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11 RV Parks near Mitchell, Indiana
May 2019 - $30.00
Rate does not include $7.00 entry fee for Indiana residents; out of state is $9.00. Older campground that could use some improvements. The campground is hilly so most sites require some amount of leveling. Roughly 2/3 of the campground is open with trees scattered about, while 1/3 is under a canopy of dense trees. Officially electric only sites- however there are multiple water spigots throughout the campground (unadvertised) between numerous sites so if you're lucky to pick the right site, you'll also have a water hookup. It's very quiet here at night and the sites are nicely separated in the wooded section. We received one TV channel over the air and NO cell signal with our At&t service. I'm told that Verizon works. The camp store has all the basics and is open daily, and there are two playgrounds in the campground. They also rent mountain bikes. The reason for the lackluster grade is the general condition of the sites and particularly the restrooms. The sites could use some more gravel or pavement, (there's lots of dirt) and water / sewer hookups would be great. The restrooms are very outdated, including showers that give you no control over water temperature, no shelves or hooks to hang your stuff, and no privacy in the changing area. Furthermore, they were not cleaned very well on Sunday morning, if at all. It's time for this park to join the 21st century. We see this trend in many of the Indiana state campgrounds we visit; it seems Indiana is not investing like it should and allowing things to become very rundown. The best thing this campground has going for it is the natural beauty of the wooded section. AT&T cell phones receive no signal. Verizon supposedly works. - Fdwt994
Apr 2019 - $39.00
Nice park. Water in bathhouse was cold. Love the trails there. - singletracklife
Aug 2018 - $32.00
Only a couple campsites available when we arrived. Our site was on a big hill - extremely steep. Had a hard time getting a camper tent level - never would have gotten an RV in there. Ended up putting our tent cross ways to get it level. Sites were wooden but close together. Very busy campground on a weekend. Women's bathhouse had great showers - men's needed shower head taken off to get good pressure. Food was scarce - only a few restaurants nearby. Good ways into town. - Happy Campers from IN
May 2016 - $15.00
Our first impression was walking into the office. It was shabby and looked like it had not been vacuumed in some time. The girl helping us was very sweet but seemed to have a difficult time getting us set up. We did have reservations. Getting to our site was tight with narrow roads. The whole campground was uncared for. It seemed like there was no pride taken by the owners or by the many permanent residents. Pretty much all the spaces were taken with permanent residences with old run down RVs with blueboard insulation and other makeshift insulation making the place look bad. Again, no pride seemed to be taken in appearance. Our site was a pull-through that seemed to be for overnight and short stays. Muddy and small piles of dirt, long grass and weeds everywhere. We would pass this campground by if we were in the area again unless it was an emergency. It is a shame as the campground has great potential with a little work and pride from the owners. - MaryVT
Sep 2011 - $13.00
I stayed at Free Spirit for a week. The rate reflects PA rate. This campground is not big rig friendly. There are trees very close to park roadways in several places. Negotiating the roads both coming in and leaving was difficult. In addition, the sites are no where near level. You should plan to bring plenty of levelers. If I were to return to this area I would try one of the nearby state parks. - 15243
Sep 2011 - $27.00
No WiFi, many seasonal campers. Pull Thru available, but small roads to drive and a lot of trees. Some level sites. Campground need some upgrading and paint. Overall: not to bad for one or two nights, beautiful surroundings. - Traveller Excel
Apr 2019 - $75.00
For $75 a night one would think it would be more than just a paved parking lot which you back up to the utilities. There is a grassy spot behind the sites with 1 fire pit and 2 pergolas. The check in process is time consuming as you have to check in at hotel and wait till some one unlocks the utilities. They do offer trolley service, so you don't have to walk the long distance to the hotel. There was a $100 deposits that was refunded at check out. There is a small creek running next to lot that has an odd smell. - Okie girl
Apr 2019 - $75.00
No improvement since our last stay here 2 years ago, but they increased the camping rate significantly. For a whopping $75 you get a bare parking lot space. There are FHU, but the water spigots leak all over the electric box. Hotel staff fumbles with RV reservations, and the check-in process is clumsy and time consuming. After you hike to the hotel to check in, you've got to wait for staff to unlock all the utilities on your site. French Lick and West Baden are wonderful resorts, but the RV Park lacks amenities and is overpriced. Shame. - Flying Mantis
Oct 2017 - $60.00
French Lick and West Baden are wonderful historic hotels with beautiful grounds. However the RV Park is not in sync with the rest of the property. For $60 a night I expected a lot more. The camping area is a back row of an outer parking lot with no landscaping and no privacy. Twelve lines are painted on the pavement which were supposed to designate the dozen RV sites advertised. But if 12 rigs parked here you wouldn't be able to put your slides out, the sites are that close. So French Lick gives you two sites when you register, which means there's really only 6 RV spots with hook-ups. Services are located in the rear, too far for our sewer hose to reach. Behind the service poles are a couple of bench swings under small pergolas with a community fire pit between, which was the only nice touch in the whole camping area. A historic train runs alongside the RV park and blows its whistle at the nearby crossing. Shuttle busses will stop at the RV Park for transport to both hotels and the casino. Walking from the RV Park to the casino is not far, but there's no dedicated sidewalks and the shortest route takes you around a rear loading dock which was a bit unsettling at night. We've been to French Lick many times and always stayed at the wonderful hotels. This was our first time in the RV Park, and I was surprised at the scant amenities and lack of thought put into the camping area. For the hefty fee that's charged, there's much room for improvement. - Flying Mantis
Apr 2019 - $42.00
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. There aren't a lot of options in the Bloomington area for full hookup camping. This was our first time staying in this park and we checked in the first day of their season. As such, many of the amenities (pools, activities, etc) were quite limited (but the price was also lower than the 'in season' rate) especially during the week. Our site was level and had good electric service. The water lines were full of air the entirety of our stay and remained cloudy. I can't say for sure if this was the source, but I became quite ill (Giardiasis) as we were leaving the park for our next destination. The newer sites in the back offer better more room between sites and privacy from the rows of campsites near the front. The office staff was friendly and attentive. I'm assuming that once they are fully staffed for the Summer, the grounds will be better maintained. They have an infestation of dandelions and could put some effort into this area. Overall, not great, not bad....average. Like I said at the start of this review, there aren't a lot of options in the area so get ready to pay premium prices for average accommodations. - RVhappyHere
Aug 2017 - $66.00
Jam-packed resort type park with activities all weekend long. There was never an issue with the kids running out of things to do and the characters (Yogi, Boo-boo, Cindy) made several appearances. There was even a live band Saturday night! Camp store was nice with the essentials and plenty of souvenirs. Sites are typical private park arrangement; close together and no privacy. There are a few individual trees throughout the park but even the "wooded" sites don't have trees in between them or any real shaded sites. Make sure you have sewer hose ramps due to the sewer inlet on the ground being slightly uphill from your site. I was also taken aback by our neighboring site. Although they were pretty quiet (except Friday night, when they were outside talking past midnight), there was always four cars at the site and I counted 14 camp chairs. I thought there was a maximum occupancy per site? The bathrooms were clean but honestly the showers were not cleaned as aggressively as at a Yogi Bear park we stayed at last year. The staff was mostly friendly however a couple of the kids working the front desk seemed indifferent. None of these issues are what I would consider a big deal but you expect top-notch service when you pay $66 +tax a night. Overall we had a great time, but there is room for some improvement. Nonetheless we will be happy to return. - Fdwt994
May 2017 - $38.00
We arrived in late afternoon during constant rain. "New" entrance is a bit narrow turning off main road...not impossible but use care. Stopped at entry booth but no one there. began wandering through the park looking for the office. Better signage could be much more helpful. A Golf cart caught up and led us to our site (45) adjacent to the office. Efficient, friendly check-in. Site was plenty long and had a partial concrete pad. Utilities were good although wifi instructions a bit confusing. upon returning to the park after dark it was difficult to navigate due to almost total absence of lighting and poor signs. Office staff was very helpful the next day by allowing a late departure due to the need for a minor repair. It was early season here and I suspect everything wasn't yet fully up to speed. I was also informed that the park had been recently rearranged which may account for the poor signs/lights. Restrooms/showers/laundry were very clean. - whodat
Sep 2018 - $8.00
This is a beautiful park nestled in the woods. Our site (204) was easy to get into with our 41' fifth wheel. I would give it a 10 except for two problems. The first and biggest was the site is very sloped left to right. Our curb-side tires are 8" off the ground! The other problem is that the table and patio are on the driver's side. It is very quiet and peaceful here. A lot of the sites only have electric. We had a hard time parking our truck off of the road. - winnie1
Jul 2018 - $27.00
Beautiful park in Hoosier National Forest. The sites are well separated by trees. Lots of shade. About half the sites have electric, a few with water. No sewers, but there is an easy access dump station that fits 2 RVs simultaneously. We have a 40' fifth wheel, and quite a few sites fit us in. Also, about half the campground is reservable, the other half is first come, first served. There is a nice beach, and a boat ramp for Lake Monroe in the park. Also 2 rustic cabins. Campground is kept very clean and hosts are great! - fun2travel
Jul 2018 - $30.00
Our last visit was six years ago. The place is just as beautiful as ever. This is true camping in the great outdoors. Sites are far apart with lots of trees. It gets very, very quiet here- even during the day. The restroom in our loop (Holland) was old but functional and cleaned well daily. We did have an issue with the shower water temperature (water was dangerously hot) but it was resolved immediately upon our report. The hosts were so nice and went out of their way to help. The beach was also clean with nice sand and dredged. There were restrooms and a playground at the beach as well. Even during the "peak" time of summer the place was never crowded, and during mid week we were the only campers in our entire loop. Some improvements would be the addition of a playground in at least a couple more loops (only one loop and the beach have a playground) as the loops are far apart. Also, a camp store would be nice as well as a few more hiking trails. Finally, we'd like to see a few more sites with water hookups. Very few sites have water. Nonetheless, we look forward to our return. - Fdwt994
Apr 2018 - $1.00
I've been a yearly renter for 3 years, I have read some of the other reviews and would agree with most of it but not all. The previous owner was ready to retire and grumpy! The Park is under new ownership and management, the start of this season has been nothing but positive from the new owners, I would highly recommend that you try the park again this year as I think your experience will be a lot more enjoyable. - RER
Aug 2017 - $47.00
If you want to pay the highest rate for a terrible time than here's the place. The lady owner takes your money, never to be seen again. Warns to drive only 5 mph due to their deaf dog, never to be seen. Signs say Smile you're on Camera posted everywhere...no cameras seen. No garbage pickup, have to take it to the overflowing dumpster yourself. You're supposed to shut off the air if you leave campground. So you can return to a overly heated camper and melted foods. The sewer hole is so shallow the sewage splashes out, if you have your sewer hose fully opened. Better be sure to hold it down with something! No Verizon service, no wifi, unless on the office step. Male owner made us move our truck, so it stuck out in the traffic path. He was a jerk about the internet and phones. Felt like a prison camp. Did not see games advertised on website. The rules are so long and ridiculous. Had to leave a day early and no refund, the woman owner never even contacted us like her husband told us. So they got a day of our money without us there. I told her when I called I wasn't certain about the extra days after the first 2. They are not honest, caring people. Do not stay here! It was stressful and unfriendly. There are state parks that are much better; we were told by townspeople. - CamperQuilter
Aug 2016 - $35.00
Camping here was a pretty awful experience, and we would recommend highly, please don't stop here, unless you are prepared to experience an invisible fence around your camper. God forbid you deviate several grass blades off your lot, even though there are hardly any other campers in the campground. The management was brash and downright mean, not friendly at all. Wi fi is available but you must be on their porch at the office. Management makes nasty statements asking why would you want to use wi fi when you are camping? After a heavy rain, we laid our wet items on an adjacent empty gravel lot to dry , and when we returned, it was all bundled up and thrown into a pile on the grass in front of our camper. Our picnic table was present when we first arrived but then was removed from our lot by management. There are no trees for shade in the park. It was not a happy or enjoyable experience at all!! BEWARE!!! - Thornton
Aug 2016 - $70.00
Hard to get to, through small residential areas. Very expensive. People were not very helpful.
Not recommended for an overnight stay. - HHitch
Oct 2015 - $60.00
Great campground! Lots of seasonal campers here with lots of pride in their lots and places. Great staff! Really large campground with lots of hiking nearby. Would definitely return! - tdslsmo
Sep 2015 - $60.00
We used this park as a place to hibernate for a couple days en route to Mor Ryde in Elkhart on Labor Day weekend, and arrived Thursday afternoon.
We really wanted to like this park, and we expecting to, especially for the price. Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case.
First off, this park is designed for small rv's. The sites are directly perpendicular to the roads, which are very narrow. We were praying it wouldn't rain, since we knew, in order to get out out of our site, were were going to have to cut across a large portion of grass that was pretty sunken in, at at a steep angle down, since our site was raised.
Our " super site " was nothing but ordinary. We were put in the one spot, I think in the entire park, where a tree blocked our rooftop dish.
We watched a couple people on Friday get escorted to their site, only to pull out and go to another, more level site.
The one positive note on our site is we had a nice view of a tree/ grassy area. We were enjoying watching the deer during the day, and fire flies at night, until tenters moved to the area.
This was definitely not our type of park, and will not return. - Mr&MrsFulltimers
Jun 2018 - $30.00
This is one of those campgrounds you almost hate to review because then people will find out about it. We stayed in the FHU section - there are also electric only and non-electric sites. Many of the electric sites are on the lake shoreline, and the lake is an easy walk from any of the campgrounds. The campground is well-kept, with a very nice campground host, and most FHU sites seem level. We were able to get a good Dish satellite signal in our section, but the electric section is more heavily wooded and it would be difficult to make it work there. We did have a good AT&T signal (4G LTE). There are apparently some great hiking trails in the SRA, but since it rained almost the entire time we were there, we didn't really explore. Starve Hollow is in rural southern Indiana. There's a 145 acre lake with 2 of the 3 boat ramps in the campground. Canoe and kayak rental are available. We would definitely go back - hopefully during a dry spell. - Indybear
Jun 2017 - $35.00
Quick weekend trip to Starve Hollow to try out our new travel trailer. We had a nice, level, shaded site well off the lake, but we still passed the lake sites on our way out of the campground. Our site was relatively quiet. The facilities were decent as was the campstore. They had live music playing the day were were there. They have a beach. We are hikers and they had several hiking trails. We selected a good, challenging, very rugged trail. Sites 14 - 23 looked the best for travel trailers. They are on the lake, seem relatively level, and aren't too close together. - evervescent
May 2017 - $40.00
Second time visiting this park, stayed in the FHU section this time, and it was much nicer. The electric-only area (where the lakefront sites are located), is more crowded and noisy, and the lakefront sites themselves are pretty small and some are pretty sloped. Our site was paved pad and paved patio, with good shade. The sites in the FHU area are very large. There's good OTA TV, good ATT cell signal. They sell great firewood (seasoned and dry) for $5/10pcs, at the campground. Not much available in the boathouse, where you can rent kayaks, in terms of camping supplies or groceries. Nice farm market with lunch counter just up the road. Town of Vallonia is small (nearby), Brownstown is a larger town, but to get Walmart and other larger stores, Seymour is about 15 miles east. - fastalker64
Sep 2018 - $19.00
Hidden Gem out in the country. Annual sites, primitive sites, modern sites. Restaurant and store. Nice lake with boating, fishing, and swimming. They have a camp store and restaurant but it had closed for the season. The closest town with stores and restaurants is Salem, Indiana around 8 miles away. - SkipIndiana
Oct 2017 - $35.00
Huge state park located on Monroe Lake about 10 miles SE of Bloomington. Interior roads are in need of repair and maneuvering can be tricky as cars, trucks and boats encroach into the campground roads from sites. This is a very popular boating/fishing area and the crowded campground reflects this. Price paid does not reflect the additional $9 entrance fee we paid at the gate.
Many sites were very close together but maybe it appeared that way due to all the vehicles parked in/around them. Our 30A, electric only site was level, nicely wooded and roomy with a paved pad, concrete patio, picnic table and fire ring. We did have some "lake views" through the trees. All sites are electric only but there is a dump station near the campground entrance/exit. We had no OTA TV and no Verizon service.
The bath/showerhouses were typical concrete block but were relatively clean (except for some spider webs in corners). There were also some pit toilets scattered about as well. There's a playground, marina with boat rentals and also a campstore that has groceries as well as camping/fishing items. - leaf peeper
Apr 2017 - $27.00
We stayed 3 night during the week. With over 200 camping spots I counted only 12 campers using the campground during our stay. We had a nice view of Lake Monroe. It was peaceful and quite at this time of year, but I'm sure that in a few months I want to be no where near this campground as it is very popular with families and boaters. Lake Monroe is a beautiful lake with marinas and swimming beaches, it offers great boating and fishing. They have a camp store on site but for real shopping Bloomington is about 10 miles away. As with most all Indiana State properties they charge an entrance fee on top of the camping fee. - Psi500
Jul 2016 - $30.00
Focusing on just the campground, and not the beautiful Monroe Lake property, this property just gets 'average', although it borders on poor. A prior review from years ago referenced bad roads and potholes inside the campground. Well, they're still there; the roads are terrible. This campground is old and tired, but it gets packed every weekend, because of the fact that it's adjacent to the lake. You'd think Indiana would spend some of the increased camping fees to fix the aging campgrounds.
Many sites have some sort of lake access or lake view, and others have only a short walk to a nice view or access. The 2-cars per site rule isn't enforced, and some people are camping in horse trailers and box trucks. Many of sites are not level, so trust the online booking when it indicates slope. Our site was listed as 'gentle' slope, but it sloped front to back AND left to right. It's also referred to as a 'gravel' site, but this site (nor any others) hasn't seen fresh gravel in years. Some RV sites looked like tent-only to me. Our AC was having a hard time keeping up after the campground filled up, due to an overloaded electric system. I'm guessing that the electrical system gets overloaded, as many of the RV sites are used by 20-amp tent campers with multiple crock pots, lights, etc. For $30 for electric-only sites, this campground isn't a great value, but daggone-it, we'll go back because we love the lake.
It is sort of fun to people-watch here, as it's sort of like going to the county fair. Things quieted down pretty nice after about 10pm, though, even on Saturday night, so even though it's a zoo during the day, you can still get some rest.
There is a marina on the property for boat rentals and various basics and sundries, and a little larger store at the park entrance that sells fishing gear and beer/wine/groceries. - fastalker64