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.
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.
Leith Run Campground is currently open for reservations and walk-ins. Sites must be reserved at least four days in-advance of arrival. However, sites that were not reserved prior to the four-day reservation cut-off are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Group picnic shelters will be open for reservations beginning July 17th. Based on the State of Ohio COVID-19 maximum group size limit, no more than 10 people will be permitted in picnic shelters. Exceptions: Special events, such as weddings and church gatherings are allowed as long as they are in line with Ohio’s health orders, which include the following guidelines: 6-foot distancing between tables and individuals; no congregating; crowd size limited to 100 people at picnic shelters; masks are recommended when not eating or drinking.
Reservation Cut-Off Window: Reservations must be made 4 days prior to arrival. Any unreserved campsites within the 4 day cut-off window are no longer reservable and only available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
State of Ohio Buckeye Pass is not accepted at any Wayne National Forest recreation sites that charges a fee.
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 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.
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.
44400 STATE ROUTE 7 NEW MATAMORAS OH 45767
For campground inquiries, please call: 740-373-9055
From Marietta, Ohio, travel approximately 21 miles on Highway 7 to the campground.