day) or stay an extra day because you will get stopped by every small town parade between there and home.
I did feel bad for the whole area this past Memorial Day weekend, they lost out on millions of dollars and set a bad tone for the kickoff to summer camping. The rains had overflooded the river and left many campgrounds underwater and the river flowing too high to allow canoeing. Campgrounds were calling campers who reserved telling them not to come. We lucked out and stayed above water this time but I hope that the improvement in the weather has shone down on them and campers since.
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