Top Dog Campgrounds near Columbus, OH

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Columbus is a canine's dream come true, with tons of dog-friendly parks and hiking trails to keep your four-legged friend fit as a fiddle. Some of the pet-friendly hotels in Columbus go the extra mile for their canine customers, providing dog beds, food, and even complimentary doggy waste bags.

But why would you stay cooped up in a hotel when you could play for days in one of Ohio's "furrific" state parks? Dogs are welcome in all Ohio state park campgrounds, and select parks even offer pet-friendly cabins, off-leash dog parks, and swimming areas.

Looking to stay a spell in the capital of the Buckeye State? You'll find an array of dog-friendly campgrounds near Columbus which provide everything your pup needs to stay happy. We've done the hard work for you and rounded up the top 10 dog campgrounds near Columbus. All you need to do is pick a place and start packing!

#1. Alum Creek State Park

We've chosen Alum Creek as the very best dog-friendly campground near Columbus for a few reasons. First, and most importantly, the park features an off-leash area with access to the water. Secondly, the park's 7-mile multi-use trail allows dog sledding. Finally, the campground caters to humans and hounds with more than 280 sites, full hookups, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. What more could you "pawssibly" want from a dog-friendly campground near Columbus?

#2. A. W. Marion State Park

In Circleville, just under 35 miles from Columbus, A.W. Marion State Park is the "pawfect" place for water-loving woofers looking to make a splash. Your buddy can let loose at the designated off-leash doggy swimming area on Hargus Lake. Afterward, dry off with a walk along the park's extensive trail network. The park's campground features 56 sites, half of which come equipped with electric hookups. Other park features include outdoor games, picnic areas, and winter sports.

#3. Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA

Just passing through Columbus on your cross-country road trip? Park the rig at Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA. Convenient to I-70, this "kampground" boasts a swimming pool, gem mine, mini-golf, and plenty of games for the kids. Fur-babies even get their own pup playground complete with agility equipment. Buckeye Lake / Columbus East KOA is within a 30-minute drive of downtown Columbus.
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#4. Cross Creek Camping Resort

Situated just a half-hour north of the city, Cross Creek is a "grrreat" dog-friendly campground near Columbus. This stopover spot is perfect for the whole family, offering an array of outdoor games as well as a swimming pool, camp store, gem mine, and tons of fun events. Pets are allowed as long as they're well-behaved and on-leash. If you have any queries about the pet policy, contact the park in advance.

#5. Ohio Expo Center

If you "prefur" to stay in the heart of the city, or you're attending an event like the Ohio State Fair, Ohio Expo Center offers three dog-friendly campgrounds in Columbus proper. Two of the Korbel Campgrounds feature full hookups, while Korbel Campground East provides electric and water hookups. Leashed pups are welcome in the campgrounds, but must steer clear of buildings. Check the details of the event you're attending for information on the pet policy.

#6. Cowan Lake State Park

"Ruffly" 70 miles from the city, Cowan Lake features two comfy, canine-friendly cabins hidden away in the woods. Note that pets are permitted, but you'll need to pay an extra fee. Save a few bucks and pitch a tent in the campground, where pets are welcome on all 230+ sites. Amenities include showers, restrooms, electric hookups, and a camp store, just to name a few. Once you're settled, stretch your legs on the Dogwood Trail.

#7. Dillon State Park

If you and Gizmo are looking for a glamorous camping experience, Dillon State Park has got you covered with pet-friendly cabins! Designated campsites and cabins welcome canine campers. The cabins offer beautiful views of the lake and all the comforts of home, including cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and a screened-in porch. Prefer to camp out under the stars? Set up at one of more than 190 campsites for tents and RVs.

#8. Indian Lake State Park

Indian Lake State Park might be just under 75 miles outside of Columbus, but the on-site dog park is well worth the long drive! Shed the leash at Oldfield Beach Dog Park and let your buddy cool off in the water. More than 400 pet-friendly sites are available here, offering a mix of hookup options and amenities. Other star attractions at this 5,000-acre park include swimming beaches, picnic areas, and volleyball courts.

#9. Salt Fork State Park

Off-leash dog park? Check. Access to the lake? Check. Pet-friendly campsites and cabins? Check! Salt Fork State Park is hound-dog heaven, boasting all the pup-friendly amenities you could possibly need or want. Post up at the campground featuring more than 200 sites, or book one of the pet-friendly cabins with all the creature comforts of home. When you're settled, leash up and trek the trails, or mosey down to the lake for some boating and fishing.

#10. Burr Oak State Park

Burr Oak State Park might be last on our list of dog-friendly campgrounds near Columbus, but it's most certainly not least! At 82 miles away, it's a bit of a drive, but you'll get a good night's sleep at the park's pet-friendly cabins. Or, choose from one of over 120 campsites. When you're feeling refreshed, head out and explore the park's trails, or relax down by the lake. (Just keep clear of the swimming areas.)