Best Camping near Nashville, IN

Whether you're a tent camper, an RVer, or just passing through, Nashville, IN has a lot to offer. Nashville is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Nashville and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Nashville, IN (101)

    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park

    1.

    Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park

    28 Reviews
    105 Photos
    4 Saves
    Nashville, Indiana

    Welcome to Taylor Ridge Campground, nestled in the heart of Brown County State Park, Indiana's crown jewel. This place is a camper's paradise, offering a mix of tent and RV sites, all set in a beautifully wooded area. The campground is known for its peaceful atmosphere and well-maintained facilities.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of electric hookups, making it a great spot for RV campers. You'll also find drinking water stations conveniently located throughout the campground. The bathhouses are clean and well-kept, with ample stalls and showers to keep you comfortable during your stay.

    Visitors rave about the variety of activities available. You can hike the numerous trails, some of which are perfect for mountain biking. If you're into horseback riding, there's a huge horseman's camp nearby that's always bustling. For those who enjoy a bit of fishing, the park boasts two lakes where you can cast a line. And if you're visiting in the summer, don't miss the swimming pool.

    The campground itself is divided into several loops, including Taylor Ridge, Buffalo Ridge, and Raccoon Ridge. Each offers a unique experience. Taylor Ridge is heavily wooded and offers a bit more privacy, while Buffalo Ridge is more open and grassy, making it ideal for families with kids who want to play. Raccoon Ridge is perfect for tent campers looking for a more rustic experience.

    One thing to note: the roads can be a bit tricky to navigate, so keep your map handy. But once you're settled in, you'll find the sites are spacious and quiet, perfect for a relaxing getaway. And if you need a break from nature, the charming town of Nashville is just a short drive away, offering quaint shops and restaurants.

    So pack your gear and head to Taylor Ridge Campground for a memorable outdoor adventure. Whether you're here for the hiking, the horseback riding, or just to soak in the natural beauty, you won't be disappointed.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynetown Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynetown Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Paynetown Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paynetown Campground
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    Paynetown Campground

    29 Reviews
    99 Photos
    180 Saves
    Clear Creek, Indiana

    Located 6 miles south of Bloomington and the IU campus, Monroe Lake is the largest in Indiana. Paynetown Campground is a recreation area that is part of Monroe Lake. Activities at Monroe include fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, picnicking, water recreation, bird/eagle viewing, and many others.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $16 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park

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    Buffalo Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park

    22 Reviews
    58 Photos
    1 Save
    Nashville, Indiana

    Welcome to Buffalo Ridge Campground in Brown County State Park, Indiana's largest and arguably most stunning state park. This campground is a gem for those who love the great outdoors and want to immerse themselves in nature.

    Buffalo Ridge offers a mix of tent and RV accommodations, making it a versatile spot for all types of campers. The campground is known for its peaceful wooded surroundings, providing a serene backdrop for your stay. The sites vary in size and levelness, so it's a good idea to check the specifics of your site before setting up camp.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of hiking trails. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely walk, you'll find trails that wind through ridgelines and ravines, offering breathtaking views of the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Horseback riding is also a popular activity, with trails that cater to equestrians.

    The campground is equipped with essential amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and clean toilets. However, keep in mind that there are no sanitary dump stations or propane fill services available on-site. Generators are also not allowed, so plan accordingly.

    Visitors have praised the park's well-maintained bathhouses and the convenience of water fill stations scattered throughout the area. The nearby town of Nashville is a charming spot to explore, offering additional activities and dining options.

    Overall, Buffalo Ridge Campground provides a fantastic base for exploring Brown County State Park. Whether you're here for the hiking, the horseback riding, or just to relax in a beautiful natural setting, you're in for a memorable experience.

    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Showers
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge

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    Hardin Ridge

    25 Reviews
    61 Photos
    209 Saves
    Heltonville, Indiana

    Overview

    Hardin Ridge is a 1,200-acre recreational complex located on the shores of Monroe Reservoir in Hooiser National Forest. The complex includes six shady campground loops, two picnic areas with shelters, and two rental cabins. The area offers something for everyone, with activities like camping, picnicking, boat launching, swimming, nature walks, and interpretive programs offered in a forested environment.

    Recreation

    A 300-foot swimming beach on Lake Monroe offers a place for children to play and swimmers to sunbathe and enjoy the water. The beach offers a combination of sand and sun, with a shady grass-covered hillside above. There are no lifeguards on duty. No glass containers or pets are allowed in the beach area. The Hardin Ridge Trail is a 2-mile hiking and bicycle trail that runs from the day use area to the various campground loops. This trail roughly follows the main campground road and provides a safe surface for families to hike or bike, as well as a scenic overlook. Fishing is allowed anywhere along the lakeshore within the recreational complex, but several quiet inlets provide secluded fishing holes along the lake's banks. Popular catches include blue gill, striped bass, large mouth bass and crappie. On the Ted T. Turtle interpretive trail, visitors can travel 1.2 miles through a scenic hardwood forest, along a small creek and down to Lake Monroe and back. On the trail, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife common to southern Indiana. For visitors interested in boating, the lake has a 3-lane launch ramp that is open year-round. A 75 vehicle/trailer parking area is also available as well as a fully accessible loading dock provided at the boat ramp.

    Facilities

    A 300-foot swimming beach on Lake Monroe offers a place for children to play and swimmers to sunbathe and enjoy the water. The beach offers a combination of sand and sun, with a shady grass-covered hillside above. There are no lifeguards on duty. No glass containers or pets are allowed in the beach area. The Hardin Ridge Trail is a 2-mile hiking and bicycle trail that runs from the day use area to the various campground loops. This trail roughly follows the main campground road and provides a safe surface for families to hike or bike, as well as a scenic overlook. Fishing is allowed anywhere along the lakeshore within the recreational complex, but several quiet inlets provide secluded fishing holes along the lake's banks. Popular catches include blue gill, striped bass, large mouth bass and crappie. On the Ted T. Turtle interpretive trail, visitors can travel 1.2 miles through a scenic hardwood forest, along a small creek and down to Lake Monroe and back. On the trail, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history, geology, and wildlife common to southern Indiana. For visitors interested in boating, the lake has a 3-lane launch ramp that is open year-round. A 75 vehicle/trailer parking area is also available as well as a fully accessible loading dock provided at the boat ramp.

    Natural Features

    Monroe Reservoir spans 10,750-acres and is the largest lake in Indiana. There is an overlook on Hardin Ridge Road that is spectacular in any season and gives visitors a high vantage point of the lake, colorful marinas across the water and a vast expanse of forest. The entire area is forested with hardwoods and is well-shaded to give visitors the feel of being in the deep woods. In spring, the dogwoods and redbuds bring bright color to the forest and in fall, the foliage offers colors in vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red.

    Nearby Attractions

    Special Places on the Hoosier National Forest Brooks Cabin____ Buffalo Trace____ Carnes Mill Site____ Clover Lick Barrens____ Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower____ Initial Point____ Lick Creek African American Settlement____ The Jacob Rickenbaugh Homestead____ Wesley Chapel Gulf__

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $50 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Horsecamp
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Horsecamp
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    Blackwell Horsecamp

    20 Reviews
    25 Photos
    146 Saves
    Heltonville, Indiana
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowwood State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowwood State Forest
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    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowwood State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowwood State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellowwood State Forest

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    Yellowwood State Forest

    15 Reviews
    86 Photos
    149 Saves
    Unionville, Indiana

    Yellowwood State Forest is a gem tucked away in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, just a short drive from the artist haven of Nashville. This place is perfect for those who love a mix of primitive camping and outdoor activities. With 79 campsites spread across four areas—Red Pine, White-Oak Hickory, Redbud, and Black Gum—there's plenty of space to find your own little slice of nature.

    The campsites are basic but well-maintained, featuring picnic tables and fire rings. Vault toilets are available, and there are several potable water stations scattered throughout. If you're into fishing, you'll love the short trails from many campsites leading right to the lake's edge. Night fishing by a cozy campfire? Yes, please.

    For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, the forest offers five hiking trails ranging from easy to rugged. You can also rent john boats and kayaks on the weekends, making it easy to explore Yellowwood Lake. Just a heads-up, the camp store and forest office are closed during the week, so plan accordingly.

    Pets are welcome, and the area is big rig friendly, though some visitors have noted that maneuvering larger trailers can be a bit tight. The campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and is cash-only, so come prepared.

    Whether you're here for the hiking, fishing, or just to escape the hustle and bustle, Yellowwood State Forest offers a peaceful and secluded retreat. The beautiful scenery, from the lush woodlands to the serene lake, makes it a fantastic spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

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    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Starve Hollow State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Starve Hollow State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Starve Hollow State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Starve Hollow State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Starve Hollow State Rec Area
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    Starve Hollow State Rec Area

    25 Reviews
    86 Photos
    135 Saves
    Vallonia, Indiana
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Berry Ridge Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Berry Ridge Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Berry Ridge Road - Dispersed Camping
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    Brown County-Nashville KOA

    8 Reviews
    26 Photos
    41 Saves
    Nashville, Indiana
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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Peninsula Trail
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Nashville, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, Nashville, IN offers a wide range of camping options, with 101 campgrounds and RV parks near Nashville, IN and 9 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Nashville, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Nashville, IN is Taylor Ridge Campground — Brown County State Park with a 4.5-star rating from 28 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Nashville, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 free dispersed camping spots near Nashville, IN.

What parks are near Nashville, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 parks near Nashville, IN that allow camping, notably Hoosier National Forest and Arkansas River - Pool 5.