11 Parks near Indianapolis, Indiana
Jul 2016 - $33.00
There aren't many choices in the Indianapolis area. This is the second time we have stayed at Lake Haven Retreat. We stayed 2 nights at the beginning of the 4th of July weekend, and the park was packed. Ordinarily, it is easy to get into and out of, but because people were parked all over the place, it was little more challenging on such a busy weekend. Staff are very friendly, and the park is easy to find and not too far off I-65/465. Don't take city streets to get to the park off I-65; go to 465 and come back on IN 37. We left a day earlier than planned, and despite their stated policy of no refunds, they refunded out money for the night we didn't use. Neighbors face opposite directions in this park which is nice. Wi-Fi and cable did not work well (not enough bandwidth). All other utilities were fine. - Thor MC
Jun 2016 - $31.00
The ground is very soft, unleveled, and difficult to walk on, because it's always slippery from loose asphalt rocks. (Especially when you've recently had a hip replacement surgery, and asked several times to be moved to level site.) We stayed here from June 1 - July 25th. We will not be back unless they can fix their parking spaces. This park is not ADA compliant, has no hand rails in the showers, or benches for privacy in the shower areas. A loose curtain and public bench, which is visible from the laundry room door, (where you can be seen by fellow campers) REALLY doesn't count. This is our third and final stay here, the only thing I can say positive it's close to INDY! - Jim and Me
Jun 2016 - $34.00
Very nice campground and exceptionally convenient for touring in and around the Indianapolis area. Staff pleasant and helpful and deliver on their commitments! While the sites are tight on the service side our our coach, on the passenger sides there is plenty of room to be outside and not feel closed in. When you turn onto West Edgewood, you need to make the first left into the driveway BEFORE the fire station. The campground was clean as was our site. - dandd
Mar 2016 - $32.00
We were in the 200-209 area and it is a gravel parking lot. Utilities set up OK, good wifi in the area. No bath house close. No tables, patio or fire rings in this area. - dfc
Jul 2014 - $26.00
We stayed one night in a 40 ft MH. There is a very large sewage plant across the street, although it didn't smell the night we stayed. The sites are all back in and are gravel. The park is older and is located next to a busy road. The park has two stocked ponds that allow 24 hour fishing by the general public for a fee. There are a lot of non-campers driving thru the park at all hours. The staff is friendly and the fishing / office is open 24 hours a day. Not a park for small children because the ponds are open and have high banks. - Tom222
Jun 2014 - $27.00
The managers are very friendly but sites are short and tight. Sites are level and gravel and close to a busy road. Sites face 2 large stocked ponds. If you love fishing - you will like this park. Note - your campground fee does not cover your fishing permit. You do need to pay extra to actually fish in the ponds. Many locals do come in and set up chairs and poles. Great for fishing - not so much for a relaxing stay. - J&N
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
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
Jul 2016 - $59.00
Great park with a large dog park. There is some shade making it hard to get satellite reception. There is no cable but antenna tv reception was good. Long pull throughs are gravel but not real level. They still believe water runs up hill for sewer. It is very dusty entering park which does need attention to repairs. - trims
Jun 2016 - $52.00
Park is located between corn fields, an RV dealership, and a highway. The entry gravel road is very, very poor, narrow and needing repair. One section is for long timers and the other is for transients. All interior roads and sites are gravel and some are very unlevel. It is 7 plus miles east to town and 12 miles east to the big city. Check the roads and highways for heavy construction...lots of traffic, detours, trucks, divided highway. This was our worst driving day of or trip.
I thought it was high for the night. - Oooooooo
May 2016 - $71.00
Don't usually stay on KOA due to their high cost, but this was Memorial Day week and Indianapolis 500 weekend as well, so we had little choice. The campground is very full. Sites are average width, but angled so you have a little breathing room. Level sites with grass between. Very well maintained. It's a KOA. 'nuff said. - lpampin
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
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
Oct 2015 - $25.00
This park is a little out of the way. Getting around in the park is pretty adventurous. To get to our site we had to traverse a 6 degree slope. The roads are dirt. The site was a dirt pad. - pcarrell
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 - $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
Nov 2015 - $40.00
We stayed last 2 weeks of November. Paid for a month because it was cheaper that way. This park is open year round, which is hard to find in this area. There was someone there at office every day and were nice. This was a real nice park when built, but that was a long time ago. Still everything worked at our site. Did not use restrooms or showers. There is a lot here if there in summer. Indoor pool, 9 hole golf course. nice looking beach, miniature golf, and a lot of grass open space. Had fire pit and grass between campers. Biggest complaint was WiFi did not work except at office. Was told it is being updated but a lot of work so will not be working for a while. - rogjenmoore
Jun 2009 - $18.00
I reviewed this park a few years ago but it is worth a re-review. They built a new shower house which is a vast improvement. The trees have grown up so there is some shade available. The swimming beach has been removed so no swimming is available. Still it is a county park carved out of an old army base. It is a decent place to camp if you are going to one of the many events at the park. Several seasonal campers plus some people temporarily living in tents. - bgb1066
Jun 2006 - $18.00
This is a pretty typical county park campground. Water and electric sites plus a tent area. The shower house is grungy. The sites are gravel pads with a grassy area between them. The park has a lot of events and things to do so it is not a bad place to spend a weekend. The campground does have power problems when crowded and the weather is hot. - bgb1066
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
May 2016 - $28.00
Pros: Close to I-69, long pull-throughs, satellite friendly, friendly owners. Our site was level, but there are some that are not. Our Verizon hotspot and phones worked well here.
Cons: The access road is very bumpy but then you get to the campground and it is even worse. Many, many deep potholes. Thankfully it didn't rain while we were here or it would be a muddy nightmare.
FYI: Cash or check only. - Liz I.