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Discover Columbus, OH


Columbus is Ohio's capital and most populous city, located close to many out-of-state urban centers like Detroit, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Louisville, as well as Ohio's other major cities like Cleveland and Cincinnati. Booking one of the RV rentals in Columbus, Ohio puts you within three to four hours’ drive of these major population centers.


Like any large city, Columbus has a robust network of public transportation. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) buses provide wide coverage, putting you within five blocks of the city's major tourist draws and important places. As downtown Columbus is generally flat, walking around is fairly easy, especially along and around Scioto Mile, where surface parking is abundant. Columbus is particularly appealing to anglers and hikers who will find miles and miles of trails, lakes and waterways within an hour's drive of downtown.


The Great Outdoors


Less than 20 miles north is Alum Creek State Park, where more than 3,000 acres of reservoir and 4,000 acres of gently rolling fields and woodlands await the adventurous angler, boater, kayaker,  and sunseeker. Farther out of town, but still within 45 minutes’ drive of downtown in the Columbus camper rental, is Delaware State Park. Vast meadows, dense woodlands and a 1,300-acre reservoir make this park a suitable playground for camping, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing. Other state parks where you can take the Columbus RV rental by owner and enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking are Madison Lake, Deer Creek and Buckeye Lake, all approximately 30 miles from downtown.


When you book an RV rental in Columbus, you can visit Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, about 45 miles south, to see the earthen mounds and embankments built by the Native Americans almost 2,000 years ago. Or you can go all the way north to visit Ohio's 100-mile section of Lake Erie shore that’s a popular summer destination with its share of beaches, giant amusement park, Victorian-era town and breezy harbors. Birdwatchers flock to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, both less than 150 miles north of Columbus, for a chance to encounter migrating warblers at Magee Marsh, and blue herons, egrets and other waterfowl, along with coyotes, deer and foxes at the Ottawa Refuge. You may also explore the shores of Lake Erie to experience the outdoors and sailing on the lake, and you’ll be that much closer to the urban offerings of the home of NBA’s Cavaliers.


Along the way, visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park if you'd like to see more native plants and wildlife while following the historic route of the Ohio and Erie Canal. For a look back at the life of William Howard Taft, 27th president of the United States, head to Cincinnati for a look around his childhood home.


RV Parks


RV parking sites in the Ohio Expo Center area are the closest to downtown (about three miles) but are only available the week before, during, and after the Ohio State Fair in late July/early August. It wouldn't hurt to inquire though, if you wish to stay with your travel trailer rental in Columbus outside those dates.


Less than 10 miles west of Columbus, you'll find the leafy Alton RV Park, which is the closest you can get from downtown via US Route 40. It is child and pet-friendly (restrictions apply), and offers full hookups and even dump stations for non-campers. There are a couple of Walmart stores within 3.5 miles, and the closest gas station is less than two miles away. Many gas options are available within a three-mile radius.


Columbus North KOA and Columbus East KOA campgrounds are approximately 30-35 miles away from downtown, but if you're looking to explore Alum Creek State Park to the north or Buckeye Lake to the east, both offer convenient parking or an overnight stay for a Columbus RV rental.


All-season Columbus North KOA is nestled in a quiet, landscaped country setting surrounded by woods and overlooks a well-stocked fishing lake. The campground features a dog park, petting zoo, heated swimming pool and workout room on top of practical facilities like laundromats, restrooms, showers, a camp store, and full hookup sites. Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA offers full hookup sites and other amenities like propane on-site, a snack bar, swimming pool, dog park, and kitchen. If you love sports, you'll be delighted with their sand volleyball court, basketball hoops, bike rentals and mini-golf course.


Exploring the City


Thumb through Ohio's American Indian roots and Civil War relics at the Ohio History Center, or travel back to the 1800s at the Ohio Village, just outside the center, and encounter 19th-century architecture and period-dressed actors. Make it a life-sized walk down the history lane at the German Village to admire quaint brick houses that also date back to the 1800s. View the works of American contemporary painters and photographers at the Museum of Art, or experience what it's like to be an astronaut or live in ancient Egypt at the Center of Science and Industry, where more than 300 interactive exhibits await discovery.


For an encounter with live animals, visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and have a good look at Masai giraffes, Western Lowland gorillas and Burmese pythons. If you need a quiet moment away from the city bustle, stroll through the tranquil gardens of the Topiary Park or the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, or find an open parking lot for the Columbus RV rental along the lush Scioto Riverfront. Then leisurely explore the riverfront, take in the sights, understand the lay of the land, and admire the Art Deco LeVeque Tower.

RV Rentals in Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Columbus. Outdoorsy's Columbus RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Columbus are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, New River Gorge National River, Hocking Hills State Park, Clifty Falls, and Natural Bridge State Park.

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Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Conkle's Hollow Gorge Trail Rockbridge Ohio
Grandma Gatewood Trail - Old Man's Cave to Ash Cave Logan Ohio
Rock House Rockbridge Ohio
Ault Park Trails Cincinnati Ohio
Glen Helen Multi-Trail Loop Yellow Springs Ohio
Geology Trail and Wildflower Trail Loop Union Ohio
Zaleski Loop Trail Wilkesville Ohio
Flat Fork Ridge Trail Waynesville Ohio
Highbanks Metro Park Trail Lewis Center Ohio
Cantwell Cliffs Loop Rockbridge Ohio

Nearby Dumpstations

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Marion, OH 43302
Northbound, 12 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Vending (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Jeffersonville, OH 43128
Southbound, 10 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area Hebron, OH 43025
Westbound, 50 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap - Mar 2016: Max stay to sleep (per posted rules) is three hours. Sleepers must sign register (Where is it?) Very congested park- not many places for large camper rigs and 18 wheelers. (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Jeffersonville, OH 43128
Northbound, 15 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area EB Hebron, OH 43025
Eastbound, 65 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Turnout Cardington, OH 43315
Southbound, 15 truck parking spaces, No Facilities (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area NB Galena, OH 43021
Northbound, 15 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Marion, OH 43302
Southbound, 12 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Vending, Tables, Pet Area (R)

Rest Stop

Turnout Cardington, OH 43315
Northbound, 15 truck parking spaces, No Facilities (R)

Rest Stop

Rest Area SB Galena, OH 43021
Southbound, 15 truck parking spaces, Restrooms, Picnic Table, Vending, Pets, Handicap (R)

Nearby Campgrounds

Alton RV Park

campground Galloway, OH
Just a few miles west of Columbus lies the beautiful and tranquil Alton RV Park. With 35 full hook-ups for your RV, you can enjoy sewer, water, and electrical amenities on a spacious campground with lovely flowers and healthy green grasses. Pets are welcome as long as they are well-behaved, which means your entire family can enjoy the peaceful luxury this 3-acre park has to offer. Shower and restroom facilities are also available on-site, so after a day of exploring the nearby city, you can refresh yourself with ease. Satellite connection is reliable so you can enjoy the modern luxuries of home you miss for a truly relaxing day. With a friendly staff and easy daily, weekly, or monthly rates you can take advantage of, you can spend a whole season at this RV park making new friends and taking in the unique scenery. Free Wi-Fi seals the deal for comfort.

Buck Creek State Park

campground Springfield, OH
A few miles east of Springfield, Ohio, is located the beautiful and well cared for Buck Creek State Park, with lovely green lawns affording plenty of space between the camping sites. Suitable for both RV access and tented camping, the campground at Buck Creek State Park offers plumbed restrooms with hot showers, a laundry, hookups with 30 amp electric, and a family friendly environment where pets are also allowed. A big rig will be able to get in here, but unfortunately there are no pull throughs, although the pads are blacktop and mostly level, and some of the sites are really close to the lake. Plenty of shade, beach access, a boat ramp and marina, plus walking and biking trails make for a pleasant outdoor stay, whether you're here for a night, or for a whole season. The sites are very secluded and quiet, and the park is well maintained.

Anthony Chabot Regional Park

campground Dublin, OH
Anthony Chabot Regional Park is a good choice of site if you are looking to park up somewhere quiet and peaceful, with lots of opportunities for outdoor activities, and yet within easy reach of the San Francisco bay area. The East Bay Skyline National Trail is just one of a number of trails that can be accessed from the park, and runs its length, giving visitors the opportunity to do some hiking or cycling on those in-between days when you are thinking about the next major destination to explore. Lake Chabot itself is also an attraction here, and is a focal point in the park. The RV site itself has sewer, electric and water, is family and pet friendly, and offers pull-thru sites. Tent camping is offered as well as RV parking, and the site is open year-round, so if you are holidaying out of season, you can still explore the extensive network of trails that run through the park.

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