I come from Cincinnati, Ohio, which is right by Indiana. I’m interested in RV camping, and since Indiana is so close, I decided to research some RV camp spots in Indiana that are unforgettable.
In this article, I’ve compiled what I’ve found so that it’s easy for anyone who wants to camp with an RV in Indiana to find the perfect place to do that.
1. Brown County State Park
First on this list is Indiana’s Brown County State Park, located in Nashville, Indiana, a bit east of Bloomington. This park is the largest state park in Indiana, and it contains nearly 16,000 acres of hills, ridges, ravines, and plenty of trees, which is particularly stunning in the fall.
This park has a nature center, horse trails, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, fishing, a swimming pool, tennis courts and open fields for sports, as well as a playground.
For RV campers, there are options with and without electricity. There are also restaurants and shops, restrooms and showers, and cultural activities that they do throughout the year. Pets are allowed but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet.
This state park is open all year long, with the peak season starting on March 22nd and going until November 6th in 2019.
If you’re camping with an RV, the park requires going in through the West entrance, as the North entrance has a bridge that can’t be cleared by all vehicles.
Pricing ranges between $12 to $44/day depending on hookups, dates, and other variables.
2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Indianapolis East
In Knightstown, Indiana, east of Indianapolis, is a Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, one of several across the country. This park, as you may guess, is great for children, as it has themed activities and aims for a family-friendly atmosphere for its campers.
This site has various options for RV campers, including rustic as well as full hookups, and some pull-through sites as well.
“Recently, we were recognized by our franchisee, Leisure Systems Inc. as a 2018 Pinnacle Club award winner for our facilities and operations excellence and we received special recognition 2018 Store Design award for our newly remodeled Ranger Station.”-Jellystone Indy
This camp has two playgrounds, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a ball pit, a pool, fishing, paddle boat rentals, wagon rides, laundry facilities, WiFi, and more. There is also a camp store with RV supplies in case you find yourself missing anything.
The season is open from April 1st until October 31st, although some winter camping options may be available.
Pricing goes from around $25 to $52 a night for RV campers, with more expensive cabin options available as well, as well as cheaper tent options.
3. Elkhart Co. / Middlebury KOA
In Middlebury, Indiana, which is in Elkhart County, “the RV Capital of the World,” right by the border to Michigan is the Elkhart Co. / Middlebury KOA. KOA stands for “Kampgrounds of America,” which is a chain of privately-owned campgrounds across America.
This site is very RV friendly, with vehicles up to 80-feet long permitted and 50-amp service available. The site has recently asked that there be only one vehicle per group on each campsite so that the grass can be preserved.
This site is located in a large Amish county in Indiana, which means that during the season, there are large flea markets available locally, and the KOA shuttles right to them.
There are Amish shops and restaurants, as well as a tour through the Amish countryside. The campsite itself has a pool, fishing, WiFi, a pavilion, a dog park, mini golf, a kitchen, bike rentals, and more. There are also RV clubs and volleyball courts, and activities throughout the year.
This camp opens on April 1st and ends October 31st. This site is owned by Hope Perkins, whose son Nick also works with her, and they try to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for their guests.
The prices for this site range from around $30 to $70 a night depending on different variables, but there are occasionally deals where you could camp there for cheaper.
4. Eby’s Pines RV Park and Campground
Another camp in Amish County, Eby’s Pines RV Park and Campground is located in Bristol, Indiana, by the border to Michigan as well.
This campground offers RV campsites with full hookups and 50-amp services with pull through sites. There are also rustic sites as well for people who prefer that.
This site has WiFi, swimming pools, an indoor roller rink and laser tag arena, hiking trails, fishing, a game room, a playground, and activities throughout the year.
The site has different rates for the summer season, May 24th through September 15th, and for the offseason, which is from April 1st to May 23rd, and September 16th to November 1st.
They are closed for the winter. The summer rates go from $38 to $55 a day, and the offseason rates are from $32 to $44 a day, depending on what type of camping you choose and with what hookups.
5. Lake Haven Retreat
Two miles south of the Indianapolis beltway lies Lake Haven Retreat. This means it is not far from downtown Indianapolis, with the zoo, and other attractions, and it’s not too far from the Indy 500 and other speedways.
This site is one of the more simple options, and it has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. There is fishing, a laundry facility, restrooms and showers, full hookups available and pull through sites, an event hall, WiFi, and paddle boat rentals.
While it doesn’t have as much as many of the other options, this place is in a convenient location, has a great atmosphere, and is very pretty.
It’s a good place for someone who may want to explore the city and local attractions, but who still wants a peaceful place to go to at the end of the day, surrounded by nature.
This site is open year-round, and offer varying rates for the length of stay. Daily is around $35, weekly is about $204, and monthly can go as high as $495. These, of course, may change and vary according to individual circumstances.
6. Indianapolis KOA
In Greenfield, Indiana, east of Indianapolis, is the Indianapolis KOA. This one is different from the other ones on this list in more than just location.
This one allows for 120 feet as the max length of a vehicle and has 50-amp hookups, as well as WiFi. It also has a really nice pool and splash park, which is great for kids. There is even a horse stable where kids can come and feed the horses.
It has an ice cream shop, and a pizza shop. There is a fitness center, a dog park, a pavilion, and RV clubs and rallies. They also offer various activities throughout the year.
“Youngsters can spend hours on the playground, and the whole family will love the new water park. Even the family dog can run free in the campground’s Bark Park!”-Indianapolis KOA Website
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there is a pancake breakfast offered every Saturday between 8:00 and 10:00 AM.
The rates are about the same as any other KOA, ranging from $30 to $70 a day, with deals offered occasionally.
7. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
In the southern part of the state just south of I-64 in Santa Claus, Indiana is Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort. It’s the closest camping and lodging to Holiday World Theme Park and Splashin’ Safari Water Park, and this resort even offers a free shuttle service, a nice feature for families visiting the theme parks.
Lake Rudolph is open from May 1st until October 31st, but it also offers Christmas Cabin packages for the first three weekends in December. While you can bring your own RV, this site also offers hundreds of vacation rentals (cabins, cottages, and rental RVs) so guests can experience an RV resort atmosphere without having to bring an RV.
There are several fun amenities at this park including a water park open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day that is perfect for kids, offered at a small daily cost.
There are also playgrounds, basketball courts, fishing, volleyball, mini golf, paddle boats, kayaks, game rooms, a large swimming pool, and you can even rent a golf cart during your stay.
Other amenities include several air-conditioned bathhouses, a snack bar offering pizza and ice cream, a camp store, laundromats, pavilion, and an activity center. This resort really has anything you could need for a great family vacation.
Prices range from $32 to $79 for RV camping and $86 to $309 for vacation rentals. Rates vary depending on the time of year and site/rental options that you choose.
8. Clifty Falls State Park
Just above the Kentucky border, near the Ohio River is the Clifty Falls State Park, in Madison, Indiana.
This is a beautiful state park with waterfalls, plenty of trees, a canyon which is great for hiking, and more. There are also many fossils, and while collecting them at the park is prohibited, there are locations in the local area where it’s allowed, and it’s cool to see either way.
This park has a nature center, shelters, tennis courts, several hiking trails, laundry facilities, a pool, areas for stargazing, restrooms, a dump station, picnic tables, a playground, and more.
This site is great for true nature lovers. The RV park has electric hookups, but the real appeal is simply being surrounded by beautiful
Like other state parks, this one is open year-round. Prices also go from around $15 to $45 a night, depending on different circumstances such as hookups and time of year.
9. Crawfordsville KOA
In between Indianapolis and Lafayette is Crawfordsville, Indiana, where there is another great KOA location.
This site will give you a more down-to-earth, country feel than some of the others. It offers RV pull-through sites and 30 and 50-amp hookups. It allows for an 80-foot-long vehicle to come, and there is free WiFi.
This KOA is extremely pet-friendly, and it even gives your pets some treats when you check in, as well as providing a pet walking service.
There are picnic tables and fire rings, a small playground, a game room, and also a pool that is open from June 1st until September 8th. The camp itself is open from April 1st until October 31st, but it keeps 10 sites open year-round with all of the utilities, in case that’s when you want to camp.
The local area also has a few hiking trails, canoe places, and even horseback riding. This is a good option if you’re looking for something nice, but a little more low-key. It’s a pretty location to camp in and will give you more of that authentic camping feeling than some other places.
Pricing is about the same as the other KOA’s, and this one also offers deals on occasion for cheaper camping.
10. Michigan City Campground
Near Lake Michigan in the north of the state, the city of Michigan City, Indianapolis hosts a campground named after it.
This is a privately owned, family campground on 40 acres of land not too far from Lake Michigan, and only 50 miles east of Chicago. This site is open from April 1st to October 31st, with some spots open in winter.
This is another pretty simple campground, with a serene and down-to-earth feeling. There is a camp store and a regular swimming pool, as well as a small playground and a basketball court. There are a few fishing ponds, and a laundry room, restrooms, and showers, as well as WiFi.
“Everything is clean at all times… The grounds are always kept up and mowed appropriately. The people here have always been very kind and have gone out of their way to be helpful and bend over backward to make your stay as pleasant as possible.”-Ken and Shauna Back (From Camp Website)
This site is pretty and surrounded by trees, and is a nice spot for a quick getaway for a few days. It’s got a quiet atmosphere, and yet is close to the lake and to other places with plenty of things to do.
This site offers various options for RV campers, from primitive to premium and full hookups. The pricing also changes depending on what you go for, from about $39 to $53 a night. If you go for seven nights, you only pay for six, which is a pretty good deal.
11. Hidden Paradise Campground
In Saint Paul, Indiana, between Indianapolis and Cincinnati is the Hidden Paradise Campground, known for it’s “water fun” by its guests.
This campground is on 80 acres of land and water, and has kayaking, canoeing, paddle boats, fishing, a pool and a lake, a floating trampoline, climbing rock, a slide, and other fun water activities, including scuba diving!
This site also has hiking trails, basketball and volleyball, a laundry facility, a water park, a petting zoo, showers and restrooms, a game room, and more. There is WiFi in some areas as well.
There are pull-through sites and various hookups available. This place can do daily rates, weekly rates, and monthly rates. Daily usually goes from $30 to $38, weekly from $168 to $216, and monthly from $450 to $475, depending on variables like hookups and location.
What’s the difference between a public and a private campground? A public campground is owned by the government, so the cost of upkeep and other expenses are paid for by government funds. They also tend to focus more on preservation and education. Private campgrounds are owned by individuals or corporations, with a goal for turning a profit, which could be good.
What’s the difference between a park and a rustic campground? A park typically has lots of amenities and activities, as well as full hookups for water, sewer. and electricity. A rustic site is more primitive, often without extra bells and whistles, and without all of the hookups for RVs.