RV Camping - All The Comforts Away From Home
Indiana has a wide variety of RV camping locations with spectacular scenery, solitude, and interesting history. Public lands and private RV parks and campgrounds offer a wide range of camping facilities from full service RV hookup campsites to remote primitive camping (boondocking) locations throughout Indiana.
Public Land offers many free RV dispersed camping opportunities. You can get free RV camping location tips from the USFS (USDA Forest Service) Ranger Districts. US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has some free RV camping facilities. Boondocking and Dispersed Camping has more information about how to find the best RV camping sites on public lands.
The following are just a few examples of free RV camping locations available throughout Indiana.
Limited free dispersed camping (boondocking) is available in Indiana on USDA National Forest lands, and state, county, private, and city properties offer overnight RV parking opportunities as well.
HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST
Free dispersed camping (boondocking) is allowed in the USDA Hoosier National Forest. Located in south central Indiana, the forest offers free designated camping areas, usually called "Horse Camps", that are available for RV use as well. Check with local ranger districts for recommended free camping areas.
Numerous pull-offs on S side of US-24 for 3 mi starting at E edge of town.
Indiana public campgrounds are great destinations for RV camping trips. Located throughout the state, USDA Forest Service, State Parks, State Forests, and USACE/COE (US Army Corps of Engineers) offer facilities from primitive campsites for full hookup campgrounds.
200 campsites, some with electric, others with electric and water, and still more with no hookups are available at the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area. This USDA recreation area is packed with outdoor recreation activities for the whole family.
200 electric campsites area available at Harmonie State Park. Boating, fishing, trails are just some of the outdoor recreation opportunities available. There is even an RV dump station available.
The location map images for finding RV camping locations in Indiana are derived from Topo North America 10.0 and used with their exclusive permission. These map images only display a very limited area. DeLorme's Topo 6.0 covers the entire USA with highly detailed maps that can be zoomed in or out, moved, printed, and interfaced with GPS units. 3-D views, tracking and route planning, as well as map annotation ability are included. BLM administered lands are available free with registration of the program.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Indiana. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Indiana. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.