Standard (Tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Blackwell Horsecamp

Blackwell Horsecamp has long been a popular destination and overnight camping area for equestrians. Other campers are also welcome although the facilities are geared to provide for horses. The camp is along Tower Ridge Road in the center of the Charles Deam Wilderness area, approximately one mile from Highway 446. The camp also is a trailhead for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness trail system.

There is a picnic shelter at the site, a loading area for people to easily mount horses, including people with disabilities, and hitching posts. Trails from the site link to the trail system in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness.

National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
No Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Blackwell Horsecamp is located in Indiana
39.02 N
-86.392 W
Get Directions
Take Highway 446 approximately 11 miles south of Bloomington. Turn east (left) at the sign for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness. A small white church sits at the intersection. The camp is on the north (left) side of the road about one mile from 446. GPS Coordinates: Lat - 39o 1' 0.872"N, Long - 86o 23' 23.089"W
6 Reviews of Blackwell Horsecamp
Great Place!

Can't believe this place was free. It was nearly empty (although it was the end of November). The hiking was fantastic and the few people camping there were very well dispersed and all respectful.

100% will camp here again!

Keep driving past the horse camp...

If you come from the East you will pass horsecamp that only has paid for sites. Continue down the road you will see a sign for a second horse camp skip that as well! If you go to the end and take a right there will be spots at the beggining of the trail heads secluded with fire rings. They are drive in. Much more private as well as no smell of horse poop. lol

GEODES! Loved this campground (hikers/backpackers)

We had a really awesome night here. The ground is level and all grass with less bugs than sites directly off trail. We just have a simple backpacking tent set-up and we had a great campfire. It was silent and of the dozens of lots, only maybe 5 were being used.

We hiked the Grubb Ridge Loop and then camped here. If you go over to the maps, there is a trail you that splits off. Follow the hiking trail and when you get to the creek bed, you can find hundreds of geodes!! You’re allowed to take a couple home but just don’t take too many!

Quiet, Clean & Free

Great boondocking spot, plenty of flat land making leveling easy. Wide open so solar charging was easy. We were there for 7 days and while they have room for probably 50 or 60 rigs there was only 3 or 4 of us there most of the time.

  • pits toliets
  • quiet
  • clean
  • dumpster available

Although intended for horse trailers we did not see a single one there in our 7 days. Plenty of flat land making leveling easy.

A field with pit toilets. Free but often loud generators from horse trailer

No set camp spots but great to set up and have no light pollution! Close to town but also right off some amazing trails! Sometimes the horse trailers get loud with generators but it is a horse camp ground!

First to Review
Great car camping experience!

I solo camped here overnight and had a pleasant time. Before arriving I had questions about where I'd be able to camp. I called the local ranger line and they were super helpful. A restroom is available on site. For being fairly close to a busy road, it's so peaceful you'd have no idea at all! Free camping if you don't have horses with you!