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Established in 2004, Prophetstown State Park is one of Indiana’s newest state parks. However, the history of the land dates back over two hundred years ago, when Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, otherwise known as The Prophet, founded a Native American community here. This grew into a multi-tribal community, after whom the park is named.
As a relatively modern park, Prophetstown State Park has been established with the 21st-century traveler in mind, including aquatic parks, history farms and of course plenty of hiking trails. Book an RV in Tippecanoe County today to experience state park RV camping with a fresh new twist.
Although a relatively young state park, its landscapes have been carved by thousands of years of glacial activity, leaving a unique area with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.
Hiking is by far the most popular way to explore Prophetstown State Park. There are over ten miles of trails to choose from that wind past the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers and through acres of prairie land. The trails cater for a variety of ability levels, including a relatively easy-going two-mile-long trail that begins from the Meadow View picnic area. Suitable for families with small children or just those who are looking for a leisurely stroll, this loop trail allows walkers to spot a variety of flora such as wild cherry trees, colorful wild roses, and the vibrant black-eyed Susan vines. For a slightly more challenging hike, take trail three that leads walkers along the riverbanks, through floodplain prairies and end with stunning vistas over Prophetstown State Park.
Within the 2,200 acres of the state park are a replica of a 1920s farm and Native American Village, which provides a good few hours of educational fun for the family. Spanning across 125 acres, this farm aims to show visitors how life was in the 1920s as the significant transition began from animal to machine power. Visitors are encouraged to tend to the garden. Explore here between Spring and Fall to watch the plowing, planting, and harvesting of the farm, all completed with antique tractors. Best of all, admission is included in the State Park entry fee, so popping by will be at no extra cost to you!
After a hard day wandering around the area, head to the Aquatic Center that can also be found within the park. Featuring a variety of fun slides, a lazy river float area, body flume, and water sports activity area, there is space for both children and adults to relax. Open from Memorial Day through to Labor Day, and equipped with changing rooms and hot showers, this is the perfect summer holiday activity!
RV camping at Prophetstown State Park could not be easier, thanks to the modern campground that was built in 2005! Over one hundred campsites have been cut out of the prairie grass to give a feeling of being completely lost in nature. With immaculately kept washroom facilities within easy walking distance of every campsite, you will have no problem keeping fresh after a long day of walking. If you would prefer, make sure to book well in advance to guarantee a site with full hookups for your luxury RV rental.
Alternatively, consider camping with an RV at Wolfs Leisure Time Campground, located just outside of the park on the banks of the Wabash River. Boasting over 130 sites with full hookup facilities as well as a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, and WiFi access, this is the perfect campsite for the modern traveler.
When you rent a camper near Prophetstown State Park, there is plenty of sight-seeing opportunities in the surrounding area. Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, located in Battle Ground, is a must-visit for anyone hoping to learn more about the history of the area. The museum preserves the exact site where the Battle of Tippecanoe took place in 1811 between American and Indian forces. Through interactive displays, well-produced films, and heaps of artifacts, visitors to the museum can learn the full story behind the battle and the events that took place afterward.
A fifteen-minute drive away is another spot well worth the visit, Clegg Botanical Gardens. Originally established as a memorial garden, just under one hundred years ago, the grounds have maintained an air of the post-war era. Overlooking the picturesque Wildcat Creek, the gardens give visitors the chance to learn about plants that are native to Indiana. Covering a modest 16.5 acres, the grounds are best-explored view the leisurely 1.5-mile path that showcases the best bits the park has to offer.
For an all-round family-friendly activity, end your trip away with a visit to Columbia Zoo, a mere twenty-minute drive south of Prophetstown State Park. Founded as early as 1908 this well-established park has now grown to house nearly 200 animals over 90 different species. Expect to see anything from prairie dogs to zebras! And, with free admission to the public, this activity will come at no extra cost to you!