Best campground in Indiana.

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  1. kmeece

    kmeece New Member

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    In your opinion, what is the best campgound in Indiana. We are planning ahead for fall break. We usually stay at Harmonie State Park near Evansville. We live in South West Indiana (Washington) and might be interesting is something different this fall.

    Specific Campgrounds with Site Numbers would be VERY helpful!
     
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    I can't give you specific site numbers, but Brown County SP in Nashville is absolutely gorgeous. And if you get bored with the incredible scenery, you can spend some time wandering around Nashville.
     
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    My sister and BIL love Potato Creek.
     
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    We just stayed at Brown County this Spring. It was really great! All of the sites in Buffalo Ridge are pretty similar - paved and level. When we were leaving we wandered down to the other areas and they were really pretty too, but seemed to differ quite a bit in how level they were and how much space they had. It was definitely a favorite out of the IN ones we have visited.
     
  5. JustRelax

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    There are 3 close to you that I would recommend.

    Newton Stewart at Patoka Lake. There is a lot to do in the area. French Lick and West Baden are fun to tour regardless of your opinion of casinos. French Lick Winery is a good stop There are multiple caves to visit. One of my and my wife's favorite is a fall wine cruise on Saturday through Patoka Lake Marina. You can also rent a boat on the lake. There are several hiking trails and a beach at the park. Sites we like: 325, 326, 327, 40, 41, 45, 46, 47. All set up good to use as a single site or in combination for a group if number is in sequence. The sites on the top loop on the park map are all good but have little shade. This is the closest direct access to walk down to the lake for bank fishing from the campsite without having to drive.

    Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell. This is where I am going this fall for there Halloween weekend (2nd weekend of October). There is an old pioneer village that is decorated up as a haunted house type area. Have not been to this before so don't know what to expect. Have been to the park and the pioneer village is fun to tour. There is not much to do outside of the park in the area. Trails follow a river through the park. Sites 117, 119, 168, 172, 173, 145, 144, 70, 106, 109, 112, 114, 159. Favorites 139, 168

    Shakamak State Park. This is a very good park for biking. There are 3 lakes that you can rent a small jon boat or paddle boat and get around pretty good on. There are a few trails as well. Do not have sites for this campground as it's been a while since I've visited though it's on my list to get to this year.

    Brown County and Nashville is a very good area for trails and recreation outside of the park as mentioned above. BC also has a good mountain bike trail system and there is a stable where you can pay to ride a horse on a guided trail. There are 3 camping areas on the map. The first area from the campground entrance gate is more flat and "social" type camping. The back 2 areas or loops are on top of a ridge and drop off quickly. They have better views but I would be cautious with kids.

    What activities do you like to do when camping? This may help get you a better answer to the campgrounds best suited for those activites...
     
  6. kmeece

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    We have a boy that is 11 years old. Typically, we love to bike, hike and just enjoy relaxing around the campground. My wife and I have jobs that work with a large number of people, so we like more secluded sites. The more private the better for us!
     
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    I've always lived in Ohio and have only camped at one Indiana state park....Pokagon State Park. But it is on the other side of the state from you. My parents took us there every summer. And my family has camped there a few times.

    Nice park.
     
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    Potato Creek does get a lot of good reviews. Our favorite is Turkey Run. Great hiking trails. The "river" (more like a large stream) has tubing, kayaking, canoeing (Of course you can fish). Nice little nature center. You can see the interior of a active behive and great bird watching site. Nearby SP resort resort has a great pool ($2/day/person) and tennis courts if you're so inclined. Only 2 downsides. The raccoons are VERY active from dusk to dawn. You will have nightime visitors so you have to police your site well and keep food totes in the TV. Hot water in showers can be hot or lukewarm. We'll be there again this yr.

    FWIW, I like to try and pick a site using Google Earth. You can usually find a pic during the winter so tree cover is gone and you get a decent idea of the layout. Site we liked was 034. At the end of a loop so we looked out the front door to all woods. Near bathroom/showers. Be forwarned there's a pretty good slope on this site. 1st site I've ever run across that almost maxed out my BAL. This yr I'll be prepared with a couple of extra boards.
     

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