The smell of cooking on an open fire often attracts raccoons, but campers at Hueston Woods State Park campground don't seem to mind. They're too busy enjoying the secluded setting, relaxing at their shaded campsites, and taking advantage of park amenities that include archery and a mini zoo of rescued animals.
Located 40 miles north of Cincinnati, Hueston Woods is known for its rare old-growth forest. Hiking and biking trails weave past waterfalls and through the woods; sailboats glide across Acton Lake, and kids splash on a sandy swimming beach. Visitors can tee off on the golf course, check out the nature center's resident wildlife, picnic by a covered bridge, tour a restored 1800s Pioneer Farm Museum or play with four-legged friends in the dog park. The horse stable is the start point for guided rides, and park naturalists lead folks on fossil-hunting expeditions.
Most park activities and programs are free, which makes camping at Hueston Woods a great value. Electricity is the only hook-up available, but every site has a picnic table, fire ring and grill. Rates start at $20.