3 Parks near New Castle, Indiana
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
May 2015 - $45.00
We spent 2 months here, and was treated like family. The owners bend over backwards to make sure everything is right for you, and will do what it takes to make you happy there. We never once saw dirty bathrooms or shower rooms, the campground itself is clean of people trash, and there's plenty to do without even leaving the campground. They have catch & release fishing, with a well stocked pond, a tube playground that any kid would love to play in, putt putt golf, and a small cafe they make homemade food in on weekends. We arrived when the snow had just left, and the owner made sure to fill our tank with water so we wouldn't be without, as the water wasn't on in the area we stayed in, plus they keep a shower room/restroom open all the time. The other one opened up a couple weeks after we arrived, which was closer to us to use. But we still had access to the other one. They have a lot of activities on weekends for everyone, and it was pretty much a relaxing time we had while there. - happy2013camper
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
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