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    Ohio State Parks: Ceasar Creek and Alum Creek solo hanging options?

    Planning to bike a section of the Ohio to Erie Trail later this spring and scouting out hammocking options. The only state parks I see within easy distance of the trail are Caesars Creek and Alum Creek. I camped at Alum Creek 100 years ago (okay, 25) and don't remember a thing. Wasn't hammock-camping at the time, either, so I certainly wasn't looking at that.

    Pictures I can see of Ceasar's Creek show lots of wooded areas. Pictures I can find of the campground make it look like a flat field where people park their RVs and trailers. Anyone have experience hanging at either of these parks (or elsewhere on the southern half of the Ohio to Erie trail)?

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    I've stealth camped at Caesars creek no prob. Lots of trees. Never stayed at the designated camp sites

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    Good to know. I see both parks have equestrian sites that look like they may have more potential than the main campground. I wonder if anyone has a policy about camping there without a horse.

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    You might read Captain Blue's blog of his thru hike of the Erie to Ohio Trail.
    http://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/blog.php

    I happened to meet him by chance standing on a street corner in downtown Columbus just a day after I happened upon his blog.

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    I live about 3 miles from Caesars creek. Camp there all the time off the backpacking trail. Are you looking to stay at the campground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountnman View Post
    I live about 3 miles from Caesars creek. Camp there all the time off the backpacking trail. Are you looking to stay at the campground?
    I'm looking to stay wherever there's a good hanging opportunity not too far off the trail. I tend to like organized campgrounds because of shower availability and the possibility of a campfire, and because I worry about the possibility of being caught and given the boot if I stealth camp. But some organized campgrounds are little more than a field full of cement pads to park your RV on, so they make poor hammock sites.

    I found a picture of another Caesar Creek hammocker who upended two picnic tables to make a suitable hanging spot, which makes me think that the main campground for Caesar Creek is one of those parking lot campgrounds.

    And thanks, Bannerstone. I will check out that blog. -- edited to add-- Just reading the "Final thoughts" of the trip had a wealth of information. I'm sure that's going to be a great resource for the trail.
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    There are sites at the campground but you would have to specify that you need a wooded lot. How many are going to be hanging?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountnman View Post
    There are sites at the campground but you would have to specify that you need a wooded lot. How many are going to be hanging?
    It's just me. Some where I saw someone suggest the equestrian camp as a place that might have better hanging opportunities (also might be closer to the trail). I don't think they have any other facilities, but that shouldn't be a big deal, if they don't mind horseless campers. I have a tentative plan to stay the next night at place with a shower and, if I can't avoid it, a bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob3E View Post
    It's just me. Some where I saw someone suggest the equestrian camp as a place that might have better hanging opportunities (also might be closer to the trail). I don't think they have any other facilities, but that shouldn't be a big deal, if they don't mind horseless campers. I have a tentative plan to stay the next night at place with a shower and, if I can't avoid it, a bed.
    The horsemanship camp would be great depending on the time of year and the weekday. If you come during the week you will have a better chance of getting a spot down the left side of camp as you pull in. It is all wooded and the only wooded campsites there. As long as you are not taking room from a horse camper they should not mind, I have seen Boy Scouts out there camping and I park out there when I hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bannerstone View Post
    You might read Captain Blue's blog of his thru hike of the Erie to Ohio Trail.
    http://www.outdooradventureconnection.com/blog.php

    I happened to meet him by chance standing on a street corner in downtown Columbus just a day after I happened upon his blog.

    David

    Cool that you posted this. I am looking at some long distance options for this summer and am contemplating doing this hike. I would do it in two 10 day sections. Cincy to C-bus in June and then C-bus to Cleveland in August. This hike looks like a nice walk with many towns along the way for resupply, laundry, and rest stops. Also 20ish miles a day should not be extremely difficult since it mostly railroad grade. The maps for this just came out a couple weeks ago and I am waiting for them at the moment, I will be looking forward to planning the trip out, but it should be pretty easy to plan.

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