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Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana on the Ohio River and Indiana - Kentucky border. The state park lies near the towns and cities of Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, and Lexington, KY. Charlestown State Park began life as part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant and was donated in separate parcels since 1993. Today the park consists of over five thousand acres, making it one the largest national parks in all of Indiana. The park consists of the ‘Fourteen Mile Creek,’ a tributary of the Ohio River, miles of hiking trails, and access to the Ohio River itself. All of these things, and much more, make Charlestown State Park the ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing the state park with a rental RV from either Indiana or Kentucky is possible by driving along Interstate 64 or 65.
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One of the most appealing characteristics of Charlestown State Park is its location on the banks of the great Ohio River. This section of the river offers campers on the best fishing spots in all of southern Indiana. Charlestown State Park campers can set up their rod and fishing tackle along its banks and from the comfort of their State Park campsite. The Ohio River is full of a wide range of fish species that anglers can try their hand at and catch. Species in the river include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, yellow bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, and northern pike. These are, but a small section of the vast amount anglers can catch, reason enough to fish in Charlestown State Park.
Along with fishing on the banks of the Ohio River, campers can also launch their various watercraft from the boat ramps within the park. Whether its pontoon boat or sailing boat, hours of fun can be hand on the river, safe in the knowledge, there is a spot to launch and dock your boat after you are done. Along with larger vessels, campers in Charlestown State Park may wish to kayak or canoe their way down the Ohio River. This vast river is a playground for those who love a sense of adventure on the river. Those motorhome camping without their own boats can head to the marina just across the river. Here you are able to rent a range of boats to enjoy on the water.
Alongside the riverside recreation, Charlestown State Park has a plethora of great outdoor activities. The best of these activities has to be the extense fourteen miles of hiking trails found throughout the state park. These trails range from moderate to rugged terrain, meaning they are accessible to beginner hikers but also offer something interesting to the more seasoned hikes. The best trials can be found towards the river and also provide fantastic views of the surrounding area.
Those RV camping at Charlestown State Park are more than accommodated by the campsites within the park itself and will also find alternative campsites nearby. Charlestown State Park campground offers RV campers full water, electric, and water hookups. Facilities include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, picnic tables, fire ring, and a children’s playground. Pets are more than welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
A little south of the park campers will find ‘Add-More Campground,’ a perfect alternative to the park campsite. Here campers will be provided full hookups alongside a dump station, flushing toilets, free WiFi, and a laundry service. Many of the sites here are pull-thru, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here.
The Kentucky city of Louisville is only a short drive from Charlestown State Park and offers a wide range of day trip opportunities for campers. Louisville Zoo offers the ideal day out for campers with young children. This zoo exhibits over 1,700 animals in naturalistic and mixed animal settings, offering one of the best zoo experiences you can find. With six zones of exhibits present a range of animals particular to each habitat. These zones include the Islands, Africa, Glacier Run, Australia, South America, and HerpAquarium. You will definitely get your money’s worth with a fun-packed day at Lousiville Zoo.
Lousiville is also home to one of Kentucky’s most famous events, the Kentucky Derby. Even if campers aren’t in town to see this world-famous race, the Kentucky Derby Museum is worth a visit. The museum consists of two floors of exhibits, and these include a 360-degree theater that shows the HD video of ‘The Greatest Race.’ Through the film and exhibits, visitors can learn what goes into the breeding and training of young foals, and the path it takes to be the Kentucky Derby's winner. This is a must-visit museum for anyone visiting Louisville.
A little further east will take campers the city of Lexington home to the ‘Kentucky Horse Park.’ This working horse farm and educational theme park are a ‘one of a kind’ place and a must-see when in Lexington. Visitors can learn about all aspects of ‘man’s relationship with the horse’ or watch the ‘Horses of the World’ show - this showcases rare horses from around the globe. Shows include riders in full authentic costumes and are a delight for audiences.