Love Camping?

I spent my childhood camping. We camped in tents. We camped in pop-up campers. We camped in air-conditioned campers with indoor plumbing. I'm here to tell you, the heated/cooled plumbed camping is the best camping. So, now we have a camper with all life's luxuries and we have the best time.

PRO TIP: Book Six Months Out

This will be our third year camping and I've learned a few things along the way. One thing I learned is that state parks open booking six months out. On big weekends, it takes about a day to sell out of spots so I literally set a reminder on my calendar and have it booked by 6 a.m. We don't play around. But I have been in the predicament of wanting to go to a Halloween weekend or holiday weekend and there just aren't any spots open.

A 'Secret' Hack to Getting a Spot a Booked Up Campground

I have discovered that there's a trick if you want to stay at a campground that uses Reserve America booking system. I thought everyone knew about this but after seeing the number of people in my local camping groups airing their woes about missing out on Halloween weekends, I thought that maybe it isn't common knowledge.

All you have to do is log into the system, and put in your dates and the type of camping spot you are looking for. If nothing's available, you can click the Create Availability Notification button to set up emails that will alert you when someone cancels. I've also learned that there are a lot of people who book a bunch of weekends and then cancel when they figure out which weekends they can't go.

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I tested it out with Lincoln State Park on the Halloween weekends in October. I get cancelation emails every day. 

Now another pro tip, they are first come, first serve. The emails seem to go out around 2:50 AM and 5:30 AM so you better be on it if you REALLY want a spot!

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INDIANA CAMPGROUNDS ON RESERVE AMERICA

Anderson / Muncie KOA

Angola / Hogback Lake KOA
Art's Country Park
Atwood Lake Campground
Batesville KOA
Black Walnut Grove at Happy Hollow Site 2
Blue Lake Campground
Bluffton / Fort Wayne South KOA
Brookville Lake
Brown County / Nashville KOA
Brown County State Park
Camp Sack-In
Camp Watauga
Canby Ferry Campground
Chain O Lakes State Park
Charlestown State Park
City of Madison Indiana Campground
Clark State Forest
Clark State Forest, IN

 Clifty Falls State Park
Cozy Camping Cottage at Happy Hollow Homestead
Deam Lake State Recreation Area
Eby's Pines RV Park and Campground
Elkhart Co. / Middlebury KOA
Fort Harrison State Park
Fox Lake Campground
Gordons Campground
Greene-Sullivan State Forest
HARDIN RIDGE
 Hardy Lake
Harmonie State Park
Hillbilly Acres Campground
Hillbilly Acres Campground LLC
Indian Springs Campground
Indian Springs Campground, IN

Indiana Beach / Monticello KOA
Indiana Dunes State Park
Interlake State Recreation Area
Jellystone Park at Barton Lake
KAMP MODOC FAMILY CAMPGROUND
Last Resort Campground
Lazy L Lake Campground
Lieber State Recreation Area
Lincoln State Park
McCormicks Creek State Park
Mini Mountain Campground
Mississinewa Lake
Monroe Lake
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Mounds State Park
OBannon Woods State Park
Ouabache State Park
Ouabache Trails Park
OVERLOOK SHELTER (BROOKVILLE LAKE)
Patoka Lake
Pokagon State Park
Potato Creek State Park
Prophetstown State Park
Raccoon Lake
Redbird State Recreation Area
Richmond KOA
Salamonie Lake
Scales Lake Park
Shades State Park
Shakamak State Park
Sleeping Bear Retreat
South Bend / Elkhart North KOA
Spring Mill State Park
SSR Training Facility
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area
Summit Lake State Park
TAILWATER SHELTER 1 (BROOKVILLE LAKE)
TAILWATER SHELTER 2 (BROOKVILLE LAKE)
Tall Sycamore Campground
Tent camping at Happy Hollow Homestead
Terre Haute KOA
The Compound, a Southern Indiana Retreat
Thousand Trails Horseshoe Lakes
 Tippecanoe River State Park
TIPSAW LAKE
Trine State Recreation Area
Turkey Run State Park
 
Versailles State Park
West Boggs Park
Whitewater Memorial State Park
WonderTree Farm
Yellowwood State Forest
 KENTUCKY CAMPGROUNDS 
BAILEYS POINT
BARREN RIVER LAKE STATE RESORT PARK
Bear Creek Horse Camp
BIG BONE LICK STATE HISTORIC SITE
Birdsville Riverside RV Park
BLUE HERON CAMPGROUND
BLUE LICKS BATTLEFIELD STATE RESORT PARK
BOAT GUNNEL GROUP CAMPGROUND
Bowling Green KOA
Bowling Green KOA, KYBrooks Mobile & RV Park
COLUMBUS BELMONT STATE PARK
Corbin / Laurel Lake KOA
CRAIGS CREEK GROUP AREA
CUMBERLAND FALLS STATE RESORT PARK
CUMBERLAND POINT CAMPGROUND
Cumberland River Front Campsite 3
Cumberland River Front Campsite 4
Cummins Ferry RV Park and Campground
DALE HOLLOW LAKE STATE RESORT PARK
DEWEY LAKE SHELTER
DOG CREEK (KY)
FALL CREEK CAMPGROUND
FISHING CREEK CAMPGROUND
FISHTRAP LAKE SHELTERS
Flat Lick Falls
Flat Lick Falls
Fort Bluegrass Mobile Home Park
FORT BOONESBOROUGH STATE PARK
Gods Country
GRAYSON LAKE DAMSITE SHELTERS
 
GREEN RIVER LAKE STATE PARK
GREENBO LAKE STATE RESORT PARK
Holiday Hills Resort
HOLMES BEND
Horse Cave KOA
HURRICANE CREEK
JENNY WILEY STATE RESORT PARK
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON STATE PARK
KENDALL CAMPGROUND
KENLAKE STATE RESORT PARK
KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE STATE RESORT PARK
KENTUCKY HORSE PARK
Kentucky Lake Resort And RV Park
Kentucky Lakes / Prizer Point KOA
KINCAID LAKE STATE PARK
Kumberland Campground and Resort
LAKE BARKLEY STATE RESORT PARK
LAKE CUMBERLAND STATE RESORT PARK
LAKE MALONE STATE PARK
Lake Shelby Park And Campground
Lakeview Cottages and Marina
LAUREL BRANCH
Laurel River Lake Picnic Area
Levi Jackson Wilderness Road Park
LITTCARR CAMPGROUND
Little Bear Island Campground
Little Patch of Heaven
Louisville South KOA
MAMMOTH CAVE CAMPGROUND
MAMMOTH CAVE CAMPGROUND, KY

MAMMOTH PICNIC SHELTERS
MAPLE SPRINGS
Marion Fair RV Park
MILL SPRINGS MILL SHELTER
MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME STATE PARK
NATURAL BRIDGE STATE RESORT PARK
NOLIN LAKE STATE PARK
NORTH FORK (KY)
OLD KUTTAWA
Paddle Trail Campground
Paducah / I-24 / Kentucky Lake KOA
PAINTSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
PENNYRILE FOREST STATE RESORT PARK
PIKES RIDGE
Renfro Valley KOA
Riverbank Overlook with Electric
Russell Springs KOA
Sheltowee RV Park and Cabins
SMITH RIDGE
Stagecoach Station RV Park
TAYLORSVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
THE NARROWS
The Point Campground & Farm
Thousand Trails Diamond Caverns RV & Golf Resort
Three Springs Campground
TRACE BRANCH CAMPGROUND
Tween the Lakes Campground
TWIN KNOBS CAMPGROUND
WAITSBORO CAMPGROUND
Walnut Meadow RV Park
Western KY RV Park
Westgate RV Campground
Woodbury RV Park
YATESVILLE LAKE STATE PARK
 ZILPO - DANIEL BOONE NAT. FOR.

Cowboy Cobbler on the Campfire

Cowboy Cobbler is the easiest thing to make and travels well. You can make it on the campfire or in the oven and it turns out 100% perfect every time!

Fulfill Your 'Yellowstone' Fantasies at The Double J Riding Stables & Horseman's Campground in Western KY

The Double J Riding Stables & Horseman's Campground is situated off the Northeastern corner of Mammoth Cave National Park in Western Kentucky. What drew me to the campground is that they offer horse-friendly campsites for those who have their own horses and also guided horseback trail rides for those who don't!

Our family LOVES horses but we currently don't have a horse for everyone in the family so this would be a perfect solution to get everyone the chance to play cowboy and live out all their Yellowstone fantasies!

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