Paint Creek State Park

Once again, it seems we have accidentally found a gem in Ohio. I’m not sure how long it would have taken us to find Paint Creek State Park otherwise, but this was the campground closest to the Highlands Nature Sanctuary – headquarters for the Arc of Appalachia Wildflower Pilgrimage.


Reservations weren’t accepted this early in the season, but we arrived a bit before dinner on Friday and got a prime spot along the water. These sites come with a surcharge, but I can’t think of a better way to spend $10 than to be right on the water. These premium sites also feature a deck for eating.

Word of caution – the official campground map on Reserve America doesn’t seem to be particularly accurate with campsite placement. We stayed in site 29. Reserve America shows that sits near the bottom of the hill near the bend. If fact it was nearly across from the intersecting road. I would certainly cross-reference the Google Earth map or use the map from the campground.

paint creek map

We unfortunately did not get a chance to explore the state park. The lake looked nice and it appeared to be very proud of its frisbee golf course. However, we spent our time at nearby Arc of Appalachia lands. We will definitely have to come back, especially if site 29 is free!

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