2015 Jayco Redhawk 31XL Bunkhouse
2015 Jayco Redhawk 31XL Bunkhouse
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If your plans are to head for southeast Indiana, consider camping with an RV; if this sounds like a plan, then also take a close look at Batesville KOA, a premium RV campground that is waiting just for you. Batesville KOA is centered right between a hardwood forest, a lake, and a golf course, making it one of the quietest and most serene settings you can imagine. At the same time, it is only a short distance from Indianapolis and Cincinnati, Ohio. Choose to stay here, and you are walking distance from the lake and a nice swim; or, if you prefer, you can opt to go fishing or boating on the lake. There are two boat ramps, and the lake is well stocked with fish.
The park offers a variety of social activities where you can meet your fellow RV campers; hayrides, themed weekends, and candy hunts are just some of what's going on. You'll also have access to beach volleyball courts, miniature golf, picnic shelters, and numerous other amenities. Most of the individual sites have full hookups while a few have just water and electrical hookups; you can choose between 30 amp and 50 amp electricity and you'll have access to Wi-Fi so you can check in back home and let everyone know you've arrived safely. Have a dog with you? The camp's pet area is a perfect place to run off pent-up energy.
Going just a little way outside of the RV park, families will be thrilled visiting the Kings Island amusement park with roller coasters (one of which is wooden), a huge water park, and an area for younger kids. An outdoor museum park has dinosaurs and biblical exhibits, and building-sized murals that provide a backdrop for the exhibits. You can rent canoes and kayaks and take a guided tour of the Whitewater River, or keep it simple and tube or raft your way downstream. A local ranch can offer you the opportunity to take a guided horseback ride for an hour, an afternoon, or even overnight.
RV rentals in Ripley County are your best bet for finding a vehicle that perfectly suits your needs. Now that you've found one, consider pointing it towards Versailles State Park, a short 30-minute drive away. This historic area was traversed by Morgan's Raiders during the Civil War when they captured and briefly held the city of Versailles. It also contains the fossilized remains that suggest the area was once a prehistoric sea. Once you've arrived, you can rent a boat, canoe, or kayak to fish or simply enjoy the views from the lake. There are dedicated trails for hiking and other trails for mountain biking; follow them to a series of steps at the top of which you can look down on the dam and the lake. The park has continuous public events throughout the summer and part of the fall which you are welcome to attend.
If you'd like to set your eyes on some wildlife, head towards Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, another short 30-mile trip in your motorhome rental. This massive park is spread out over three counties and includes the former Jefferson Proving Ground which was retired in 1996 and is now managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (it is still owned by the military). The stream corridors and forested areas provide habitat for dozens of mammal species and hundreds of bird species; it also provides refuge for endangered species such as the Indiana bat, Henslow's sparrow's, and river otters, just to name a few. The refuge is open to the public from early morning until approximately dinner time on select weekdays and some Saturdays; check ahead for open times before you arrive.
If your preference is for something more cultivated, take your RV rental to Shawnee Lookout, a hilltop park with magnificent views of the surrounding Ohio River and Great Miami River valleys. The park has a number of short, easy trails for you to hike and picnicking areas for you to relax and enjoy. There's a playground for younger kids and a boat launch letting you spend some time on the Great Miami River. Be sure to have a look at the historic Springhouse School & Log Cabin, built in 1785 and relocated to the park in 1971, and the Ulmansiek Wildlife Sanctuary, located next to the park along the Great Miami River.
You'll also want to make sure you take in some of the city sights and culture while you're renting a camper here, and Brookville is a pleasant place to start. There are several adventure companies here that can take you on guided outings, or you can rent canoes and paddleboards to head out on your own if you wish. There are a wildlife habitat and rescue center that focuses on wolves; you can watch them from an observation deck or enter the enclosure and play with them (the wolves have been domesticated and are safe). The center is non-profit, and all generated revenues go towards caring for the wolves.
Another nearby city just to the west of Batesville KOA, Greensburg, has a county historical museum and a museum of the Last Supper, an orchard and a Christmas tree farm, and much more. It also has a selection of trees that are growing on the roof of its courthouse tower, a unique attraction among tourist cities. Greensburg's culinary scene is top-notch, with Japanese and Indonesian restaurants, pizzerias, and Chinese buffets, or good old-fashioned western food.
Whether it's history or nature you're after, or culture or social events, southeast Indiana has it all, and Batesville KOA is waiting to show it to you.