Oak Hill Campground receives $1.4 million makeover

Published 10:30 am Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Wayne National Forest’s Oak Hill Campground in Lawrence County has received a makeover that was completed in plenty of time for the camping season.

Carol Boll, assistant district ranger, and Tommy Eaches, supervisory recreation technician, are pleased with the outcome of the project.

“It was time,” Eaches said. “It was originally constructed in 1940.”

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Extensive changes were made to the area.

“These are up-to-date, modern, better facilities with more privacy for the user, plus an additional shower building we didn’t have before,” Eaches said. “We have actually doubled the amount of showers.”

All 32 campsites were upgraded, enabling each of them to handle RVs and motor homes, and have electric and water hookups, as well as all new fire rings and new picnic tables.

“You can still tent camp. You just have a nicer place to park your car,” Boll said.

Roads and parking pads were repaved and all signs and bulletin board markers have been replaced.

The campground has also been made more handicapped-accessible, enabling everyone to get around a little easier, Boll said.

The $1.4 million project was funded by the government through the Capital Improvement Fund, Boll said.

Even though the campsites have been upgraded, the fees will not increase this year.

“If they ever do go up, we advertise for a year in advance,” Boll said.

The project began in the fall of 2009 and the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on April 29, which is opening day.

For people wanting to get a head-start on reserving a campsite, reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov.

“I think people will really appreciate the newness of it and the convenience of it,” Boll said.