Alum Creek State Park north of Columbus, Ohio

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Alum Creek State Park near Columbus, Oh. (Julianne G. Crane)

When visiting relatives in the Columbus, Ohio, area check out Alum Creek State Park.

Delaware State Park is also near Columbus, however, we selected Alum Creek because it was closest to where our cousins live, about 30-minutes south.

Alum Creek is a huge park with 4,630 acres of “gently rolling fields and woodlands.” There is also access to a 3,387-acre reservoir for a variety of recreational activities including fishing, boating and swimming. During warmer seasons, campers sun themselves on Ohio’s largest inland beach. There is also a dog park with a dog swim beach for the furry member of the RVing family.

Amenities include a dump station, flush toilets, showers and campsites with 20/30/50 amp electric. Full hookup campsites come with water, 50 amp electric and sewer. 

Ohio state park rates are a little complex, depending on location, amenities, and time of year. Rates for electric sites, vary between $23 and $43. Non-utility rates are less expensive, between $17 and $28. Click here for details.

Cousins Ruth and Tammy with Jimmy in downtown Delaware, Oh.

At Alum Creek, we paid about $29/day for an electric site with 10-percent Veteran’s discount. Remember to ask about discounts. Military or veteran identification must be presented at the time of arrival or check-in to receive discount.

If you go:

Alum Creek State Park
3305 S. Old State Road
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Reservations: (866) 644-6727

By the way– We met our cousins, Ruth and Tammy, for a sunny afternoon lunch in downtown Delaware, Ohio. Named for the Delaware Tribe, this small city was  founded in 1808. Among the earliest settlers were the parents of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th President of the United States. President Hayes was born there in 1822.

Delaware is the location of Ohio Wesleyan University, one of the Five Colleges of Ohio. The city is famous for The Little Brown Jug, an internationally famous harness race which is part of the Triple Crown of harness racing for Pacers.

Text and photos: Julianne G. Crane

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