Ohio is a nature lover’s paradise. From the Great Lakes to amazing state parks to forests and rivers and streams, glamping in Ohio is something we all need to put on our bucket list!
Whether it’s a yurt, a glamping dome, a luxury tent experience, or a decked out RV – Ohio has some great options for those of you looking for a relaxing, back-to-nature getaway that does NOT involve pitching your own tent!
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Spend the Night in a Glamping Dome!
What is a glamping dome? Do you remember the old jungle gym climbing structures on the playground that were half spheres and made up of metal triangular shapes? Well, make it larger and cover it with canvas (and/or clear vinyl windows) and you’ve got the basic structure of a glamping dome.
It’s probably easier to just show you!
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls has some stellar examples of Glamping Domes.
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
Surrounded on three sides by Hocking Hills State Park, The Inn at Cedar Falls is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Each 30-foot diameter yurt provides a great spot for glamping in Ohio with a king-size bed, a small table and chairs, a couch with coffee table, kitchenettes, and a full bathroom with a large tiled shower. Enjoy comfortable reading rockers, gas log stove (seasonal), microwave/under counter refrigerator, wood deck and more. And they are heated and air conditioned! Note: children under 12 years and pets are prohibited in the Geodomes.
Address: 21190 State Route 374, Logan, OH 43138
The Penguin Geodesic Dome in Hocking County
From the owner: “Nestled in the heart of Hocking Hills, you will find this breathtaking 19.8 Ft geodesic dome waiting to offer you a getaway of both relaxation and recreation. You will instantly feel restored with our bright, open floor concept. You will find all you need within this dome, which includes a queen bed, kitchenette, and large bathroom with glass enclosed shower. Enjoy meals in the kitchenette with two cooktops, a microwave, pod coffee maker and even a small refrigerator with a freezer. We have cookware and dishes ready for you! No matter the weather, you will find comfort in our climate controlled environment, as well as a gorgeous electric fireplace to enjoy. Step outside to enjoy a night by the fire pit, love seat outdoor couch and a bistro dining set. Relax in the hot tub as you enjoy the magnificent views of Hocking Hills.”
Glamping in an RV!
It really is the best of both worlds! You can stay at an Ohio campground of your choice in a spacious RV… but you don’t have to drive it, set it up, or take it down! All you have to do is pick out the RV you like online and the RV owner will deliver it and set it up at the campsite of your choosing. After your stay is done they come back and take the RV down and haul it off.
Here are a few examples. Click here to search for more RV’s to rent in Ohio.
Enjoy a Stay in a Yurt!
What’s a yurt, you ask? A yurt is kind of like a cross between a tent and a cabin. Yurts are typically built with a circular structure and placed on a wooden platform. The frame is usually wooden, often exposed on the inside, and covered with canvas.
Nomad Ridge at The Wilds
Relax and enjoy a stay in a private yurt set amongst the trees next to the animal preserve areas of The Wilds in Columbus, Ohio. Overnight packages include an Open-Air Safaari tour for each guest, dinner and breakfast for two, concierge service, and Wi-Fi in your yurt.
The Hummingbird Yurt
Located about 20-30 miles from Hocking Hills, this yurt offers a unique glamping in Ohio experience – a getway of both relaxation and recreation! The yurt includes a queen bed, a bathroom with shower, a kitchenette, and more. Outdoors you’ll find a hot tub, a fire pit, a bistro table, and an outdoor couch.
Many Ohio State Parks have yurts!
Hueston Woods State Park, a favorite for fossil hunters, has one yurt. This park is located near Oxford, Ohio. Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources states this park has a yurt but I had trouble finding any info about it. (866) 644-6727
Kelleys Island State Park Campground is an island located in Lake Erie, just north of Sandusky. The park has two yurts available and they can be reserved. Each yurt has a full kitchen, a full bath (with shower), and will each sleep six. Enjoy the the Lake Erie view as you sit on the yurt’s deck. They have heat for those chilly north Ohio evenings.
East Harbor State Park is another north Ohio park, very close to Lake Erie. They have one yurt available. It sleeps up to 6 and is a balance between camping and glamping. You must bring your own linens and kitchen ware but there is a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator.
Mosquito Lake State Park Campground (close to Cleveland) welcomes your family to one of their two yurts. Each yurt sleeps up to four on two futon bunk beds. Make use of the refrigerator, microwave, and gas grill at each unit. Take in the view of the lake from the yurt’s deck.
Harrison Lake State Park, located in northern Ohio, has two yurts located at the North Campground. The yurts (#Y95 and Y96 on the campground map) are equipped with a microwave, 2 double beds (not sure on style), a grill, a picnic table. They sleep up to 5.
Glamping with a Luxury Tent Experience
Check out these great options for tent camping with a bit of luxury thrown in. That is, after all, what glamping in Ohio is all about!
The Pop-Up BNB
The folks at Pop-Up BNB travel around the country hosting campground events. They have some Ohio and Kentucky based events so I thought this would be a fun include. Some of the upcoming events (as of 6-2022) include Morgan’s Canoe and Camp, Hocking Hills, and Hidden Lake Farm.
They offer a number of options for your tent set-up.
- They have their Standard Overnight Package which includes full-service setup and tear down. It comes with the tent and a luxury queen airbed, all set up for you. There are all sorts of comforts included like linens, a side table, floor rugs, camp chairs, lanterns, tent lighting, and more.
- Their Special Event Package includes decor and/or special furnishings to coincide with your event theme.
- And there’s also a Bare Bones Package which includes the tent setup and tear down. The tent will come with floor rugs and interior/ exterior lighting but guests would be responsible for bringing their own sleeping gear.
SquirrelBox is a company out of West Chester and they are in the business of providing a fun camping setup for you. They will set up your tent and supply other gear as well, all at the Cincinnati or Dayton area campsite of your choosing. When you’re done, they’ll come tear it all down and take it away.
They have a Large Tent Package (1-6 people) that comes with 4 single cots or 6 floor pads, sleeping bags, camping chairs, lanterns, and a game table. The Small Tent Package is similar but for 1-3 people. Add-ons include a S’Mores Package and a Cooking Package (includes a cooking station and cook stove, pots and pans, etc).