10 RV Parks near Marshall, Indiana
Aug 2016 - $23.00
We pulled in to site #82 on a Sunday afternoon, and the campground was crowded - lots of groups. The campground emptied out by the 5PM checkout time, but be aware that weekends will be crowded, with a lot of kids.
The best word to describe this campground is "tired". One of two centennial Indiana parks, the staff is great but the facilities need updating. The sites are electric only; there are multiple water fill-up sites throughout the campground. The south comfort station (closest to the entrance) was not really dirty, but with the poor ventilation, the floor was always wet, which meant muddy. The women's shower was wet but clean, but according to the husband, the men's was "disgusting". The dumpsters were full on Thursday when we left, and the lids were not closed so it was somewhat unsightly.
The park itself is very nice. There are great trails, a nature center with a planetarium and (during the summer) a large swimming pool. Be aware that the campground is not in the main part of the park, but there is an easy trail to the inn, nature center and pool (which closes on 8/7/16) or it's an short drive. We had 1-2 bars of AT&T cell service, and were able to get satellite at our site. Our Verizon mobile hotspot did not get a good signal.
We really wanted to love this campground, but we probably won't be back. - Indybear
Apr 2016 - $24.00
We camped at Turkey Run State Park with friends, back-in sites 113 and 114. We both have 34-foot trailers and these sites were long enough for our trailers and tow vehicles. Sites were level and with very spacious grass area between sites. We had the good fortune of no one in the sites backing up to ours--if someone had been in those sites, there could be close overlap towards the back 6-feet of both units. Most of the sites in the northern 50-amp Twin Oaks loops were nice, spacious and level--for the most part, full sun (which we didn't mind in the spring). There were several nice pull-through sites. It had rained the day before our visit so some of the sites had quite a bit of standing water. Dump station near site 60 was convenient for the northern loops. Sites in the 30-amp section (Sugar Ridge, Turkey Hollow) were lovely and wooded but tighter to back a long trailer into. Because we were early in the season, sites were first-come, first-served....this created a long line at check-in. But the park attendant at the check-in desk was very helpful and friendly. - Smashcamp
May 2014 - $26.00
We camped here last weekend and found the campground to be quite nice other than the lack of water hookups at each site. The park staff at check-in were very friendly and helpful. We were able to get checked in quickly (pre-registered online) and were provided lots of reading material about both the park and the Indiana State parks system. The camp store was selling wood for $5 a bundle (a pretty standard rate these days) and had numerous useful items for those who forgot something (extension cords, power adapters, charcoal, lighter fluid, food, drinks, etc.) The store staff were also very friendly. If you can't find what you need in the camp store there is a convenience store just across the road within easy walking distance. The site we got (230) was mostly level and totally shaded all day. If you are interested in an unobstructed view, be sure to read the descriptions as the shaded spots are all well shaded and the open spots are full sun. The electrical service was in good condition but was shared between two spots and was located a good distance away. The distance to power is clearly marked in the online description, so you may want to check it for the spot you choose to be sure that you can reach. Our spot was generally clean and free of debris, and quite large. Water is found all over the campground, just not in the individual spots, so you may want to fill your tanks upon entry so that you have plenty of water on board. This is easily accomplished, but be advised that if your spot is near the water, it is a public water source and not designated for you spot. Someone may disconnect your hose to fill their tank if you hookup to the hose bib. We used a RhinoPak to keep the tank filled and didn't have to walk far to fill it. There is a great deal to do in the park itself. It has a fantastic nature center, a large pool with lots of slides, etc., absolutely glorious hiking trails, lots of bird species, etc. There are also a couple of places to put in and take out your canoe, a fantastic river, and two historic covered bridges, one at either end of the park grounds. The lodge at the park is also historic and has great food if you are so inclined. Leaving was a snap. There are two dump lines going out at the main entrance, both of which were in good shape when we were there, and plenty of dumpsters to dump trash. The park was mostly full when we were there (about 3/4 capacity) and the dumpsters were getting full but not overflowing (no issues with mess or odor.) We will stay here again for sure, just in the off-season like this time due to the popularity of the park. - WrongWayRandall
Sep 2009 - $12.00
If you are looking for the amenities of a big RV park, Shades State Park is not the place for you. But if your rig boondocks, you can't beat it. My 32' motorhome fit snugly in the beautiful shaded site on the asphalt pad. Each site has a fire ring, an asphalt pad and a sturdy picnic table. Vault toilets were available in the Locust Grove campground area where I stayed, and flush toilets and clean showers were located within easy walking distance. Shades is one of Indiana's hidden treasures with hiking trails, waterfalls, rock bridges, etc. It is dark, dark at night with no ambient lighting other than campfires, tiki torches, and flashlights - great for star-gazing. The website is great and includes dimensions for every campsite in the park, so you can actually pick one that fits your rig. This was one of my best camping experience to date because so much time was spent outdoors. - shastagrrrl
Jul 2009 - $10.00
We camped last year for the fourth of July, good thing we reserved about 3 months early! The park was full but still quiet. The bathrooms were absolutely disgusting: waste piled all the way to the top of the toilet seats! I walked to a few different outhouses with the same outcome. Yuck. Besides that, this was a nice, out of the way park to stay in. Watch out for the raccoons, they are ruthless! - honkadoodle
Jul 2005 - $13.00
We stayed here on a Sunday following a booked weekend. The restrooms were a little too dirty for me, they were functional though. After they were cleaned on monday they were still dirty and had litter in them. There was a bit of litter in the campground and the fire pit was a mess. Overall it was very quiet and the staff was very friendly. We would stay here again, though I would probably try Turkey Run or Raccon SRA first seeing as they are so close. - Quiet Campers
Jul 2016 - $24.00
We were in site 22. The restrooms are a long way from the back sites where we stayed. The electric hook-ups are on the wrong side of the site for RV's, which I do not understand why. In the sites up front they are in the middle of the pad area???? This worked but in the future in the area I will look for another place. All sites are gravel and not quite level. - MINomad
May 2016 - $26.00
Nice country park with a very friendly host. Sites are gravel. There are only four 50amp sites and they are all back in sites. Sites are wide and easy to maneuver in. Took a little bit to get level as the back was on sloping ground. The host asked for all pets names in case of any emergency. We love our fur babies and thought that was extremely thoughtful! - Marley B Jones
Oct 2015 - $32.00
Great place to stay while visiting Parke County, Indiana. Owners are friendly and accommodating. Very busy during Covered Bridge Festival so reservations are necessary. Our site #28 was off the highway and quiet, but far from shower house. - Looney Bird
Oct 2016 - $25.00
We stayed one night while touring the covered bridges in Parker County, Indiana. Site 30 was a pull through and we had no neighbors. Many families and children present and active. Enjoyed walking the dogs on the park roads. - Sunnie-Wheelhouse
Jun 2012 - $35.00
First to say that we were very impressed with the facility. We found it to be family friendly, pet friendly, and really quite peaceful. There was lots to do here, including nature trails, playgrounds, horseshoes, and a large fishing lake. We knocked down our review points a bit because we had to move our rig into 3 different spots before we found one that would really work. Our first site, #36 (pull-through), had a sewer hook up about a foot and a half off the ground. This made it impossible to dump or to support your hose appropriately. In fact, when we tried to dump, the height and weight on our sewer hose was so great that it broke! Luckily it was grey water and luckily we were able to fix it without much trouble. Staff was VERY accommodating in moving us, but was quite clear that no refunds were possible. At all. We next moved to site #30 (back-in), but water and electric utilities were on the wrong side of the rig and our water hose wouldn't reach. We then moved to site #31 (back-in). All was good there, but it was certainly a hassle to move 3 times. Know that sites 30 and 31 were 50 amp only. We had to get an adapter from the front desk and they took our credit card as a deposit. We would absolutely camp here again, but only knowing the right spot. In order to save on utility installation, it looks like electric and water were only installed at every other site. Be aware of this when making reservations and make sure that your hook-ups are quite long. - mnlfish
May 2009 - $25.00
This is our third time we have stayed here, and we enjoy it every time. It's quiet, shaded and clean. We can bring in our own firewood and ride in our golf cart on the trails. We will definitely go back. - Shelley Coss
Oct 2016 - $32.00
Washrooms are filthy and badly in need of maintenance, garbage is overflowing in dumpster, no wifi, no office on site (down the street one block). My wife went to use the laundry room to find only the name on the door should have read "Storage Room".
Pricing is the same as higher end campgrounds. We were not treated as paying customers.
The owner decided to start grading the roads around our trailer after 5:00PM while we were having our dinner-creating a lot of dust and noise. This went on for over an hour, until I finally decided to ask them how much longer they would be?
The operator of the small loader was extremely aggressive, giving both my wife and I the 'finger', cursing and threatening to put a pile of rocks in front of our truck so we could not move. We decided to leave shortly thereafter fearing even though it was dark and had to drive nearly all night to our next destination. To say the least, it was a horrible experience.
FORGET THIS CAMPGROUND..It's the worst campground we have ever stayed at, out of several hundred! I would not recommend to anybody. - John Hester
Jun 2011 - $25.00
50Amp was available at two sites when we visited and the owner is installing additional 50A pedestals. (The entire campground is, however, for sale) This is a nice clean, secure, full hookup place to spend a few days. No big amenities, but the price is right. - Little Black Dog
Jul 2006 - $14.00
This campground is packed full in October during the Covered Bridge Festival, but we stayed in July and just about had the place to ourselves. The sites are level grass, the grounds are well maintained, the owners are friendly, and the town in within walking distance. We had a strong cell signal and clear satellite access. The $14 nightly rate is an average based on $100 per week. Credit cards are not accepted. Rockville is located in Parke County which is called the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. There five different color coded routes that go by or through some 30 bridges out in the countryside. In nearby Dana there is a state historic site dedicated to Ernie Pyle, the WWII correspondent. The museum exhibits are well worth the nominal admission fee. - Carol Butler
Aug 2016 - $32.00
Unfriendliest management of all parks I ever visited. Its like we owed them for letting us stay there over and above the already fees. Activities person acted like he didn't want to be there. - Edwards --
Jul 2016 - $23.00
We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and after checking out campsites, we settled on site 208 in the small (12 site) Locust Grove loop. Our site was level with a gravel pad and woods at the back of the site; it was a quiet site off the main traffic routes. We had electricity, but no water or sewer - pretty common in IN state parks. We had no AT&T or Verizon cell service, but were able to get a good satellite signal.
The bathrooms / showers were clean and were cleaned at least daily. Showers were the double-curtain type, with plenty of hot water. There are multiple comfort stations, with additional pit toilets scattered around the campground. There is one dump station, which gets busy at check-out time - there were lines most days. The water fill site was across the road from the dump station, and was equally as busy.
Overall, the campground was nice with a lot of trees. It can be muddy when it rains - and it did, before we arrived and while we were there. In fact, we changed our site when we arrived because our original site was really wet and muddy. Be aware that a lot of the sites have a slope and the main roads are busy, because this park has a lot of campers, especially on weekends.
For cars, trucks and campers, the entrance fee is $7 per vehicle for IN residents and $9 per vehicle for out-of-staters, 7 days a week including holidays, with in-and-out privileges. For walkers, bicycles, buses and passenger vans, the entrance fee is $2 per person. Campsite fees are $23 Sun-Weds, $30 Thur-Sat and $33 on holiday weekends.
The camp store is very nice and had a great selection of ice cream treats!
Lots of very nice trails to hike. Multiple boat ramps and a fishing pier are available, with plenty of boat trailer parking close. - Indybear
Sep 2015 - $30.00
We were formerly hesitant to visit Raccoon Lake, as it formerly had a reputation for the 'party' park, but were were most pleasantly surprised and comfortable during our stay.
There was a group of noisy adolescents across from us on a 'retreat' gathering (about six sites) that were only moderately supervised, but I blame the adults, not the DNR. They quieted down pretty well in the evening and only ran bicycles into my truck on two occasions... :-/
The restrooms and shower houses have been updated (very few of Indiana's older state parks can say the same...), the property and grounds is kept very nicely; DNR staff can be regularly seen driving through the campgrounds, cleaning the restrooms, etc. Our site was huge, on an outer loop with a copse of trees behind and beside us. Many of the sites, however, are not level and are suitable for tent camping only. The campground listed the pad at our site as 'level', but it slopes downward, front to back. Compared to many of the other sites, though, ours was more level than most. Many of the sites are pretty roomy and many are paved, but there are those on interiors of some loops that are pretty close to your neighbor. Overall, though, pretty typical state park set-up.
There is a nice camping store on site (although only open during high season; they were open the weekend only during the last weekend in September), many boat ramps plus a marina with rentals. There are a couple larger stores with gas and fuel right outside the park entrance, plus a bar/restaurant that other campers stated was pretty good fare.
Several nice bank fishing areas, shelter houses with lake views, and the hiking trails are great. Most trails are fairly easy to navigate, and connect well to each other. Walking to the boat ramp is a short distance from the campground, and it's only about a mile (or so) to walk to the beach area, using the trails.
We will visit here again! - fastalker64
May 2017 - $40.00
Nice little park close to town but still in the "country". Campground is well groomed and the staff is friendly. Our site was a pull through with plenty of length for any rig and the full hook ups worked well. - sodbuster
Oct 2016 - $36.00
We used the campground for a one night stop. We had a reservation and when we arrived there was a night that said the office was closed on Tues and Weds and to use the next door and forms. Luckily we had a reservation because there were no forms or other information to sign in. Site was easy to find but not very level. It looked like most of the sites were filled with full timers. The road in was really rough and the bathroom was not very clean and needed updating. - John Borajkiewicz
Oct 2016 - $34.00
Nice campground just minutes from Crawfordsville, but it feels like you're in the country. Good gravel roads and mostly level, gravel sites; fairly tight but not too bad. The park is right on a pretty little creek, Sugar Creek, I guess. There are also 2 ponds, a very large play area for the kids, and a large, grassy dog-walking area. We got several TV channels with our antenna, and the WiFi worked. They offer canoe rental in the summer. We would stay here again. - FranM
May 2017 - $44.00
Beautiful park with lots of trees and landscaping. Easy check in process with delightful staff. Only complaint was wifi did not work. - Nana-n-Pots-SC
May 2017 - $40.00
Check in was quick and easy. We were given a choice of sites to choose from. Our site was not level but not enough to create any issues. It was obvious it had rained a lot prior to our arrival because of the muddy ruts folks had left driving through the grass on the edge of the gravel pad. We had no issues getting in or out. Wifi was unusable, Verizon signal was ok. Park seemed to be well maintained. Large grass areas for our dog to run in. We did not see very many sites where a Sat dish would get a signal. - Ghettomedic
Apr 2017 - $40.00
The KOA website says winter season is November through March. We arrived on April 4 to find a sign on the office door stating winter season is through April 15. Even so, we had a prepaid reservation and there was paperwork waiting for us when we arrived. It said there were ten sites that had full hookups but all of them were taken but what appeared to be long term residents. There were also several units stored on the grounds, some which needed some attention. There was a freezer chest that was supposed to have ice cubes and the sign directed purchasers to deposit the $2.50 cost of the ice in the night registration box. However, the freezer had no bags of ice but, instead, what appeared to be someone's personal frozen food supply. The site was okay and spacious. It had a picnic table and a fire ring. The night we camped here was rainy and cold so we didn't use either amenity. There was some nearby train noise at night but it was tolerable. The women's bathroom was very clean. There were four toilet stalls and four shower stalls. I didn't use the shower but I ran the water in both the shower and the sink and it was hot. This was okay for an off-season, overnight stop. - Gawa
Sep 2016 - $1.00
After the prime season, but still a nice time to visit this park. We stayed on "B" loop which the fellow at the office said was the quieter area. We found a 50A site and there was no extra charge for it at this Thousand Trails campground. We are family courtesy card holders, so there was no additional charge for us to use this campground.
The staff was very helpful - calling us on the day we were to arrive to let us know that there were construction and detour signs on the route that we would be taking to get to the campground, but that the road closure occurred after where we would make our turn so no need to worry about taking a detour.
The B loop was VERY quiet if our stay was any indication. We were there on a Wednesday-Friday. For our 43' motorhome, some of the turns were tight so it was a good idea to disconnect before heading to the sites.
The campground was very large with lots of lakes around it. We would definitely return to this campground. - pattic777
Jul 2016 - $1.00
This is a very nice park that has large lots. The park staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Very family friendly, speed limit is 5 mph and enforced. Grounds are well kept and clean. There are a number of permanent sites which makes it harder for those who only want to stay a few days or weeks. There is a playground, putt putt golf, and a pool. Wi-Fi is only available close to office, adult club house and the pool. Our cell service with AT&T was nonexistent. We will return. - MAT-DAT
Jul 2016 - $32.00
This is an Encore park, which has stopped giving the Passport America discounts. They did give us a Good Sam discount because we come every year for a week or 2. The roads are gravel, the spots are gravel and mostly level. A couple spots have drainage issues, but they are easy to pick out. This year we noticed the bath houses are not being kept clean. They look clean, but have a bad smell which cleaning with clorox or pine sol would solve. They are also much used and in need of an update. The staff is friendly and helpful. During the week it is quiet, but on the weekends parents let the kids holler and run around until very late at night. The lakes can be used for fishing, not swimming. They have a pool and clubhouse for activities. - esta34950