Caesar Creek State Park Campground / Campground in Ohio
"When I go into the forest, I don't go there expecting to see any animal. I go there to enjoy the wilderness. Any picture I get is a bonus." ~ Claude Monet
Caesar Creek State Park is a large park with over 43 miles of hiking trails and 31 miles of bridle trials. The Park is comprised of 7530 acres which includes the 2830 acre lake. There are many amenities including:
Cross Country Skiing
The Ohio State Park/Campground
252 electric sites
35 full hookup sites (either 20 amp or 30 amp)
Equestrian Camp (30 non-electric sites)
3 Group Campgrounds
2 Boat Campgrounds
2 Dump station
Seasonal Camp Store
Decent cell service (Verizon)
Reservations may be made up to six months in advance online at ohiostateparks.gov or by calling (866) 644-6727.
The Caesar Creek Campground is open year-round. However, some of the camp sites and facilities may not be available during the Winter season. This is because the campground is winterized and no water is available.
Campsites can be reserved on the ODNR website or by calling 866-644-6727. There are both electric and non-electric sites. Some of the sites are designated as tent only. There are both shady spots and open sunny spots.
2 Dump stations
Pets are permitted
The sites are large and have paved pads. The pads are short and narrow. They are supposed to accommodate a 40’ trailer. This is the trailer only. If you have a pull behind trailer, you will have to park your vehicle off to the side.
Caesar Creek State Park Horseman’s Campground
Caesar Creek State Equestrian Campground has 30 non-electric sites. It is located on Furnas-Oglesby Road across the creek from the regular State Campground.
The campground has:
Wells with non-potable water
Cedar Point Group Campground, Hickory Overlook Group Campground & Fifty Springs Croup Campground
These group campgrounds do not have electric or water. They are located off 73 on the southwest side of Caesar Creek.
All these group campgrounds have:
Caesar Creek Hopewell Day Lodge Group Camp
The Caesar Creek Hopewell Day Lodge Group Camp us a primitive campsite with no bathrooms or water. It is located off of Middletown Road near the Caesar Creek State Park Wildlife Area.
Wellman Meadows Group Camp
The Wellman Meadows Group Camp is located off the road that leads to the Caesar Creek Wellman Meadows Boat Ramp. The campsite does not have electric or water.
The Group Camp Site has:
The Caesar Creek State Park Campground has miles of hiking trails that make their way throughout the campground. The trails are natural and vary greatly in width. While some of the trails are extremely wide, others are barely shoulder width apart.
The trails on the map are pretty close. However, they are off a little bit. And there are also addition trail segments that are not on the map.
Deer Run Trail (1.4 Mile)
Lakeview Trail (.7 Mile)
Pin Oak Trail (1.2 Mile)
The Point Trail (1.1 Mile)
You can get to the beach from anywhere in the main campground using the trails, or driving.
Caesar Creek Lake has a lot of opportunity for fishing. There are over 40 miles of shoreline and several boat docks. There is one boat dock located in the campground that is only available to campers.
To fish in Caesar Creek, you must have a valid Ohio Fishing License. A license is required for everyone 16 and older.
There are some exceptions where you may be able to get a free Ohio fishing license. These include:
65 years of age or older
Mobility impaired and need assistance casting and retrieving
Have a veteran license plates with the wheelchair symbol
Some permanently disabled veterans
Residents of state and county institutions
Ex- prisoners of war
For more information about purchasing or obtaining a valid Ohio fishing license, go to: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/fishingregulations.
According to eBird, there have been 149 species observed at Caesar Creek State Campground. We saw quite a few birds, but not as many as we expected being right next to the water. This would probably be a great place to camp during spring migration.
During our early June visit we spotted:
Our Experience at Caesar Creek State Park Campground
We really liked the Caesar Creek State Park Campground. The place was clean and there were plenty of trails to explore. We had decent cell service and were able to work remotely.
For the most part, the Ohio campground was quiet and serene. We got rained out on our third day, but the birds were really enjoying it.
The bugs were bad during the evening hours. And we did get growled at by something in the woods next to our trailed.
There was a lot of wildlife at the Ohio campground, especially deer.
The trailer pads are only 40' long
The sites are fairly level.
The roads in the campground are a decent width.
Roads are blacktop.
The campground was well-kept. We only found one piece of trash.
Each campsite had a picnic table and fire ring.
There are playgrounds located throughout the Caesar Creek State Park Campground
There are both shady and sunny campsites available.
There are campsites that are tent camping only.
There are 2 double sided dump stations.
The beach in the campground had a lot of rocks and wood debris in the sand. You would not be able to go barefoot.
Caesar Creek State Park / Campground in Wilmington Ohio
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What You Can Expect at Caesar Creek State Park Campground
Please note that Ohio Campground trail rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Caesar Creek State Park Campground as of June 2021.
Bicycles are permitted on the Fifty Springs Loop trail and the Mountain Bike Trail.
There are a lot of birds.
There are a few small footbridges on the trails.
Concealed carry is permitted.
Dogs are allowed in campground and on the campground trails. There are many areas in Caesar Creek State Park that they are not permitted.
Trail surfaces are natural and steep in a few places. They can be muddy and slippery. Most of the trails had only a slight elevation change.
Campground roads and pads are blacktop.
Each lot has a picnic table and fire ring.
There are a few playgrounds located throughout the campground.
There were very few benches.
A lot of sun and shade.
There are a couple shelter houses.
Trails had a lot of growth. However, they were easy to see. The maps are a little off which makes it a little difficult to navigate.
There are dumpsters located near the dump stations.
We did not see any specified ADA parking spaces.