RV campers rejoice! If you are on the lookout for some history in the midwest of America, Mounds State Park is a perfect place to set up camp for a few days. Located in Madison County Indiana, Mounds State Park is famous for its combination of Native American heritage, hiking and bird watching, which is all found within the 251 acres of the park.
The origins of Mounds State Park are fascinating. From 1897 until 1929, the park was not a State Park, but an amusement park! When the Great Depression hit Indiana, the park was sold to the Madison County Historical Society. Then, on October 7, 1930, the Historical Society donated the land to the Indiana State Department of Conservation (otherwise known as the Department of Natural Resources), which effectively led to the creation of Mounds State Park.
The rich history of the area has been beautifully preserved within Mounds State Park. You will feel like you've stepped back in time if you go check out the ancient Native American earthworks. These mounds were used for ceremony, celebration, and observation of solstices, equinoxes and stellar events. Research indicates that these mounds were used to track the seasons, the positions of more than 100 of the brightest stars, as well as those of the moon and visible planets. Walking around the park is made easy with hiking trails for all levels of difficulty, and if you fancy yourself as a fisherman, you can also cast a line in White's River, which is found within the park. Mounds State Park is open year round, but remember to pack warm if you plan to visit in winter as it could be snowing.
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Transportation in Mounds State Park
Coming from the north, take the I-69 south to exit 34. From there, take State Route 67 West to CR 100 south. Turn right to State Route 232 East and a quarter mile on the right you will find the park entrance.
If you are coming from the south, take the I-69 north to exit 26. Take State Route 9 north to state route 232 east. Follow this for two miles and you will find the park.
Travelling east? Take State Route 67 West to CR 100 south. Turn right to State Route 232 east. Turn right on State Route 232 east and follow it for a quarter mile to the entrance.
From the west, take State Route 32 east to State Route 232 east for two miles until you reach the park.
The largest campsites in the park will take an RV up to 80 feet in length, but you may have trouble getting a vehicle that large around some of the sharp corners on the way to the campground. You might be better off sticking to an RV of 50 feet or less.
There is plenty of parking within Mounds State Park. The main parking lot of the park is located at the Nature Center and Park Office.
Campgrounds and parking in Mounds State Park
Campsites in Mounds State Park
Mounds State Park Family Campgrounds
There are 76 Class-A sites at the Mounds State Park campgrounds. The campgrounds are at the northernmost end of the park, away from the Visitor Center, Bronnenberg House and the most of the mounds. There are 76 sites at the Mounds State Park campgrounds. Out of those 76 sites, 23 sites are equipped for RV's with 30 amps electric hookups. All sites are pet friendly and generators can be used from 7am-11pm.
Some sites require leveling. The site has some tall trees for added shade and privacy, but the site may not be as peaceful as you hoped. There is a small airport nearby, so expect some noise from planes during the day. Luckily the airport is not used late at night.
Seasonal activities in Mounds State Park
Mounds State Park contains six trails that range from easy walks to rugged in difficulty. They vary in length from half a mile to two and a half miles in length. Trails five and three are the two trails that are used most for those wanting to check out the Native American mounds. We recommend taking the two and a half mile Trail Five if you are a seasoned hiker as it passes the mounds, the White River, seeps and springs. If you are looking for something shorter, Trail Three is a 0.9 mile loop trail that also features some mound-viewing. Both trails can be accessed from the Visitor Center.
Mounds State Park is primarily known as a cultural site. The entire park is on the National Registry of Historic Places and checking out the Mounds is an absolute must-see. The largest earthwork, known as the Great Mound, is believed to have been constructed around 160 B.C. Archaeological surveys show that the mounds were used as gathering places for religious ceremonies, from where astronomical alignments could be viewed.
Mounds State Park is home to a large, modern pool, a bathhouse with a splashpad and it is a great way to cool off from the heat. The pool is a safe spot to swim as it is patrolled by lifeguards who will be on the lookout to make sure that everyone is staying safe in the water. The pool house has 500 person capacity so there will be plenty of room once you have finished swimming to kick back and relax. Swimming is not permitted elsewhere within the park, but the pool is open on the Saturday before Memorial Day and up to Labor Day.
Make sure to find room in the RV for your fly fishing rod if you go to Mounds State Park. The White River, which alongside the western boundary of the park, is a warm water fishery with Smallmouth Bass being the primary fish. Fish that can be found in this area of the White River include bass, bluegill and catfish. Remember that a state fishing license is required. If you forget to get one, you can purchase one online before you get to the park.
Found at the entrance to the park alongside to Bloomberg and Gate House, the Visitor Centre contains a gift shop, bird watching room, multi purpose room and a live animal exhibits room. The building is open daily from April through October and Monday through Saturday from November through March. If you're lucky, you might be at Mounds State Park when Bronnenberg House is open for a tour. The house was built in the late 1800s and contains eight rooms on two floors, plus two stairways, halls and a pantry. The rooms include bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, formal parlor and an informal sitting room.
If birdwatching is your thing then you are in luck as birdwatching is plentiful in Mounds State Park. When walking along the trails, keep an eye out for Eastern Wood-Pewees, Kentucky Warblers and you might even be able to spot a bald eagle. There are multiple times a year that Mounds State Park runs free bird guides throughout the park. Check the parks website prior to your arrival to see if there are any occurring during your stay.