11 Parks near Carmel, Indiana
We did however find 11 campgrounds within 25 miles of Carmel. You can also find a list of cities with campgrounds or RV Parks near Carmel in the left hand column.
Jul 2016 - $30.00
As others said, it is hard to find parks convenient to visiting most urban areas. The Fairgrounds campground are fine for a reasonably secure place to stay when visiting family/friends, etc. It is NOT a resort! But nice to have 50 amp and w/sewer. There is a reasonably priced washer/dryer set in each restroom. Sites near the restroom are best suited for very small RVs or tents as they are unlevel but the rest are reasonable. Sites are EXTREMELY narrow (about 11') if you really follow the designations, but everyone takes 2 spaces and then there is no problem. Over the 4th of July weekend about 2/3 full, but would be impossible for most if they started forcing the spacing. - BandD
May 2016 - $30.00
Enter off of Fall Creek, gate 6, was pretty easy. There was a car auction when we pulled in and there was one site left. Luckily it wasn't too bad but looking at most others they looked very un-level and extremely close together. Every other one will have hookups on wrong side. Water and electric worked fine but sewer was in a very bad spot. Would not stay here again. - cwier
Aug 2015 - $35.00
We stayed here during the State Fair when the rates are slightly higher. An excellent place to stay and catch free shuttles to the Fair. We had FHU's with 50 amp service on a grassy/sunny site. Entrance on 46th street was easy and convenient. Great location to visit Indianapolis. - gptexas
Jun 2014 - $35.00
First the positives: next to a river, close to a golf course and shopping. The negatives: Over priced for the facilities, poorly kept with long grass and very poor restrooms with very primitive showers. This camp is not very big rig friendly with limbs and power lines that should be higher. Get a firm price before accepting a spot. We were quoted $35 when we made our advance reservation. The price jumped up to $38 when we arrived. We mentioned membership to FMCA and Good Sam so he discounted down to $35! I like to feel like I can trust the camp ground owner to shoot straight. We will not stay here again. It's just to primitive. - Beech35p
Aug 2013 - $22.00
We loved this charming campground! The price was amazing, especially for a full hookup, and it was cleaner than the last state park we visited. The facilities are not modern, but are well-maintained. We camped less than 20 ft from the riverbank! Everyone was very friendly. We can't wait to go back and camp there again! - HomeIsWhereYouParkIt
Jul 2013 - $28.00
This is the type of park you'll hate or find it satisfactory. We wanted to be near Purgatory Golf Course and this is right across the street. They have very limited big rig sites but we were able to get 50 amps on the river. The park is not kept very pristine but it's acceptable. No amenities were obvious including Wi-Fi. Plenty of room to maneuver. Lots of old campers and full time residents. We would stay here again because of the location and it did have a certain peacefulness. Golf course is great! - Team Asphalt
Sep 2016 - $30.00
We really like this park. Concrete sites, full hookups, WIFI. Everything worked fine. Plenty of room to get into site and plenty of space between you and the next camper. The day we were to arrive, they were replacing a water pump and the park employee called us to let us know so if we needed to stop for water before we got there we could. We thought that was very nice of her. The pump was fixed when we arrived so no issues. There was construction on some type of a bridge over the river in the campground that was rather noisy starting early in the morning. We'd definitely stay here again. Our GPS did take us past the entrance for some reason, but there are signs and we should've been watching for them. - jacknpeg
Sep 2016 - $30.00
This is a highly rated campground run by the local county. It's in a lovely tree lined area near the river. We were really looking forward to staying here. BUT, on a nice early fall weekend it's a disappointment. There are two issues: 1) It's JAMMED with people, cars, dogs running loose, 3 year olds on bikes and large family gatherings spread out all over every available blade of grass. That's OK, but when the sites are really tight it's uncomfortable. Next to our site is what appears to be a family reunion. They've rented 7 or 8 sites and have set up a large kitchen, gathering place and parked 12- vehicles that I can count. There must be 35 people next to us.
The 2nd issue is one of the charms of the place - the River. It's flooded through here and everything is drenched, muddy and wet. We're here on a dryish day - but we had to move from our reserved site because it was under water with no way into our out of the RV without wading water or going through deep mud.
I'm guessing if you came here in the middle of the week it would be almost empty and pretty easy to find a nice site to enjoy.
Looking at the campgrounds near this spot, I don't see any better place. So, maybe this is the best on the northeast side of Indy?? - Creativepart
Sep 2016 - $30.00
We really enjoyed this park. Level concrete sites with small patio area. Right on the river with lots of space between sites. It is convenient located to shopping of all kinds. Gated during off hours also. - Justice12t
Jul 2016 - $50.00
We stayed here for four nights in the notorious "Coke Lot" in May 2016. It was our first time to the Indy 500 and we had a fabulous time! All the horror stories we had heard about this lot did not manifest for us in any way. But there are quite a few reasons our stay was so great. Here are the tips: Line up early on the first day to gain entrance (5-6am). This is THE most important thing to do to ensure you get a spot away from the all-night partying debauchery. Show your Handicapped placard if you have one (or plead to placed there) and you will get a prime space on the NorthEast side of the lot, which backs up to a small stream. There will be no campers behind you and the lot on the other side of the stream is only used for day parking on race day = nice and quiet! There is a road directly in front of you = no campers. In fact, the green space in front of us beyond the gravel road did not fill up with tent campers until the day before. Our area was lined with wonderful RV'ers whom were older (like us) and incredibly friendly. All of the craziness was on the other side of the lot, where mostly everyone was tent camping. The noise was never a problem, because of it being off in the distance. (Certainly fun to go for a walk at night, though!) We were a short walk to the track. As others have mentioned, no hookups whatsoever, but water trucks, pump out trucks and ice vendors readily available. The first two night were virtually calm, as most people really don't show up until Sat. Our experience was amazing and we now know why the Indy 500 is "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing"! - jensenly
May 2014 - $88.00
When I decided to camp at IMS for the 2014 Indy 500, I could not find any information or reviews for their lots available with electric. All I could find was about the notorious "Coke" lot, which is first-come, first-served, no electricity and 4 nights of mayhem. So, I wanted to write this review in order that first time campers might have some insight into the camping options at IMS with electric. We stayed in lot 3P, which is a paved parking lot on 16th street directly across from the Speedway. When I arrived, we were greeted, then a staff member escorted us to a site and connected our electricity. Electricity was provided through onsite generators which ran 24 hours a day. Although this noise was constant, we get used to it and overall, ,the noise level was more than acceptable. We went to bed every night by 11:00 and had no trouble sleeping. For those who needed it, fresh water delivery was available and onsite sewage pump outs as well. This was not a luxury camping experience by any means, but our expectations were exceeded in terms of convenience and atmosphere. We walked to the track in a couple of minutes and enjoyed our neighbors without having to deal with out of control partying. Please understand, there was plenty of good times happening in this lot, but things stayed reasonable and ended each evening at a reasonable hour. We had a spot reserved and 24 hour staff onsite. It was a bit pricey, but worth every penny in terms of convenience. - Phil from Akron
Jul 2009 - $75.00
Lot 4: Our home for the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One of the only times a year we " rough it." No electric or water hookups, so conserve what's in the tank and make sure you have empty black/grey tanks because there are no dumpstations either. It sounds bad, but we love it! Bring your generator if you want air conditioning though. It gets pretty hot out here. - Jason & Jennifer
Aug 2016 - $29.00
This park has a 10 pull through 50amp sites in an area without trees, with most of the campground's sites occupied by season campers in a woods. As in the past little has been done to correct the interior roads and pad conditions. If it rains your site will be water covered since the road is slightly higher than the campsites. Needs work, but it is close to the Indianapolis north side where we had an appointment early the next morning. This trip the voltage at the pedestal was at about 105-110V, not that way in the past. - Teacher's Pet
May 2016 - $15.00
This park was a complete mud hole. Owner said the drive hadn't been graded yet, but it needed major stone in the huge holes. WiFi was non existent even though the owner said it could be spotty. I asked about showers when I made reservations and was told there was a shower house. There was but it was closed part of the time and the shower was unusable on the women's side. Owners were not friendly. Only plus it's close to the interstate and to shopping. Will not stay here again. - Diplomat 07
May 2016 - $28.00
I had read a few of the previous Glowood reviews and noted the rough roads into the park. However, I foolishly thought the problems would be fixed by now. Wrong! I called the cg office and was specific that we needed a pull thru for a 38 foot motorhome and car and didn't want to unhook for the night. Spot was available. Come on in.
The internal roads were narrow, mud-filled craters.
The check-in office was a creepy, dimly-lit opening beneath a porch. The owner took my money and pointed me in the direction of my site.
The sharp curve preceding the end spot was muddy everywhere with deep, unavoidable ruts. This was the last site available. No way could we make the curve and pull thru. At this point, the back right tires of the coach began to sink into the mud. I quickly checked to see if we could go straight and leave, but the pull thru site seemed to be the only way out. On foot, I raced back to the office to see if the owner could suggest an exit. He said no one had ever had this problem with my site. Very untruthful. Maybe a class B van could get thru but not anything bigger. He then offered to pull our motorhome and car out with his SUV if we were stuck in the mud. David and Goliath? Clueless? He even offered my money back and a little extra for my trouble. So generous considering our perilous plight and his negligence in putting us into a spot he should have known was unacceptable. Who does that?
He explained that they'd had rain, and mud-filled potholes had formed. I realized that these were not from a recent event. These were from years of neglect. Later, I read older reviews, one from June, 2008. Hint: read all the reviews.
We finally pulled in, not even bothering to level. Just connected the electric and were glad we could leave in the morning.
This owner has no conscience or ethics. Takes money and delivers nothing. Keep driving. - User3617
Oct 2016 - $43.00
A very convenient park right next to the highway (highway noise is prevelent). We were in site 34 and had quite a time leveling the rig. Nice front desk person. Good wifi. Nice grounds. - alm
Sep 2016 - $45.00
Friendly staff. At registration, we were notified that they recently had a lot of rain so the original site we selected for our reservation would be really soft so they recommended changing the site. We were allowed to take a deluxe campground site of choice so we could be near the dog park. Love the BIG dog park area, large enough to play fetch with my dogs and they offer potty bags for picking up after your pooch. Plenty of yard w/each deluxe site but gravel lot is not very level. Ground really soft & muddy from recent rains. Only real complaint is that there is ONLY 1 shower/bathroom for entire campground which means you have to hike to reach it & there is no direct trail once you cross the walking bridge over the creek. You either have to walk thru campsites/cabin sites or take long way around through park, so be sure to bring hiking boots. Plus, it took almost 2 minutes to get hot water with barely any water pressure. Bonus fact, KOA is right next door to an RV dealership & a McDonald's and fuel station should you need to visit either. BTW, WiFi worked fine for us. - DeanaN3Dogs
Aug 2016 - $60.00
We stayed two nights - it is right off the freeway and pretty convenient except for a sharp turn between two buildings for registration. Our space was level and we had lots of room. It is a fair walk to the showers from the area across the bridge we were parked at.
I would have given a higher rating if we had not been place next to a permanent 5th wheel that was very untidy - there was visible trash piled at the end of their space and visible to ours. We went to the office and complained; they said they'd take care of it but never did. We mentioned it again the next day and were ignored. Not sure why they would place anyone so close to a full-time set up when there were lots of open spaces available. Actually not sure why they would allow this rig to be as untidy as it was.
It rained for two days and there was a lot of water around our trailer so drainage might not be too good. - Catsinatrailer
Jul 2016 - $45.00
This RV park is only open during racing events that are at the track across the street and at the Indy Motor Speedway, so about 30 days per year.
The park is beautiful and very well laid out. The is grass at every site and 50 amp electric. They have a double dump station and water station.
We attended the Brickyard 400, and stayed here as it was only 8 miles to the race track, much closer than other places. Though they might have been a little less as far as space rent goes, the convenience of Raceview made it worth the extra money for us.
If you are attending any race in the area we highly recommend staying here. - prstlkid
Sep 2010 - $50.00
I'm staying here for the Labor Day week NHRA Nationals. Being a gearhead, I frequently camp "at the track" at quite a few different motorsport events and I find this place to be quite a nice experience. And the event package price of $400, when spread out over the 8 nights of the event and considering that this is an event-oriented campsite, is pretty reasonable. The campground and the spots are fairly level, the roads are gravel and smooth and there is well maintained grass everywhere. I'll stay here again. I've paid as much before and gotten much less. - wazafarmer
Jul 2010 - $16.00
This is a campground in a field across from O'Reilly Raceway Park. There are some shaded sites along 2 tree lines. The rest of the campground is open. This is a race-oriented crowd, so be aware of the fireworks and music in the evenings. There is an sanitation dump for RVs. A short walk to the drag strip. If you're going to the oval track the walk is considerably longer. Generators are allowed. - revrnd
Jul 2016 - $39.00
We stayed here in our 40 foot rig. The site was unlevel, and the grass needed to be mowed. All utilities were at the back of site. The water had a funny smell.
There appears to be many full-time residents throughout the park. And most were not being maintained. - Sandy Turtle
Jun 2016 - $40.00
This place is a fooler. The check-in area looks very nice. Then we were escorted via golf cart driver to the far back of the campground. I think there are only a very few of the 345 sites that aren't lived in full time. Why do I say this? There were many sites that were adorned with all styles of picket fences, multi-colored kids ride-on toys, multiple potted plants, etc. It resembled something between a gypsy camp and a run down mobile home park. As we were pulling into our spot a low tree branch scraped our roof, so I called and requested one a few sites over without a tree. While we were backing into that site a full-time neighbor camper couple never took their eyes off of us. It was creepy, to say the least. It gets better...there were many kids yelling and screaming into the late evening. This is not a place you want to camp at, even if it had level sites, which they were not. We did not have a toad vehicle. It would have been very difficult in this place. I did not save my receipt, so I put in an estimate of the one night cost. We did not use any of their restroom or laundry facilities. - CAcamping
Jun 2016 - $39.00
First impression - dumpy, trashy, run down. It starts in the office at check in where rude staff will greet you with,"Whaddaya want?" when you walk in. I made reservations over the phone so they were expecting us. Our full hookup pull thru site had overgrown grass and weeds around the utilities that we had to cut down before we could connect anything. There was trash overflowing in the fire pit and cigarette butts everywhere. No shade at all. Water pressure was very low. Lots of run down permanent trailers. The rv storage section next to our site looked like a parking lot of old abandoned broken down rvs. I mean, there were weeds growing out from the inside of these units in storage. There's a pool and some other amenities that is open to the public for a fee so you have non-campers from neighboring houses driving up and down the roads. And beware, lots and lots of golf carts being driven by young children, like 5, 6, and 7 yrs old who can barely reach the gas pedal. Many of our neighbors did not observe quiet hours. Bottle rockets going off at midnight. Will not stay here again. - Flippitti
Sep 2016 - $22.00
Very poor restrooms & showers. Had laundry room but there were only 2 washers & 2 dryers, all in beginning rusting condition, for 400 sites. Site was muddy with large holes (dangerous if one stepped in one at night). There were trees on much of the site but not on the rows of RV sites where we were located. Picnic table was in poor condition; we chose not to use it. Wifi did not work, except at a table just outside of the office. I went to a nearby county library (beautiful facility) to get adequate wifi to prepare and upload my blog post. - BShearer
May 2016 - $32.00
Holiday period, brown outs and power outages. Hot water took forever to "warm up", very tight spaces, and dangerous exit at pond edge almost lost a trailer into the lake/pond.
Nice looking park, but very iffy when it comes to what works or not, and laundry was not effective.
The site was suppose to be back-in, due to muddy conditions, but was too tight to do that. But was able to do a pull through in 4 wheel drive, with the help of the manager guiding through the water and mud.
Friendly enough staff, but park is just old and needs a lot of attention. - Jacobsen
Apr 2016 - $23.00
First off, don't come here if it has been raining a lot. There are currently many, many sites under water. The playground and putt putt course are flooded. The pads are narrow and nearly impossible to get a large rig on without driving through the mud. I now need to scrub my coach and toad tire sidewalls when I leave here.
That aside, the roads to get here are rough and narrow. The roads in here are rough. The staff we met were very friendly. We pulled into what appeared to be a very long pull-through but realized it is really two sites back-to-back. So the first to arrive gets to pull through and the 2nd gets to back in. The back-in site is now flooded. There appears to be a lot of permanent/seasonal RVs here and pride of ownership is lacking. Passport America discount is what brought us here. We would probably not stay here again. - jprisbe
Nov 2016 - $37.00
This is a large RV park that is laid out in several sections. We were in a 19 site area in the back that had all long, level, gravel pull-through sites with full hookups and 30/50 amp. Sites are close together but there is enough area around the park to go for a walk and also walk a large dog. Office hours are limited in the winter but my phone call was returned promptly, I was able to make a reservation over the phone, and detailed campground information was waiting for me on arrival. The wifi worked on our laptop but not on the cell phones. Located convenient to the freeway and the Indy Motor Speedway. - JoyceM
Oct 2016 - $26.00
When arriving, you'll turn from State Road 37 onto Edgewood Avenue. You will make an immediate right turn into the park. You will see what looks like a single family home which is the office. It may seem obvious but it wasn't for us! If they installed an "enter" sign, I think that would help. We stayed one week. The weekly rate is $186 but add on a 7% sales tax AND 10% county tax. We paid $217 total. This park is an easy drive to downtown Indy, various sports venues and the Indy Motor Speedway. As always, when you stay close to a city, there are going to be trade-offs. In this case, the park is adjacent to a busy highway and there is a fire station next door. However the section closest to the highway appears to be only long-term folks. And, surprisingly, we hardly ever heard a fire siren - maybe 3 times during the week. I suspect the fire trucks don't turn on the siren until they get to the highway. The section for short-term stays is away from the highway distanced by a nice fishing lake, large grassy area and the main office. You can still hear a low-level hwy buzz but it's really not bad. Nearly all short-term sites are pull-through with plenty of space for big rigs with toads. The CG was full while we were there so we had a back-in. We still had sufficient space and even a view of the lake. The office staff was proficient and friendly with reservations and check-in. The CG maintenance staff was very nice. The long-term section is well cared for and the the folks there were also very nice. Verizon cell and Sprint Mifi worked great. Obtaining a DirecTV signal was no problem although there are some trees in the pull-thru section so you might make a point to request a sat friendly site if it's important. All hook-ups worked perfectly and water pressure was fine. CG wifi was hit or miss (typical for an rv park). Given our need to be in Indianapolis, we were very happy with this park and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely stay here again if in the area. - GottaGoNow
Oct 2016 - $33.00
Good Sam rate for one night. There was only one site available when we made a reservation. The site was an unattractive, narrow, back-in site that was all gravel. There are pull-thru sites that have grass and are more attractive. The site was a FHU, 50 amp site. We had good Verizon cell/MiFi reception and good satellite reception. There is easy access to I-465. In a pinch, we would stay here again. - Dave51