Caesar Creek State Park has a large campground that offers Class A camping facilities in the beautiful rolling hills of southwest Ohio. The campground is on the edge of a 2,830-acre lake. This campground is just 68 miles south of Columbus, an easy drive down Interstate 71 south. Once off Interstate 71 it’s a quick 5 miles to the campground. This large campground offers 252 electric spots and 35 full hook-ups.
Boating, hiking, camping, and fishing are just some of the adventures to explore at Caesar Creek State Park. On the campground property itself you have access to amenities that include beach (with kayak rentals), boat ramp, playground, basketball courts, amphitheater and hiking trails. We spent a quick 2 night weekend here but explored a lot and will dive into each of these amenities below.
One thing that sets state parks apart from others is the paved roads. This is always a plus with my kids. We either bring our kid’s bikes or scooters pending which park we visit. Bikes go to commercialized campgrounds and scooters come to state parks. They always prefer their scooters so we are always happy when they know we are going somewhere where the roads are paved. The pads were nicely paved as well.
We stayed on the A-B-C side which had no dump station or trash containers. For us, having a full hook up, not having the dump station wasn’t an issue. But, there are a greater number of just electric sites so if you didn’t fill your fresh water tank up prior to leaving home you’d have to go to the other side of the campground to fill up your water tank upon arrival. As that can be a hindrance I was happy that the dump station was not on the main road. This makes it an easier pull put on busy Sunday mornings when we aren’t stuck in traffic waiting behind the dump traffic.
There is very little privacy between sites as trees are limited between sites. However there is quite a bit of distance as I mentioned earlier. It was very quiet and with having 4 kids with us that weekend felt like we had plenty of room for them to play without being in our neighbors area.
Each site backed up to thick foliage and we even saw a few deer. But other than the foliage that was behind each site there wasn’t any between pads.
There is a total of 5 shower houses on the campground. The one on A loop looked new or newly remodeled. There are 3 restrooms (without showers), 1 on each side of the campground, and a third down by the beach and boat ramp.
One of the best amenities we can find for the hot summer months at state park campgrounds is a campers beach. A campers beach is just as it sounds, only allowed for campers. It is typically smaller and located within walking distance or a short bike ride from the campsites. This is a perk for us as many Ohio State Parks (Alum Creek State Park & Delawere State Park) has a public beach, which can become very crowded on those hot summer weekends.
The beach also had kayaks and canoes that can be rented by the hour. It was a hit with my teenage nephews we had with us for that weekend. They even supplied the life jackets for them to wear. We also saw many other families putting their own kayaks into the water from the beach.
There is 1 basketball court on the D-E-F side of the campground
3 playgrounds are spread out throughout the sites. Well maintained with slides and climbing equipment and then separate swings.
They have a variety of trails, some that start at the campground and various other spots around Caesar Creek Lake. While we took the Horseshoe Falls trail, they have others that lead you to a swinging bridge and views of the lake.
The Horseshoe Falls trail was about 1.7 miles round trip. We took our 5 and 7 year old daughters on the trail. They did pretty well, my 5 year old wanted carried a little bit of the way so she road on my husbands shoulders.
Before Memorial Day weekend use of the campground boat ramp is free. This past year that would be a nice perk as we had many beautiful 80-degree days. After Memorial Day weekend you will need a daily or yearly pass. You can find more information here.
I did not see a dog park on the campground, however all sites are animal friendly.
Caesar Creek Lake offers muskellunge and some of the best crappie fishing in the state. Please follow Ohio fishing regulations. We did see some kids fishing off the campers beach that weekend, and many fishing boats were out in the water. Here is the fishing map.
Best and Worst Spots
Lots were large! Probably 10-15 yards of space in-between each camper. The pads looked newly poured (or well kept). Each spot that we saw looked pretty level, which makes parking and leveling a lot easier (especially for rookies!)
The campground map has 4 sites listed as being ADA accessible.
We were spot 36 which was right across from a bathroom and catty-corner from the park. Perfect for our needs because our kids played a lot at the park and we could keep an eye on them.
Another site that I would be interested in looking into for next time was site 74, it backed up to the park and our kids wouldn’t have to cross the street to get to the park. Click here for a campground map.
Summary and Rating
Rating 1-5, with 5 being the best
Overall Rating: 3.8
Cleanliness/Modernness of Campground: 4.5
Campground Layout/Lots: 4
Local Attractions: 3.5
Visit the State Park website here for more information. To book any Ohio State Park Camping reservation click here.
Enjoy our views below from our hike to Horseshoe Falls