Leith Run Recreation Area


Area Status: Open
Leith Run Recreation Area

The Leith Run Campground provides a beautiful location on the Ohio River, where grassy campsites and picnic areas make for a comfortable getaway in the Wayne National Forest. The campground is equipped with modern conveniences like flush toilets and electricity. This fully accessible facility offers a variety of recreation activities.

There are now several no-mow zones and plantings of native shrubs to increase bird habitat and make the landscape more sustainable.

Additional Resources

Leith Run Recreation Area Brochure

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hrs. a day during open season. The day use area is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  
Reservations: Reservations can be made online through recreation.gov.
Fees: Camping fees:  
  • $20/night for electric sites
  • $15/night for tent sites (no electricity).
  • Senior Pass or Golden Age and Access Pass or Golden Access Passports allow a 50 percent discount on single campsites.
Shelter rental fees:
  • Group Shelters are $55 per day.
  • There is no discount for Interagency passes or Golden passports given on shelter rentals. 
Open Season: April 10 - October 17
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Newport, OH
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Athens Ranger District-Marietta Unit, 27515 State Route 7, Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-9055

General Information

Directions: 18 miles north of Marietta on State Route 7; GPS Lat/Long coordinates for the area are 39 deg 26' 28" / 81 deg 09' 03".

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Campground Camping

This campground on the banks of the Ohio River provides many activities for a family and the campground is modern and fully accessible.

No. of Sites 21
Reservation Info May be reserved
No. of Accessible sites 21
Rental info: Reservations are made through http://www.recreation.gov/

RV Camping

Several RV sites are provided. Sites #2, #5 and #17 are 50 amp. sites; the remaining sites are 30 amp.

No. of Sites 18
Pavement Type for Parking blacktop
Reservation Info Yes - contact www.recreation.gov
Hookup - Water none
Hookup - Sewer none
Size Restrictions 2 are 30' backin, 11 are 50' backin, 1 is 50' pull-through, 6 are 60' backin, and 1 is 90' pull-through.
Dump Stations yes
Vehicle Clearance good
No. of Accessible sites 18
Rental info: Reservations are made through http://www.recreation.gov/

Estuary Fishing

A backwater estuary from the Ohio River snakes along this popular recreation area. A paved trail and a boardwalk with a gazebo offer not only wildlife viewing opportunities but also an opportunity to access this estuary and wetland area.
Cleaning Station None
Accessible Platform gazebo
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

River and Stream Fishing

Shoreline fishing for the Ohio River. A boat ramp is also available which accesses the Willow Island pool.
Special Designations Some fish found in the Ohio River are covered under a fish consumption advisory.
Fish Species largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, sauger, hybrid stripers, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, flathead catfish, walleye, and freshwater drum
Fishing Platform Shore or an accessible fishing pier
Cleaning Station None
Accessible Platform An accessible pier is available.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Day Hiking

This recreation area ties in with the Scenic River Trail which climbs up to a bluff above the Ohio River.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

This site along the Ohio River is the place to see wetland wildlife. The area has two observation decks, one offering a panoramic view of the Ohio River and the other overlooking the backwaters of Leith Run. This tranquil site along the bustling Ohio River is a place where wildlife, especially birds, seem to congregate.
Species birds, wetland creatures, fish, frogs, and other bottomland wildlife.
Special Feature wildlife viewing platform available
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

This attractive recreation area on the Ohio River is a fun place to spend the day and watch the Ohio River. Barges go by and you can watch river traffic as well as just the beauty of a forested bottomland area. Trails around the area go to viewing areas or watch children play in the playground or ball fields.

Special Feature viewing areas

Picnicking

A picnic area is available and picnic shelters can be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation System. The area has water fountains/hydrants nearby, electricity, grills, and picnic tables. It also offers a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, river overlooks, and a playground.
No. of Sites 4
Reservation Info Yes
Fire Information Grills available
No. of Accessible sites 4

Group Picnicking

A picnic area is available and picnic shelters can be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation System. The area has water fountains/hydrants nearby, electricity, grills, and picnic tables. It also offers a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, river overlooks, and a playground.

No. of Sites 4
Reservation Info Yes
Group Shelter yes
Group Cooking Facilities no
Fire Information grills available
Hookups - Electric yes
No. of Accessible sites 4
Rental info: Reservations are made through http://www.recreation.gov/

Boating - Motorized

This recreation area includes a boat ramp which accesses the Willow Island pool. Only canoes and small flat boats would be able to launch from this ramp- all others would need to launch at the Frontier Boat Ramp.

Trailer Parking Adequate parking is provided
Class of rapids none
Type of Craft small boats. Most boats will need to be launched from the Frontier Boat Launch which is north of Leith Run. 
Motor Type Established by the Corps of Engineers for the Ohio River.
Fuel availability near by communities
Marina/Mooring no
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
39.4463

  Longitude : 
-81.1521