12 Parks near Knightstown, Indiana
Apr 2016 - $50.00
Even though the one staff member I spoke with was courteous and helpful, this park is not worth the money. For two nights, it cost $107 for a pull-through campsite with water, electric, and sewer. Unfortunately, the water was very rusty and smelled. The rust was so bad, I had to spend a few hours trying to remove rust stains from our shower, sinks, toilet, and water heater. The park had not mowed the grass and it was extremely loud due to its location. They are located about a half mile from the highway. The worst thing about this park is the fact that 75% of the campers there are permanent residents. These residents do not do well with upkeep so it looks cluttered and trashy. The camp store was closed all weekend and the Wi-Fi did not work. My family and I will not visit this campground in the future. - Indiana Camping Family 45
Sep 2015 - $25.00
Rate shown is the Passport America rate. This is the second time we have stayed here and will probably stay again. The pull-thru sites are easy in and out and, whether grass or gravel, very level. They are plenty wide enough for slides and/or awnings. You couldn't find a nicer, more helpful staff anywhere. They do have somewhat limited office hours in the off season but a phone call will have everything waiting for your arrival. Now, the only downside; the showers. You have to push a button to turn the water on and then it lasts around 5 seconds each push - extremely inconvenient, not only for washing hair but for pretty much washing anything. We didn't use the showers on our last visit so didn't know about this until this time. We are self-contained and don't usually use campground showers and we surely won't use these again! - SandyA
Jul 2015 - $18.00
This is a good park for an overnight stay when on the road on I-70. The rate reflects the Passport America rate. The sites are easy to get in and to leave. we were in a drive-through site. the sites are level and all the hook-ups work. We would stay here again.
One caveat: When driving north on Rt 109, go slow. as there is only a small sign to show the entrance to the park on the right and it is easy to miss the turn, requiring one to unhook the toad, to turn around. - hoppytoad
Apr 2016 - $45.00
We can concur with some of the comments from before. This campground seems to not have any real set rates. They say they are Passport America, but we have paid $22, $28 and this time $45 for the a 50amp, full hook up site on stops during the past year. The sites are well worth the earlier rates, but way over priced for narrow, sloping gravel pads with all hookups at the rear of the pad. Will opt for one of the other options within 10 miles on future semi annual trips. We were checked in by the owner each time who is very nice and helpful and each time assure the Passport rate was applied. There are 13 or 14, 50 amp full hookup sites, all the other are 30 amp with water only, under heavy tree cover. - Teacher's Pet
Jul 2015 - $22.00
Very nice, well run park. There are not many full hookup sites, so if you need one make a reservation. Many sites are under heavy tree cover with only 4 or 5 being satellite friendly. This campground is a Christian Retreat Center in it's own description and has very nice facilities. There are meeting facilities and a large bunk house on the grounds. - Teacher's Pet
May 2015 - $20.00
Nice park and convenient to interstate, but gets flooded when it rains. Very overpriced for facilities offered. Rest rooms were not cleaned daily and often littered with left over items. We have stayed here 2 years in a row when visiting relatives in the area but will not return due to conflict concerning quoted rates. - Diplomat 07
Apr 2016 - $40.00
I'm on a seasonal site here at Walnut Ridge. It's about an hour from my house, and my sister and brother in law also come out and camp--our schedules are different enough that we rarely overlap. Therefore, it's perfect for us.
Walnut Ridge the campground pre-dates the RV dealership of the same name. Apparently, once Gary Hart bought the campground way back when, they ended up selling a few campers here and there and the idea for the RV dealership was born. Most people know of the dealership first--it is a very busy place these days. There is a service center as well. If you buy from the dealership, you can spend 2 free days camping at the campground. It's a nice way to become familiar with your new purchase.
I did buy from Walnut Ridge, but I'd no idea at the time where I was going to store it. When I saw the campground and learned I could keep my new TT on a seasonal site for about the same price as paying for yearly storage, I was sold.
I love camping here. Having ready access to my trailer without having to move it is nice. It's a very quiet campground, with lots of friendly people. The grounds are kept very clean and they have lots of activities. There's mini golf, a playground and a very nice pool. The store sells ice cream. WiFi is very good. I love the trees and the birds, though not too fond of the squirrels and their destructive ways.
There are pull-through sites for temporary visitors, which I've used. I can pull my trailer out to go places, and find the roads and paths to be well kept. There aren't any poorly kept sites to be seen.
My sole complaint is the lack of sewer hookup, but I recognize that it's impossible given the hills of the place. They do offer a pump service, but I got my own honeywagon and empty that way. It's not bad. They treat you like family here, and I love it. - drdit92
Apr 2014 - $50.00
This has more seasonal campers in it than anyone else. They have an area set up for people who have bought a new camper from them to stay for 2 nights free. Not sure if you can pick a different area to "camp" in there, but never saw anyone other than seasonal campers in other areas. There isn't any sewer hookup,only water & electric, and its hard to dump your tanks how they have it set up. It's on a hill, on a turn, and its some maneuvering to get it lined up to dump. While you are doing that, the road is pretty much blocked. The 2 days we were there, our sink, & toilet turned brown from the water. TWO DAYS! The campground is clean, is quiet, looks really nice though. If you want to go swimming, it costs $5 a person. I never knew any place that charged to swim if you are camping. I was told by the man in the office that the rates are compatible with all the campgrounds in that area. They aren't. Check for yourself. I would never stay there unless it was an emergency. It's overpriced. - happy2013camper
Oct 2012 - $18.00
Stayed here two nights due to weather. Closing on the 14th for the season. Beautifully kept area inside and out. Showers were not new but very clean and well maintained. We appear to be the only ones left here that are not full time. Staff is most helpful and has a wonderful supply of tools if you forgot your saw, etc. I agree that the dump station is a strange spot on the way out. Easy access, cement pads for pull through, friendly, and even they escorted us to our site. I would return. - Cape Cod
Jul 2016 - $12.00
Went with grand children to swim and have fun, mainly swim. the lake was scummy around edge of beach area and the beach was nothing but duck crap. You could not walk on beach or two or more feet in water with out duck crap. Could not swim. Told them but nothing was done. Then there was duck crap in camping area. The one set of rest rooms were unsafe. Floors buckled up and fell in along with the toilet. the other set was filthy, toilets dirty and full of body waste, showers dirty and moldy. Very unsatisfied.
In the park was a wonderful playground. The camping site was flat enough that we didn't have to level it and was by playground. The attendants were old and very nice. - barbnted
Oct 2015 - $15.00
We stayed here for 3 nights. We were passing through and needed a place to stay for a few days. It was a cheap place with Passport America. The park staff is nice, the seasonal residents are very friendly. The highway noise was loud day and night! The place was very active on the weekend but quiet times were observed. WiFi was very good. TV antenna reception was good. The transient sites were out in an open field with a little lake. No picnic table or fire ring. We would stay here again if passing through the area because it was cheap and the park was easy to navigate. - RunAroundSue
Aug 2015 - $16.00
This campground is for homesteaders. Front of campground is a lot to be desired. Filled with dilapidated travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorhomes which have been built on to. Once you drive through the wooded area you come to an open field that has no shade, and homesteaders have taken over the spaces by the woods and pond. Transients have the middle strip to set up and hope the cramped site is large enough for your slide outs. Homesteaders have full run of this park, rules only apply to transient guests. No picnic table, no fire ring (took one from an empty site). The bathhouse is absolutely filthy, with rotted floors. Have to have water filters due to horrible water. DO NOT use the washers, ruined an entire load of white clothes to their rusty water. Only 30 amp service, no picnic tables or fire rings. Have some activities in weekends but if you're not one of the homesteaders you're really not welcomed. This campground is almost like it's own little compound, you're welcome to come for a night or two, but that's it. A woman sits on her deck at the front of the campground and waves to everyone but refuses to acknowledge you when she's riding through the campground on her golf cart. They do accept Passport America and Good Sam. The price would have been o.k. until I lost $75 worth of white clothes due to their rusty water! I wouldn't recommend this campground to anyone. - Dream living
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
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
Oct 2015 - $26.00
Summit Lake Reprise
We reviewed Summit Lake in 2013, and were not terribly impressed with the park facilities. Our recent visit indicated that things are looking up!
The electrical problem has been remedied; campground 'A' has been completely re-wired with all new boxes and 50a service. The bathrooms are still mediocre, but they've been cleaned up, a fresh coat of paint, and other minor improvements have been made to spruce up the facilities. The showers still need better drainage and they pretty much drain into the hallway floor, but that's an engineering issue, not cleaning.
DNR staff was walking through the campground on Friday and Saturday night, introducing themselves as security, and indicating they'd be on property until 4am. They were personable fellas and it was nice to know that staff was 'minding the store'. In addition, DNR vehicles regularly passed through the campground. We've noticed this trend at other state parks this year, so there might be a new directive in order from the state.
The trails are easy (although described as moderate), the lake has many options for fishing from the bank, and staff shared that resurfacing the interior roads is on the horizon, as well as new gravel at the campsites, and a re-wiring of the electrical in campground 'B'. Seems like they're intent on upgrading this property.
Campground A is mostly level and open, and the sites have shared, fresh water posts (two to a post). We needed 75' of hose to connect, but it's nice to have a fresh water hookup at a state park in Indiana. Campground B is more rolling, and few sites in B would accommodate more than a pop-up or tent.
We are pleased with our recent visit to Summit Lake and will return. - fastalker64
Sep 2015 - $25.00
We had one of the few pull-thru's. The park was well-groomed, the people were friendly, and the lake was clear and beautiful. Fun to ride our bikes! Our site was without shade, but there were other ones available in wooded areas. We would definitely stay there again. - Jeff Jangerous
Aug 2013 - $26.00
Electricity is a problem. Entire side of campground A (where we were) lost power several times over the 48 hours we were there. A call to the office resulted in a park employee showing up to flip a switch, or something, within about 15 mins or so. Folks we camped next to said it's a regular problem there. Bathrooms and showers have standing water pretty much all the time, from the front door to the shower areas, which need painted badly to cover the rust from the iron water which is the most prominent color in the shower. Staff does their best, it seems, to keep the shower/bath house stocked and cleaned, but the facilities are in need of renovation. Hiking trails are just OK, but pleasant. Bought five green toothpicks that were being sold as firewood at the 'camp' store, which only sells ice and the so-called firewood. There are a couple bait/sundry/grocery stores a mile or so down the road from the park. The park property is nice; however, with a really pretty and clean lake. The beach is smaller than some other comparable state park facilities, and we had the place to ourselves on Friday at dusk. The sites in area A are very large, but some are full sun. Sites in area B are smaller, less level and more shaded (mostly pop-ups and tent campers in that area, it seems). There is a shared-post water hookup for the camp sites, but bring plenty of hose. We used all of 50ft. Lakefront sites were all booked when we reserved our site a week prior. Overall, the campground was filled with pleasant folks, fewer bike-racing children than we've seen at the other state parks this year, and more adult 'group' campers. It's probably not high on our list for return sites, but it's not out of the question. - fastalker64
Aug 2016 - $51.00
Narrow back to back gravel sites, some can be out of level. Strategically place trees to block satellite signal seems to be the norm. As most KOAs, this one older and is over-priced for the value. Utilities were good and mostly well placed. Trash is picked up at the front of your site every morning after 11AM. Nice store with the basic food and RV needs. - Teacher's Pet
Aug 2016 - $61.00
Stayed for 8 nights & was closest park for us to attend Little League Regionals games. The campground was large with many spaces and several long pull throughs with poured concrete patios. Our site and all of the other larger/longer sites had two sewer connections. Typical RV electrical box with 20, 30, & 50 amp service.
The park was divided down the middle by a creek which required a longer walk to the office from some locations. All roads were gravel and each site had fire rings. Several tent sites and cabins. The pool seemed kind of small although we never saw it overflowing. The pool had chair to lower handicapped persons into the pool. The "store" was well stocked with good prices. Good fenced in dog walk. Except for the first weekend, the park was quiet. Tight squeeze between buildings for check in which would be worse if coming in first time after dark. Had rec hall with several tables which we did not use.
Cons. Owner was less than welcoming, but staff was friendly. Owner mowed close to campers using a side discharge zero turn. He would not allow golf carts in park. He would not allow satellite receivers, grass mats, or bottomed screen rooms in grass.
Wood burning in fire rings was so bad the first two nights, we had to close windows but others were sitting around their fires. Honey bee population was horrible. Could have just been the time of year we were here. Water pressure less than 40 psi for the entire time we were here. - DeRenzy
Aug 2016 - $65.00
We were very pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this KOA. I had read a few negative reviews before we arrived. We were staying in the area to attend the Drum Corps World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indy, and this location was perfect: 20 minutes to the stadium! We had 4 adults and 3 kids in a 42' 5th wheel. I had reserved a pull-thru deluxe. The site (#D31) was perfect for our needs. The gravel pad was fairly level, and was long enough to easily hold our camper, plus 2 large vehicles. We had a concrete patio and a fire ring.
During our stay, the temperature was in the 90's, and it rained 2 out of the 4 days we were here, so we weren't able to be outside as much as we would have liked. However, the kids used the pool and it was very nice and clean. Our 2 dogs enjoyed running in the extra large fenced dog park.
Some of the turns were a bit tight for a big rig, but we were able to navigate without too much problem. There are many mature trees scattered throughout the park. The campground is right off I-70, and there are gas stations and a couple fast food restaurants at the same exit. As close as we were, we didn't notice any excessive noise from the freeway. Like another reviewer has already said, my only real complaint was the location of the only restrooms/shower facility if you are camping in the area that we were in. It is a long walk if you're in a hurry to get there! Fortunately, most of us just used our own facilities. Also, when you pull in for the first time, take the second entrance. We pulled in the first, as our GPS told us to do, and ended up driving over the same narrow bridge twice going to and coming from the office. If you take the second entrance, you'll go straight back to the office to check in. We plan to attend this event next year, and will definitely stay at this KOA again. - Scotswife
Oct 2015 - $29.00
Love this park! The sites are very spacious. The CG was completely full when we were there, but it very quiet. The hostess walks the CG and is very nice. It is electric only sites. The only reason I gave it a 9 was the showers have very limited hot water - so you better be quick! :) It is close to Ball State University so makes a great place to stay and visit the campus. Has a great nature center, trails, historical home and the mounds to visit. - bluedurango
Nov 2013 - $13.00
Beautiful state park! Spacious lots, walking trails everywhere. A little hard to maneuver with our toad around the sharp corners to get to the campground area. Since it is off season, they come to you to collect the night's fees which are very reasonable. Tables and fire rings were provided. Only drawback was the sound of the trains in the night, which was every few hours. - Rusty Quilter
Jun 2013 - $27.00
This is a fascinating area, and despite some disappointments, I'm glad we stayed here. The Mounds were very serene, and the pool was nice; especially, the part for young children. The shower and pool house were not very clean. There were bugs and a bit of debris in both. The park trails were not clearly marked (even the campground worker agreed with us on this!) and the map was little help. We walked for nearly an hour circling one of the mounds on both sides before finding it. It was, in fact, only a 15 minute walk from our campsite. - HomeIsWhereYouParkIt
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