Camping in Indiana with kids

I have been camping since I was in diapers. The great outdoors is in my blood. There is nothing more comforting than a campfire and sleeping under the stars. I always knew that as soon as the boys were old enough in sleep in a tent, camping would become a part of our life. I am thrilled that they love it as much as I do.


 I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite camping spots in Indiana: 

White River Campground

This gem is right here in Hamilton County. If you want a great spot to try out camping this is your spot. You do not have to drive far and it’s perfect for families. It is 26 acres and has modern and primitive camping sites. The park also offers a canoe trip. We took this trip last summer and had a ball!

The campgrounds are very well kept. The facilities are clean. It has a playground for the kiddos. Take a hike on one of the trails or relax while doing some fishing. It has a little something for everyone. If you are looking for a fun weekend away be sure to check out White River Campground.

Charlestown State Park

This park is just north of Louisville. It is on the newer side. We camped here last week with my in laws. They have a camper that needs full hookup. This is only one of two campgrounds in the state that offers full hookup. This park is all about relaxation. My recommendation would be to camp here if you have a camper or someone you are going with does.

There are some hiking trails. You can hike to Rose Island and learn all about its interesting history. It was once an amusement park that was flooded out back in the 1930s. Charleston State Park is also great for bird watching. They keep their bird feeders stocked so you can enjoy the 72 different species that visit.

Brown County State Park

This park holds a special place in my heart. We frequently visited Brown County with my grandparents growing up. It was their favorite place. It is nicknamed “Little Smokies” because of its resemblance to the Smokey Mountains.  This is Indiana’s largest park. It is absolutely beautiful.

There is so much to do here. Visit the nature center, take a hike or ride a horse. Bring your bike if you would like to check out the mountain bike trails. They have plenty of camping sites that range from primitive to modern. You have to check out this park!

McCormick’s Creek State Park

I saved the best for last. This is hands down my favorite place to camp. The hikes are gorgeous! Check out the limestone canyon or the majestic waterfalls. This was Indiana’s first state park. You can also climb through Wolf cave while you are here. It’s a little tight but very cool to see.

The campsites are well maintained and always hopping. This place stays busy. There is an Inn if camping just isn’t your speed. It is very cute and the restaurant has great food. If you have never been to McCormick’s Creek do yourself a favor and go check it out. You will not be disappointed!

Jen is a client coordinator for RE/MAX. She stays busy raising two boys, Nathan and Logan (a.k.a. “the Wilds”). She is passionate about writing and is the voice behind JVKom Chronicles. Jen enjoys healthy living and being active with her family. She also enjoys blogging and social media. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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