2004 Fleetwood Discovery
2004 Fleetwood Discovery
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You can't ask for much more when your RV camping destination offers eye-popping scenery, historical significance, and natural history; Versailles Campground, near Versailles, Indiana, has it all and is a popular attraction for those reasons and more. The surrounding landscape of rolling hills is where an ancient sea left fossils to be discovered; it's also where Morgan's Raiders made their incursion northward and briefly seized control of the town of Versailles during the Civil War. Today this family-friendly RV campground is where you can hike and observe nature, explore trails designated for mountain bike riding, rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats, and more.
Farther out, you can visit the dam that helped to create the park's lake, or head into Versailles to do laundry, gas up your RV rental, or stock up on groceries. The town has events happening all the time and is a good place to take a walking tour in the evening, with or without the events.
Once you've booked one of the RV rentals in Ripley County, you can start your trip by heading for Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge where you will find a diverse collection of ecosystems and plant and animal life, including some species which are endangered like the Indiana bat. The park provides a habitat and breeding ground for many of its wildlife residents, making it a popular destination for observing and photographing the landscape and its inhabitants. Some of the bird species you might have a chance to observe are bald and golden eagles. The park management offers courses and events covering environmental education and interpretation in case you'd like to learn more about how these ecosystems work.
Clifty Falls State Park is not far from the city of Madison and the Kentucky state border. The park, although not quite as large as some other parks, has an incredibly diverse landscape with waterfalls that roar loudly, retreat to delicate mists, and freeze over, depending on the season. Some other landscape items you'll want to look for include Clifty Creek's stone bed, caves, mines, and tunnels; some of them occurred naturally while others were human-made. Certain areas of the park are open to the public during summer months.
For some more Indiana wilderness, take a 30-minute drive west of your campsite at Versailles State Park to explore Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area. This 4,000-acre natural area is centered around the Muscatatuck River and is largely wooded with rolling hills ranging from gentle to steep and numerous ponds that vary from small to large in size. Fishing and hunting are allowed within the parks, and licenses for these activities help to support the maintenance of the park. You can fish from a boat on the ponds or from the shoreline, or you can hike the area which is thickly wooded but has little undergrowth. Bird and wildlife watching are popular activities within the park.
Once you've had your fill of the outdoors, it'll be time to experience the culture and hospitality of Indiana's urban centers. The city of Versailles is just a short drive from Versailles Campground and offers a variety of fast-casual dining options and a few gas stations where you can fuel up the motorhome rental.
Dillsboro is a smallish town with friendly vibes and lots of history. One of its shopping venues is a boutique located in a historic house; the boutique is open year-round and is especially popular around holidays or when someone is looking for something unusual for a birthday. The town's restaurant scene has an eclectic assortment of venues, two of which are pub restaurants; their prices are reasonable and the staff friendly, making Dillsboro a good choice for dining out.
Osgood is a smaller town but has a surprising number of restaurants within its city limits and nearby, making it another good choice for deciding where to eat. There are a few commercial chain-style venues on hand, but most of the establishments are locally owned and operated. Being a small town also means that the prices are reasonable; the cuisines include wine bistros and pub restaurants, Chinese and American food, cafes, and more. One of the diners focuses on breakfast but isn't open outside of that time slot; another place is a family restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether you're looking for amazing scenery, intoxicating culture, or good old-fashioned small-town charm, you'll find all of that here in Ripley County, and a campsite at Versailles Campground is a great place to base your explorations.