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The Only Campground You Need to Know About When Visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I’m graduating college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is just 9-weeks-old.

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You probably landed here because you were looking at going to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and read my review. If not, go take a peek and add it to your itinerary--you’ll want to!!

Harrison Lake State Park is located just 2 ½ hours away from CVNP and it is completely worth the drive. There are two different campgrounds here: the North Campground and the South Campground.

We stayed at the South Campground and had a blast. We went in mid-March and definitely weren’t expecting snow...except that’s exactly what we got. It was almost surreal, as we made a campfire while also being snowed on.

Scout was very confused (and so were we) but it was fun.

We stayed at site 218S and would recommend this site. Some of the center sites (240s and 250s) seem a little close together. This probably wouldn’t matter in the off-season when there aren’t a lot of people out, but in the summer might get a little crowded.

The lake-side sites are awesome because there is a little more space and there is a hill that separates your site from the water. I was thankful for this because Scout LOVES to swim, so the hill kept her from seeing the entire lake and inevitably jumping in.

There are facilities on site, in the form of a vault toilet. Each site also has a fire ring, of course. When we went, the place was practically a ghost town, so there were pinecones all over the ground AKA free fire starters!!

There are plenty of gas stations within a ten-or-so minute drive, so you have plenty of options to grab some firewood and get cooking those hot dogs!

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If you want to get out and take a nice walk around the lake, you have two options. You can either take the Red Trail which wraps around the lake or the Blue Trail which is a smaller loop off of the Red Trail.

We didn't walk on either of the trails because we left early the next morning for Indiana Dunes National Park. If we had stayed longer in the morning, then I imagine a little walk around the lake after a nice fire-side breakfast would have been amazing.

The park is super dog-friendly, including a special spot for your dog to swim! Also super kid-friendly with lots of space for playing.

Quick Facts:


26246 Harrison lake Road

Fayette, Ohio 43521

Phone: 419 237 2593 (park office)

Phone: 866 644 6727 (reservation)

$27 for tent site, plus a $6.50 reservation fee

Check in 3:00 P.M.

Check out: 1:00 P.M.

Above: Scout with our Jeep, Greg, before we headed out to Indiana Dunes National Park.

Let me know if you stay here and whether or not you did the hike!

xoxo, carson presley

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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