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Situated in the central region of the Midwest, Indianapolis is the capital and largest city in the state of Indiana. Founded in 1816, the city replaced Corydon as the state capital in 1821. Did you know that Indianapolis is the largest American city not located on a navigable river? Enough with the facts, when you decide to camp in an RV near Indianapolis, you will pass by Fort Harrison State Park. Located to the northeastern part of town just next to Lawrence, IN, this state park sits on part of what used to be Fort Benjamin Harrison, a US Army Post dating back to the 1900s. The 18-hole golf course and hiking trails make Fort Harrison State Park the premier getaway spot for Lawrence campers.
Unlike most state parks in Indiana, Fort Harrison State Park is a day-use park only. Don’t change your plans about renting an RV as there are a couple of RV campgrounds in the area. Apart from golfing and hiking trails, the park also offers fishing throughout the year. The Museum of 20th Century Warfare is also situated within the state park.
Culture seekers camping at Fort Harrison State Park will be delighted as the state park sits within minutes from downtown Indianapolis as well as a couple of other towns such as Anderson, Muncie, and New Castle. Search for an RV in Marion County and make memories camping at state park RV campgrounds around the state park and Indianapolis.
Named after Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the United States, the urban oasis that is Fort Harrison State Park offers locals and visitors alike a chilled environment to relax. The Fort Golf Course is one of the best courses Indiana has to offer. If you are new to golf, don’t fret, the course has good instructors that will get you going in no time.
Fort Harrison State Park has three trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian riders. The Harrison Trace Trail is paved, which makes it a favorite among in-line skaters. When hiking during fall, bring along a camera as you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking color explosion.
Speaking of photography, Fall Creek runs for about 3.5 miles inside the state park. When hiking along the park, expect to see some wildlife, including beavers, deer, and turtles. Fishing at Fall Creek is allowed, but you’ll need a permit, which is obtainable at the park offices.
If you’re into horseback riding, the park not only offers equestrian trails, there are also horse rentals. During the winter, bring along a sled and take advantage of the snow-covered hills. While at it, don’t forget a rod for ice fishing.
When it comes to motorhome camping in Indianapolis, there are several campgrounds to consider depending on your preference. When you're looking to camp further away from the city, look up the White River Campground in Cicero. The back-in sites are equipped with full hookups, WiFi, and they are big rig accessible. Additionally, campers get access to a clubhouse, a camp store, and laundry facilities.
Should proximity to Fort Harrison State Park be important, then check out the Indianapolis KOA in Greenfield. Like most KOA campgrounds, the campground offers full hookups and WiFi connectivity. There’s also a pet area, a snack bar, and propane is available. For recreation, campers get access to a pool as well as a recreational room and workout facilities. Kids have access to a playground.
Before packing up your Lawrence camper rental for more expeditions east past Richmond, set aside some time for exploring the region extensively. If you’re a motoring fanatic Fort Harrison State Park camping during May, you’ve got to attend the Indy 500. The Indianapolis 500 is a 500-mile long race that holds the record for being the oldest operational automobile race in the world.
When you can’t make it to the race, the doors to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum are open every single day of the year except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Located within the speedway, the museum holds an impressive collection of NASCAR, Formula One, and drag racing cars. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Hall of Fame holds names such as James A. Allison, who was among the track founders and J.C. Agajanian, who greatly promoted the event.
A visit to Indianapolis is incomplete without checking into the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The massive museum boasts of being the largest children’s museum in the world. The interactive children’s museum includes a carousel, science labs, and a planetarium. If you’ve got smaller kids, Playscape is an exhibit specially designed for children aged five and below. Caregivers get access to diaper changing stations and private nursing areas for a hassle-free experience.