Camping Gems - Indiana
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
Hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing -- this wilderness area has room for all of these activities and more. Take a stroll through this lovely forest and check out the pioneer cabin and the famous hollow tree.
West Bogg Lake
This 622-acre gem of a lake is considered a well-kept secret by Indianans who care about fishing. If you visit, set your rod for bass and black crappie. You'll find plenty of camping, golfing, and dining opportunities near by.
The area around Nashville, Indiana is a true outdoor wonderland. With phenomenal fall color, sunny hiking trails, and plenty of fishing streams and lakes, Brown Country has just about everything. This is also a terrific bird-watching area.
Indiana Wine Trail
Explore an unexpected side of Indiana when you head off on the Indiana Wine Trail. You'll find idyllic vineyards and wineries along the Ohio river between Lawrenceburg and Madison in Southeastern Indiana.
Located in Nappanee, Indiana, this 80-acre Old Order Amish Acres farmstead is an idyllic wonderland. Take a guided tour to learn about the life of the Amish, visit with the farm animals, or walk through the homestead and get to know the three generations of the family that lived here.
Low Gap Trail in Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Deep forests and rugged ravines welcome you in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, a place that proved too steep and rocky for early farmers to till. Today, you can explore this bit of wilderness on your own two fee.
Historic Crown Point
Crowned by the gorgeous Lake County Courthouse, known as the "Grand Old Lady," the downtown area is a fantastic place for a self-guided walking tour. View the Romanesque and Georgian-style buildings, the elegant Maki Ballroom, and the Carnegie Library. Finish off your tour with a stop at the informative Lake County Historical Museum.
Clifty Falls State Park
The towering waterfall and deep boulder canyon will take your breath away. Clifty Falls Park has five different hiking and mountain biking trails as well as a historic home and super views of the Ohio River Valley.
White River State Park
Located in the heart of downtown, Indiana's only urban state park offers an awesome array of attractions and entertainment. The Park is home to the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Indiana State Museum, IMAX® Theater, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial.
West Beach Trail, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Take this 2.5-mile trek through dunes, woods, and prairies. Along the way you can climb some sand dunes, take a dip in Lake Michigan, or stop to fish in Long Lake. Bird watching is excellent here, especially at the wetlands and marshes.
Camping Gems - Places to Eat in Indiana
The Tea Room At The Propylaeum
Mama Carolla's Old Italian Restaurant
Eagle's Nest Restaurant (1 S Capitol Ave)
Glass Chimney Restaurant (12901 Old Meridian St, Carmel)
The Coachman Restaurant & Lounge
Battery Park Saloon
Fiesta Ranchera (1500 E Empire St Ste A3; (309) 663-1615)
Biaggis Ristorante Italiano (1501 N Veterans Pkwy; (309) 661-8322)
China Star (616 W Raab Rd, Normal; (309) 451-1888)
Camping Gems - Things to Do in Indiana
Explore the covered bridges of Parke Country
Trek along the river bluffs and caves on the 27-mile Adventure Hiking Trail
Watch the autumn leaves turn color in Brown County
Lie in the golden sand and watch for sea birds at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Fish for large mouth bass and crappie at Patoka Lake
See the sandstone cliffs at Turkey Run State Park
Learn about a simpler way of life in Amish Country
Catch a basketball game or visit the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
Shop for antiques and collectibles in Richmond
Canoe down the Wabash River
Camping Gems - Indiana Tips
The horse and buggy is the Amish's main form of transportation. Please take extra care when driving in this area, because slow-moving horses and buggies are common on the local roads.
Indiana is fairly temperate for a Great Lakes state. The state enjoys average summer temperatures in the 70s and 80s and average winter temperatures around 25 to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Snows are most likely between late November and early April.
Camping Gems - Places to Go in Indiana
Southern Indiana Amish: Amish Settlements and into Washington & Orange Counties Scenic Drive
The 68-mile route traverses several areas of Amish settlement from Montgomery in Daviess County through the Amish farms of Orange ...
Ohio River Valley
Spend some time fishing and boating on the Ohio River and let your troubles melt away. The river is known for its incredible fishing (the largest-ever blue catfish was caught on the Ohio). The river holds a number of "largest" fishing titles, including carp and channel catfish.
From the Indy 500 to the great works at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis is a family playground. Head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, catch a basketball game, or go for a stroll at the White River State Park.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Come to the lake for walks on the soft warm sand beaches of Lake Michigan. This gorgeous coastline includes towering sand dunes, fantastic bird watching, and beautiful wildflowers. Don't miss the chance to hike up Mount Baldy or or explore the Mnoké Prairie.
Two Lakes Loop
Head to the Hoosier National Forest for a pleasant day of hiking through peaceful woods, boating and fishing on the lakes, or a calm stroll with a birding guide. The 15-mile Two Lakes Loop Trail circles the Celina and Indian lakes.
Widely known as Indiana's best bass and crappie fishing lakes, Patoka has plenty of coves and inlets to explore. And with woods all around and golden sandy beaches, this is also a great family get-away.
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
American Col. George Rogers Clark's army, aided by French residents of the Illinois country, had marched through freezing floodwaters to gain a victory. The fort's capture assured United States claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states. Learn about this battle and much more.