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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. We have trash bens 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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Dirt Weapon Ranch

10 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Gosport, IN
Come and enjoy our private 90-acre retreat, perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. Nestled in an arch of the White River, this secluded sanctuary boasts two private lakes, offering opportunities for swimming, hiking, fishing, and relaxation. Conveniently located within a short driving distance to Indy, Bloomington, and Southern Indiana, you'll find yourself immersed in nature while still having access to nearby urban amenities. We offer five powered campsites and numerous options for primitive camping lakeside or riverside. Please note that there are no direct water hookups, so be sure to bring your own water for your stay.
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Celtic Glen Farm Stay

11 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, on one side, and Fall Creek, on another. Learn about regenerative farming with rare breeds on a farm tour, or mining and wetlands restoration on an ecological history tour. Pet and feed the livestock. Fish and bird-watch. Take a yoga class (at times with goats or bunnies) in the center of the stone henge. Have coffee with goats. Eat farm craft meats, eggs, prepared soups, casseroles, and baked goods, or hop into town for a bite. We are across the river from McCormick's Creek State Park (Indiana's first state park with miles of trails, a swimming pool, horseback riding, and lodge) and just two miles north of Spencer, a small town with an excellent brew pub, winery, cafe, and more. Just 12 miles north of the farm is Cataract Falls State Recreation Area. We are only 20 minutes from Bloomington and Indiana University; 45 minutes 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. Dogs must be on a leash in the camping area. 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. Nearby fun and food: We have posted many events on our farm facebook page @celticglenllc and we are within 2 miles of lots of options: Many events happen on the Spencer town square (including Spencer Pride events); and at the Owen County Fairgrounds which are actually in town along the White River and hosts events such as the White River Poultry Show. Historic Tivoli Theatre with big-screen movies and more just off the square Hilltop Family Restaurant (vintage style family restaurant less than 2 miles north off 231) Owen Valley Winery –good food as well (often free live music) Stable Studios music venue (12 miles from farm) Civilian Brewing Corps Brewpub (family friendly space, amazing food and beer and craft soda) Main Street Coffee and Kitchen –a gorgeous café with breakfast and lunch (including Bivi’s tamales) Millie McGee’s Gosport Diner –amazing comfort food in a charming super-small town just across the river (drive north on 231 then east in 67; 23 E Main St, Gosport; 8 miles from the farm) McCormick’s Creek State Park: Canyon Inn for dining, lots of trails, pool in the summer, horse stables Cataract Falls State Recreation Area just north off 231 –really lovely waterfall (13 miles) Green’s Bluff Nature Preserve (Nature Conservancy; 9 miles from farm) Other locally-owned eating: Babs supermarket and deli, Crossroads 46 Diner, Papi Chulo’s Cantina, Jit’s Thai Bistro on square, Chambers buffet on square, Grand’s Ice Cream, Sweet Valley Ice Cream. Of course, Bloomington is just 20 minutes away with lots to offer. McCormick's Creek State Park Owen Valley Winery Green's Bluff Nature Preserve Exotic Feline Rescue Center Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum Indiana University Hoosier National Forest Tulip Trestle Please ask if there is something specific you’d like to find.
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Eclipse 🌚living Legacy Paylake

76 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Spencer, IN
well-stocked fishing lake/bait house, the site is surrounded by picturesque hay fields and enchanting woods. It's the perfect spot to witness the upcoming eclipse on April 8th. Conveniently located off a US Highway, Only 2 miles away from McCormick's Creek State Park, guests can enjoy the proximity to outdoor activities. The Hilltop Restaurant, just next door, offers delectable options ranging from steaks and ribs to fantastic pizza. Indulge and enjoy the stocked 3.5 acre lake. A great day of camping fishing and breath takeing views to see a once in a life time experience
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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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Peak Animal Sanctuary

7 sites · RVs, Tents65 acres · Freedom, IN
Peak animal sanctuary is a non-profit vegan sanctuary that is home to 44 farm animals that have been rescued from neglect situations and/or factory farms. We are located on 65 beautiful acres in Owen County Indiana where you can view star filled skies on a clear night and camp near our We do require that anyone who chooses to camp on our property has to adhere to our "vegan only" policy while onsite and not bring or consume any animal/fish or dairy products while on the property. For the safety of our animals and guests, visitors are not permitted to enter any of the animal enclosure areas without a staff member. We do offer a short tour and introduction for a small donation. We also have 2 Airbnb rooms that are listed on our website. If you'd like to know more about our property, please check out our website: https://www.peakanimalsanctuary.org or visit our Facebook page
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Skyview Meadow At Spencer Pay Lake

156 sites · RVs, Tents39 acres · Spencer, IN
Experience the beauty of nature at this charming location, brimming with life. Nestled beside a renowned, well-stocked fishing lake, the site is surrounded by picturesque hay fields and enchanting woods. It's the perfect spot to witness the upcoming eclipse on April 8th. Conveniently located off a US Highway, the property offers easy turnarounds for RVs and Semis. Only 2 miles away from McCormick's Creek State Park, guests can enjoy the proximity to outdoor activities. Small tents are welcome with the purchase of a 12-hour fishing pass, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the serene surroundings. Additionally, The Hilltop Restaurant, just next door, offers delectable options ranging from steaks and ribs to fantastic pizza. Indulge in a memorable stay surrounded by nature and convenient amenities.
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Sage Valley

12 sites · RVs, Tents17 acres · Worthington, IN
Welcome to Sage Valley Ecovillage, where sustainable living meets breathtaking beauty! Immerse yourself in the splendor of nature while embracing eco-consciousness and a sense of community like never before. We invite you to experience a one-of-a-kind stay at our lush oasis, where each moment is infused with purpose and harmony. 🌿 Your Green Haven in the Heart of Nature 🌿 At Sage Valley, we've cultivated an enchanting sanctuary that harmoniously blends with the surrounding landscape. Nestled amidst rolling hills, fragrant gardens, and babbling brooks, our ecovillage offers a haven for eco-minded adventurers seeking a unique and immersive escape. 🏕️ Camping Amidst Sustainable Elegance 🏕️ Unwind in style with our thoughtfully designed camping accommodations. Our eco-friendly dwellings, constructed from reclaimed materials and powered by renewable energy sources, provide a cozy experience. Wake up to the gentle rustling of leaves, breathe in the fresh forest air, and let your soul be nourished by Mother Nature's embrace. 🌳 Your Eco-Adventure Awaits 🌳 Whether you're a seasoned environmentalist, a sustainability enthusiast, or a curious traveler eager to explore new horizons, Sage Valley offers a wide range of eco-centric activities: 🚴‍♂️ Embark on a nature Eco-Tour: Discover the scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside on a guided hiking tour, where you'll learn about local flora, fauna, and sustainable practices. 🌱 Green Thumb Delight: Join our gardening workshops, where you'll gain insights into permaculture, organic farming, and how to nurture a thriving ecosystem. explore ancient medicine making and food preservation techniques 🌄 Sunset Hikes and Stargazing: Witness breathtaking sunsets from our vantage points and indulge in an awe-inspiring stargazing experience under the pristine night sky. 🧘‍♀️ Mindful Meditation Retreats: Reconnect with your inner self during our tranquil meditation retreats, and one on one guided meditations, surrounded by the symphony of nature's sounds. 🎨 Creativity and Craftsmanship: Unleash your artistic side in our eco-crafting workshops, utilizing sustainable materials to create unique mementos to cherish. Utilize ancestral skills to have fun in the woods 🌈 An Invitation to Eco-Wonderland 🌈 As a Sage Valley guest, you're not just visiting; you're contributing to a thriving ecosystem of shared knowledge, mutual aid, and sustainable living. Join us on this transformative journey and be part of something extraordinary.
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The Timbercrest Ranch

3 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Bloomfield, IN
The land consists of: 100 acres of forest, pastures, four ponds, orchards, hoop house, pavilion area with grill, 150-year-old tobacco barn, gardens, chickens, guineas, turkeys, quail, bees, kune kune pigs and wagyu cattle, stocked pond on absolutely gorgeous rolling hills. The land will take your breathe away. Learn more about this land: Several trails with lots of opportunities to see nature, particularly wild turkey's and deer and the local bison farm.
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Havendell Farm and Wayside

10 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Pittsboro, IN
Since 2003 the land has been home to people, horses, dogs, chickens and barn kitties, a hay field and fruit, vegetable, and flower gardens. Enjoy the country atmosphere in driving proximity to Indianapolis amenities. A great place for a unique getaway. A couple days per week from mid-March to Mid-December, the almost 20 acre property hosts a not for profit children’s physical therapy program called, “TheraTails and Learning Trails”. This program has been taking place at the farm since 2006 serving children with various physical therapy needs. The farm has a short nature trail with a wood chipped path. Visitors may go on foot or use their own bicycles or golf cart to ride the perimeter of the property or the mowed paths. Our location is convenient to county roads for foot or bicycle touring. Located just 20-30 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport, downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis 500, drag racing, state parks, horseback riding, and numerous small town fairs, The Covered Bridge Festival, and farmers markets. Easy access to I-74, fuel, eating establishments, groceries, gyms, a water park and the McCloud Nature Center. Come stay at Daves Country Gem, and get a taste of rural living.
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Squatch Hills

3 sites · Tents38 acres · Worthington, IN
Learn more about this land:Pitch your tent ,build yourself a lil fire and enjoy the sounds of nature. You will feel like you're in an extremely secluded place but just minutes from a few small towns. Location is close to both the Eel and White rivers. Plenty of fishing opportunities nearby. Blooomington,Terre Haute and Vincennes all within an hours drive.
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Camp Carrasquillo

17 sites · Tents3 acres · Nineveh, IN
Beautiful camping grounds looking at the hills surrounded by lots trees. the property has tents sites and a primitive cabin and . It sits on the second highest point in Indiana. Situated in the middle of three forests minutes away from Brown county State Park, yellowwood Forest, Monroe Forest minutes away from historic artisan colony, Nashville, Indiana. There are hiking trails, a creek to pan for golden outdoor kitchen/bar and shooting range located on a private road minutes away from general store
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The best camping near Owen-Putnam State Forest guide

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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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