If you’re from the middle of the country, you probably hate the term “fly over states.” And for good reason–if those snarky city slickers only knew the diverse natural beauty of the Midwest, we bet they’d spend a lot more time in your peaceful neck of the woods.
To celebrate some of the most treasured campsites in America’s Heartland, we’ve compiled a list that will help everyone discover the very best of Midwest camping–whether you’re from one of these states or exploring the region for the very first time.
Midwest Campsites You Shouldn’t Miss
There is so much to see between the coasts of our country. If you’re from the midwest, you know this. But even those who call this huge swath of America, “home” will discover places they’ve never heard of.
Kansas: Wilson State Fishing Lake
With the best mountain biking, boating, and fishing available in the region, Wilson State Fishing Lake is an absolute must-see for any campers who are looking for outdoor adventure. The best part about this campground is that it offers electrical sites that are absolutely free–just show up early during summer months to nab a spot!
Indiana: Dunewood – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
If you think Indiana is nothing but corn fields and flat terrain, then you’ve got it all wrong. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore not only provides some of the best beaches in the Midwest, it also features white sand dunes, waterfalls, wetlands, and some remarkably easy access to the shores of Lake Michigan.
Wisconsin: Devil’s Lake State Park
Don’t let the dark name fool you. Devil’s Lake State Park is heaven on Earth! This crystal clear, blue lake is popular with swimmers, paddleboarders, and kayakers alike. If you’re into rock climbing, take advantage of the Baraboo Range’s jagged topography. For some civilized fun, hit up the nearby town of Baraboo for unique, local eateries and entertainment.
Missouri: Meramec State Park
Looking for a campground that offers some relief from the heat? If so, spend some time in the caverns of Missouri’s Meramec State Park. As a bonus, all sites are close to trails that lead to the area’s famed Fisher Cave. Once you’re done taking a gander at those stalagmites, head down to the water for fishing, boating, or river rafting.
Nebraska: Chadron State Park
Prairie camping might not be at the top of your list, but we think it should be! Nebraska’s Chadron State Park boasts some of the best views of the rustic Pine Ridge. It’s an active summer site that has endless family-friendly activities, including well-kept mountain biking trails and a variety of swimming options.
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