Indiana's Best Fall Camping Adventures

Here are our voters’ favorite places to break out the graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate! After all, a hot, crackling fire at a campsite feels especially good when there’s a bit of nippiness in the air.

Brown County State Park

Brown County State Park
1405 S.R. 46 West
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-6406

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Largest state park in IN boasts exceptional fall color. Hiking, swimming, bridle trails (BYOH) mountain bike trails, saddle barn with escorted rides.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort
78 North Holiday Boulevard
Santa Claus, IN 47579
(877) 478-3657

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Located next door to Holiday World, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort features over 270 Family Rental RVs and Cabins, over 230 RV & Tent Sites, a giant outdoor pool, Santa's Splashdown WaterPark, free Wi-Fi, and planned activities. Enjoy the RV experience without owning your own RV!

Turkey Run State Park

Turkey Run State Park
8121 Park Road
Marshall, IN 47859
(765) 597-2635

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This state park will give you stunning views of fall trees, whether you kayak, hike, or camp. 

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 E.
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 926-1952

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Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.

Clifty Falls State Park

Clifty Falls State Park
2221 Clifty Drive
Madison, IN 47250
(812) 273-8885

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Clifty Falls State Park is located near Madison with entrances on state roads 56 and 62. The park’s waterfalls change moods with the weather and the seasons and can range from roaring plunges to delicate bridal-veil mists to gleaming frozen titans. Winter and spring visits reveal them at their best. The rugged splendor of Clifty Canyon offers exciting year-round hiking and scenery.

Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park
3333 State Road 60 E.
Mitchell, IN 47446
(812) 849-3534

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Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.

McCormick's Creek State Park

McCormick's Creek State Park
250 McCormick Creek's Park Road
Spencer, IN 47460
(812) 829-2235

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Explore the spectacular limestone canyon, flowing creek, and scenic waterfalls that highlight Indiana’s first state park. Hike trails featuring diverse forest trees, spicebush, and native wildflowers, including a trail through Wolf Cave Nature Preserve and an accessible trail at the recently renovated nature center. Experience history as you climb the fire tower, use shelter houses or cross the stone arch bridge created by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or examine the historic Statehouse Quarry near White River, which furnished limestone used for the Indianapolis Statehouse. 

Starve Hollow

Starve Hollow
4345 S. County Road 275 W.
Vallonia, IN 47281
(812) 358-3464

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Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area encompasses approximately 280 acres offering some of the best camping in southern Indiana. Carved out of 18,000-acre Jackson-Washington State Forest, it provides fishing and boat rental on 145-acre Starve Hollow Lake, swimming on the large sandy beach or the chance to learn about conservation at the Education Center. For the more avid outdoor enthusiast, hiking and mountain biking on nearby trails is available. 

Shades State Park

Shades State Park
7751 S. 890 W.
Waveland, IN 47989
(765) 435-2810

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Shades State Park is that peaceful place you've sought. Located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville (off S.R. 47), it is a favorite for hikers and canoeists. The beautiful sandstone cliffs overlooking Sugar Creek and numerous shady ravines provide the backdrop for your journey through this nature lover's paradise.

South Bend KOA

South Bend KOA
50707 Princess Way
Granger, IN 46530
(574) 277-1335

 

Relax at this peaceful family campground, nestled between the pulsing cities of South Bend and Elkhart, 7 miles from University of Notre Dame and RV capital of the world. Therere many attractions nearby like Studebaker and Hudson Museum,Shipshewana and Amish country, Chocolate factory, Notre Dame and the RV capital, RV manufacturers, RV surplus stores and the RV Hall of Fame,