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part ofWayne National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Oct 12 2015   Season Dates


Leith Run Campground provides a beautiful location on the Ohio River, where grassy campsites and picnic areas make for a comfortable getaway in the Wayne National Forest. The campground is equipped with modern conveniences like flush toilets and electricity.

Natural Features:

The campground is located on the north banks of the beautiful Ohio River, just miles from the Ohio-West Virginia border, near the town of Newport, Ohio. A scenic hardwood-pine forest covers the campground, which has many waterfront sites.


The campground provides access to the mighty Ohio River and the Willow Island Pool, where canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing are popular activities. A backwater estuary lies alongside the campground.

A paved trail and a boardwalk with a gazebo offer not only wildlife viewing opportunities, but also an opportunity to access the estuary and surrounding wetlands area, where fishing is a favorite pastime. Anglers may catch bass, catfish and other species.

Leith Run offers hiking opportunities, group picnic shelters and a playground for kids. A trailhead for the Scenic River Trail, which climbs to a bluff above the river, is available in the campground.


Leith Run offers single-family campsites (accommodating up to eight individuals) and group picnic shelters, most of which are accessible. Picnic tables, campfire rings, grills and electric hookups are provided, as are accessible flush toilets, showers and drinking water. A dump station is on-site.

An adjacent picnic area, complete with shelters, is equipped with tables, electricity and grills. It also offers a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, scenic overlooks and a playground.

Nearby Attractions:

The Covered Bridge Scenic Byway passes by the campground and provides a romantic view of the countryside, complete with forested hills, open pastures and four 19th century covered bridges. Legend has it that it's a tradition for visitors passing over the covered bridges to hold their breath and make a wish.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Lantern Posts
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • RV sites
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Showers
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Waterfront Sites
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fees are collected at the campground for extra vehicles
  • Boat ramp is permanently closed
  • Camping or the establishment of a campsite within the Wayne National Forest shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 days in any 30 day time period.
  • Campers may not occupy an individual developed campsite with more than eight persons at one time.
  • Campers may not occupy more than three developed camping units at one time (one RV and two tents sites).
  • Pets are permitted within recreation areas, but must be caged, on a leash not longer than six feet, or under other physical restrictive control.
  • Click here for more information on the Wayne National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.44571, -81.1512
39°26'45"N, 81°9'4"W

From Marietta, Ohio, travel approximately 21 miles on Highway 7 to the campground.

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Information:  (740)373-9055
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