Camping in Indiana

      Everything you need to know about camping experiences in Indiana.

      Your Guide to Camping Life in Indiana

      Indiana: where nature unfolds like a friendly Midwestern welcome mat. From the sandy shores of Lake Michigan to the rolling hills of Brown County, this state packs a diverse punch for campers of all stripes.

      Think campfires crackling under starry skies, days spent hiking lush forests, and evenings filled with the symphony of crickets and frogs. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or a first-timer with a borrowed tent, Indiana has a campsite waiting to embrace you.

      Best Places To Camp In Indiana

      Indiana Dunes National Park & State Park

      Experience unique ecosystems where towering sand dunes meet the freshwater waves of Lake Michigan. Hike over scenic trails, swim in the cool lake, marvel at the diverse plant and animal life, and learn about the region’s history at the Bailly Homestead. Be sure to catch the breathtaking sunsets over the lake!

      Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park

      Turkey Run State Park

      Hike under sandstone overhangs through towering ravines, or paddle down Sugar Creek past cascading waterfalls and moss-covered rocks. Explore unique geological formations like “The Narrows” and “Gulch Hollow,” witness history at the Turkey Run Inn, or take a horseback ride through scenic trails.

      Turkey Run State Park Indiana

      Pokagon State Park

      Dive into refreshing Lake James or rent a boat for a leisurely sail, cast a line and see what you can catch in the vibrant waters, or spot diverse bird species in the park’s wetlands and prairies. Hike through forests teeming with wildlife, learn about the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ rich history and culture, or enjoy various water sports on the lake.

      Pokagon State Park Indiana

      McCormick’s Creek State Park

      Witness the power of nature at majestic waterfalls like Canyon Falls and Twin Bridges Falls, marvel at towering rock formations sculpted by ancient glaciers, and delve into the park’s diverse plant life along scenic trails. Take a guided cave tour at Indiana Caverns or Marengo Cave, experience the history and luxury of French Lick Resort, or simply relax and soak in the tranquility of the natural surroundings.

      McCormick's Creek State Park Indiana

      Things To Do In Indiana

      Indianapolis Motor Speedway

      Located in the heart of Indianapolis, the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a pilgrimage site for racing enthusiasts. Home to the legendary Indy 500, the speedway offers year-round thrills with various racing events, museum tours, and even the chance to drive around the track yourself.

      Children's Museum of Indianapolis

      Ranked among the best children's museums in the world, this Indianapolis gem boasts five floors of interactive exhibits covering diverse themes like dinosaurs, space exploration, ancient Egypt, and more. Kids can engage in hands-on activities, spark their curiosity, and make lasting memories.

      Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

      This theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana, promises fun for the whole family with thrilling roller coasters, exhilarating water rides, live shows, and themed areas celebrating Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July.

      Indianapolis Museum of Art

      Housing an impressive collection of over 54,000 artworks spanning diverse cultures and periods, the Indianapolis Museum of Art offers a journey through art history. Explore ancient Egyptian artifacts, European masterpieces, contemporary installations, and much more.

      Hoosier History at Conner Prairie

      This living history museum in Fishers, Indiana, transports visitors back in time to experience life in 1836 Indiana. Explore historic buildings, interact with costumed interpreters, learn about pioneer life, and participate in engaging demonstrations.

      Indiana Dunes National Park

      Located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Park offers diverse landscapes with towering sand dunes, lush forests, wetlands, and breathtaking views of the lake. Hike scenic trails, swim in the refreshing waters, or explore the unique biodiversity of the park.

      Amish Country

      Immerse yourself in the traditions and culture of the Amish community in northern Indiana. Visit working farms, witness traditional crafts and woodworking techniques, and enjoy delicious homemade food at local Amish restaurants.

      Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

      Located in Auburn, Indiana, this world-renowned museum houses a stunning collection of classic automobiles, including iconic Duesenbergs, Cords, and Auburns. Explore the rich history of automotive design and engineering through guided tours and interactive exhibits.

      Lucas Oil Raceway

      Another adrenaline-pumping destination for racing fans, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis hosts various drag racing events throughout the year. Witness high-speed races, participate in thrilling ride-alongs, and experience the excitement of this popular motorsport.

      Brown County State Park

      Cocooned in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Brown County State Park offers a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hike scenic trails through woodlands and canyons, go horseback riding, explore beautiful waterfalls, or enjoy a relaxing picnic amidst the picturesque scenery.

      Indianapolis Zoo

      Home to over 3,800 animals from around the world, the Indianapolis Zoo offers a diverse and engaging experience for visitors of all ages. Explore interactive exhibits, witness exciting animal shows, and learn about conservation efforts.

      Museum of American Indians and Western Art

      Situated in Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum showcases a unique collection of American Indian and Western art. Explore diverse cultural expressions, admire stunning artwork, and gain a deeper understanding of Native American and Western traditions.

      Featured Indiana Parks

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      Book an RV in Indiana

      Rent an RV and unlock hidden gems, majestic national parks, and charming small towns, all at your own pace. Savor delicious local bites at roadside diners, stargaze under endless skies, and wake up to breathtaking sunrises - with all the comforts of home just steps away. Don't wait, Indiana's calling - book your RV adventure today and create memories that'll last a lifetime!

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Dispersed camping outside developed campgrounds in the Hoosier National Forest is free, but specific regulations apply. You must follow Leave No Trace principles and adhere to designated areas, stay limitations, and fire restrictions.

      This depends on your preferences! Arkansas offers diverse landscapes, from the Ozark Mountains to the Ouachita National Forest and the Delta region. Popular spots include Buffalo National River, Devil's Den State Park, and Lake Ouachita State Park.

      Prices vary depending on the campground, amenities, and season. State park campsites typically range from $15-$30 per night, while private campgrounds can be more expensive.

      Most campgrounds operate seasonally, typically from spring to fall. However, some state parks offer year-round camping with limited amenities. Check individual campground websites for details.

      Yes, some dispersed camping opportunities exist on public lands like national forests. However, these sites often lack amenities and require self-sufficiency. Research regulations and permits carefully before dispersed camping.

      • Be aware of weather conditions and potential hazards like flash floods.
      • Store food properly to avoid attracting wildlife.
      • Practice responsible campfire management and extinguish fires completely.
      • Let someone know your itinerary and estimated return time.
      • Respect wildlife and their habitat.

      While there are no designated free campgrounds in Indiana, you can find free dispersed camping opportunities in specific areas:

      • Hoosier National Forest: Dispersed camping is allowed outside developed campgrounds, but certain restrictions apply. You must stay at least 125 feet from roads and trails, and your stay is limited to 14 days. Fire restrictions may also be in place. Check the US Forest Service website for regulations and maps.
      • Morgan-Monroe State Forest: Free backcountry camping is allowed in designated areas with a permit obtained from the State Forest Office. However, group size is limited to six, and you cannot stay more than three consecutive nights.
      • Some County and City Parks: Certain county and city parks allow dispersed camping with specific rules and permits. Always research and confirm regulations before setting up camp.

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