The Chestnut Grove Camp is a free backpacking on the Blair Preserve. It is the only backpacking campsite within Athens County. It is located off the Trace Trail, approximately 3/4 of a mile from Strouds Run Road, and about 1.5 miles from Sells Park.
To reach the campsite from the Hickory-Trace Trailhead in Strouds Run State Park, take the Trace Trail 0.65 mile from the trailhead. After entering the Blair Preserve, and after crossing the subsequent footbridge, take the first right on the Tunnel Rock Trail (an old logging road). Go 0.1 mile to the top of the hill on the trail and look for the turnoff to the campsite on your left.
To reach the campsite from Sells Park, take the Athens Trail to the Trace Trail (which is the first left after the third powerline crossing). Take the Trace Trail 0.65 mile to the first left (on an old logging road), which is the Tunnel Rock Trail. Take this trail 0.1 mile to the top of the hill on the trail and look for the turnoff to the campsite on your left.
There is no fee for using the campsite, but a suggested donation is $3 per person. Please observe posted campsite regulations, and sign in for your stay. There are forms and envelopes available at the campsite for making donations.
Campsite facilities include level tenting spaces, a fire ring with grill, a picnic table, a sheltered firewood rack, an informational kiosk, two lantern posts, and a clothesline. There are no water sources nor toilet facilities.
Be sure to pack out your trash! If you need to park at the Hickory-Trace Trailhead on Strouds Run Road in Strouds Run State Park, post a camping notice in your car.