Campsites & Cabins
Two locations within MetroParks of Butler County provide public camping facilities.
Governor Bebb MetroPark
Dry Fork Campground located at 1979 Bebb Park Lane in Okeana, OH offers individual non-electric & electric campsites, the rustic Murstein Group Cabin, and two group campsites for overnight stays by families and organized youth groups. This 264-acre preserve appeals to nature lovers, history buffs, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Acres of woods, meadows, fields, and streams provide ample habitat for wildlife observation and nature study while the park’s Pioneer Village provides a glimpse of earlier times in Butler County and the region.
Individual campsites are equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. All individual electric sites have a 40’ parking pad and are equipped with a 30-amp hook-up, while non-electric sites have a 25’ parking pad.
The Murstein Group Cabin is very rustic and is heated by a wood burning stove. It is equipped with electric, wooden bunks, picnic tables, a refrigerator, electric stove, outdoor grill, and fire pit but has no running water. Both of the primitive group sites are equipped with a grill, a fire ring, and two picnic tables. Restroom facilities at this park are latrine style with a composting restroom facility in the lower camping area. Reservations of both group sites and the Murstein Group Cabin include two bundles of firewood per night.*
Rentschler Forest MetroPark
The Timberhill Reservable Area located at 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Rd. in Hamilton, OH is a 57-acre camping facility dedicated solely to organized youth groups. Timberhill boasts open fields, woodlands, and several hiking trails. The Timber Hill Restoration Coalition (THRC), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is dedicated to improving and maintaining this one-of-a-kind camping facility. The THRC works in collaboration with MetroParks of Butler County to raise funds for the enhancement and preservation of this campground. This location offers four rustic group camping sites in addition to one indoor camping facility.
The campsites at Timberhill will accommodate approximately 20, 30 or 40 campers depending upon the site reserved. Each site includes a fire ring, grill, picnic tables, an enclosed shelter with electric, and a refrigerator.
Invasive pests, such as the Emerald Ash Borer, can destroy our forests. To minimize this danger, movement of firewood in or out of all MetroParks is prohibited. Firewood must be purchased for $5/bundle from MetroParks by calling the Administrative Office at 513.867.5835 by noon on the Wednesday prior to your arrival.
Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually. A Group Motor Vehicle Permit for non-Butler County residents can be purchased in advance with a reservation for $25.
The City of Middletown Begins Repairs on the Great Miami River Trail Today - October 17, 2019 todayThe City of Middletown will begin pavement repairs on sections of the Great Miami River Trail (GMRT) today. The repair work may cause intermittent closures of these sections over the next couple of weeks. As you plan your next walking, biking, or running trip on the GMRT , please look to MetroParks website to find daily updates regarding the specific areas that are closed.
Elk Creek MetroPark - Sebald Park Area and Meadow Ridge Area Will Have Daily Closures for MetroParks Controlled Bow Hunting ProgramBefore heading out to Elk Creek MetroPark for a visit to the Sebald Park Area or the Meadow Ridge Area, please note that the parks will be closed to the public between the hours of 8 am until noon each day during 2019-2020 hunting season. As a part of the park system’s Wildlife Management Program a controlled Bow Hunting program will be held during these hours to control the over population of white-tailed deer in these areas. After noon each day the park will be OPEN & READY for YOU! MetroParks appreciates your patience during this time. Hunting Season is from September 28, 2019 – February 2, 2020.
The Pumpkin Vine Trail of Rentschler Forest MetroPark Re-Opened -September 17, 2019The Pumpkin Vine Trail of Rentschler Forest MetroPark, Reigart Road Area, which had been closed to park customer/owners and visitors due to sewer line work since late December has been re-opened effective immediately. MetroParks thanks you for your patience as the work was completed. Have Fun on the trail!
3/1/19 CLOSED - North Paddock of Wiggly Field Dog Park at Voice of America MetroParkThe North Paddock of Wiggly Field Dog Park at Voice of America MetroPark is temporarily closed due to construction, until re-opened by order of the Executive Director. Please, visit "NEWS" for more information on this closure.
2/26/19 CLOSED - Stander PreserveStander Preserve in Reily Township is closed and shall remain closed until further notice. Please, visit the "NEWS" section for more information regarding this closure.
2/6/19 CLOSED - Sycamore Bluffs PreserveEntire parcel of real property now known as Sycamore Bluffs Preserve, including parking area adjacent to Four Mile Creek, is closed to the public effective February 6, 2019, and shall remain closed until further notice due to upcoming bridge construction work by Butler County. Please, visit our "news" section for more information regarding this closure.
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