10 Parks near Bedford, Indiana
May 2016 - $15.00
Our first impression was walking into the office. It was shabby and looked like it had not been vacuumed in some time. The girl helping us was very sweet but seemed to have a difficult time getting us set up. We did have reservations. Getting to our site was tight with narrow roads. The whole campground was uncared for. It seemed like there was no pride taken by the owners or by the many permanent residents. Pretty much all the spaces were taken with permanent residences with old run down RVs with blueboard insulation and other makeshift insulation making the place look bad. Again, no pride seemed to be taken in appearance. Our site was a pull-through that seemed to be for overnight and short stays. Muddy and small piles of dirt, long grass and weeds everywhere. We would pass this campground by if we were in the area again unless it was an emergency. It is a shame as the campground has great potential with a little work and pride from the owners. - MaryVT
Sep 2011 - $13.00
I stayed at Free Spirit for a week. The rate reflects PA rate. This campground is not big rig friendly. There are trees very close to park roadways in several places. Negotiating the roads both coming in and leaving was difficult. In addition, the sites are no where near level. You should plan to bring plenty of levelers. If I were to return to this area I would try one of the nearby state parks. - 15243
Sep 2011 - $27.00
No WiFi, many seasonal campers. Pull Thru available, but small roads to drive and a lot of trees. Some level sites. Campground need some upgrading and paint. Overall: not to bad for one or two nights, beautiful surroundings. - Traveller Excel
Jul 2016 - $17.00
We stayed here for 4 nights, mid week we had the campground loop to ourselves on the weekend the loop filled up with boaters for Monroe Lake. our site was huge so we had no close campers. Staff was excellent Beach was nice and the water warm. By the time we left on Sunday the loop was deserted . We will return as its only 1 1/2 hours from our house and with the senior pass it makes this campground an outstanding value. - Psi500
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Typical federal park. No sewer, but we did get a spot with water and electric. Showers were old and out dated, in need of remodel. Only one shower available in our section. The pad was gravel, somewhat level. We had a picnic table and fire ring. It rained one of the days and the drainage was good. - esta34950
Nov 2015 - $0.00
Great place to stay. End of season so Southern Loop was only campground open. No facilities this time of year except for pit toilets. Looks like a combination of gravel and asphalt sites. Roads are paved. Quiet, peaceful. Would definitely stay here again. - jprisbe
Sep 2016 - $21.00
Seemed to be little to no daily cleaning of the shower houses. They needed some updating. There were some small sinkholes gathering water that needed to be filled in the sites. Finally, there's poor cell service or WiFi. - Rolando
Jul 2015 - $29.00
The park itself is quite amazing, and worth the visit, but the campground is hit and miss, unfortunately. While we were there (4th of July weekend, 2015) it had rained heavily and many of the sites were flooded, some so much so that they were barely usable. Our spot (15) was so steep that it took over 2 feet of elevation in the nose to get level, and due to the muddy condition of the spot, our chocks kept slipping, causing the trailer to slowly creep toward the road.
The water hookup required a long extension (it was approx. 30 feet from our camper) but was in good condition. Water is connected to a 4x4 post and has 2 to 4 spigots to serve multiple campsites (each with their own spigot.) The electrical post was in good order and very close to the site. The picnic table was in good condition, but unusable due to the slope of the site. The 'site' was mostly mud, with some straw from previous campers, and the only gravel was at the bottom of the slope. We did have some slippage issue backing up the slope, pushing the camper, but that was primarily due to the wet conditions. Still, more gravel and a better grade would have been most welcome.
The bathrooms were regularly maintained during the holiday weekend, and were acceptable considering how much mud there was. Inconsiderate campers were far more of an issue than park staff, who were diligently trying to keep up, and staying polite and friendly while they were doing it. Be advised that parking can be atrocious. There is apparently no effort to enforce the vehicle limit any longer, and we saw many spots with three vehicles stuffed in, encroaching on the narrow road and making larger campers really work to avoid a problem. Overflow parking is available, but so unused that moss and lichens cover much of the paved surface, so this seems to be a chronic issue.
If you go, be sure to do as much research on your spot as you can - many are challenging (poorly situated, poor drainage, tight turns, steep slopes, etc.) - WrongWayRandall
Jul 2014 - $27.00
This is a beautiful, well kept state park. The bathrooms and shower houses seemed to be kept clean even though we were there on a busy weekend. Our pull-through site was sunny, but there were many shady sites throughout the campground. The water hookups can be fairly far away, so take extra hose. We used about a 100 feet of hose. Several of the sites do seem to have a fair amount of slope. - Daryn
Aug 2015 - $55.00
Sites are gravel. Need newer picnic tables. Not on Lake Monroe. Beautiful pool. WIFI a little hard to log into because wasn't told that the info given was actually a Coupon Code to be used when logging in. Had to call WIFI company for help to login. Nice firepit on site. Would stay here again. - BPowell
Sep 2012 - $35.00
Two outdoor pools. One zero entry for the kids, and another rectangular pool for kids and adults. Also have a small indoor pool for the rainy days. Nice clubhouse, game room and jumping pillow. The kids love the planned activities. Labor Day weekend, they had a DJ, activity tent, and plenty of action. The only drawback for me was the campground is all gravel. Other than that, the sites were spacious and clean. The wooded sites are mainly reserved for the seasonal campers. Would go back if the opportunity presents it. - jmcmanama
Jul 2012 - $53.00
Our rate included a 10% military auxiliary discount. The park was very clean with great facilities. As another review I read said, it had probably the cleanest bathrooms and showers I have seen at a campground. I would stay here again. - JB in Indy
Aug 2016 - $70.00
Hard to get to, through small residential areas. Very expensive. People were not very helpful.
Not recommended for an overnight stay. - HHitch
Oct 2015 - $60.00
Great campground! Lots of seasonal campers here with lots of pride in their lots and places. Great staff! Really large campground with lots of hiking nearby. Would definitely return! - tdslsmo
Sep 2015 - $60.00
We used this park as a place to hibernate for a couple days en route to Mor Ryde in Elkhart on Labor Day weekend, and arrived Thursday afternoon.
We really wanted to like this park, and we expecting to, especially for the price. Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case.
First off, this park is designed for small rv's. The sites are directly perpendicular to the roads, which are very narrow. We were praying it wouldn't rain, since we knew, in order to get out out of our site, were were going to have to cut across a large portion of grass that was pretty sunken in, at at a steep angle down, since our site was raised.
Our " super site " was nothing but ordinary. We were put in the one spot, I think in the entire park, where a tree blocked our rooftop dish.
We watched a couple people on Friday get escorted to their site, only to pull out and go to another, more level site.
The one positive note on our site is we had a nice view of a tree/ grassy area. We were enjoying watching the deer during the day, and fire flies at night, until tenters moved to the area.
This was definitely not our type of park, and will not return. - Mr&MrsFulltimers
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Focusing on just the campground, and not the beautiful Monroe Lake property, this property just gets 'average', although it borders on poor. A prior review from years ago referenced bad roads and potholes inside the campground. Well, they're still there; the roads are terrible. This campground is old and tired, but it gets packed every weekend, because of the fact that it's adjacent to the lake. You'd think Indiana would spend some of the increased camping fees to fix the aging campgrounds.
Many sites have some sort of lake access or lake view, and others have only a short walk to a nice view or access. The 2-cars per site rule isn't enforced, and some people are camping in horse trailers and box trucks. Many of sites are not level, so trust the online booking when it indicates slope. Our site was listed as 'gentle' slope, but it sloped front to back AND left to right. It's also referred to as a 'gravel' site, but this site (nor any others) hasn't seen fresh gravel in years. Some RV sites looked like tent-only to me. Our AC was having a hard time keeping up after the campground filled up, due to an overloaded electric system. I'm guessing that the electrical system gets overloaded, as many of the RV sites are used by 20-amp tent campers with multiple crock pots, lights, etc. For $30 for electric-only sites, this campground isn't a great value, but daggone-it, we'll go back because we love the lake.
It is sort of fun to people-watch here, as it's sort of like going to the county fair. Things quieted down pretty nice after about 10pm, though, even on Saturday night, so even though it's a zoo during the day, you can still get some rest.
There is a marina on the property for boat rentals and various basics and sundries, and a little larger store at the park entrance that sells fishing gear and beer/wine/groceries. - fastalker64
Jul 2013 - $25.00
Nice campground, but lots of traffic with all of the people pulling boats and campers. The restrooms are older, but were kept clean. - bgb1066
Apr 2013 - $24.00
Nice state park. Staff seems decent. Some sites wooded and some out in the open. You have your pick. No water at sites, but a few spigots here and there. Probably ought to be a few more so they aren't quite so far apart. Most roads were good; however, I was a little surprised with the main road running through the campground. There were a few craters that need to be addressed pretty bad. Bathrooms and showers were clean, but dated. Probably pretty active during the main season, but VERY quiet for our stay. We will stay here again. - cwooz
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Lot was very big and clean. We had full hookup. Every spot had shade but trimmed so the camper was not harmed. Each site had two picnic tables. The lake was beautiful and very peaceful. Overall a very relaxing trip. - Tlead4
Jul 2014 - $37.00
LOVE, LOVE this campground! Very clean and well maintained campground. Bathhouses were very clean and shower stalls were very large. Campground host was very courteous and helpful with firewood. We stayed in site 218, which was one of the 90 degree angle sites and can see where it could be difficult especially with large campers and tow vehicles. Large sites, most have some shade afternoon or morning. Great lake with beach access. No Wi-Fi or Internet service at all, however with my iPhone with Verizon service was able to make phone calls and texts. Friend with iPhone with AT&T service had Internet and phone and text. But friend with Android with Verizon wasn't able to get anything including calls and/or texts. - CmcDowell
May 2014 - $36.00
This is a good park for relaxing, spending time at the beach, biking, swimming (lake), and fishing. Facilities are clean. Store is small and close to lake. A couple of sites are sharp 90 degree turns which made it hard for this new RVer (2nd time) to park. Thankfully a kind neighbor assisted. Staff are courteous and generous with firewood. We have already made reservations to return. - tincansailor
Oct 2015 - $60.00
Convenient if you want to gamble at the casino. It's a nuisance having to call first then go to the hotel to register and get the key to unlock the hook-ups before pulling into the slip. They are level for 20' and under, not at all for our 45'. Another drawback is the 6am through 10pm mini train whistle that goes off every 15 minutes and runs next to the slips. It is a parking lot with back in RV slips, not a park. It just opened a few months ago so it's spotless, has a trash can for your use, nice wooden swings, full hook-ups that work great, the mini train takes you to the hotel and casino. The water, elect. and sewer hook-ups are at the back but we always travel with extra everything. I was unhappy with the constant 6am-10pm noise so we received a discount. Ask for high numbered sites and hope big rigs park by the train tracks to block the noise. - PERRELLAS
Oct 2016 - $23.00
As folks have said, the sites have electricity only, so load up water as you come in. Beautiful park and very well maintained. Bring your firewood with you as they prefer you leave limbs on the ground. Great little campstore, plenty of hiking trails, most of the rv spaces are small - lots of tent spaces and almost all of the camping spaces are on the main road. Lots of people here on the weekends - sold out and this was October 1st. The views are magnificent. Horse trails - and you can even use their horses, mountain bike trails, nature center, playgrounds and I hear there is a lake here but we didn't go visit it. Overall, we are very impressed with this park and will definitely come back - even though we have a 44 foot 5th wheel and most of the campsites will not accommodate us. - Don Self
Sep 2016 - $24.00
Great big park with lots of great mtn bike trails. We stayed in Buffalo Ridge and it was really convenient to the trails. Big sites, quiet at might. Just up the hill from tourist town of Nashville. There is a bus service to town and back if you don't want to drive. - PF Churchill
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Very nice State Park. Sites are spread out over several loops so the campground is much larger than it first appears. The site quality can vary a lot even in the same loop, so choose carefully when making on-line reservations. For instance, our site was level asphalt with a gravel patio area, but some nearby sites were thin, uneven gravel. The sites are electric only with several scattered water spigots available for filling tanks. This is a huge State Park with many hiking, biking, and horse trails throughout. The camp store was well supplied and had longer weekend hours. There are only two dump stations, so wait times on Sunday afternoons can be long. - Daryn
Jul 2011 - $35.00
There are a few site with full hook-ups but not many. There is no swimming pool, but there is a beach front for swimming. Plenty of kids riding bikes and adults driving modified golf carts. Very family friendly. The weekend we were there they had activities planned for the whole family almost all day. Very roomy sites. We will go back! - sfrye5853
Jun 2008 - $34.00
This is a actually a county owned parked not a state park. While the park area is fairly well maintained I cannot say the same for the campground. Most of the sites are unlevel, overgrown, and the sewer/water connections are poorly maintained. The shower houses are somewhat outdated and while cleaned every morning they were extremley dirty by the end of the day. There has been a new shower house built in the permanet camping area that seemed to be nicer than the two in the main campground. While this used to be one of our favorite campgrounds given its present condition we will not be back. - Builder1
Sep 2004 - $22.00
We stay there often. Nice state park. Beware that hookups may be far away from your site, need 50 ft or more of extension cord for some. Some level, so not so level sites. - thrashercharged