Flying Mantis

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Great place! Very well maintained by super-friendly owners. Good river walk trails. Key-pass gates keep the grounds secure at all times. About half the spots are taken by long-term or seasonal campers - lots of contractors in giant fifth-wheels. We wondered if we were intruding on an enclave, but everyone was extremely friendly & chatty. They even invited us to their annual chili party! We will definitely return.

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Lovely, lovely! This large KOA is well maintained, and has two big RV sections. We stayed in an RV spot, while other family members stayed in one of the darling cabins. Bonus was the friendly horse near the cabins, who enjoyed our company. Some highway noise is discernable at night, otherwise this CG was quiet and comfortable. Good check-in, and accommodating staff. This is a nice choice for an overnight stop, or if you have plans in the area north of Indy.

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Great overnight spot. Well shaded, new gravel. Host lives on property & provides escort to your site. Interesting that they have a flock of chickens on the property, but the birds don't seem to wander into the RV sites. Nice little dog walk area in the woods. Some sites had electric service too far in the back for us to reach with a normal cord. Overall, we would stay here again.

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Our second stay here. Very nice park with full amenities including cable TV. CG host is sweet as can be, and leads you to your site. Giant RV dealer adjacent with good size camp store & full service bays. Great dog-walk areas surrounding the property.

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Nice overnight stop. Just 2 miles from Meramec Caves. Far better place for RVs than the CG at the caverns which is a teenager tent city. Upper section has good gravel pads. Lower section is shaded pull throughs with little cabins & tent camping sites in the same loop.

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There are many things to love about Dog Creek - spacious & shady sites, lake access everywhere, plenty of green/open spaces, new electric service, well patrolled, quiet at night, generous host on site. Picky drawbacks are no ice or firewood available, zero TV and cell phone reception. Overall, glad to have come back here again!

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Lots to do and see here! Beach & boat rental, Nature Center, Amphitheater, historic sites, museum, pioneer village, Abe Lincoln monuments. Park Rangers host many activities throughout the weekend. Lovely, large beach with well-groomed sand is an easy walk from CG. DNR staff are very active keeping the park clean & safe. This is a large park, and many campers bring bicycles or scooters to get around. Both electric & non-electric CG's are well shaded with mature trees. Dumpsters are located at the entrance to each CG, no trash cans within, which we decided keeps the park cleaner and makes you take that nightly walk! A park entrance fee is required in addition to your camping fee. We had a great stay here, and even on the busy July 4th weekend the CG was quiet at night.

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A horseman's delight! Deam Lake has a large horse campground, and we enjoyed frequent walks through this section to look at all the fine animals. The regular electric campground was well spaced, didn't feel crowded. The swimming beach is a good distance from the CG - not really walkable. A small Nature Center is on site. No water service at the campsites - hence the lower rating.

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A lovely little campground! Park was very well maintained. Sites seemed well placed and not too tightly packed, however many are not level or have short pads. Has a great walking path that loops around the lake. This county park will have a lot to offer in the summer, and we will definitely return when the boat rental & swimming beach are open.

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This was our second early spring trip to O'Bannon Woods. The trail hiking was superb. However, just like our visit last year, we had trouble with the park's 30 amp power being inconsistent and fluky. And, check-in was a a bit of a mess. Here's a suggestion: let campers register and pay, then return with their site selection.

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Winter camping at its finest! The first of three large campgrounds is open year-round, with electric service. It snowed 4 inches the first night, and by morning the park service had the main road salted and cleared. Had a splendid afternoon exploring the other (closed) campgrounds in the snow, with no one around. Nice little nature museum nearby was open. Our only objection was a $7 entrance fee in addition to the campground fee. Can't wait to see this lovely SP in the Spring!

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Great Autumn hiking at Gen. Butler. Campground was mostly deserted. Never did spot a ranger. Good but steep trail leads directly to the Lodge from the CG. Other trails continue to the historic home. A Lake Loop also connects to CG. Looks like sites would have plenty of shade in the summer. We will return!

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A sprawling campground with lake views at nearly every site. Nicely wooded, with average spacing between sites, which could mean little privacy depending on where you are. Property includes marina with well stocked store, however it is not within easy walking distance of Areas A/B. Also available are rental cabins, multiple playgrounds, fishing pier, boat launch, and large picnic pavilion. No swimming beach, but lake access is available throughout. At the end of the season, Moutardier was unexpectedly crowded. Overall, this COE property was well maintained.

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Dog Creek is a lovely campground on the south-eastern section of Nolin Lake. Compared with its big cousin nearby, Wax Campground, Dog Creek is smaller, prettier, and has better lake access and views from all loops. The property is mostly level (Wax is quite hilly), and splendidly maintained by COE. Sites have flat gravel pads neatly trimmed by curbing. Loop A electric offers generous sites spaced far apart, and mature trees which afford at least partial shade. New electric service is currently being added to sites on the outside edge of Loop A. Dog Creek has a boat launch, large picnic pavilion, and beach/swimming area. We continue to be impressed by the quality of the campgrounds run by Corps of Engineers: always tidy and well run, thoughtfully laid out. We will definitely return to Dog Creek!

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Pikes Ridge is remote and slightly primitive. The campground is directly on Green River Lake and has a beach area in a small cove. Electric & water service is available at sites 1-20. These sites offer little or no shade, and are close together with no landscaping between. Sites 6-17 are lakeside, and a few have docks on the water. Sites 18-20 are more spacious and have a partial view of the beach cove. Along the perimeter of the CG are deeply shaded non-electric tent sites (sites 40-55). There are no bath houses at Pikes Ridge, only port-a-potties. Host is on site, and a small grocery is 4 miles away. We liked Pikes Ridge for the beach area, very accessible, good sand, and a warm cove to float in. A wonderful woodlands loop trail at the CG was well maintained. Friday night was quiet, with only a few campers. Saturday afternoon the place filled up, and seemed like everyone brought a couple of dogs. Even with all the campers, the beach was not crowded, as most seemed to be boating on the lake. Overall, Pikes Ridge was a nice weekend getaway.