Oak Hill Campground – USFS

Location: Ironton, Ohio

Webpage: USFS Campground

General Description: Oak Hill Campground is located near Ironton, Ohio within the Wayne National Forest at Lake Vesuvius.  The campgrounds have been recently renovated with paved sites, electric and water hookups, and flush toilets on some loops.  The campground consists of three loops on top of the hill above Lake Vesuvius.   The most popular activities include fishing, boating, and swimming in the lake.  There are also 40 miles of hiking trails located close to the campgrounds.



1) Being on a hilltop above the lake was both an advantage and disadvantage.  It greatly improved our TV reception, however, phone coverage was very spotty.  It also meant that we had a nice breeze, but it also meant we were socked in by fog and drizzle during part of the week.  Most of the sites are back-in, however, there are a few pull-through sites that can be reserved.  We had a pull-through site with a nice level paved pad for the RV.  The hill fell off steeply just off our site, which meant we had a nice view of the woods.


2) There is no entrance station at the campgrounds, although there are a couple of campground volunteers, if you can find them at their units.  This means there is no-one to assist you finding your site.  So I would suggest you make advance reservations and know your site number.  Downloading a site map would also be a good idea, although there are maps at the bathrooms.

3) There is a flush toilet facility on the main loop in the campground, however, the loop we were on there was only a pit toilet.  It was well stocked with toilet paper, but not kept very clean with bugs on the floor.  Thankfully the smell was not too bad and it sufficed for a week.


4) There are numerous hiking trails close to the campground.  We visited the Vesuvius Furnace, an 1800 iron furnace, and hike part of the trail around Lake Vesuvius.