Iron Ridge Campground
This newly renovated family campground is located on a ridge on the east side of Lake Vesuvius and accesses Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area facilities by a hiking trail.
The campground has a total of 32 campsites (21 RV sites and 11 tent sites). There is water available at all sites and electricity at nearly half of the sites. Electric is available at all but 11 sites (sites 23-34). The campground can accommodate large RVsWhiskey Run Trail is 0.85 miles long and connects the Lake Shore Trail and Iron Ridge Campground. This loop trail starts at the campground across from site 29, goes down to the lake, along a short segment of the Lake Shore Trail, and back up the second side the Whiskey Run Trail. The loop has 150-foot elevation change going down and back up. The trail passes abandoned charcoal pits, remnants of a whiskey still, and parts of old whiskey barrels. It is marked with white diamond markers with red dots.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Open 24 hours a day from the first Friday in April through the last Monday in October. Opens outside of normal camping season for deer gun season only. During deer gun season, only the Pine Knob Loop is open for camping, but without water.|
|Reservations:||Reserve a site through recreation.gov. Reservations must be made 4 days prior to arrival. Any unreserved campsites within the 4-day cut-off window are no longer reservable and only available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations are taken during the deer gun season, first-come-first serve only.|
|Open Season:||April 23|
|Operated By:||Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500|
General InformationDirections: Located 6.5 miles north of Ironton, Ohio, just off State Route 93. Turn on County Road 29 and follow the signs to the Recreation Area (1 mile) To reach Iron Ridge proceed past the furnace and the lake and up the hill approximately another mile and take the first road back to the left into the campground. GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 38 deg 36' 44" / 82 deg 37' 10".
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
This family campground is on a ridgetop over Lake Vesuvius. There are 11 tent campsites available. Eight out of the 11 tent sites are non-electric and three are electric.
|No. of Sites||11|
|Reservation Info||May be reserved|
|No. of Accessible sites||3|
This campground has 33 RVs sites (11 non-electric and 22 electric).
|No. of Sites||20|
|Pavement Type for Parking||blacktop|
|Hookup - Water||none|
|Hookup - Sewer||none|
|Size Restrictions||Two 20' back-ins (electric hook-up); one 20' back-ins (non-electric); one 40' back-in (non-electric); sixteen 45' back-ins (electric hook-ups)|
|Hookups - Electric||15W|
|No. of Accessible sites||3|
|Fees:||Fee for camping: $13/night + $5 for electric hookup|
|Hours of Operation:||Open April 15th through October 31st and during Ohio deer gun season.|
|Rental info:||Reservations are made through http://www.recreation.gov/|
A 1/2 mile hiking trail links the campground with the lake and other attractions at the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area.