Whether it's in a tent, cabin or the comfort of your own RV, there's something to be said for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.
And if swimming, canoeing, fishing are activities you enjoy, there's a handful of places near the Dayton-area where you can partake and enjoy the weather and scenery.
Here are five places around Dayton to camping:
Dayton Tall Timbers KOA
Enjoy a full activity schedule from now until October that includes an Ice Cream Social and/or Wine & Cheese Social every month. Stay in one and two bedroom and deluxe lodges, nestled comfortably in the woods. RVs are welcome, as well.
ADDRESS: 7796 Wellbaum Road, Brookville
COST: $27 for Value Kard Rewards membership, rates vary by time of year and type of lodging
Five Rivers MetroParks
There are 14 camp areas available throughout four MetroParks, including Englewood, Germantown, Possum Creek and Twin Creek MetroParks. Most sites are primitive (vault toilet, fire ring, picnic table). Bring gear, food and water. Due to the threat of the emerald ash borer, do not bring firewood to any MetroParks facility. A limited supply of firewood is provided.
Permits are required for both front country and backcountry camping. To reserve a campsite in advance, call (937) 275-PARK (7275).
ADDRESS: Various locations
PHONE: (937) 275-PARK (7275)
COST: Varies depending on campsite and day of week
Wildcat Woods Campground
The campground features a pond for fishing and swimming, paddleboats for rent. There is propane, pop, ice, ice pops and ice cream in wrappers available. Wildcat Woods is near the Annie Oakley Birthplace and Museum, Eldora Speedway, Wright Brothers Museum, Winery at Versailles and other attractions.
ADDRESS: 1355 Wildcat Road, Greenville
PHONE: (937) 548-7921
COST: $25 per night, $1,000 per season (Current as of June 2015)
Camp by tent, RV or rent a spacious cabin at this campsite that is only minutes from Kings Island. Nearby attractions include The Beach Waterpark, Armco Park, Cincinnati Premium Outlets and Miami Valley Gaming.
ADDRESS: 760 Franklin Road, Lebanon
PHONE: (513) 932-7717
COST: Monthly rates from $615 (May 1- Sept. 30) and $435 (Oct. 1 – April 30), additional fees
rates are based on two adults, and two children (Ages 5-17…kids 4 and under are free), additional adults ($99), additional children ($25), a $100 campsite deposit is due at time of reservation. Deposits are added to your first month's rent, family tent rates from $27.
Enon Beach Campground
Enjoy camping with 20, 30 and 50 amp electric service and water taps. You can swim in the clear, chlorine-free spring-fed lake or sun on the sandy beach. You can fish at Enon Beach without paying an extra charge, and although most of the customers adhere to a "catch and release" policy, you are allowed to cook your freshly-caught catfish, bass, bluegill or sunfish for dinner. Kayaks, canoes and fishing boats are welcome, but motorboats are not permitted.
ADDRESS: 2401 Enon Road
PHONE: (937) 882-6431
COST: Daily rates from $22, weekly rates from $174 and monthly rates from $480. Rates are valid for up to 4 people. See full rate schedule (current as of June 2015).