Ring Mill Campground

Area Status: Open

This was once the site of a mill and farmstead. The mill is now gone, but the stone house of its original owner, built in 1846, is still located at the site. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has three camp-sites and a picnic shelter, and is also a canoe access point and near the North Country Trail.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This campground is open seasonally from early spring to winter. Visit our Recreation page to see seasonal open and close dates for the current year.
Reservations: None required. 
Fees: Camping Fees:  
  • •$10 per night    
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Sistersville, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By:

General Information

Directions: The Ring Mill campground is 3 miles off S.R. 26, on County Road 68 (32 miles north of Marietta.) GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 39 deg 36' 21" / 81 deg 07' 19".

Recreation Map

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Campground Camping

This campground on the banks of the Little Muskingum River is adjacent to an historic site but is remote and has few amenities though the site is scenic and offers tranquility.
No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info None taken
No. of Accessible sites 0
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Shoreline fishing on the Little Muskingum River or fishing by canoe or boat.
Special Designations Please release any muskies you catch.
Fish Species smallmouth bass, sunfish and the Ohio muskellunge
Fishing Platform shore
Cleaning Station none
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

This campground lies near the North Country Trail so is a convenient stopping point for this trail or a short section of the trail could be hiked from this site.

Difficulty Level: Easy


This campground lies near the North Country Trail. A short section of the trail could be hiked from this site or the campground could be used as a convenient stopping point for that trail.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

This site along the Little Muskingum is likely to attract wildlife looking for water as well as river creatures. Sit quietly and you will see animals coming down for water, water birds, amphibians, and even fish as they swim in the shallows.
Species birds, riverine creatures, fish, frogs, and other bottomland wildlife.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

This campground is along the Little Muskingum River and offers a good place to watch the river. It is also adjacent to the Historic Ring Mill House so you can explore the old site of this once bustling site of commerce where the Ring Family lived and prospered.
Special Feature Ring Mill Historic House
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Interpretive Areas

This site along the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway has an interpretive panel which discusses the history of the Ring family. This family settled here and built not only the stone house which is still standing at the site, but also a sawmill and a grain mill. A covered bridge once also stood nearby.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Boating - Non-Motorized

This access point is to the Little Muskingum River which meanders along through forested hills and pastures. It parallels the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway for most of its length. The area provides a backdrop of historic barns, covered bridges, and century old farmhouses. Although subject to seasonal low water, this is our finest canoeable river in southeastern Ohio. The river appears muddy, and in fact, the Indian word Muskingum translates to mean muddy river. The river is scenic however, with overhanging trees and traverses some of Ohio's most beautiful countryside. Rural landscapes, cross-road communities, bluffs and rock outcrops, big shady trees, and abundant wildlife will add to your trip. At this site is a historic home and from here canoers can paddle under covered bridges to Haught Run, a distance of about 10 miles.

Trailer Parking none just a parking area
Launch Ramps dirt banks
Type of Craft canoes, kayaks and flat-bottom Jon boats
Fuel availability motors would really not work in most of the river
Marina/Mooring none
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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