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Around Ohio: Glamping along the Kokosing River

Randi Walle Randi Walle Around Ohio: Glamping along the Kokosing RiverA tipi in The Caves Campground. Photos by Randi Walle.
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The trend of “glamping” —glamourous camping — is quickly spreading. The term refers to the idea of melding nature and luxury so that one can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with the convenience of the indoors. It can range from a high-end tent to a modern resort in the woods and everything in between.

A quick online search will reveal dozens of locations to experience glamping and tips on how to do it in style. One such place in Ohio is a small campground in Howard, about 60 miles northeast of Columbus along the Kokosing River. The Caves Campground has traditional sites for RVs and tents, but what marks it as a glamping destination are the two tipis that can be booked through Airbnb.

The two tipis sit side-by-side on individual wood platforms and each has its own deck, picnic table, and firepit. The tipis are made from painted canvas and are tastefully decorated with native American motifs. The inside is outfitted with a bed, couch, heater, fan, and minifridge. Sleeping in the tipi is the experience of tent camping, but with the added comfort of a soft bed and electricity. Both tipis sit just up a small slope from the river, providing glampers with a scenic view and peaceful nature sounds. During the warmer months, glampers can take part in fishing, kayaking, and tubing along the Kokosing river.

The campground is surrounded by activities for the whole family. Honey Run Waterfall Park is a quarter mile walk from the campground. Within the park are trails, picnic areas, and Honey Run Falls. Spearman’s Restaurant is less than two miles from the campground and is full of small-town local diner charm. The Bridge of Dreams, Ohio’s longest covered bridge, is about nine miles from the campground.

If one wanted to venture a little further, Amish country is only about 30 miles from the campground. A stop at Hershberger’s in Millersburg will provide jams, jellies, candies, fresh fruit, and baked goods. Millersburg Brewery is located along the main road where patrons can consume a pint there or grab a six pack to go. Berlin is the next town over and is full of restaurants and shops of all kinds. The Berlin Village Antique Mall always has treasures to be found, and the restaurant inside offers a great selection of American favorites. The nearby Ginger House Coffee serves excellent coffee and food items.

Overall, Howard — and the surrounding area — is a great place to explore for a weekend. Outdoor and indoor activities allow for visiting during any time of the year, and there’s no better way to stay in the area than glamping in a tipi.

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