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Camping Indiana

From the sandy bluffs and hundreds of lakes in the north to the limestone caverns in the south, Indiana’s parks are popular with outdoor lovers. In a state defined by its love for automobiles, peaceful afternoons on the river and hundreds of miles of remote hiking are just a short trip away. You don’t have to look far to find your getaway, so come and discover camping in Indiana!

With over 30 state parks and a national forest, it’s not hard to find the perfect place to spend the night. Campers love finding the best place to visit in the fall for the perfect autumn colors, and tranquil summer evenings are a great time to get family together outside for a weekend away.

Find your escape on Indiana’s White River, which meanders for over 200 miles through sandstone bluffs that rise from the river banks. Excellent fishing opportunities and an abundance of wildlife make the White River a hit with locals and tourists alike. With over 12 unique sections of the river to explore, it’s a perfect excuse to call in from work and go camping in Indiana.

Nature lovers camping in Indiana will love the bird watching and serene landscapes of Indiana’s riverways. Call ahead and get set up with an outfitter to guide you through the best fishing holes in the river. Adventure lovers might prefer heading out on their own, thanks to a detailed river guide available online.

Indiana’s Knobstone Trail is a must for hikers and backpackers. Link up with the Tecumseh Trail in the north and the 140-mile trail puts to rest the myths that the state is all-flat. Start within a stone’s throw of Louisville for a hike that winds through hardwood forests, tree-top panoramas, and Southern Indiana’s unglaciated and surprisingly hilly terrain.

Trying to escape the summer heat? Head south to the limestone region–famous for its hidden caverns–and go camping at Hoosier National Forest. Spend your days off hiking and horseback riding in the park’s 200,000+ acres. With the Dyrt, you can be sure to find the best camping in Indiana no matter where the roads take you.

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Recent Reviews in Indiana
Holiday camping on the 4th

Nice Campground, sites are somewhat level. Electric only on the sites do offer fill sites on way to your site. Bath houses were nice and cleaned every day. Being a holiday was a bit busy. Sites are far enough apart afforded a little privacy. The beach was not usable due to the high number of visitors… All in all not a real bad place to visit for on your toes and adaptable campers. Would recommend at least 1 visit. To see for your self.

Holiday camping on the 4th

Nice Campground, sites are somewhat level. Electric only on the sites do offer fill sites on way to your site. Bath houses were nice and cleaned every day. Being a holiday was a bit busy. Sites are far enough apart afforded a little privacy. The beach was not usable due to the high number of visitors… All in all not a real bad place to visit for on your toes and adaptable campers. Would recommend at least 1 visit. To see for your self.

Great piece of history

Spring Mill State park is a little piece of history that is in the heart of southern Indiana. Here you will find a working frontier village. They have a working blacksmith shop, school and a grist mill with saw mill. You can purchase corn meal freshly ground from the mill. You can watch how they cut boards from logs. All driven from a water wheel that is fed by a natural spring that comes from a cave. Speaking of a cave, they have several caves on site. One of which you can take a boat ride through. Near Spring Mill is a town called Mitchel Indiana, there you will find a museum of Gus Grissom. They have items from his mission into space.  This is just a short trip but well work it. Lincoln SP also has an ampitheater where they have events through summer and fall. Check out the IDNR website for events that are happening.

Visit history

Lincoln State Park is a great place to take the kids, and the kid in yourself. They have a homestead from Abe Lincoln's childhood. You can see how he lived. They also are close to one of the best amusement parks in the country, Holiday World and Splashing Safari. So go here and enjoy a fantastic weekend.

Best place to stay

My family has stayed at Sullivan Lake many times. It is an awesome place to go for a family outing. They have all kinds of camping sites, a huge lake that can support all sizes of family boating. A beach for swimming. Pets are welcome. Check their site for events.

Nice, clean and friendly

West Boggs lake is near the heart of Indiana's Amish country. It has a great lake that has good fishing and the ability to put your boat out. Pets are welcome. They have sites for all forms of camping. We tent camped and had electric and water at site. Great place to ride you bike and visit others.

Friendly, quiet and clean

My wife and I went to Sycamore Springs Park a few weeks ago and stayed for 3 days. We tent camped and it was fantastic. We were right at the lake edge. The campsite had electric but no water, but the water was just across the road at a shelter. The park assigned campers to where they were distanced from each other due to COVID. The showers were the best I've seen, clean and strong pressure. It is also pet friendly. Our Golden loved the camp and the lake. I recommend this camp to all who want a quiet get away.

Waterfalls in Indiana?

Well it’s true. This is an amazing Indiana State Park featuring a 425 million-year-old limestone canyon carved out during the ice age. Clifty Creek plunges some 70 feet in just three miles to produce several waterfalls along the way. This 1300 acre park offers panoramic views of the nearby historical town of Madison and the Ohio River Valley. Madison is definitely a town worth some exploring; restaurants, riverfront, shops and much historically to keep you occupied. The park amenities include; Clifty Inn opening in 1924 with accommodations plus dining and indoor pool, campground with 106 electric and 59 primitive sites with potable water and dump station, seasonal nature center with Interpretive Naturalist, seasonal outdoor aquatic center, hiking trials and more. The campground is mainly in the open, so shade is at a premium. The pads are gravel and some sites will accommodate larger rigs, electric is 30 amp with restroom and bathhouse facilities. Access to the park is via two entrances; State Road 56 or State Road 62 and roads are somewhat narrow as with most state parks. This is a busy park so plan ahead especially on weekends and holidays. There are plenty of resources nearby for groceries, restaurants, necessities and the all-important Walmart. Reservations are available on Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/clifty-falls-state-park/IN/570045/overview $23-$30 nightly 38°45'39"N, 85°25'8"W

Very pretty, very busy

We stopped in for an overnight and we were blown away by how pretty this park is. It was somewhat easy to get to off the highway. There were some unfriendly signs saying it wasn’t the correct route- it was.

The campground is situated on a golf course. There didn’t seem to be standardized check in/check out times. The roads were narrow but doable. We got into our campsite fairly easily. It was quiet and they have a lot to do at the campground.

They had decent AT&T service, I’m not sure about Campground WiFi. We didn’t see any campground restrooms near our site (there may have been some in other loops). They had lots of playground equipment and activity centers.

A little run down

If I could give this 3.5 stars that would be more appropriate. Some camps sites were nice and spacious others had no privacy. Most of the campground is headed though. Some staff were good others just okay. The ATV and ropes course on site were excellent! The free bike trails were hard to find. The “lake” was really more like a large pond. Lots of trails and spaces to explore but many of the amenities were run down. About 15 minutes to drive down to downtown Nashville.