Indiana may not be the land of a thousand lakes but there are many beautiful state parks to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Camping is a great way to enjoy time with the family while learning to appreciate Mother Nature and the great outdoors. Next time you are looking for a great place to spend your next long weekend or vacation keep one or all of these great Indiana state parks in mind.
Pokagon State Park
Founded in 1925, Pokagon State Park is located near Angola, in the northeastern part of Indiana. The park covers 1,260 acres and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for families in addition to an inn and camping facilities. Some of the activities that can be enjoyed at Pokagon are fishing, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, and horseback riding. One attraction that sets Pokagon apart from other Indiana state parks is that it offers a tobaggon run from the Friday after Thanksgiving until February. This is a popular attraction and lines can be quite long.
Whitewater Memorial State Park
Located between Brookville and Liberty, Indiana, Whitewater Memorial State Park is the third largest in the state of Indiana. This park was originally established as a Memorial to honor American soldiers who died serving their country during World War II. In order to do this, four counties contributed land to the park. Fishing is a popular sport enjoyed at Whitewater Memorial state park. Visitors also enjoy camping, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, boating, and houseboats on the lake.
Clifty Falls State Park
You will find Clifty Falls State Park located near Madison, Indiana. This is a great destination for families that enjoy camping as it provides not only great camping activities but also stunning views of the falls, ample hiking opportunities, swimming, and other recreational activities to keep your family busy enjoying the great outdoors. The swimming pool and waterslide generally open for the season on Memorial Day.
Versailles State Park
Visitors to the rolling hills of Southeastern Indiana are sure to find the 230-acre lake, bike trails, and natural beauty you will find at Versailles State Park. For swimming Versailles offers a swimming pool and waterslide. You can rent canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and paddleboats for very reasonable rates, and you can bring your own boats. The fishing is excellent. Of course you are also free to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy mother nature too. If you enjoy camping during the fall months or simply want an excellent day trip for the family be sure to check out the Versailles Pumpkin Show in nearby Versailles, which takes place on the last weekend of September. Bluegrass fans will appreciate the first weekend of October when the Bluegrass Festival is held each year.
Camping is an activity that can be enjoyed during all seasons. You will find few places that offer as many options for campers as are available at these Indiana State Parks. If you want something a little more from your state park experience there are other great parks in Indiana for your camping pleasure.