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Campgrounds Near Me: Rocky Fork

Rocky Fork Lake

Rocky Fork Lake and State Park is one of Ohio’s 75 state parks and is located in the southwest portion of the state. This state lake is an hour and fifteen minutes east of Cincinnati, OH, and an hour and a half south of Columbus, OH. Rocky Fork cabins are available, and the location makes for great camping, fishing, or weekend getaways.

Rocky Fork State Park

The state park generally sits in two parts, and upper and lower campground. The lower campground consists of 20 full hookup sites that are well suited for larger RVs.  The campsites are flat and close to the water but have limited shade. The upper campground is a little more mixed. It has 170 sites ranging from non-electric to full hookups. These sites are more traditional state park campsites and are more heavily wooded.

Rocky Fork State Park Sign
  • Contact Info: 
  • 9800 North Shore Dr
  • Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
  • (937) 393-4284

Reservation for State Park can be made at reserveohio.com.

Rocky Fork Lake

Rocky Fork Lake is a fantastic weekend getaway, even if you’re not camping. The lake itself is over 2000 acres and allows unlimited horsepower boating. That means it is fun for skiing and tubing. 

If fishing is more your style, the lake boasts great bass, muskie, and walleye fishing.  Ohio fishing licenses are required but you can get them here.

Rocky Fork Lake Cabins

If you’re interested in spending some time at the lake, but camping isn’t your thing, maybe some cabins are more your style.  There are a variety of cabin options available.  Some of the most popular Rocky Fork Lake cabins are:

  • Serenity Log Cabins – These cabins are perfect for a cozy weekend for two.
  • Lazy H Cabins – Offers 19 cabin options near the lake and nearby Paint Creek.
  • Blueberry Hill Cabins – Has a selection of 10 rustic cabins that are perfect for reunions, vacations, and nightly rental.

These cabin options give you all the same access to the lake amenities as the state park, but none of the hassle of camping.

Fun Local Attractions

The lake at Rocky Fork isn’t the only attraction in the area. If you’re interested in a fun little road trip, check out The World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab! It is a quick little roadside attraction but is a really fun stop with the kids.

Worlds Largest Horseshoe Crab

One of the most fun stops near Rocky Fork is a stop at Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar. This little mom and pop store has the most amazing milkshakes. There is typically a wait, but it’s worth it.

Terry's Ice Cream Dairy Bar Milkshakes

Overall

Rocky Fork Lake and the associated state park is a tiny jewel in southwest Ohio.  The state park campgrounds are well maintained and clean. The lake water is clear and crisp. If you are looking for a convenient fishing trip with the guys, or a lovely camping weekend, this might be the place for you. 

Interested in other great fishing lakes in the area? Check out our post on Nolin Lake in Kentucky.

Have you been to Rocky Fork Lake before?  Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Happy camping!

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