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Charlestown, Indiana

Charlestown State Park

Charlestown, Indiana



Charlestown, Indiana
Phone: (812) 256-5600

Sites: 192
Recent Rate: $30 8/2016

Latitude: 38.430530261725
Longitude: -85.635766983032

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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
Amenities
  • 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 ?
Recreation
  • 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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34 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful park! We stayed here for two nights as part of a long road trip, and used it as a base to explore Louisville, ~30 minutes away. The campsites are large, with a paved area for your rig, and nice grassy area with picnic table and fire ring.

There were very few other campers here during our stay, and the park staff seems to space everyone out throughout the park. We had no immediate neighbors.

The bathrooms were immaculate, and hot showers were free.

The state park is mostly geared toward hiking and boating. There are about 7 trails, one of which is accessible from the campground, and a boat launch to the Ohio River. Lots of wildlife in the park...we saw low of rabbits, plus deer and turkey. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
188
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Really nice for a state park. Full hook ups. Like most state parks, they use that stupid reservation system that makes all sites seem equal, when they are not. We were in 157, which I highly recommend for 45 ft. Motorhome. This site did not have alot of shade, but we picked it for that reason. We needed our satellite to work well! Not alot in the immediate area, but Walmart not too far away. Another reviewer suggested site 159, but it was really short. Even though it is July, there was hardly anyone here! We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
157
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Spacious, well maintained sites with level pads and conveniently located hookups. Well off the main road so things are nice and quiet. No issues with getting a DirecTV signal from our site. Wireless wasn't offered by the park but our Verizon signal was strong and steady for both voice and data.

The rules state one vehicle per site and, boy, they aren't kidding about it. I witnessed the security patrols ask two different families to move their extra vehicles, which was appreciated.

One thing to note if you happen to be coming in later in the evening: Be mindful of the signs directing you to the campground area as the site map is just that - a site map only. We came in at dusk, not knowing that and drove right past the campground area as the signs are tastefully small. Once you get past the turn for the campground the road gets narrower and uncomfortably winding so pay attention!

If you're coming in from Louisville, it might be better to head up past the I-265 exit and get off at Exit 9 on I-65. There are newly installed roundabouts at the Port of Indiana exit on I-265 headed towards the campground that were somewhat interesting in a 35' rig with toad. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 120
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Check out Jeff's bakery next to the McDonald's headed towards Jeffersonville. If pizza or beer are your thing, check out New Albanian in, well, New Albany. Great selection of both their house beers as well as a great selection of craft and pizzas you'll want to take home.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

I LOVE this campground. Full hookups, many sites are quite private. Spent about 10 days here, and weekends were more popular--but there were still many empty spots. Weekdays? It was just me and a few others. Really quiet, peaceful, interesting park. Camp hosts were very friendly.

I have a 35 foot travel trailer and did happen to pick a site that was a bit tough to back into due to the electric grid across from it. However, I got into it and loved my spot for it's amazing privacy. Literally couldn't see the people next to me, if any had been there, nor the people behind at all, as they are separated from the rest by very large expanse as well as lots of foliage. If you were to pick an electric only site, you'd have even more privacy as I only saw like 3 or 4 of those used at all. I'll definitely be coming back to this campground. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
189
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There's a big boat ramp on the Ohio in this park.

Lots of hiking.

Can only ride bikes in the campground--not allowed in the rest of the park.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

I could not ignore the negative post about the camp host. We spent 5 days in July and 14 days in Sep directly across the road from the camp host. They were two of the nicest people we encountered during our 4 months of travel. Maybe if people obeyed the rules camp hosts would not have to raise their voices. Also had occasion to interact with park manager - another very helpful and competent individual.
Re the park, large beautiful sites, only drawback - no WiFi. To remote for cable but had no issue getting good satellite reception (may not be possible in many sites due to numerous trees). Would definitely recommend this park, the best we have found in the Louisville metro area - we have stayed in many and speak from experience. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
159
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Everything was fantastic at Charlestown SP. Sparkling clean & odor free restrooms, clean RV sites & fire rings, large entry roads, large secluded RV sites, and very friendly Park Hosts. We will definitely return. About the only time the SP fills up is during major holidays. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

About 3 miles is a grocery store called Jay-C's 9501 State Road 403, Charlestown. Very nice grocery store. For campfire wood, just 1.5 mi south from the SP is a Feed Store & Nursery, 11106 Dean Street, Charlestown that sold VERY LARGE ROUND CONTAINERS of good quality firewood for $10. Place the bucket in back of your vehicle & load it full! If the feed store is closed, right next door is a ice cream shop - you can just pay them!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park that is never very crowded. We spent this past Friday and Saturday and found our site was convenient with all hookups and a nice shaded site. Although the park was next to empty, the camp host tried to piss off as many people as possible. Heaven forbid that you park a car on the grass or get confused and accidentally go the wrong way down a road. He verbally screamed WRONG WAY, at least six times to a driver as he jumped off his golf cart waving his hands. On a crowded weekend, the poor little guy could have cardiac arrest. This is a place to go relax and leave the crazies in the cities. I don't understand since the park was so quiet. The park is nice and has lots of nice trails and a great place to ride bikes and spend time with family and friends. We will go again since the park is so close to home, but will try a spot further from the camp host spot. We camped at Charlestown State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
194
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Charlestown Pizza Co, 10 min away has great pizza.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 8

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: 18
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 12
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: 173
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 17

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: 135
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 12

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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