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.
2/20/19 CLOSED - Woodsdale Regional Park at Chrisholm MetroParkWoodsdale Regional Park at Chrisholm MetroPark is closed due to high water. Updates will be posted as the water recedes and clean-up is complete. Thank you for your patience!
2/15/19 Partial Closure - Drive of Chrisholm MetroPark's Historic Farmstead AreaThe following areas of the drive accessing the Historic Farmstead Area of Chrisholm MetroPark are temporarily closed: the parking lot North of the Augspurger House and the section of drive running North and East of the Augspurger House, past the cemetery. Please, visit our "NEWS" for more information and updates on 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.
2/21/19 CLOSED - Section of Great Miami River TrailThe area from the Columbia Trailhead south to the Trenton Trailhead is temporarily closed due to high water. Please, visit the "NEWS" section for more information on this closure. As a reminder, never approach high water areas with the thought that it might be safe to cross. Rapidly flowing water can be dangerous!
1/14/19 Intermittent Closures of Great Miami River TrailThere may be intermittent short-term closures of the Great Miami River Trail between Headgates Road and Rentschler Forest MetroPark starting Monday, January 14th for two weeks to allow for tree clearing work related to a Butler County Water and Sewer project.
12/20/18 Partial Closure of Pumpkin Vine Trail of Rentschler Forest MetroParkA portion of the Pumpkin Vine Trail of Rentschler Forest MetroPark is closed to park visitors due to upcoming sewer line work by the Butler County Water and Sewer Department, effective December 20, 2018, until re-opened by the Executive Director. Please check the NEWS section of this website for more details regarding this closure.
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