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The Vintage Farm

16 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · New Whiteland, IN
I have two acres in the country while only about 10 minutes from a nice sized city with plenty of restaurants, movie theatres and shopping. I'm only 5 minutes from an arcade with go-karting and putt-putt golf. My red barn was built in the 1800s and really adds to the charm of the property. I have a fully fenced yard, if you have pets I would be happy to share with them so they would have space to run while you're here.
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Celtic Glen Farm Stay

9 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Spencer, IN
Celtic Glen is a working, family farm of heritage breed livestock, nestled in an old limestone quarry on the banks of the White River. We are across the river from McCormick's Creek State Park (Indiana's first state park) and just two miles north of Spencer, a small town with an excellent brew pub, winery, cafe, and more. We are just 20 minutes from Bloomington and Indiana University; 48 miles from Indianapolis Int'l Airport. This is a working farm with lots of livestock, electric fences, and working dogs, so please leave the farm animals alone unless someone from the farm is available and present. Given the above features of a working livestock farm, the quarry ruins, the operative railroad tracks, and the river (not suitable for swimming), children under the age of 18 must be attended by adults at all times.
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Happy Campers Campground

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents12 acres · Brazil, IN
We look forward to hosting you at Happy Campers Campground! We have 5 full hook up RV sites 50 and 30 amp, free wifi, fishing, swimming and an 1.5 acre pond. Our property also has fire rings and picnic tables available for our campers. We have a dry cabin also available. Seasonal shower house and porta potty. Please specify RV or tent site when you are booking! We also have bathrooms and a new shower house now! Open now.
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Laurita's Casa Vieja

8 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Bloomington, IN
The farm is located 15 minutes west of Indiana Universities Memorial Stadium. The property is nice and private. The farm adjoins the 75 acre Stranger Hills Organic farm, the oldest organic farm in Indiana. Our 1899 Farmhouse is the only residence on the entire farm. There is a 3000 acre farm to our south. The area is quiet and very private. The campsites are in a grassy walnut grove by a small creek that runs along the eastern border of the property. We have a white deer creek cabin tent on a platform there and 3 or 4 nice level campsites to the north. There is a shaded RV site at the top of a small hill with 30 amp service. We can accomadate a large RV on packed gravel with 50 amp serice. the farm is located 15 minutes east of McCormicks Creek State Park. There is a porti -potty and a bag shower in a small building adjacent to the campsites. There is a YMCA about five minutes East of the property.
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Sobremesa Farm

4 sites · Lodging, Tents9 acres · Bloomington, IN
We saw the need to be a part of the local food movement by purchasing land and bringing the land back to a state that was better than how we found it via permaculture practices. The land consists of: 9acres of forest, pastures, two ponds, orchards, hoop house, tropical greenhouse, relocated English threshing barn from 1850, market gardens, chickens,guineas, goats ( 2018), bees, stocked pond, extensive fencing, walk-in cooler, cellar, permaculture design layout, on site farm market on Sundays 11-6.Learn more about this land:Can host a few camp sites, three , one would be secluded close to pond. No formal trails. There is one electric hookup 220v, hydrant for potable water.   Rural area, farming area, great road to ride bikes on. Seven miles to Indiana University and vibrant downtown area, many ethnic restaurants, art, theatre.
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Overland camping at the 1938 barn

2 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Rockville, IN
Large secluded cove near our barn and garden. Watch the sun come up from the orchard. There is 1 electrical plug so not all 3 spaces have electric but you can run a cord. There is also a single water spigot to share as well. There are 2 houses somewhat visible through the trees but no direct line of sight and otherwise private. May see us feeding animals or tending garden. There is also a livestock guardian dog (Cotton) on property, we just ask that you please do not feed her or leave food/trash laying around for her to find.  This is a farm so you may see and smell animals. Depending on when you book you may even be somewhat near animals. Be aware of this and be ready to keep dogs contained. Ask us about purchasing a bag of fresh meat or veggies from our market garden Henrysmarketindiana.com
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Taylor Woodlands

3 sites · Tents10 acres · Martinsville, IN
At Taylor Woodlands you can enjoy 10 acres of wooded trails, hills, creeks and serenity. Get away from it all and pick from several curated campsites for a single tent or a group of up to 10. Wade in the creek, explore the trails and climb the ravines. Wildlife you may encounter includes deer, turkey, owls, and a variety of song birds! We also keep chickens and bees on the property as well as a keeping a small garden. Park on the main drive and choose to hik back to your camp spot or contact the owners for ATV transportation.
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75 Acre Woods

5 sites · Tents75 acres · Worthington, IN
This 75-acre property is located in the heart of Indiana's rolling hills. It is surrounded by woods and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The property is perfect for those who love hiking, camping, and wildlife watching. The quiet and calming property is a short drive to the many restaurants of Bloomington, Indiana and many state parks for additional adventuring!
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Hoosier Oaks

166 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Bloomington, IN
Roughly 10 acres of old hay field available for rent by the vehicle for camping during the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Property is located between the Sample Road and Liberty Church I69 exits just off of Old 37 in Bloomington, IN. Address provided when payment is received. Price is $140 per vehicle per night for the nights of: Friday, April 5th Saturday, April 6th Sunday, April 7th Monday, April 9th. Porta-Potties will be on site. We highly recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle as the field is likely to be wet in April. Available at the property is an additional 40 acres to hike/explore or camp if you do not intend on sleeping in/on your vehicle.
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Life Sanctuaries

5 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Centerpoint, IN
The farm is one settled by the early pioneers who stopped going west in the early 1800s after they crossed the Eel river in what was then Owen County, Indiana.  Later, it became part of Clay County with the addition of Cass Township.  This working farm is comprised of 200 acres of rolling pastures and woodlands in the heart of Hoosier Hospitality - Indiana. Learn more about this land:Tent, car, and RV camping with a place for your horse too!You get your choice of where to hookup or pitch your tent and also enjoy all of the nearby attractions. There are state parks with swimming, and the Exotic Feline Rescue Center which is a little like going on a Safari!Nearby attractions include the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival and the Croy's Creek Traders Fair.  We are within a mile of the Eel River and Cataract Lake is also very close for boating and fishing.  Other attractions include the Owen/Putnam State Forest and McCormicks Creek State Park.  An abundance of wildlife can also be seen at the campsite. 
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Apple acres

1 site · RV, Tent20 acres · Clayton, IN
My Great great grandfather purchased the land in 1834, I am the 5th generation on this farm. Areas first apple orchard started in 1910-1990 now a wedding venue with beautiful scenery. The retired apple orchard still has trees with vast walking trails between the rows. Amazing wildlife! Vast walking trails that are kept mowed. Fishing pond available (with prior permission) pet friendly property for responsible owners that clean up afterword. 2 Bathroom options! One with running water only a 2min walk or use a new port-a-pot with attached sink very close to the shelter. coming soon (Mid May 2023) Smokeless firepit
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Hester Glen

2 sites · Tents25 acres · Bloomington, IN
Just minutes from Bloomington and the Indiana University campus, our historic property is ideal! The 1875 Gothic Revival home adds charm to the property. The pond/lake is perfect for fishing, and it is a short drive to Lake Monroe and everything it has to offer. We have various spots perfect for a tent and also availability for RV camping!
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The best camping near Owen-Putnam State Forest guide



Stop your puttering around and get on down to Owen-Putnam State Forest before the season passes you by. Get up close and personal with the beauty of the hardwood forests and hills of south central Indiana. You can choose between three different camping areas within the forest, so you can fish for that perfect spot. Trails are waiting to be explored either on foot, mountain bike, or horse. Don’t forget to scope out the 50-foot sandstone bluff from the trails. Why not bring along the fishing rod and try to snag some dinner in one of the ponds while you’re at it? Sounds like a pretty sweet way to spend a few days off.

Notable campgrounds

  • Fish Creek Campground: Offers 14 sites with available water, nestled in the heart of the forest.
  • Horse Campground: Features 15 sites with a water trough, perfect for equestrian enthusiasts.
  • Rattlesnake Campground: Provides 9 primitive sites for a secluded escape into nature.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Arrive early, as campsites are first-come, first-serve, and be ready to self-register at the campground booths.
  • Check the fees page beforehand to ensure you have the correct payment for camping fees.
  • During peak seasons, consider weekdays for better chances at securing a spot.
  • Explore nearby camping options in case the campgrounds are full upon your arrival.

When to go

The best time to visit Owen-Putnam State Forest is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the foliage is vibrant. Summer offers lush greenery, but be prepared for warmer temperatures. Winter can be beautiful but challenging due to snow and cold conditions.

Know before you go

  • Wear bright clothing during hunting seasons for safety while hiking or horseback riding.
  • Check for any advisories or closures before your visit to ensure all areas are accessible.
  • Remember, Rattlesnake and Horse campgrounds do not have drinking water; bring your own or collect it from the Forest Office.
  • Be mindful of private property boundaries to avoid trespassing while enjoying the forest.
  • For mountain biking, ensure you have the required off-road cycling permit and stick to marked trails.

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