For 50 years, Long’s Retreat has been offering families from Pike County and far beyond southern Ohio recreation, relaxation, and just plain fun!

The celebration may be put on hold a little while, however, as Long’s Retreat, along with the rest of us, navigates through this unchartered time.

“2020 is our 50th season as a campground, and while we had hoped to celebrate this, apparently COVID-19 had different plans! We know this year has been difficult so far for many, and we want to extend our well wishes to each and every one of you during this crazy time,” Long’s Retreat posted in a note to their campers and guests recently.

“We have been preparing for our eventual opening (once we received word from the Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of Health) by creating and implementing new health and safety plans for our park.

“We have had to look at the big picture and how our park is impacted on busy weekends and holiday times. Most importantly, because we are family owned and operated, we have had to re-evaluate what our future looks like.”

For the time being, recreational overnight campers are not permitted by order of Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.

“Whether this is temporary or not, we have made the decision to transition exclusively to long-term campsites with the exception of our cabins and camper rentals,” according to Long’s Retreat. “Again, we are simply choosing to transition our former overnight sites into longer-term ones, for monthly, seasonal, and permanent campers.

“Our cabins and other rentals will remain available (once we are permitted to rent them) as well as all of our other activities — go karts, swimming, etc. (again, once they can open). We will remain open to the public and day guests as well. In short, we are just changing our campsite structure.

“This has not been an easy decision for us to make. We truly appreciate all the family memories our campers have made. We hope you will respect this is a personal family decision to make business more manageable.

“We would like to repeat — we will continue to offer to the public all of our recreational attractions (swimming, waterslides, go karts, etc.) and our cabins and rentals WHEN they are permitted to open.

“If you have questions, please email us at , message us on Facebook or give us a call at 937-588-3725.

“As always, we appreciate your understanding and support. #lifeLONGmemories”

According to Brya Long, of Long’s Retreat Family Resort, the decision to transition from overnight campsites to longer-term stays, like monthly/seasonal/permanent, is essentially “a personal, family decision that will help us to ‘step back’ a bit and make the business more manageable.”

Long, whose father Eric “Tip” Long created the resort 50 years ago, reiterated that the resort’s cabin rentals, shelter houses, and attractions to the public will continue to be available once they are permitted to open this season.

“Our family and team here at Long’s Retreat appreciate all the support throughout the years, and we look forward to continuing to provide a place for friends and family to create life-long memories,” Long stated.

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