Review of Van Buren State Park Campground in Van Buren, Ohio
November 2011 – 1 Night
The atmosphere is nothing special inside the campground, but there is a real nice day use area with a lake about a mile away. The campground has 2 loops; one being for horse camping and the other for general camping. Both loops are fairly small with a gravel drive through them. There are some trees, but with a mostly open landscape.
Campsite spacing is ok, not to tight but not spaced out a ton either. It is mostly open grass between the sites.
Campsite quality is on the lower end. The sites are gravel back-ins that kind of fade into the grass. Our fire pit was only a few feet from where your vehicle would be parked and fairly close to the camp drive.
We were only here for the night as we were just passing thru, so we did not check into any of the trails. That being said, since there was horse camping, I’m sure there are plenty of equestrian trails.
There is a small lake that is connected to 2 different day use areas. The lake is limited to canoes, kayaks or electric powered rowboats only.
We did not do any fishing, but the lake is stocked with fish.
There is nice play equipment in the center of the camping loop with plenty of area for kids to play. The park loop is small which would make it easy to keep an eye on the kids as well. If you don’t mind driving over to the day use area, your kids will love the play equipment there.
In general, this is probably a nice local campground to visit for the weekend if you are close, have kids or are in to horse back riding. It is open year round, which makes it handy for stopping in on your way south in the winter or north in the spring for the snow birds.
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