At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

An hour outside of Indianapolis sits a gem for family fun. Hickory Hills Campground is loaded with activities for all ages. The campground is a privately owned RV park and tent campground with nearly 300 acres chock full of good times.

For your RV, you’ll love spacious, level spaces with full hook ups for water, sewer, and electric. They can handle big rigs with pull-thru sites, and wifi hotspots are available. There are clean and modern restrooms, hot showers, and a laundry facility. At Hickory Hills Campground, if you need some supplies, don’t worry, they have a camp store with grocery items and RV supplies. This is convenience and comfort camping at its best.

So let’s say you’re bringing the whole family to Hickory Hills Campground, and you need to know what to do beyond relaxing at your site. That’s no problem. Check out these fun and unique activities available to everyone at Hickory Hills Campground in Indiana.

Best Family Fun Activities at Hickory Hills Campground

1. Cataract Falls

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Hickory Hills Campground is a great home base for visiting the Cataract Falls Recreation Area, boasting the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana. You can even walk behind the falls! Also, there’s an historic covered bridge built in 1882 that crosses just above the upper falls. It’s only ten minutes away from Hickory Hills Campground.





2. Stress Free Gem Mining

Panning for precious gems was pretty much the dream for many pioneers of North America. If you want to give it a try, but without all that stress that comes with desperately hoping to provide for your family on every sift, give it a go for fun while camping. Plus, there’s a 100% guarantee of a find. You might find gemstones, fossils, or even arrowheads. Gemstone panning is a unique opportunity for the family to learn and play together.

3. Make Friends with Farm Animals

 

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Another way to experience the ways of the callous-handed hard worker, without committing to all that hard work, is to visit the petting barnyard. The kids will love the pot belly pig, the pygmy goats, and the rabbits. You can also help collect the free range chicken eggs for fun. It’s vacation farming for the whole family, steps from your campsite at Hickory Hills Campground.

4. Paddle & Fish

 

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At Hickory Hills Campground there are two lakes available for water activities. You can rent a rowboat, kayak, or paddle boat. You can also fish from the boat, or from the shoreline. Explore the lakes with the kids, or reel in your next fishing story.

5. Hitch a Ride

 

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Get the family together for a ride on a classic hay wagon. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the grounds, see wildlife, or just enjoy the slow cruise and the comforting breeze.

6. Pumpkins, Ghosts, and Trick or Treating

Fall is one of the best times to visit Hickory Hills Campground. Harvest pumpkins and decorate them with your family. Bust out the spooky costumes for trick or treating throughout the park. Get the adrenaline rush of a scary ghost walk. You can also do scarecrow relay races, caramel apple making, scavenger hunts, crafts, bingo, and fall color wagon rides. Check the event schedule on their website for a ton of amazing fall activities at Hickory Hills Campground.


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  • Chris Loud

    Chris Loud

    Chris Loud has several years experience as a travel and fiction writer. In the last year he has been co-producing a quarterly print and digital literary lifestyle publication called The Boardman Review, based in northern Michigan. Before that, he spent a few years producing and writing for the travel TV shows Coolest Places on Earth, State to State, and Great Escapes. Chris currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife, daughter, and dog.