10 Parks near New Castle, Indiana
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 - $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
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
9773 S 800 W Modoc, Indiana 47358 (map) | 765 853-5290
Sites: 286 | Latest Rate: $35.00 | 2 Reviews
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Pulled in to Modoc & went to the store to check in. Was given a map for our site. Got there about 5 -6 pm. The 1st night set up and just walked around the camp grounds, let the kids play at the play ground. Not sure of our site number, last row near the street. Very noisy from road traffic. Folks seem to haul it down this road. The next morning we ate breakfast & we headed to the pond. Not a lot of folks there as most pulled out that morning. There were about 10-15 folks swimming. Some very young 2-3 years old. My husband and myself were sitting on the beach area watching our grandkids swimming. They were in the pond about a half hour or so when a boat spraying something was on the other side of the pond. We ask a couple that was sitting near us if they were full time here or visiting and if they knew what was being sprayed. They had stated they were full time & had no idea what was being sprayed. There was another couple who was there visiting. They had ask the boat driver what he was spraying. The boat driver ignored him. My husband went over to the boat driver and ask also. He ignored him also. My husband noticed the boat driver was wearing gloves, long shirt and long pants. My husband ask if this stuff he was spraying was hazardous because of him being completely covered while he was spraying. He finally answered and said state regulations. We told our grandkids to GET OUT OF THE WATER IMMEDIATELY. Several others were screaming the same thing. We all went to find the owner and find out what was being sprayed. The owner stated he did not know BUT he would bring us a chemical paper of what was being sprayed. The 1st line read Hazards to humans and domestic animals. DO NOT get on skin clothing in eyes -mouth or inhale. To achieve desired control with herbicide in flowing waters (which this is not), a minimum exposure period of 3 hours should be maintained. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? Rec'd a refund of 1/2 our swimming fee and our camp fee for that day. Loaded up and left immediatly. NEVER COMING BACK HERE AGAIN. - Loandiva
Jul 2007 - $24.00
This camp is very friendly! The owners are great, lots of events for my young kids (including a lake to swim in). Most of the campground (80%-90%) are seasonal, but lots of space for us weekenders too. We will be going again! - roofamily
May 2016 - $21.00
We stayed fairly close to comfort station, and found it a busy traffic site. Well shaded, and good water, trash removal, had picnic tables and campfires are allowed. Most sites are pretty well graveled and reasonably easy to level a camper. They have added water view cabins, and most of the park provides for easy fishing access, and water view.
Friendly staff, well security patrolled. Really need to improve the sewer dump station. It would really make it a better park, if they installed sewer connections and upgraded the restroom and shower facilities. - Jacobsen
Jul 2010 - $25.00
Stayed here due to the close proximity to the Muncie 70.3 race. Mostly seasonal campers. The daily RV sites have only a 30 amp outlet and water hookup. They are generally narrow, unlevel and scattered with trash. Can't figure why folks don't pick up after themselves because there are large trash cans every couple sites. The grass isn't mowed often. They have primitive tent site closer to the one bathroom/shower. Although the bathroom is old it was fairly clean. The staff is friendly and helpful although they allowed another RV to take the site I'd reserved because they were staying longer and they said our 40ft would fit on a site that was made for a 20ft. This isn't a place you would come to "camp" but if you're coming to race or boat/fish it fits the bill for an overnight or two. - cpahog
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
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Sites are in a field. Gravel and fairly level. No shade. Very easy check-in and shown to you site by a person in a golf cart. Large lake can be used for swimming and catch and release fishing. GPS could not lead us to the park but the directions by the host were very specific so we had no problems finding the park. - borge007
Jul 2016 - $41.00
Lovely well maintained park. Directions to this park are very confusing, as my 3 GPS's all gave different directions and the park's web site has the easiest route. It is so simple: exit 234 off 69, go west 2.8 miles on 32 to Anderson Municipal Airport on the south side of street. Turn north off 32, across the street from the entrance to the airport on N CR 300 E to Timberline Valletta RV Resort. Narrow winding road to park. Huge pond, gravel streets, beautifully maintained sites, grass, gravel, some concrete pads, some very spacious sites and some look very tight. Good wifi, no trees blocking satellite, no cable, no TV reception. Price is for pull thru, full hookups, strong 50 amps, wifi. Did not use park bath, showers or rec room? With Good Sam discount and they charge TAX. - Oooooooo
Jul 2016 - $39.00
Timberline Valley RV Resort is a very well maintained RV park with friendly employees and great customer service. They even pick up your trash in the mornings if you put a bag out by the lanes. We'd have given them a "10" if it weren't for the bath and shower rooms. Small shower stalls with fair water pressure and cold water in the men's shower. One of the bathroom/shower buildings has showers that shut off about every 30 seconds. No benches in the shower stalls. The only benches are in front of the bathroom stalls - so if you are a senior and need to sit during or after a shower, you have no privacy options. And in hot temperatures, there were no fans or A/C in the shower building at the back of the park. The other one by the lake had one fan running in that one, but a park employee told us that people usually use the other one because its showers don't shut off every 30 seconds. For an otherwise great RV Park, this is a big deficiency. Unfortunately, we would not stay here again due exclusively to the shower issues. - vmak57
Jun 2016 - $30.00
First, the good: The camp hosts get an A+ for hospitality. The location is very nice, with lots of tall trees and shade. It was easy to get to from the highway, but far enough away not to have to listen to highway traffic. Now, the bad: The site was horrible. It was overgrown with weeds and tall grass and not even close to level. The utilities were a mess. The electric box had some bare wires hanging out of it, and the host speculated it was because someone had cut off the 50 amp connection. I experienced several power blackouts for a few seconds at a time during my stay. The water connection was a filthy hose. I didn't use it. The sewer was buried under some tall grass, and fairly far to the front of the site, so I could not hook up to it unless I unhitched the truck. There was no WiFi and only a weak Verizon signal. Given the condition of the utilities and the park in general, the nightly rate is too high. The park is mostly permanent residents. One of the permanent residents' dogs was wandering around pooping on my site, which was especially concerning because the grass was so unkempt. I did not want to walk around on the site. Also, the dog would run up and yap at me if I exited the trailer, and its owners seemed unconcerned with that. I will not return to this park. - KAP99
Aug 2010 - $17.00
This is the second time we have stayed here. The sites are easy, grassy pull-throughs, and reasonably level. Each site has a picnic table, and a lot of shade. The owners are nice people- they prefer if you call 30 minutes before you arrive, so they can be there to meet you, but if you don't, you can just pick a site. The campground has quite a few permanent people, some mobile homes, some permanent trailers. There are no amenities, but we like staying here because its very convenient to Ball State University and the town of Muncie. - Soos
Jun 2009 - $18.00
The park is what the name implies, full of big, really big, oak trees. It is a very nice older park with very long gravel sites scattered among the big trees. Most are nearly level with one or two small shims to do the job. Owner/manager is very accommodating. Will stay again when passing through the area as it is only 4 miles off the interstate. - Bullrider