Charlestown, Indiana

Charlestown State Park

Charlestown, Indiana

Charlestown, Indiana
Phone: (812) 256-5600

Sites: 192
Recent Rate: $33 7/2015

Latitude: 38.4305302617251
Longitude: -85.6357669830322

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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28 Reviews

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state owned campground. It appears many people do not know about it. Only about 12 campers in the park. Sites are nicely spaced. Campground is well maintained. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.





Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has several spacious full hookup sites with plenty of shade and a few that are tucked away in the trees with a lot of privacy but the best spots for seclusion are electric only with water fountains/spigot close by. Water fill and sewer dump are at the entrance to the campground with very wide pull through areas with plenty of room to do a 180. We absolutely loved this place and it allowed that tent camping vibe even in our 34' trailer. Quiet as a tombstone and with close to 200 spaces, it's easy to show up late and still get a great spot. Park staff was extremely friendly and helpful and the restrooms/showers were very well kept and clean. There is no swimming pool or playground in the official campgrounds area but there is a playground in one of the large picnic areas. There are 6 long trails for nature hikes. Several miles back in the park there is a very nice boat ramp with picnic area and two piers overlooking the Ohio river. This is a huge well kept state park with wide paved lanes everywhere you go. If you enjoy privacy with well groomed, level sites and clean facilities close to the Interstate this is a great state park! We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Very well maintained campground. Bathrooms were exceptionally clean. There was decent separation between the sites as you would expect at an Indiana State Park. The sites are also paved and several are full hookup. The sites themselves were not as long as we'd like. Although they're all listed as 45' long, some seemed a little shorter and some were longer. Do your homework and you might be able to park in front of your rig rather than alongside it. There is no campstore but the town of Charlestown is nearby with groceries, gas, and places to buy firewood. With its proximity to Louisville, KY over the air TV provided many channels clearly and cell / data coverage was strong. The park itself is very large with some very pretty hiking trails that include streams, overlooks, and small waterfalls. We really enjoyed our stay here. One drawback is there is no beach or swimming pool or even a splash pad for the kids. Our kids were playing with a water spigot one day and the host asked them to stop. We understand why but wish there was something to cool off with on a hot day for the kids. Another drawback, as a previous reviewer stated, is the ticks. We found one or two on our kids every day. The grounds are mowed regularly so not sure what else can be done. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful state park, very green and lush with wild turkey's roaming the park. Our site was not level but we noted many that were. Roads and sites are paved. They have some FHU w/50 amp and also electric and electric and water only. Many sites are big rig friendly. Roads are a bit narrow in the park, but we had no problem navigating them in our motorhome. Park was not crowded, even though it is a lovely setting. Close proximity to Louisville, KY (20 miles or so). Restrooms and showers were clean. Rates are a little high for a state park, but we felt it was worth it. We'd definitely come back. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

Immaculately-maintained state park in rural southern Indiana, and one of the few that offers full hook-ups. When we were there, the main attraction (Rose Island- former historic hotel site) was closed due to renovation. The other feature of the park, the Potterstown Bridge, is a 3-mile hike with a significant grade to access. Given that trail has a 'rugged' rating in the park guide, we opted out of that sightseeing visit. There is access to the Ohio River, including an overlook platform, and a boat ramp, and picnic areas near the river. Fourteenmile Creek runs through the property, but it's 200-feet down a wooded cliff, so fishing in the creek isn't much of an option. There is no camp store on the property, so all supplies must be bought before entering the park. The campground is about 2 miles from the entrance to the park. Note to travelers: DO NOT TAKE SR160 from I65. GPS will take you that way if you're coming from the north. Unless you're pulling a small camper or pop-up, you will not want to take this road, especially in the dark (as we did...). It's a posted 'no-semis' road, and they mean it. However, the reason we give the park an '8' rating is that it is very clean, the sites are very large, and the restrooms are clean. The campground was nowhere close to being full, so it was quiet and nice to walk in the evenings. Met many nice folks, and there weren't packs of kids screaming around the roads on bicycles. Many of the sites are surrounded by woods, and filled with honeysuckle, so the aroma outside is really nice. The restrooms are clean, the staff is friendly, and the sites are spacious and nice. Oh, and the OTA television is good (all Louisville stations), and there's a strong 4G signal on ATT mobile. If we're in the area, we would camp here again. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very, very nice state park. The site spacing is very large compared to other state parks I've visited. Love all the hiking trails within park. Restrooms were very clean. Only thing negative thing I can say, and not sure if anything could be done, is that the ticks were awful, Make sure you take preventive measures for you and your pets. Overall very nice state park would return. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful State Park -- paved campsites with with modern hookups. The campsites are fairly well spaced in a grassy area. We found the price for full hookups a little expensive, and there is an additional $7 onetime entry fee. However, the campground is 25-30 miles from Louisville, KY, where there are limited number of pleasant campsites. The pads were only long enough for our 40-foot RV, so we had to park the toad on the lawn beside the RV. That worked out OK, and seems to be permitted by the rules. We would stay here again if we return to visit Louisville. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 125
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground in a state park was a very pleasant surprise. Spacious sites with smoothly paved parking areas and roadways, and decent, clean bath houses. There are some shade trees, but the park consists mainly of nicely cared for grass. The park is about 30 minutes from Churchill Downs and Louisville, KY. The campground appears to be under utilized, but that may be an incorrect impression. One warning -- if you make an online reservation and plan to arrive on a Sunday, arrivals and departures on Sundays are 5pm for both. Wouldn't you know, of all those sites, when we arrived at 3:30, the one I selected online was occupied by a family not intending to leave until exactly 5pm. There was no problem switching to an open site, but we did have to drive around a bit to find one that was suitable for our rig. We would definitely return if camping again in the Louisville area. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

After a disappointing stay at another park, we moved here to finish our stay in the area. This is a large state park with a very nice under-utilized campground. The park has facilities from primitive to full hookup. There are 3 large, clean shower/restrooms. If you aren't an Indiana resident, a one time $7 fee is required to enter the park. We are enjoying our stay here. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Large wooded state park with campground adjacent to the Ohio river. Very quiet. All back-ins of varying length; some with full hookups. Paved access roads and sites. Sites vary from mostly level to a noticeable slope. Good spacing between sites. Some sites full hookup. All appear to have picnic tables and grills and some with fire rings. Power good. Water pressure good. No Wi-Fi. We will stay here again when in area. Warning: If coming from the south, GPS may attempt to route via Charlestown Landing Road. Do NOT turn there - dead end road with no turn around! Entrance is approximately 1.5 miles further north directly off Indiana highway 62. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Have nothing but positive to say about Charlestown. Beautiful park with secluded sites. Awesome playground for the kiddos (once you find it in the woods)! Paved roads and sites. We walked and looked at all of their sites and only a few were not level. Would recommend this park whole heartedly! We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground sites very spacious, mostly level, and paved. Very few have much privacy and few trees except at the back of the sites. Very well maintained campground. If I were rating on just the campground, then I'd give a 9/10, however, the park as a whole is a little overwhelming. Nice trails (take a hike to Rose Island if you get a chance) and also good views of the Ohio River. Not much in the way of other activities though and no pool for the kids. Due to lack of pool, it's a good spring / fall destination when normally it would be too cool to swim anyway. If those things don't matter to you, then it's definitely a nice campground worth visiting. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived just at the start of the season as they just turned the water on to one of the loops on April 4th. This is a nice campground and unknown to many people. Sites are paved and generally level. We had no problems leveling our RV. Sewer sites are available. Sixty one of the new sites are Class AA with 50 amp service and individual water and sewer hookups. The majority of the sites in the campground are electric only,. That said there are MANY sites. It is a LONG drive from the gate at Indiana 62 into the campground area, but the roads are very nice and there aren't any overhanging trees to cause a problem. Digital TV signal is good due to proximity to Louisville. Most sites would also have good satellite access. Absolutely no Wi-Fi although my AT&T and T-Mobile signals are strong. Charlestown is a nice little town with some shopping, grocery, and restaurants. Good access from I-65 in southern Indiana. It's good road all the way to the park. Price is high, but it's a nice place to stay. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Reasonably sized and level sites. Most are electric only which is what we had. Park has higher rates on the weekends which is what we paid. We were surprised to see that you have to pay seven dollars to get into the park and then another 27 for camping making an electric only site a bit expensive at thirty four dollars. If I return to this area I would go to Taylorsville State Park in KY which was 21 dollars per night for 50 Amp and water and a pull through site and it is about the same distance from Louisville. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 143
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

A bit pricey for electric only. However, there are FHU sites in the large state park. No one was on duty when I checked in, but a security officer came by and took care of everything. Very friendly and helpful. The sites are all fairly level and easy to maneuver into. The campground is about 2-3 miles inside from the gate and even further down the road are some overlooks on the Ohio River. Good park to use when exploring the Louisville, KY area. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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