10 Parks near Mitchell, Indiana
Jul 2015 - $29.00
The park itself is quite amazing, and worth the visit, but the campground is hit and miss, unfortunately. While we were there (4th of July weekend, 2015) it had rained heavily and many of the sites were flooded, some so much so that they were barely usable. Our spot (15) was so steep that it took over 2 feet of elevation in the nose to get level, and due to the muddy condition of the spot, our chocks kept slipping, causing the trailer to slowly creep toward the road.
The water hookup required a long extension (it was approx. 30 feet from our camper) but was in good condition. Water is connected to a 4x4 post and has 2 to 4 spigots to serve multiple campsites (each with their own spigot.) The electrical post was in good order and very close to the site. The picnic table was in good condition, but unusable due to the slope of the site. The 'site' was mostly mud, with some straw from previous campers, and the only gravel was at the bottom of the slope. We did have some slippage issue backing up the slope, pushing the camper, but that was primarily due to the wet conditions. Still, more gravel and a better grade would have been most welcome.
The bathrooms were regularly maintained during the holiday weekend, and were acceptable considering how much mud there was. Inconsiderate campers were far more of an issue than park staff, who were diligently trying to keep up, and staying polite and friendly while they were doing it. Be advised that parking can be atrocious. There is apparently no effort to enforce the vehicle limit any longer, and we saw many spots with three vehicles stuffed in, encroaching on the narrow road and making larger campers really work to avoid a problem. Overflow parking is available, but so unused that moss and lichens cover much of the paved surface, so this seems to be a chronic issue.
If you go, be sure to do as much research on your spot as you can - many are challenging (poorly situated, poor drainage, tight turns, steep slopes, etc.) - WrongWayRandall
Jul 2014 - $27.00
This is a beautiful, well kept state park. The bathrooms and shower houses seemed to be kept clean even though we were there on a busy weekend. Our pull-through site was sunny, but there were many shady sites throughout the campground. The water hookups can be fairly far away, so take extra hose. We used about a 100 feet of hose. Several of the sites do seem to have a fair amount of slope. - Daryn
Jul 2014 - $19.00
We enjoy camping here. The village is nice. Good hiking trails, plus the Gus Grissom memorial. You should be careful; there are some bad campsites so pay attention to the description when making reservations. - MJ60
May 2016 - $15.00
Our first impression was walking into the office. It was shabby and looked like it had not been vacuumed in some time. The girl helping us was very sweet but seemed to have a difficult time getting us set up. We did have reservations. Getting to our site was tight with narrow roads. The whole campground was uncared for. It seemed like there was no pride taken by the owners or by the many permanent residents. Pretty much all the spaces were taken with permanent residences with old run down RVs with blueboard insulation and other makeshift insulation making the place look bad. Again, no pride seemed to be taken in appearance. Our site was a pull-through that seemed to be for overnight and short stays. Muddy and small piles of dirt, long grass and weeds everywhere. We would pass this campground by if we were in the area again unless it was an emergency. It is a shame as the campground has great potential with a little work and pride from the owners. - MaryVT
Sep 2011 - $13.00
I stayed at Free Spirit for a week. The rate reflects PA rate. This campground is not big rig friendly. There are trees very close to park roadways in several places. Negotiating the roads both coming in and leaving was difficult. In addition, the sites are no where near level. You should plan to bring plenty of levelers. If I were to return to this area I would try one of the nearby state parks. - 15243
Sep 2011 - $27.00
No WiFi, many seasonal campers. Pull Thru available, but small roads to drive and a lot of trees. Some level sites. Campground need some upgrading and paint. Overall: not to bad for one or two nights, beautiful surroundings. - Traveller Excel
Oct 2015 - $60.00
Convenient if you want to gamble at the casino. It's a nuisance having to call first then go to the hotel to register and get the key to unlock the hook-ups before pulling into the slip. They are level for 20' and under, not at all for our 45'. Another drawback is the 6am through 10pm mini train whistle that goes off every 15 minutes and runs next to the slips. It is a parking lot with back in RV slips, not a park. It just opened a few months ago so it's spotless, has a trash can for your use, nice wooden swings, full hook-ups that work great, the mini train takes you to the hotel and casino. The water, elect. and sewer hook-ups are at the back but we always travel with extra everything. I was unhappy with the constant 6am-10pm noise so we received a discount. Ask for high numbered sites and hope big rigs park by the train tracks to block the noise. - PERRELLAS
Aug 2015 - $55.00
Sites are gravel. Need newer picnic tables. Not on Lake Monroe. Beautiful pool. WIFI a little hard to log into because wasn't told that the info given was actually a Coupon Code to be used when logging in. Had to call WIFI company for help to login. Nice firepit on site. Would stay here again. - BPowell
Sep 2012 - $35.00
Two outdoor pools. One zero entry for the kids, and another rectangular pool for kids and adults. Also have a small indoor pool for the rainy days. Nice clubhouse, game room and jumping pillow. The kids love the planned activities. Labor Day weekend, they had a DJ, activity tent, and plenty of action. The only drawback for me was the campground is all gravel. Other than that, the sites were spacious and clean. The wooded sites are mainly reserved for the seasonal campers. Would go back if the opportunity presents it. - jmcmanama
Jul 2012 - $53.00
Our rate included a 10% military auxiliary discount. The park was very clean with great facilities. As another review I read said, it had probably the cleanest bathrooms and showers I have seen at a campground. I would stay here again. - JB in Indy
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Typical federal park. No sewer, but we did get a spot with water and electric. Showers were old and out dated, in need of remodel. Only one shower available in our section. The pad was gravel, somewhat level. We had a picnic table and fire ring. It rained one of the days and the drainage was good. - esta34950
Nov 2015 - $0.00
Great place to stay. End of season so Southern Loop was only campground open. No facilities this time of year except for pit toilets. Looks like a combination of gravel and asphalt sites. Roads are paved. Quiet, peaceful. Would definitely stay here again. - jprisbe
Sep 2015 - $17.00
Beautiful campground away from any cities. We loved the quiet and solitude of these beautiful woods. The staff were exceptionally polite and very willing to help us find a site. We were not able to get satellite service here, but our Verizon worked well. - simonsrf
Jun 2015 - $47.00
The current owners have only been here for 3 years. They were extremely friendly. It appears that they are really trying to improve the park, HOWEVER, the interior roads are gravel, the sites are gravel, but you don't know where the site ends and the grass begins. The sewer outlet was confusing, my site had 2, one covered by an old car trim and the other was covered in rocks. Water pressure was minimal. The 50 amp power was very good. The picnic table was almost unusable it was so rickety and needs painting. There was also a fire pit that we did not use. It appears that this park caters more to month by month then off the road and the price was really big for what you get. I did notice last year the price in the review was $25.. ?.. - walt66
Mar 2015 - $55.00
We had reserved 50amp spot and when we arrived the male owner was outside. He just looked us and told us they only had one left. We didn't say we had it reserved but knew it would have been given away. We went inside, paid and parked. When I asked the male owner about internet, me snapped and said you can't even wait a day? Come to found out, only Internet if you were on their front porch. I don't know who lived in the houses across the road but the female owner said to use their internet, though she said she didn't know them.
Our broken picnic table was in the sun and on a slant, the male owner wasn't happy we used the one on the campsite beside us. There was only four campers there and we were squeezed next to one in our RV.
One couldn't walk around without watching close because of open sewer lines in ground. We parked beside our RV since no where else to park, owner told me to move. I told him I would not park in the narrow gravel areas because I could be hit. I told him if someone showed up and needed that 8' spot beside me I would move. No one ever showed up the entire weekend we were there.
Firewood was expensive and overpriced to camp in a short gravel lot with sewer ruts. We were treated bad when we first arrived and knew the male owner didn't want to be polite or cared.
We would never camp here again or recommend to even a dog. - DontWorryBeHappy
Jun 2014 - $40.00
There was just a few campers the entire five days we were there, including the weekend. The lots were gravel, close together and short. Our RV stuck 5 feet out in the road, even though I called three weeks ahead of time to make sure they were big rig friendly. We had to back our RV up to the back of a 5th wheel and were approx. 2 feet away from each other. They have WIFI but you have to be sitting on their front porch, the lots with 50 amp were the farthest away. Someone elses wifi named Belkin would pop up, the owners told us to use that wifi though they don't know who it belonged to. Verizon was bad and maybe one or two stars if lucky. We parked 10 feet from a TT and there was a picnic table right beside our door which was slanted. I chose a picnic on the other side, 4 feet from our camper which no one was using the entire time we were there. We came back on Sat and my tablecloth and one small white bag had been wadded up in a ball and thrown on the table by my camper door. We only left the tablecloth out on a Sat the previous days we did not. There was not one person even beside us on either side when we returned Sat. The place maybe had 4 campers and two were rentals down by their house. only option. The few there when we arrived left and only one arrived for the weekend. Quiet hours started at 11pm but the TT behind us kept going and even heard them at 3 and 4 AM since we were that close together. The park is in the middle of nowhere, 7 miles south of French Lick and 7 miles north of the lake but not the part that has public access. We also had to pay additional 4% because we paid with credit card. We were hardly there during the daytime due to see what was around and then drove one hour to Holiday World. The other TT had tons of childrens toys surrounding the entire place. The short lots up by their home, that a truck with a slide in camper might fit were the only two that had a grill. There were no shade trees except one or two. When we arrived I read the half page of rules and asked about the wifi password and the owners response was "CANT WAIT" I reserved a 50 amp spot weeks in advance and when we pulled up the owner was in his cart, he didn't know if we were the ones or not that had reserved the site but told us we were lucky there was one left. I think there were only two to start with and one had the fifthwheel. I thought good thing we showed up when we did or our site would have been gone, but afterwards no one else ever arrived. I pulled our toad in the short gravel lot beside our rv and the owner told me I wasn't allowed to park there someone else might want that spot. I told him if they did, please let me know and I will move the jeep. They had a rule stating no parking on the grass and that would have been my only choice. The campground owner with his attitude ruined a happy camping trip. I think he bit the hand that fed him $220 to many times and we will never return and will warn others. - DontWorryBeHappy
Oct 2015 - $60.00
Great campground! Lots of seasonal campers here with lots of pride in their lots and places. Great staff! Really large campground with lots of hiking nearby. Would definitely return! - tdslsmo
Sep 2015 - $60.00
We used this park as a place to hibernate for a couple days en route to Mor Ryde in Elkhart on Labor Day weekend, and arrived Thursday afternoon.
We really wanted to like this park, and we expecting to, especially for the price. Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case.
First off, this park is designed for small rv's. The sites are directly perpendicular to the roads, which are very narrow. We were praying it wouldn't rain, since we knew, in order to get out out of our site, were were going to have to cut across a large portion of grass that was pretty sunken in, at at a steep angle down, since our site was raised.
Our " super site " was nothing but ordinary. We were put in the one spot, I think in the entire park, where a tree blocked our rooftop dish.
We watched a couple people on Friday get escorted to their site, only to pull out and go to another, more level site.
The one positive note on our site is we had a nice view of a tree/ grassy area. We were enjoying watching the deer during the day, and fire flies at night, until tenters moved to the area.
This was definitely not our type of park, and will not return. - Mr&MrsFulltimers
Jul 2015 - $54.00
Nice clean park but a little pricey. Staff was friendly, wifi worked but no cable and locals were few. - swamp1
Jul 2014 - $37.00
LOVE, LOVE this campground! Very clean and well maintained campground. Bathhouses were very clean and shower stalls were very large. Campground host was very courteous and helpful with firewood. We stayed in site 218, which was one of the 90 degree angle sites and can see where it could be difficult especially with large campers and tow vehicles. Large sites, most have some shade afternoon or morning. Great lake with beach access. No Wi-Fi or Internet service at all, however with my iPhone with Verizon service was able to make phone calls and texts. Friend with iPhone with AT&T service had Internet and phone and text. But friend with Android with Verizon wasn't able to get anything including calls and/or texts. - CmcDowell
May 2014 - $36.00
This is a good park for relaxing, spending time at the beach, biking, swimming (lake), and fishing. Facilities are clean. Store is small and close to lake. A couple of sites are sharp 90 degree turns which made it hard for this new RVer (2nd time) to park. Thankfully a kind neighbor assisted. Staff are courteous and generous with firewood. We have already made reservations to return. - tincansailor
May 2014 - $31.00
This is one of our favorite state campgrounds. They have both full hookup sites and electric-only sites. We stayed in the full hookup area. Sites have both paved parking and living areas. The lake-side sites are in the electric-only area and are nice, albeit busy. The restrooms/showers are clean and relatively in good repair. Most sites are nicely shaded. Be sure to visit the three-span covered bridge that is near Medora within five miles of the campground. This is the third time we have stayed here and we will return again. - RXA-ADM
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Focusing on just the campground, and not the beautiful Monroe Lake property, this property just gets 'average', although it borders on poor. A prior review from years ago referenced bad roads and potholes inside the campground. Well, they're still there; the roads are terrible. This campground is old and tired, but it gets packed every weekend, because of the fact that it's adjacent to the lake. You'd think Indiana would spend some of the increased camping fees to fix the aging campgrounds.
Many sites have some sort of lake access or lake view, and others have only a short walk to a nice view or access. The 2-cars per site rule isn't enforced, and some people are camping in horse trailers and box trucks. Many of sites are not level, so trust the online booking when it indicates slope. Our site was listed as 'gentle' slope, but it sloped front to back AND left to right. It's also referred to as a 'gravel' site, but this site (nor any others) hasn't seen fresh gravel in years. Some RV sites looked like tent-only to me. Our AC was having a hard time keeping up after the campground filled up, due to an overloaded electric system. I'm guessing that the electrical system gets overloaded, as many of the RV sites are used by 20-amp tent campers with multiple crock pots, lights, etc. For $30 for electric-only sites, this campground isn't a great value, but daggone-it, we'll go back because we love the lake.
It is sort of fun to people-watch here, as it's sort of like going to the county fair. Things quieted down pretty nice after about 10pm, though, even on Saturday night, so even though it's a zoo during the day, you can still get some rest.
There is a marina on the property for boat rentals and various basics and sundries, and a little larger store at the park entrance that sells fishing gear and beer/wine/groceries. - fastalker64
Jul 2013 - $25.00
Nice campground, but lots of traffic with all of the people pulling boats and campers. The restrooms are older, but were kept clean. - bgb1066
Apr 2013 - $24.00
Nice state park. Staff seems decent. Some sites wooded and some out in the open. You have your pick. No water at sites, but a few spigots here and there. Probably ought to be a few more so they aren't quite so far apart. Most roads were good; however, I was a little surprised with the main road running through the campground. There were a few craters that need to be addressed pretty bad. Bathrooms and showers were clean, but dated. Probably pretty active during the main season, but VERY quiet for our stay. We will stay here again. - cwooz
Jul 2011 - $35.00
There are a few site with full hook-ups but not many. There is no swimming pool, but there is a beach front for swimming. Plenty of kids riding bikes and adults driving modified golf carts. Very family friendly. The weekend we were there they had activities planned for the whole family almost all day. Very roomy sites. We will go back! - sfrye5853
Jun 2008 - $34.00
This is a actually a county owned parked not a state park. While the park area is fairly well maintained I cannot say the same for the campground. Most of the sites are unlevel, overgrown, and the sewer/water connections are poorly maintained. The shower houses are somewhat outdated and while cleaned every morning they were extremley dirty by the end of the day. There has been a new shower house built in the permanet camping area that seemed to be nicer than the two in the main campground. While this used to be one of our favorite campgrounds given its present condition we will not be back. - Builder1
Sep 2004 - $22.00
We stay there often. Nice state park. Beware that hookups may be far away from your site, need 50 ft or more of extension cord for some. Some level, so not so level sites. - thrashercharged