The best camping near Summit Lake State Park

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Hidden Valley Fun Time Happy Camp!

30 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Muncie, IN
Once the secret speakeasy after dark spot for local political big wigs this property has been transformed from swampland to hidden gem right on the edge of America's Hometown of Muncie, Indiana! Welcome to Narnia! Or Atlantis!? Or... The Property? The Hidden Valley? We just haven't committed to a name yet so it's a little bit of everything all rolled into one! 8 acres on the magical Ganges, er, White River makes for a fun time. You can expect a certain amount of privacy while still potentially making a new friend or two depending on the night. You will be nestled under some giant sycamores, cottonwoods, black walnuts, catulpas, and a mess of bush honeysuckle that is always being battled! We have 2-3 sites directly on the river and then scores throughout with trails, hills, and other interesting features. Multiple firepits though I CANNOT guarantee firewood. There is often plenty to collect or available on site but if you can bring your own that'd be safest bet! We are (somehow) located partially inside Muncie city limits right on the river. Yes you may occasionally hear some trains or even particularly loud cars while camping deep in the woods but this is the tradeoff for a one mile drive to bars, restaurants, and groceries! Best of both worlds. The Muncie Eagles, whose nest resides directly across the river from us, do not seem to mind! This location is also directly on two main bike trail routes and our trails are fun for low impact mountain biking! We also have a small armada of kayaks/canoes on site; IF arranged that option does exist for cost of transport! We have 2 porta potties on site as well and fresh water hose available at main house. Looking forward to hosting!
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Lazy Acres

33 sites · Tents12 acres · Modoc, IN
Thank you so much to the hipcampers who came to view the eclipse at lazy Acres. THANKS FOR GETTING MOONED WITH US ! Experience the tranquility of a quiet country setting just minutes away from shopping, dining, and Summit Lake State Park, and less than a half-hour from an array of entertainment options. Nestled on 12 acres of family-owned, serene countryside, our homestead offers a private getaway for individuals or the whole family. Whether you prefer a secluded retreat or a communal gathering, rent a single spot or the entire 12 acres for your outing. We strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests. Throughout the year, our property is home to chickens, a cow or two, usually 3 or 4 pigs, and a couple of dogs, offering a glimpse into rural life. Join us this weekend and gather around the fire pit for warmth and camaraderie. We provide 10-20 primitive sites tailored to your needs, from secluded spots to a communal area where multiple families can camp together and share stories around the fire. Each site includes picnic tables, fire pits, and free trash pickup. We also offer free firewood, but kindly request that you refrain from bringing wood from elsewhere to preserve the health of our woods for future visitors. For your convenience, we have a small camp store stocked with essential items often forgotten at home. Additionally, children can enjoy our small playground while adults relax in nature. Whether you pitch a tent or hang your hammock from a tree, we welcome you with open arms. Don't have camping gear? Give us a call, as we offer tent and hammock rentals, along with various other amenities. If you prefer indoor accommodations, we have a camper ready for your stay. Generators are available for rent; please inquire with the host for details. We look forward to hosting you on our picturesque countryside retreat.
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Sherfick Farms

66 sites · RVs, Tents34 acres · Noblesville, IN
Learn more about this land:Sherfick Farms has a 3.5acre lake and surrounded by Farm fields. Far enough from the city you can see the stars, but close enough for any of your last minute needs. Enjoy the open field and star lit skies.
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Marick Acres

6 sites · RVs, Tents18 acres · Carthage, IN
What once started in the mid 1800's as a 240 acre sugar maple tree farm is now our little 18 acres of heaven on earth. Our house was built in 1875 and for those who love old houses, tours can be arranged! The land is rolling and dotted with flower beds, animals, and beautiful green grass that is mowed weekly. We are bordered by fields and a cemetery that dates back to the 1800's. We are neighbors with those who grow crops, raise beef cows, bison, and alpacas. 2 blocks from our driveway is Blue River which offers fishing, kayaking, tubing, and canoeing (if you have your own equipment). Town is 2 minutes away, but there is not much there other than a convenience gas station, thrift shop, a nic-nac store that still sells penny candy, and an engine repair shop. "Civilization" is a 30 minute drive to find movies, grocery, shopping, and a public pool. The sky appears to be scattered with diamonds on a clear night and during season the fireflies light the trees up like twinkling lights at Christmas! Learn more about this land: We have an 18 acre mini farm, close to a small town and near a river. We have two small ponds that can be fished in during the spring, wildlife, and birds to watch.  There are 6 very nice areas for camp sites that allow for privacy and relaxation. Each site has a fire pit and table. We also have just put in a new out house and have a port-a-potty for our campers to use. We are 10 minutes from Interstate 70 and only 30 minutes from Indianapolis. If you are just passing through or arriving late,  let us know and we will be happy to have a campfire started for you. Accommodations can be made for group camping!  We also have a gazebo that can be used for weddings and vow renewals. Officiant on site.
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Cobbler's Knob

12 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Milton, IN
Looking for a quiet weekend in the country? Passing through central Indiana on your way to another destination? Cobbler's Knob might be the perfect place for you! We offer a peaceful setting on 25 acres with spaces for anyone looking for more privacy to those who'd like to be a little closer to the action of our working farm. We have large campsites that allow room for RVs, even on the primitive tent sites. Three of our sites offer water and electric hookup. We supply a fire pit for each site and can have firewood stacked and waiting for you upon request. We also have a bathroom with a toilet and sink near all of the campsites. You are welcome to stay at the farm for the entire stay or if you want to explore the area, we have many nearby attractions including many restaurants, antique stores, bars and wineries, coffee shops, etc. Indiana's oldest family-owned apple orchard, Dougherty Orchards is a must-see and located just a few miles down the road. If you are looking for a fun, safe, family atmosphere, Cobbler's Knob might just be the place for you!
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Nesbitt Farm

61 sites · Tents9 acres · Lewisville, IN
Hello! We have a beautiful 9 acres of rolling Indiana terrain, with a small stretch of woods to play in and around. Beautiful natural plants and flowers sprout up everywhere. The land is situated perfectly to enjoy some of the best Indiana sunsets this state has to offer. We hope you'll come and see! Come enjoy the eclipse in our big, open field!
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The Rusted Plow

23 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Carthage, IN
We live off of a gorgeous winding tree lined road between Knightstown and Carthage. Our property has several options for you to tent camp or we can accommodate large RVs. Electric will be supplied via extension cord and we can provide well water to fill your tank or a hose from our pump for you to use as needed. We own 10 acres with a pasture of wild flowers, chickens, and several varieties of trees. The surrounding 100 acres along Big Blue River is owned by our family and available for your enjoyment. Kayaking, hiking, bird watching, swimming and just relaxing! We hope we can be a quiet spot for your travels thru the midwest. We are 30 minutes from Indianapolis, 20 minutes to a gorgeous lake and mountain bike trail and Knightstown has several quaint shops and antique venues for you to enjoy! Please keep all animals on a leash or contained. We do live in the midst of cornfields and forest where racoons, opossums and our pets live. We have outdoor kitties Reginald is a big gray boy who will try to climb your leg if you stand still long enough! lol Abigail and Toby are our indoor dogs, but they do roam outside during the day. We also have 2 new to our farm rescued Great Pyreneese that are adjusting! They are in an enclosed pen behind our barn and should'nt cause you any trouble. You may hear them barking off and on as they adjust to their new surroundings. If you need anything please let us know :D We are always ready to make your stay as comfortable as we can!
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Kylee E.’s Land

2 sites · RVs8 acres · Yorktown, IN
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Sugar Maple Grove

10 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Brownsville, IN
Nice secluded camp sites with lots of space and privacy. fire wood available. Picnic tables at rv sites 1 & 2 Close to Brookville Lake. Tent camping and two rv sites that can fit any size rv, just keep in mind this is dirt road to dispersed site's so please reservesite in summer months or walk to site in winter months. Very scenic private sites surrounded by nature with fire pits. Beautiful for any weekend get away. We have 25 acres with about 3 wooded acres and about 20 acres of flat grass Fields plenty of room to hike, just keep in mind we have one horse that is fenced In so please close gates back when you open them. Att has excellent service at 94mbps download and 11mbps upload, Verizon is good at 36mbps Download and 5mbps upload. We have been working hard on our property to turn it into a campground for a few years and this is our first year doing hip camp. Direction: Please use SR 44 to country road 450 and go north and take a right at 4 way stop on to Springersville Road and we are about a quarter mile down the road on the left. Little yellow house with 3 eastern white pine tree before the driveway. help us make our campground better.
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Blue Water Lake

19 sites · RVs, Tents16 acres · Montpelier, IN
Blue Water Lake is located right next to the Salamonie River with access for fishing in the lake or the river. Less than a mile from Montpelier a golf cart community. Also, Montpelier Motor Speedway a dirt track with races most Saturday nights. Beach area available for swimming access. No lifeguards on duty, swim at your own risk. Primitive camping available. Out house available.
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Quiet Creek Valley

4 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Camden, OH
Welcome to our serene oasis in Preble County! Our property features wide-open farmland leading back to a tranquil forested creek, nestled in a valley teeming with wildlife. Enjoy playing in the creek, exploring the woods, and immersing yourself in nature's beauty. This property is in a flood plain and you could be moved to higher ground. Feel free to message us if you have questions. We offer several primitive campsites, allowing you to choose whether to camp solo or with a group. If you're interested in exploring the farm and trails on the upper half of the property, we would love to show you around.
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Gravel's End

1 site · RV9 acres · Muncie, IN
Bare-bones camping! This secluded spot allows dry camping in a beautiful 9-acre woods. A winding gravel drive takes you to the heart of the forest and away from civilization. Fully self-contained RVs/camper vans can park level and find a large clearing to enjoy the sounds and sites of native Hoosier flora and fauna. This is a single lane with no turn-around for lengthy vehicles. Our family’s desire is to eventually live on the site and some signs of development can be found, but our first priority is the tedious but rewarding task of removing the non-native species (Burning Bush, Winter Creeper, Asian Honeysuckle, Garlic Mustard, Multiflora Rose) to allow for the native woods and understory to thrive. We are a few years into this process and have already seen major gains in the health of the woods, thanks to the guidance we received from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Limited use of the site ensures the native animal presence is not overly disturbed and preserves a true experience for campers to enjoy. Fill your fresh water tank before arriving and dump your black water tank at a dump station when you’re done. Gray water may be dumped onsite ONLY if you are using earth friendly soaps/ cleaners. Pre-cut and dried firewood for your enjoyment can be arranged ahead of time for a fee. Kindling can be gathered in the cleared areas and along the trails, but we ask that you do not enter non-cleared areas of the woods as this is disruptive to the plant and animal life. There is a one party limit so you may enjoy your nature experience in privacy. With two connecting trails carefully carved into the woods, you are sure to spot signs of creatures like red squirrels, chipmunks, possum, rabbits, garter snakes, frogs, toads, and deer. This property is a bird watchers delight! In the past year, we have observed Blue Jays, Cardinals, Goldfinches, Carolina Wrens, Baltimore Orioles, Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, Sparrows, Tufted Titmice, Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Black Vultures and Red-Tailed Hawks are a common sight, and you may hear Owls during your overnight stay. Despite the feeling of total privacy, this site is minutes from Muncie, a mid-sized city in Delaware county. Muncie is home to Ball State University, which hosts concerts, speakers, and other programs. Muncie boasts an active downtown with shops, restaurants and breweries. IU Ball Hospital, an award-winning medical facility, is a 15-minute drive. Ruoff Music Center, a beloved outdoor music venue that provides live entertainment throughout the concert season, is less than an hour from the site. Indianapolis, a little over an hour drive, offers vast entertainment opportunities.
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The best camping near Summit Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

With sweeping views and good ole fashion fishing at the heart of what makes Summit Lake State Park so great, it’s hard to go anywhere else for those coveted camp vibes. Rugged enthusiasts, nature lovers, and beachside loungers are all welcome here. Patrons find themselves on the water more than anything else, but the park also offers beautiful trails and has plenty of nature to be explored. There are expansive wet meadows and prairies that create a unique and picturesque landscape. The skies are often speckled with bald eagle and osprey and the grounds ruled by sandhill crane. Zeigler Woods is overflowing with rich flora and fauna, well-preserved by lack of human disturbance. From exquisite woodlands to glassy lake waters, Summit Lake really has it all.

Notable campgrounds

  • Electric Campsites: Equipped with electrical hookups, these sites offer convenience for campers seeking modern comforts amid nature.
  • Youth Tent Camping: Dedicated areas for youth groups promote outdoor learning and adventure in a safe, designated environment.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as campgrounds fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations to snag a last-minute reservation at this popular park.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Summit Lake State Park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Summit Lake State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, though it's also the busiest season. Winters can be cold, with opportunities for ice fishing and cross-country skiing.

Know before you go

  • Check for blue-green algae advisories and follow safety guidelines for water activities.
  • Accessibility is a priority; the Beach Trail is designed for all visitors to enjoy the park's natural beauty.
  • Stay informed about park alerts and event schedules to enhance your visit.
  • Remember to shower after swimming and always prioritize water safety.
  • Trail maps are available under the MAPS tab to help you navigate the park's diverse landscapes.

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