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Camping in Indiana

By Alex Murphy

Whether you're visiting one of the U.S.'s newest National Parks or attending one of the most popular sporting events in the world (the Indy 500), Indiana considers itself to be the "Crossroads of America." The state delivers on that motto with a wide range of activities and sites to see from Lake Michigan to Indianapolis.

Here's a look at what makes the Hoosier State worth stopping at.

See a map of all camping in Indiana.

Indiana State Parks

Even though there are only 25 Indiana State Parks, you won't have a problem finding campgrounds in Indiana since there is at least one park within an hour's drive, no matter where you are in the state.

Destinations like Clifty Falls State Park offer some surprising sights, including waterfalls and a canyon that only gets daylight for a small window each day.

Other spots like Brown County State Park offers plenty of hiking trails in Indiana's largest state park, and Charlestown State Park has campsites near the banks of the Ohio River.

Indiana National Parks

Indiana Dunes National Park was officially named a National Park in 2019; before that, it had been a destination for years as a National Lakeshore. The park is located in northern Indiana and covers a 15-mile coast along Lake Michigan.

The park has plenty of recreational opportunities from going to the beach and swimming to fishing and miles of hiking.

Visitors to Indiana Dunes National Park can find tent and RV camping sites in the park at Dunewood Campground. Another option with easy access back to the park is Indiana Dunes State Park which has some of the best campground reviews in the area.

RV Parks in Indiana

RV Parks in Indiana enable visitors to stay close to popular destinations.

Camping near Lake Michigan is easy at spots like Michigan City Campground and Woodland Village Mobile Home and RV Park, where reviews say you're not only close to the lake, but it's also easy to visit Chicago from a nearby train stop.

For those looking to enjoy all that Indianapolis has to offer, there are multiple RV parks for campers both inside the city and just outside in the central part of the state. Lake Haven Retreat has an Indianapolis address, while the Indianapolis KOA sits just outside but is still a quick drive to a Colts or Pacers game.

South of Indianapolis, a popular place to visit is Monroe Lake, where people staying at Lake Monroe Village have easy access to the water.

Finally, in the southern part of the state, you can stay just outside Louisville, KY, just north of the Ohio River at Louisville North Campground.

Free Camping in Indiana

Free Camping in Indiana offers both options for scenic stays and for those looking to save money on camping.

The Hoosier National Forest offers some of the best outdoorsy stops, including Saddle Lake Recreation Area.

Another location that's also free but a very different experience includes Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa, where guests can stay in the parking lot and enjoy some of the restaurants and other amenities the hotel offers.

National Forests in Indiana

Hoosier National Forest sits south of central Louisiana and expands south to just north of Kentucky. The forest offers plenty of hiking, mountain biking, and even some caves to explore.

There is also has plenty of camping and a lot of it is free, like Blackwell Horsecamp, which has some of the best campsite reviews in the area due to its popularity. Another popular destination, Indian-Celina Recreation Area, is not free, but it does have RV hookups.

Recent Indiana Campground Reviews

Elberfeld, IN

Miles Landing Campground

Jun 12, 2024

"Very Nice Peaceful Stopover"

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We stayed one night and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the area. You can tell the owner takes great pride in this place. Very clean bathrooms and lovely areas to walk. Our site was level and we had a nice shade tree. Owner stopped by and chatted with us, sharing info on the area. Highly recommend.

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Jun 10, 2024


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We rented 2 sites for 2 days to celebrate my sons birthday. Everyone around us was playing music and even though it was during the day, it was way too loud. All were different types of music and it was overwhelming. There is a campground etiquette and no one was following it. Quiet hours start at 11pm and the site next to us did not follow the...
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Jun 09, 2024

"Friendly Staff But Needs Some Love!"

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We always like KOA’s when driving across country as they are usually pretty consistent. Not so with this one. Clearly the owners are not putting anything into it. Best description: tight and tired! Water is brown, wi-fi is non existent. Wouldn’t recommend.

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Bloomington, IN

Paynetown Campground

Jun 08, 2024

"Attacked By Squirrels And Birds. "

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We reserved two nights but left after the first night because the squirrels kept ripping into everything. They destroyed equipment even when there was food in the containers. We have a popup and I couldn’t risk them tearing into the tent material. Every dumpster had a few squirrels inside and a piece of pizza even fell on us out of a tree...
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Jun 08, 2024

"Beautiful park"

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We paid $18 a night, stayed there in our 35-foot RV. It was a bit difficult. we could only achieve it in the last places of the site. The place is beautiful, we stayed on a Friday and there were only 4 other campers with their families. The night was extremely quiet and restful after being on the road for several weeks... this one was the first...
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