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Top 5 Indiana State Parks

With countless opportunities for you to experience everything the state of Indiana has to offer, below are Speedy Blaze's TOP 5 favorite Indiana state campgrounds.

Untouched environments abound in Indiana, “honest to goodness!”. Rolling rivers and first-rate forests comprise the state’s public lands and campgrounds, and there are countless opportunities for you to experience everything the state has to offer. To help you narrow down your options, here are Speedy Blaze’s favorite Indiana campgrounds.

“Real freedom lies in wilderness, not in civilization" - Charles Lindbergh

This is Indiana’s first state park, dedicated all the way back in July of 1916. It is also one of the first campgrounds in Indiana, located about an hour southwest of Indianapolis. Visitors to the park can enjoy a wide variety of activities. The park has over ten miles of hiking trails that can take you to a limestone canyon, a flowing creek, and waterfalls. Note: There is only 1 vehicle allowed per campsite - any additional vehicles must be parked at overflow parking, which can fill up!

This beautiful state park is located less than a mile from the beach! Since 1925, this state park has been wowing visitors with its natural terrain, miles of dune-lined shores, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. There are several activities for visitors of all kinds to enjoy - splash around in Lake Michigan, explore sand dunes or hike beautiful trails on foot or break out your bike. As one of the state’s most popular parks, camping reservations are highly recommended.

At Potato Creek State Park, you’ll find no shortage of activities and fun ways to explore the vast, beautiful park! You’ll find everything campers covet: fishing, boating, beaches, hiking trails, and more. The state park includes diverse habitats, terrain, and wildlife - it has even been designated as an important bird area, perfect for the ornithophile in your family! There’s often a lineup of campers and outdoor adventurers looking to enjoy the facilities at this popular park so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Nature meets history at this unique state park. Spring Mill State Park is well-known for its underground streams, sinkholes, and caves. In fact, the water flowing from the cave springs led to the founding of an industrial pioneer village in the early 1800s, and today you can tour the restored Pioneer Village that dates back to those days! If you want to glam up your camping experience, we highly recommend snagging a room at the historic 73-room inn within the park. 

Fort Harrison State Park is a great place to escape the urban jungle - beautiful views, fishing, and hiking trails abound. The state park is worth a visit year-round, but summer is the perfect time for a canoe trip down Fall Creek, the major water feature that runs through the north side of Fort Harrison.

Camping is fun, affordable, and can be as relaxing or exciting as you’d like. To ensure that you stay warm while camping, be sure to bring your Speedy Blaze start kit! You can find our kit online or at select stores. We hope you enjoy your trip to the Hoosier state!

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