Iron Ridge Campground

Area Status: Closed

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 seasonally from early spring to fall. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year. 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  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.  
Fees: Camping fees:
  • $20/night for sites with electric and water.
  • $15/night for sites with water only.
  • Senior Pass and Access Pass are accepted at this campground.
Open Season: April 23
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Ironton
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush Toilets
Operated By: Ironton Ranger District, 6518 SR 93, Pedro, OH 740-534-6500

General Information

Directions: 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".

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

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

RV Camping

This campground has 33 RVs sites (11 non-electric and 22 electric). 

No. of Sites 20
Pavement Type for Parking blacktop
Reservation Info Yes
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)
Dump Stations yes
Hookups - Electric 15W
Vehicle Clearance open
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

Day Hiking

A 1/2 mile hiking trail links the campground with the lake and other attractions at the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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