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Indiana State Park Campsite Photos Now Available

Camping season is in full swing, but I’m just getting around to making our first campsite reservations (having a new baby in the house has slowed me down on the camping front, that’s for sure!) So this week, as I made our reservations for a weekend at Clifty Falls State Park, I was thrilled to see that there are now photos of each campsite on the system.

Last year, I wrote a post all about the many improvement that the Department of Natural Resouces had made to the campsite reservation system. All of these great tools remain, with the addition of campsite photos. If you’ve ever camped before, you know that a great campsite can make the difference between a pleasurable stay and one that’s less than fun. These pictures help to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for. It looks like this:

If you’ve never camped before, perhaps this will give you the confidence to try it out! In the summer, I look for shade (at least partial, preferably in the hot afternoons). I also like sites that are somewhat close to the restrooms, but not right next door. Proximity to a water source is nice, too, especially if you anticipate doing a lot of dishes throughout your trip.  If you have a camper or trailer, you’ll want to make sure that the parking pad is the proper length. Fortunately, all of this is provided in the system.

Indiana’s state parks have some wonderful campgrounds that are a great way to make family fun more affordable this summer and fall. I hope you’ll join me in making some memories under the starry skies! To start your journey, visit the online campground reservation system here.

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.