Winter Camping Guide For Cleveland

December 22, 2012 6:00 AM

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Just because the days are shorter, the temperature is cooler and snow is in the future, it does not have to mean the camping season has ended. Cleveland is surrounded by endless options of state parks that offer a wide variety of winter camping and recreation. Warm your need for winter camping by visiting these national parks this winter.
Punderson State Park
11755 Kinsman Road
Newbury, OH 44065
(440) 564-2279

Price: $25 per night

This former Indian Village is located only 46 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Punderson State Park’s campground offers more than 177 camping sites, both electric and primitive, offering limited services during the winter months. Be sure to plan accordingly. Punderson State Park is a glaciated region with deep gorges, wondrous clear watered lake, hardy timber and abundant wildlife. During the winter months, Punderson offers lighted sled hills, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails when the weather permits.

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Findley State Park
25381 State Route 58
Wellington, OH 44090
(440) 647-4490

Price: $26 per night

This oasis in the middle of dairy land is only 49 minutes from downtown Cleveland. This park is the largest and deepest sandstone wonder. The Findley State Park offers more than 200 electrical and primitive sites. During the winter months, some services are unavailable. Nestled in dense pine trees, this park offers hunting locations for waterfowl, ice skating, ice fishing and cross-county skiing when the weather permits.

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West Branch State Park
5708 Esworthy Road
Ravenna, OH 44266
(330) 296-3239

Price: $24-$26 per night

West Branch State Park surrounds the Mahoning River, which was named by the Delaware Indians, meaning “at the salt lick.” It offers coves that draw ice fishermen as well as more than 5,379 acres of dual trails for horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling and cross-county skiing. Relish the glory of the relaxing meadows and wooded campground on one of 170 electric and primitive sites. Some services are unavailable during certain months, so contact the park in advance.

Burr Oak State Park
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road
Glouster, OH 45732
(740) 767-3570

Price: $25 per night

Situated at the end of the Appalachin Mountains, this beautiful and lush wooded valley offers a wonderful taste of nature. Wind through the strong hardwoods experiencing grazing white-tailed deer, specular boxed turtles creeping along the trails, or wild turkeys encircling the park. The campground offers more than 80 winter camping sites, both electrical and primitive, as well as winter activities, such as trails for sledding, and ice skating and ice fishing at designated areas.

Horseman’s Campground
Beaver Creek State Park

12816 Sprucevale Road
East Liverpool, OH 43920
(866) 644-6727

Price: $20 per night

Roughly 1.5 hours from the heart of Cleveland, this park is a must see. With steep gorges, lush forest, quick steam, carved cliffs, evidence of glaciers and abandoned canal locks, this park offers more than 2,105 acres of heaven. The campground includes more than 60 winter camping sites, both electric and non-electric. The campground does not offer shower houses or flushing toilets, and limits some services during the colder months. Don’t miss out on sledding, hiking, hunting and mountain biking through this lush forest.

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