Primitive (Tent) Camping

Laurel Bend provides work programs for developmentally disabled adults. Your stay with us helps provide HOPE and a future. (Jer 29:11)

Bring your tent and camping accoutrement! You will have access to the entire 27-acre campground, bathrooms, fire pits, basketball court, pavilions and playground, which are shared with other guests. We do have wifi in limited areas around the offices.

Pricing is $20 for up to 4 campers and $5 per person for campers #5 and up. Large groups welcome.

Check-in 4:00pm
Check-out 11:00am

Request Information

We are currently working on catching up on various projects and are not accepting bookings at this time.  If you are interested in reserving a space, please leave your information below and we will contact you after July 1st.

This is asked a lot — there is one large bunkhouse building. In the center, there are two separate entrances. Going in the one on the left, you will enter a hallway with two doors on the end: left goes into Bunkhouse #1 and the right goes into the men’s restroom. Going in the one on the right, you will enter a hallway with two doors on the end: left goes into women’s restroom and the right goes into Bunkhouse #2 .

We don’t assign spaces – It is your vacation, it should be in a place you like! We will meet with you, go over property boundaries and then once you find what works best for your camping time with us, let us know where you are in case of an emergency.

This is generally too fast for swimming, but many people fish, canoe and kayak. The Licking River is a partly navigable, 303-mile-long tributary of the Ohio River, and flows north. It has more mussel species than the entire Continent of Africa, and it isn’t uncommon to see heron and bald eagles, among other wildlife.

Across the street is a pay lake with moderate pricing, as well as the public boat launch, if you boat.


You are welcomed to drive up to unload, etc. but we prefer that you park up front next to the main building in order to keep the greenspace vehicle free.

House rules

  • Check-in: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Self check-in with building staff
  • No smoking, pets, parties or unapproved events
  • Quiet by 10pm please
  • Don’t leave trash
  • Be respectful of others and their property
  • NO outside animals, due to alpacas and goats.  If you have a support animal, please call ahead of time to discuss.

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