When you're ready to take a break from civilization and head outdoors, Shades Campground near Waveland, Indiana, is the perfect solution. Shades is a rustic campground located within the Shades State Park, on the west end. You'll find picnic tables and fire rings at each site, plus restrooms and stations where you can draw potable water. There are no hookups so you'll need to make sure you're prepared before you arrive, but in return, you'll have all the quiet you can handle and then some.Immediately behind the RV campground, you'll see one of the park's many hiking trails which connects to the other trails, so you can throw on your hiking boots and be on the trail the moment you step out of your rental RV door. If you're up for something more demanding, Shades has access to a hiking challenge: traversing six ravines (some of them equipped with ladders). There is a restroom at the start of this trail, but it's the only one on the trail. If hiking isn't your thing, a short walk to the lake will allow you to fish or go swimming, and picnic sites with shelters and an interpretive center are nearby. The campground is open from approximately April to October (exact dates depend on the weather and other factors), and some sites are for tent camping.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Search for an RV in Montgomery County, and you are one step closer to the vacation of your dreams. Start your trip by pointing your RV rental towards Turkey Run State Park near the town of Marshall. Turkey Run is a cultivated recreation area with natural, undisturbed settings alongside modern conveniences such as a nature center and planetarium, an inn with a restaurant, and an indoor swimming pool, a playground and tennis court, and much more. If you decide to hike here, Turkey Run has a hiking challenge as well as easier trails that wind through old tree stands, sandstone canyons, and along the banks of Sugar Creek. Park your camper rental nearby, and you can finish your outdoor excursion with a hot meal and comfortable chair.Lake Waveland Park is, as the name implies, ideal for those who enjoy being in or out on the water. The lake is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and fishing and it has a two-lane boat ramp for launching your vessel. There is a camp store where you can purchase bait, fishing equipment, and other necessities such as the required fishing license. The park surrounding the lake has campsites that are either primitive or modern if you decide to stay here overnight.Pine Hills Nature Preserve is a fantastic destination for hiking, and if this is what you're after, you'll have several trails to choose from. The area is mostly an old pine plantation with white, scotch, and jack pine, and some Norway spruce. If you follow Clifty Creek (one of two creeks that flow through the preserve), you will pass The Devil's Backbone, a cliff wall with carvings near its top. If you have young children with you, though, you may want to choose another route as the trail past Devil's Backbone is narrow and quite high. As you progress into the park, the pine trees give way to hardwood tree stands such as maple, ash, and dogwood; these trees are more tolerant of the shade, resulting in their domination of the area.

Exploring The Area

While camping at Shades Campground, you'll want to spend some of your time here experiencing the history and culture of the area; a good place to start is Crawfordsville, which has both. This medium-sized city has a number of famous personalities who live or have lived here, including numerous writers and actors such as Dick Van Dyke. There is a rumor that Crawfordsville was the birthplace of legendary Old West outlaw Curly Bill Brocius, although it isn't widely believed. The city has numerous museums and places to shop; if you still have energy left, there is a public golf course, a park disc golf course, and a zipline adventure tour company. If it's time to reward your accomplishments, there is a reflexology spa where you can pamper yourself. The city has a good variety of restaurants available when it comes time to refuel; prices are reasonable, and you can choose between Mexican and Italian cuisines, pizzerias, and more.Rockville is another small town within reasonable traveling distance, and it's known as “The Covered Bridge Capital of the World.” There are numerous covered bridges that you could spend a major part of your day viewing; you'll also have museums you can check out, a rail trail where you can take a leisurely stroll, and antique stores you can browse through. Rockville has a balance of commercial type restaurants and locally owned and operated venues, so finding something that pleases everyone when dinnertime rolls around shouldn't be a challenge.Epic quiet, pristine views, outdoor and urban attractions; it's all here waiting for you when you rent an RV and camp at Shades Campground in Waveland.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.