Best Camping near Paoli, IN

Join the fun near Paoli. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Paoli is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. You're sure to find the perfect spot for your Indiana camping adventure.

Best Camping Sites Near Paoli, IN (125)

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    1.

    Patoka Lake Campground

    35 Reviews
    79 Photos
    162 Saves
    Birdseye, Indiana

    With 26,000 acres of land and water, Patoka Lake campground is a fine example of lake ecology. An 8,800-acre lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR.

    Camping:

    -Electric / 455 sites

    -Primitive / 45 sites

    -Dumping Station

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $33 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Mill State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Mill State Park Campground
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    2.

    Spring Mill State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    90 Photos
    125 Saves
    Mitchell, Indiana

    Spring Mill State Park Campground, nestled near Mitchell, Indiana, is a gem for campers looking for a mix of natural beauty and historical charm. This campground operates year-round and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and cabins.

    One of the standout features here is the Pioneer Village, a beautifully preserved slice of history where staff reenact life from a bygone era. It's a must-see, complete with a working blacksmith shop, school, and grist mill. You can even buy freshly ground cornmeal from the mill.

    For those who love the great outdoors, the park boasts numerous hiking trails that are well-marked and easy to navigate. There's also a nature center, caves to explore, and an astronaut museum dedicated to Gus Grissom. If you're into sports, you'll find tennis and basketball courts, beach volleyball, and mountain bike trails.

    The campground itself is pet-friendly and offers amenities like electric hookups, drinking water, showers, and flush toilets. Some sites are more secluded and shaded, while others are open and sunny. Just be aware that some sites can be a bit uneven, so bringing a leveler might be a good idea.

    Visitors have praised the park for its friendly staff and the variety of activities available. Whether you're here for the hiking, the history, or just a peaceful camping experience, Spring Mill State Park Campground has something to offer. And if you're planning to catch the 2024 eclipse, this place is a prime spot for viewing.

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

    $20 - $45 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore Springs Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore Springs Park
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    3.

    Sycamore Springs Park

    16 Reviews
    75 Photos
    135 Saves
    English, Indiana

    Sycamore Springs’ 250 acres are home to 10 shelter houses, numerous playgrounds, fishing ponds, a softball field, basketball court, wedding chapel, 35 tent camping sites and 64 RV camping sites. As a bonus, firewood is free for campers. Sycamore Springs is family friendly (alcohol is not allowed) and offers sites for all types of camping. Water views are available and there are fire pits on all sites. Camping cabins are offered at a discounted rate during the week, and the fully furnished House of Annie & Bud also awaits.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    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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    4.

    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

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    5.

    Indian-Celina Recreation Area

    19 Reviews
    23 Photos
    68 Saves
    Saint Croix, Indiana

    Overview

    The Indian-Celina Lake Recreation Area is a tranquil getaway in the midst of the Hoosier National Forest. Both the Celina and Indian Lakes are within the area, offering camping, boating, fishing and hiking, as well as tours of a historic site.

    Recreation

    Indian and Celina lakes are two of four fishing lakes along Highway 37. The lakes offer many miles of shoreline and coves for fishing for pan fish. Boat ramps are open year-round, and an accessible fishing pier is available on Celina Lake. Anglers can expect a variety of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. The sandstone block, historic Rickenbaugh House was built in 1874 and is open to visitors periodically throughout the year. The home and adjacent historic cemetery are popular among visitors. A variety of hiking trails exist within the area, including the relatively easy, 1 mile Rickenbaugh Interpretive Trail, which is located behind the historic Rickenbaugh House. The Two Lakes Loop National Recreation Trail encircles both Indian and Celina lakes and winds through many acres of natural and peaceful forests. The trail is 16 miles, but can encompass multiple, shorter day hikes.

    Facilities

    Indian and Celina lakes are two of four fishing lakes along Highway 37. The lakes offer many miles of shoreline and coves for fishing for pan fish. Boat ramps are open year-round, and an accessible fishing pier is available on Celina Lake. Anglers can expect a variety of catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie. The sandstone block, historic Rickenbaugh House was built in 1874 and is open to visitors periodically throughout the year. The home and adjacent historic cemetery are popular among visitors. A variety of hiking trails exist within the area, including the relatively easy, 1 mile Rickenbaugh Interpretive Trail, which is located behind the historic Rickenbaugh House. The Two Lakes Loop National Recreation Trail encircles both Indian and Celina lakes and winds through many acres of natural and peaceful forests. The trail is 16 miles, but can encompass multiple, shorter day hikes.

    Natural Features

    The area is located in south-central Indiana, in a dense hardwood and pine forest, on 152-acre Indian and 164-acre Celina lakes. A variety of wildlife make its home in the area.

    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 __

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hardin Ridge
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    6.

    Hardin Ridge

    25 Reviews
    61 Photos
    208 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__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $50 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Youngs Creek Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Youngs Creek Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Youngs Creek Horse Camp
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    7.

    Youngs Creek Horse Camp

    7 Reviews
    7 Photos
    27 Saves
    Paoli, Indiana

    Overview

    A primitive campground with vault toilets, hitching racks, and a picnic shelter is available. Around 12 and half miles of trails are available for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding.

    Recreation

    The Youngs Creek Campground provides access to the 12.7-mile Youngs Creek multiple use trail for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.____

    Facilities

    The Youngs Creek Campground provides access to the 12.7-mile Youngs Creek multiple use trail for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.____

    Natural Features

    Shady trails, scenic hardwood forests and a variety of terrain

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from O'Bannon Woods State Park Campground
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    8.

    O'Bannon Woods State Park Campground

    15 Reviews
    42 Photos
    126 Saves
    Leavenworth, Indiana

    Welcome to O'Bannon Woods State Park Campground, a fantastic spot near Corydon, Indiana. This place has a lot to offer, whether you're into hiking, mountain biking, or just kicking back and relaxing. The campground is open all year and has a solid 4.5-star rating, so you know it's a hit with visitors.

    One of the standout features here is the variety of trails. There's a trailhead right within the campground, making it super convenient for those who want to hike without driving anywhere. If you're up for a bit of adventure, check out the trail to the old abandoned bridge or climb the fire tower for some killer views. Horseback riding is also popular, and experienced cavers will find plenty to explore, though you'll need a permit for the caves.

    The campground itself is well-kept and organized, with amenities like electric hookups, showers, and toilets. Pets are welcome, and you can even bring your big rig. There's also a sanitary dump and sewer hookups, making it RV-friendly. For those who love a good campfire, fires are allowed, and you can buy firewood on-site.

    Families will appreciate the multiple play areas for kids and the nearby pool with a splash pad and water slides. The nature center is a hit with both kids and adults, offering educational exhibits and critters to check out. If you're into kayaking, the Blue River is nearby and perfect for a paddle.

    Cell service is decent, with T-Mobile and AT&T both getting a few bars, so you won't be completely off the grid. Just a heads-up, ticks can be a bit of a nuisance, so come prepared.

    Overall, O'Bannon Woods State Park Campground is a great place for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Whether you're hiking, biking, or just chilling by the campfire, there's something here for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    9.

    Marengo Cave Campgrounds

    8 Reviews
    41 Photos
    51 Saves
    English, Indiana
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $27 / night

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    10.

    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

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Paoli, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, Paoli, IN offers a wide range of camping options, with 125 campgrounds and RV parks near Paoli, IN and 13 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Paoli, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Paoli, IN is Patoka Lake Campground with a 4.4-star rating from 35 reviews.

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

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 13 free dispersed camping spots near Paoli, IN.

What parks are near Paoli, IN?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 12 parks near Paoli, IN that allow camping, notably Hoosier National Forest and Mammoth Cave National Park.