A comprehensive guide to the best places to camp in Ohio and nearby states. Plus, must-have gear, glamping getaways, campfire cooking tips and how to survive a cross-country RV trip.

Want to escape the concrete jungle? One of the best ways is to spend a night sleeping under the stars. Camping slows you down, connects you with family and friends, and taps into the healing power of nature, as described by a growing body of scientific evidence (assuming you don’t overdo it with the s’mores, of course). 

But plenty of things can go awry once you abandon the conveniences of modern life. You need the right gear, the right location, and the right plan to get the most out of the experience. Camping doesn’t mean the same thing to all people, and as the pastime has grown in popularity in recent years—more than 7.2 million U.S. households started to camp for the first time over the past five years, according to a recent Kampgrounds of America study—camping options have multiplied like mosquitos in a swamp. Our comprehensive guide will help you navigate this changing terrain, offering practical advice for both novices and seasoned pros alike. “Of all the paths you take in life,” as John Muir said, “make sure a few of them are dirt.”

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