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Clay's Park Resort

13190 Patterson Rd. NW
North Lawrence  Ohio  44666
United States
(330) 854-6691
(800) 860-4386
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Midwest Living Review

Amber Matheson
Less than an hour from Cleveland, hundreds of seasonal campers mingle with the weekend crowd at Clay's Park, which features a water park and an annual country music festival.

First thing, get a golf cart (rentals are $80 per day, $195 for the weekend) to ease navigating the 550 acres and endless trails too skinny for a car at Clay's Park Resort in North Lawrence, Ohio. The family-run business was founded in 1948 and now has a trailer-park vibe: So many campers park their RV here all season or even year-round that the wheeled abodes are in various states of renovation, repair and disrepair . 

For un-wheeled—or unprepared—the camp recently built two glamping tents: pin-striped "glamorous camping" tents featuring an Amish-made queen-size bed, day bed and set of bunk beds atop a sturdy wooden platform (from $126). They plan on building more of the snug little tents. Ours overlooked a small fishing lake, just a few yards from the bathrooms (thumbs up) and the restaurant/bar (thumbs down). Getting ready for bed is easy; tucking in to the sounds of cars coming and going and a bar that stays open late is hard. The restaurant itself is rustic, with unmemorable food, but hey, why not take the mess hall over your own mess? Cooking over an open fire is for campers, not glampers.

Numerous entertainments are included in the camping fee: outdoor water park (with zip line, huge slides and endless water toys), mini-golf course, skate park, and indoor pool and hot tub. Free weekend events are outlined in the newsletter handed out at check-in. Clay's has five sand volleyball courts, areas for baseball games, and tons of fire pits and picnic tables. Local and national bands play at the open-air amphitheater (tickets are required for some music events). Weekends tend to sell out fast, so book prime spots as early as January. 

June 2, 2012

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