Southern Indiana Living

JUL-AUG 2017

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July/August 2017 • 43 Marengo Cave Shaded, creekside campsites are available at Marengo, along with cabins that are also nestled away from the main at- tractions for a nice, quiet retreat. The cabins have air conditioning and heat and include a small refrigerator, but you'll need to bring your own pillows and sleeping bags. While you're there, you can take home a souvenir from their gift shop, mine for gemstones, explore the cave or cruise the Blue River in one of their canoes. Horseshoe Bend RV Campground Situated right on the banks of the Ohio River, Horseshoe Bend offers full-hookup RV campsites that are open from May to October. There are also a variety of cabin rentals featuring all the comforts of home. You can water-ski,go fishing and hop on your golf cart to zip over to the children's Pirate Ship play area. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort There are more than 285 cabins, coĴages and RVs to choose from at Lake Rudolph. Each of them have air conditioning, heat, bathrooms with showers and fully equipped kitchens. Fourteen Christmas cabins and 25 Holiday CoĴages have been added for the 2017 season, and tent sites are available too. Amenities in- clude a swimming pool, basketball courts, paddleboats, kayaks and even free pizza delivery right to your campsite. Buffalo Trace Park This camping area mixes in a liĴle history with the beauti- ful surroundings. The 147-acre preserve sits along the edge of a historic bison migration trail. You can "rough-it" in one of their primitive sites or enjoy more luxuries in their modern camp- ground or cabins. There are lots of activities to keep you busy during the day, such as disc golf, tennis, a seasonal peĴing zoo, swimming and special events. Don't have a boat of your own? Rent one of theirs and spend some time out on the water. West Boggs Park This park has 200 campsites, with some right on the edge of a 622-acre lake. Bring your bicycle and coast along the paved roads around the park, make an ice cream stop at the camp store, then do some fishing off the 60-foot pier that was installed in 2016. A golf course and a buffet restaurant are just down the road overlooking the lake. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park There are full-hookup RV sites, tent camping and three "bare bones" cabins situated around this park's private 9-acre lake. Play a game of mini golf, take a swim in the pool and burn off some energy at the playgrounds. And don't be surprised if you see Yogi himself strolling the grounds. Clifty Falls State Park Choose from 106 electric campsites, 63 non-electric sites or the youth tent area. Get some exercise hiking their 13 miles of trails, then cool off in the swimming pool and waterslide. Marvel at four waterfalls on the property, learn some new things at the Nature Center, and enjoy a hearty meal at the restaurant inside the inn. Patoka Lake This area features 450 electric sites, 45 primitive sites and youth tent camping. There are even some unique floating cabins at the marina. Showers are available and you can pick up sup- plies from the nearby camp store. A fish-cleaning station is pro- vided for your convenience, along with picnic tables. Hardin Ridge Recreation Area Two rustic cabins and 200 campsites are scaĴered around Monroe Lake, which is the largest lake in the state, covering a whopping 10,750 acres. Camping is available from April 15 to Nov. 1. There's a boat ramp, beach, interpretive programs and nature trails. You must purchase either a daily-use pass or an annual pass. Spring Mill State Park This is a modern, well-kept campground with lots of shade trees. They have fun holiday activities, including one of the larg- est Halloween campground decorating contests around. Be sure to spend some time in the Pioneer Village and take home some cornmeal from the working grist mill. The Gus Grissom Memo- rial Space Center is impressive too. When people think back to the fond memories of their youth, they often talk about their family camping trips. Maybe it's because for that special week or weekend, they actually reconnected with friends and family away from emails, texts, traffic and stress and spent more time enjoying nature, breathing in the fresh air, laughing, eating meals together and talking. If you're yearning for those experiences again, we've compiled some information for you on some of the top 10 places to camp in Southern Indiana. TOP TEN: Campgrounds in Southern Indiana

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