- Maximum occupancy per site: 6 people and 1 or 2 vehicles.
- Check-in time: 2 p.m. or earlier if available. Check-out time: 2 p.m.
- Quiet hours: 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
- Alcoholic beverages: Permitted, except at Indiana Dunes State Park.
- Generator use: Permitted, except during quiet hours.
- Campfires: Allowed in designated rings or pits, following local advisories.
- Drone use: Permitted in designated areas only. Check with the specific park for details.
Chesterton, IN 46304
Indiana Dunes National Park is one of the newest national parks (since 2019) and an easy getaway from the greater Chicago area. Indiana Dunes State Park, adjacent to the national park, was founded in 1925 and gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in this unique natural environment. High sand dunes and the spectacular Lake Michigan shoreline are the highlights, but the state park also includes peaceful wooded trails where you can escape the sun and the crowds. There are close to 140 large campsites with electric hookups available. Campground facilities include basic but clean restrooms and showers, potable water, and a dump station. Families will love the nature center and The 3 Dune Challenge (climbing the three tallest sand dunes in the park). Note that the park entrance fee is $12 for out-of-state visitors.
7751 South 890 West, Waveland, IN 47989
An hour’s drive east of Indianapolis, Shades State Park is a true getaway in nature, with peaceful, wooded campsites and hiking trails that take you through dense forest, deep ravines, sandstone cliffs, babbling springs, and streams. Close to the more popular Turkey Run State Park, Shades attracts in-the-know locals enjoying the same beautiful landscape with fewer crowds. Trails are well marked but some can get challenging, with rock scrambles and wooden ladders, so be sure to consult the map or a ranger before heading out. The campground does not have hookups, but restrooms, potable water, and a dump station are available. Most of the more than 100 sites are spacious and can accommodate RVs around 40 feet—but look out for overhanging tree branches.
1801 Indiana 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448
(The park has multiple entry points; see website for details.)
Nicknamed “The Little Smokies,” Brown County State Park resembles the famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with rolling hills, dense forests, and misty mornings. This 16,000-acre park is known for spectacular fall colors but is worth visiting any time of year. Brown County is popular with both day-trippers and campers and has a nature center, naturalist programs, miles of trails, lakes, indoor and outdoor pools, and amenities at the Abe Martin Lodge. Campsites are spread among four different campgrounds and are a mix of electric and no hookups. Potable water and a dump station are available, and restrooms and showers are well maintained. Big rigs can be accommodated, but site length and ease of maneuverability vary widely. Check the campground map carefully or contact the park directly for guidance.
Indiana state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping
Brown County State Park
Chain O Lakes State Park
Charlestown State Park
Clifty Falls State Park
Covered Bridge State Forest Retreat
Deam Lake State Recreation Area
Greene-Sullivan State Forest
Harmonie State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park
Lieber State Recreation Area
Lincoln State Park
McCormicks Creek State Park
Mounds State Park
O’Bannon Woods State Park
Ouabache State Park
Pokagon State Park
Potato Creek State Park
Prophetstown State Park
Raccoon Lake State Recreation Area
Shades State Park
Shakamak State Park
Spring Mill State Park
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area
Summit Lake State Park
Tippecanoe River State Park
Turkey Run State Park
Versailles State Park
Whitewater Memorial State Park
For more information on Indiana state park campgrounds, visit in.gov/dnr/parklake.