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Status: Open through Sun Oct 26 2014   Season Dates


Iron Ridge is one of two campgrounds in the Vesuvius Recreation Area in southeastern Ohio's Wayne National Forest. Iron Ridge offers a great location for outdoor recreation, with activities like boating, swimming and fishing on Lake Vesuvius. Horseback riding and hiking are also available in the rolling hills surrounding the campground.

Natural Features:

Iron Ridge Campground is located on a wooded ridge above 143-acre Lake Vesuvius. A scenic forest of mature eastern hardwoods covers the area.


Boating, fishing and swimming on Lake Vesuvius are the area's most popular activities. Anglers may catch bass, catfish, crappie or bluegill.

More than 40 miles of trails exist in the area, with trailheads beginning at or near the campground. A 1/2-mile hiking trail connects the campground to Lake Vesuvius. Lake Shore Trail offers an 8-mile loop around the lake and shorter trails lead to Rock House Cave, a grand, tunnel-like sandstone cave that was once used by Native Americans for shelter.


The campground offers multiple sites for RV camping, many of which have electric hookups. Some first-come, first-serve sites are also available. Each campsite can accommodate up to eight individuals.

Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill. The campground has accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water. A dump station is located on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The closest town is Ironton, Ohio, less than 10 miles from the campground.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Backpacking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Paddle Boating
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Spigot
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles
  • Camping or the establishment of a campsite within the Wayne National Forest shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 days in any 30 day time period.
  • Campers may not occupy an individual developed campsite with more than eight persons at one time.
  • Campers may not occupy more than three developed camping units at one time (one RV and two tents sites).
  • Click here for more information on the Wayne National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit don'tmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.60833, -82.61667
38°36'30"N, 82°37'0"W

From U.S. Highway 52 at Ironton, Take State Route 93 north for 6 miles to the Lake Vesuvius Road (County Road 29). Turn east toward Lake Vesuvius and travel 1 mile to the recreation area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

6518 State Route 93
PEDRO OH 45659

Phone Number:

Project Office:(740)534-6500