13 Parks near Rising Sun, Indiana
Jul 2016 - $43.00
We came in without a reservation and were fortunate to get a site for one night on July 4 weekend! Our spot was a large back-in on the Ohio River and it was nice and level with all the hookups nearby. There was no WiFi or cable but we didn't mind that at all. We did need their maintenance man to check the power pedestal as the 30 Amp plug showed signs of burning/arcing. Everything checked out OK and we enjoyed our night listening to kids playing, folks talking and singing around campfires, and watching stars and the satellites in the sky. - KC8RXQ
Nov 2015 - $43.00
Pluses: Lots of Halloween activities for the kids, nice clubhouse, and firewood delivery right to your campsite. Outer loop spots are decently spaced but inner loop look hit-or-miss.
Minuses: Roads are in terrible condition - doesn't look like they have put fresh gravel down in a year so the potholes stayed a muddy mess even when it didn't rain. WiFi was useless - it was crowded, but we couldn't log on even once the two days we were there. Playground is small. - selmore
Sep 2015 - $17.00
It was pouring rain the entire time we at the park so we didn't really get a chance to do much or even take advantage of the area. We chose to stay on the upper level which we later found was somewhat of a mistake as the sites all have really bushy trees with lots of low hanging branches. We found out later that the sites on the lower portion by the river don't have that problem. From the little bit we could see through the rain, it appeared to be a nice park with lots of family activities. It is also near 2 casinos, one of which will come to the park, pick you up and return you for free. We were so tired and wet we just opted to stay in for the night. It was rather far from the road, but the drive was easy and had it been sunny probably rather scenic. The site was FHU and very level and long. We hope to go back when the weather is better. - LovinFT
Jul 2016 - $35.00
This was an overnight stop for us and this appears to be a very popular campground with a mix of tents and RVers and lots of kids. Looks like that it is big rig friendly depending on the site. Utilities were fine but the bath house was old and needed much more attention due to the high volume of users. Had 2 bars of Verizon LTE at our site but only 3G at the campground entrance. Campground hosts were very friendly and attentive. Public roads to the campground are pretty narrow. Do not take Exit 171 off I-75 because some of the roads are extremely narrow for our dually truck. Campground had a very popular pool and miniature golf. I liked this place better than my spouse and we probably would not stay here again. SWe stayed in a motorcycle tent trailer. - roadking
Jun 2016 - $20.00
we enjoyed our stay at big bone lick , with about 60 sites it is a quiet out-of-the-way camphround, but still minutes away from the Florence Kentucky area with shops, a mall, restaurants galore. It appeared that the majority of the sites are a bit unlevel but not so much that it could not be corrected. Electric and water were an easy reach . Campground does have a pool and two large playgrounds, The bison herd was interesting but the park museum is small. We enjoyed our stay . - depguy
Oct 2015 - $25.00
Very nice campground. Sites were a little short for our 31 foot trailer (had to park the suburban next to camper to stay off the road). Showers were clean but old looking. - Yjmoose
Aug 2016 - $38.00
Although the park does not contain a lot of trees it has a pool, playground, bike trail, and fishing pond. It is clean neat and has easy access...and great Wi-Fi! - Jimjul
Jul 2016 - $35.00
The campground seems brand-new but is actually 9 years old. It was obviously designed for big-rigs, and by someone who knows something about RVers needs:
1-concrete, level pads
2-paved and wide interior roads (2 lanes wide)
3-each site has a wide apron, with paved strip up to the pad
4-sites are well-spaced, better-than-average at least
5-full hookups, good utilities, with cable
6-adequate WiFi strength/speed
7-clean shower houses/bathrooms
It is not on the river itself, but across Highway 156, which is the road that runs along the Ohio river. There is a "fishing" pond in the middle, which is just a large puddle-like a retention pond. It's catch and release only, and I did see some people catching small fish. There is a playground, with a large bouncing balloon. There is an excellent ½ mile paved trail around the wooded along the west boundary - one of the better ones I've seen at any campground. A major casino is just up the road.
The only negatives (minor) are :
1-most of the sites are in an open clearing, with the parking lot feel of an open field. If you want some trees there is one row along the back where the sites back up to the woods.
2-Cable TV has limited channels. - Jim n Lynn
Jun 2016 - $34.00
Nice wide open easy in and out. Back in and pull through sites with full hookups. Close to Kentucky Motor Speedway and a river boat casino. Casino has a very nice golf course. - jcbus
Jul 2016 - $43.00
I would have given the park 5 stars for cleanliness; however, we used their paddle boats that they advertise is available to residents, and they were filthy. We had to walk back up to the office to get a broom in order to brush off the leaves, dirt, cobwebs, and spiders, before using them. We are self contained, so otherwise it was really nice. We enjoyed walking around the lake. Nice park. - C and K on the Road
Jun 2016 - $41.00
Very good campsite with easy access from the I-275 but very minimal highway noise. Gravel roads and sites with grass between sites. We had long pull thru full hook up site. Some permeant residents but neat and tidy. Restrooms/showers excellent. No cable TV but good antenna reception and good wifi. Large book exchange and lovely owners, helpful and friendly. - Harris England
Apr 2016 - $41.00
Good for an overnight. It's located next to the interstate so it's noisy unless you have good sound insulation. There was also a thunderstorm the night we were there and we had standing water around the door to our rig. That was the only downside. The resident ducks loved being around our motorhome, tho. The transient sites are 80' pull-thrus with hookups near the middle. Sites and internal roads are gravel and level. Water pressure is at 80 psi. No cable but most sites are open to the sky. There are a lot of seasonal and permanent residents here but it looks pretty tidy. Restrooms and showers looked and smelled clean. No off leash dog park. Small playground near the lake. Nice walking trail around the lake. There's also a barbershop in the office. Owners are lovely helpful people. Rate includes a Good Sam discount. Would definitely stay here again. - Flippitti
Jul 2016 - $16.00
I wasn't expecting to like this park as much as I did. The owners were very nice and the pool was clean. This is an older park, but I found it to be very organized and easy to get around despite some narrow roads. We enjoyed our stay. There were a lot of commercial businesses nearly, but overall it as no noisier than most campgrounds. We would definitely stay here again. Easy on and off the Highway. - Ginny H
Jul 2016 - $27.00
Pretty trashy place. No sewer. The cable didn't work and they said too bad. I can't believe anyone gave this place a positive review. - RHNeal
Jun 2016 - $28.00
Would give you the pros and cons but have little to say as for pros. As for cons, I'll start with quiet hour starts at 11:00 and it is LOUD til the last minute. The sites are dirty grey crushed rock that tracks white if there is the least amount of dew/moisture on the ground. Bath/shower are smaller than a closet and if ya don't mind large spiders/ants/other crawlers...there is hot water. I believe we were but one of two motorhome in the entire park. I guess that should have told me something from the beginning. But then, we were very tired and looking for a quiet nite (?) along the creek. If your needing the same...keep on movin cause this sure isn't it. I'm going to be very generous giving this campground a 3. - Sweatlife
Aug 2016 - $29.00
We were very happy with this campground. It had a very park like small feel. Price was great. 15 min ride to The Arc Encounter. Owners were very nice and it was clean. It was near a highway so you cant help but to hear it. But if your looking for a clean reasonable play to stay in this area here it is. Has pool but we did not use.Free wifi. - Ed D
Jul 2016 - $28.00
This is our second stay at this park while my husband works in the area. The owner/staff are great and work very hard to keep the campground nice. My husband enjoyed fishing in the pond and the park is very pet friendly. We would definitely recommend/stay here again. - dakotabean
Jul 2016 - $28.00
No wifi unless we walked two blocks over (we were in a pull thru), hosts were unaccommodating. Not friendly, but not rude. It appeared that we were doing them the favor by staying here. Gave us an uneven site, water/electric wrong side. No sewer at pull throughs. Showers were not working properly, you keep turning it and knob goes around and around. Hot and cold hard to distinguish. One toilet out of order in bathroom. Dump station difficult to get close to. 30 amp breaker blew with just Ac on. We thought it was overpriced for what you get. We got this type of site without a lot of things like wifi, hookups on wrong side, etc., maybe because we were here only one night? - Geezer traveler
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Stayed here as an over night stop an a recent trip. Only had electric hookup. Dump station and water available. Deep, wet grass. Area needed mowing real bad. When I made my reservations I was quoted $30, but when I arrived I found that since it was race weekend, the rate was $75. They finally accepted the $30 rate I was quoted.
The camp sites are basically electric hook ups in a cow pasture. I had to use 4wheel drive on my truck when pulling out the next morning because my tires were spinning on the wet grass. - arkansasmel
Jul 2015 - $30.00
This is basically a cow pasture turned into a campground. If you have a large RV it is not the place to stay. Also it is right across the street from the main railroad between Louisville and Cincinnati. Trains run all night and there is a crossing there so they blow the whistle 3 times. No sleep! There is only electric at each site so IMO it is overpriced. Sites are all tall grass, so pray it doesn't rain or you're stuck. Will not stay again, will boondock before staying there. - Ljbtn
May 2015 - $30.00
Sparta Campground! Our 2nd time back! The owners are two of the loveliest people we have met in our lifetime! We stayed on Snob Knob (due to a little oversight on the owner's part). It was a quick switch to a different site & we had a wonderful couple nights with electric & water hook-ups! The train is loud and can wake you up, that is for sure (but it is dark & quiet down in that valley at night, otherwise). The property that the campground is situated on is an old tobacco farm & in MY opinion, it is simply gorgeous!! The hills that roll up around the campsites are covered with tall trees & it is the country AT its BEST!! We loved this short trip to Kentucky & our black lab had another fun time! Thanks again to the owners & their gracious southern hospitality! - patti&charlie
Sep 2014 - $22.00
Only visited A loop, but would not recommend that section for motorhome or trailers. Very tight narrow road with trees. Sites looked very small and difficult to back into. - Cicero Cachers
Jul 2013 - $28.00
This is a nice park with all sites paved and all roads paved as well. Again, be aware most Indiana state parks don’t have water or sewer available at the sites, and this one was no exception. However, there are plenty of water filling stations throughout the park. Real negative about this park is the dump stations. They have only one station with two pipes. You will wait a while on a Sunday with only having one station. They really need to add more. We stayed in the B loop site 116. Nice site tucked into the woods. They are attempting to grow grass on this site, and had hay down. This is probably a hard task with all of the tree cover and constant foot traffic in and around the site. Stay away from Loop A if you have a larger rig (20+ft) as it is super tight and all the perimeter sites are best suited for pop ups. The interior sites are not quite as shady, but still have big trees. The C loop has some nice sites, but be aware that many of those perimeter sites have a large sloping driveway and would be difficult for a larger trailer to get level. I believe the tongue of the trailer would be on the ground and the back of the trailer a good 3-4 ft high in the rear. It was a holiday weekend so it was very busy, but not overwhelming. The bathhouses are older, but seem to be cleaned a few times a day. The pool is nice. They have a huge lake and multiple playgrounds in and around the park. We will stay here again I am sure, just wishing the state would pony up and install water at all of the sites. AT&T wireless has 5 bars and Verizon has 3 bars. Beware that some of the sites will not have access to the southern sky due to trees. Site 166, however, faced Southwest and made it easy to find Directv satellites. One more thing, they charge $7.00 to enter the park, not included in your paid camping fees, and the pool is $3.00 per day to use it as well. The pool is a good 5 min drive from the campground. - jmcmanama
Jun 2013 - $24.00
This park has very shady sites as well as some that are out in a field. Unfortunately, the shady sites that we liked are very low compared to the surrounding ground and fill up with water during a heavy rain and thus stay muddy. We stayed in the B loop and enjoyed our stay minus the mud. The A campground is super tight on all the perimeter sites and are best suited for pop ups. The interior sites are not quite as shady, but still have big trees. C loop was not really that appealing to us. Too much out in the open. This place was full to the gills and had kids and adults on bikes all over the place, so much so it was hard for my four year old to even try to ride his little bike. That's not necessarily a bad thing I guess, but if you don't have kids you may not like this. No water at each site either, but random hookups throughout are conveniently located. We would return but not until the summer crowd is gone. The lake and surrounding area is beautiful - 6.7 towrig
Aug 2016 - $20.00
This park is good for an over night stop along the Interstate. There are 5 pull through sites up near the office that are level with crushed stone. Utilities were adequate with 20, 30 and 50 amp service. These are full hookup sites. Ours, however, had a sewer problem so it couldn't be used. The manager said they will be making repairs. I was on site 5 so if that's a problem you might want to avoid it. I was informed when I called them about the situation. It was the only vacancy they had at the time. The price was right so I took it. There are camper sites on a lower level. These look like extended stay sites. I am not certain how many sites are available on a daily basis so call ahead.
We used the laundry. The machines were clean and in good operating condition. The premises were clean. A wash or a dry was $1.25.
The park has new owners. It is apparent they are making improvements. They seem to be very competent and attentive to your needs. I would stay again. - petendoll
Jul 2016 - $25.00
The park is under new ownership and the lady that manages the park is very nice and was very helpful as was the people that worked with her. The park was full when I called for a site but she was able to work me in. I had full hook ups and everything worked fine. I would stay at this campground again if in the area. - Ralph EL
Apr 2015 - $35.00
I had found prices of $20.00 to $25.00 while searching on line yet when I got there it was $35.00 and $31.50 if you pay cash. After pulling in late I just paid the $31.50. I didn't expect it to be quiet because it can't get any closer to I-75 but the price killed me. Don't even bother typing in the number code for the WiFi it's the worst WiFi I have ever had in and RV park.
Mud and pipes laying around close to our awning side from some old work that had been done. Part of the lawn was mowed but the dog run area wasn't. - travelon
Jul 2016 - $27.00
The campground is in a nice park facility with a great play area for the kids located down by the lake. It is not real close to the campground though.
We also had to purchase an annual county park pass to be able to get in ($10.00).
The reason for the average rating is very few of the sites are level. Many of them are slanting downhill so it is hard to get level.
They could use a little better signage directing those who do not live here to the campground and check in. We drove past it the first time and had to call to find out where to go.
Also, even though they have a maximum camper limit of 6 people and two tents (or one camper unit and one tent) per site there were several that had many more than that, one having at least 18 people in it and one with 4 tents.
Their dump station is also located on a hill making it hard to get completely empty.
It is a very busy park on the weekends with lots of tent campers - 3 to 6 tents per site.
I would recommend this campground in certain areas only and during the week if possible. - prstlkid
Jul 2015 - $28.00
This campground is very close to my home, so we camp here pretty regularly. The upper sites are rather hilly, and most of the lower sites are mostly level. There are a few towards the bottom that have a bad slope, though. There is a playground located in the bottom section, as well. The park offers a lot of attractions (a snack bar, water park for little kids, paved bike trails, disc golf, fishing, hiking trails) and the campground features decent sized sites with plenty of shade. The bathrooms and showers have always been clean when we have camped, and the campground is monitored regularly by park rangers who are friendly and not overbearing. We have a pop-up so without a toilet, so we do not have the problem with the dump station that I keep reading about. Overall, if you are looking for a quiet campground with a lot of activities within the park, I would definitely recommend this park. - McLovin Camper
Jul 2015 - $28.00
We actually like this campground quite a bit, but it has more to do with overall park than the campground itself. The park has a lot of things to do with a nice lake and and hiking trails along with nice paved bike trails. The campgrounds however leave a bit to be desired. We stayed on site 133 and it was not very level. We had to crank the tongue jack all the way down to get the camper level on this site. The site is gravel but was in pretty good condition. We did like that this site was surrounded by deep woods. The site was adequate but not large. It does seem that the 11:00 PM quiet time was enforced or at least we didn't have any real rowdy neighbors and the campground quieted down pretty quickly. It is true as other have said that you have to go to the boat house at the lake to check in and the park staff were teenagers that were friendly but not too knowledgeable about the actual campgrounds. Also as other have pointed out once in the park the signs to the actual campgrounds are confusing -we missed a turn and wound up having turn around in an almost not big enough parking lot- had our 24' camper been larger, we would have had a heck of a time turning around to make the correct turn. And finally -also as others have mentioned- the dump station is on the wrong side. We didn't pull out until Monday so it wasn't a problem for us. We went down to the boat house parking lot -about a 1/4 mile away- and turned around put the dump on the correct side of the camper, but then you have to pull completely through the campground loop again or do some type of fancy backing to get back on the main access road. Bottom line is we like the overall park a lot, but the campgrounds leave quite a bit for improvement. - campdaddy