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In 1997, Mike and Lorrie Niese took a leap of faith, packed up their 3 kids and purchased a small 80 site campground in Middle Point, Ohio- known then as Huggy Beair.  With their heads full of ideas, they changed the "Beair" to "Bear" and hit the ground running. The campground has been their pride and joy since day one.  They love to meet the wide range of people that travel through the area and consider their "permanent campers" family.  Over the years, they have made many, many changes and improvements to the campground including adding an additional 317 campsites, a second swimming pool, a concert stage, and the list goes on!  There's a reason  its "Where the fun never ends!"

This is a postcard of the campground when it first began as "Van Wert KOA" which was started by a local family, the Overholts.  The building on the postcard still exists today as Huggy Bears main office. Even though it has been modernized over the years, you can still point out that signature KOA A-Frame style!


Our Roots.....


Huggy Bear today...

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