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Located in southeastern Indiana, Versailles State Park includes Versailles Lake, formed when Laughery Creek was dammed in 1954. Nestled in beautiful rolling hills, the state park was predominantly farmland until acquired by the national park service in the 1930s.
Notable features include the 176 feet long Busching covered bridge, which has been listed by the Historic American Engineering Record. It is a beautiful location and the perfect base to explore southeast Indiana when you book an RV in Versailles State Park.
The area is sparsely populated with most local towns being quite small. On the edge of the park you will find the town of Versailles, with limited facilities, with the nearest large city being Cincinnati over the state line in Ohio, and about an hour away.
RV camping at state parks makes exploring the countryside easy and enjoyable, particularly when there are well-marked hiking routes to use.Hiking is a popular pastime in the park, and there are four trails to choose from covering around eight miles in total. The easy 2.75-mile figure of eight loop called Orchard that passes through woods and follows parts of the Fallen Timber Creek.
The more difficult Old Forest Trail is a 2.25-mile loop through uplands woods and around ravines and limestone sinkholes. It is classed as difficult by the park and does cross many roads at some points, so caution is advised. Two more easy hikes are the Fallen Timber Creek Trail and the Otter Trail. Both routes are 1.5 miles long and classed as easy, but don’t loop back to their starting point.
For mountain bikers, there are six marked trails, covering some 16-miles, ranging from easy to more difficult. They are all located in the northern area of the park with the easy one-mile Turtle Loop to the six-mile and more difficult Grandview Loop. Hikers are allowed to use the mountain bike trails, but it is advisable to keep a good lookout, as sometimes the bikes may be travelling quite fast.
Fishing and boating are available on the 230-acre Versailles Lake. There is a boat ramp for private boats, but only low-powered electric engine boats are allowed. You can hire boats by the hour or day from the park office. Fishing requires a license for the lake but you can expect to catch bass, bluegill and catfish, and possibly smaller game fish as well. The park office can sell you a state fishing licence.
Swimming is prohibited in Versailles Lake, but you will find an 82- foot swimming pool, including a 100-foot waterslide, play area and paddling pool that should make up for it!
The campground at Versailles State Park is perfect for camping with an RV, offering 215 sites that all have electric hookup. None of the sites offer a water connection, but there is hot water, showers, and flushing toilets available. Each site has a fire ring, plus you will find plenty of picnic tables and picnic areas.
The park is pet-friendly, but dogs must be kept on a leash of no more than six feet, and should not be left unattended at any time. You will find a camp store next to the nature center and a concession near the swimming pool that is open when the pool is.
Camping with an RV in Versailles State Park gives you a great opportunity to enjoy a vacation exploring the great outdoors with the whole family.
The town of Versailles is located right on the edge of the park, across Laughery Creek and offers all the basic amenities required when RV camping at Versailles State Park. Along with a gas station, you’ll also find fast-food and traditional restaurants and diners. The larger town of Batesville is just a few miles north and has a larger range of shopping and restaurants.
Every year since 1899, Versailles has held an annual Pumpkin Show. It was the idea of Alfred H. Beer and was actually his brainchild for advertising his jewelry business. Little did he know that over a century later, the show would still be going strong! The show now has a whole series of events, including marching bands, a parade, live entertainment and much more. If you’re camping at Versailles State Park when the show is on, it would be a shame not to go.
In the small town of Aurora, a few miles east of Versailles you will find the Hillforest Victorian House Museum. The house is an Italian Renaissance mansion built around 1855, close to the Ohio River and the historic downtown area of Aurora. It was listed as a historic landmark in 1992 and is now open for tours between April and December. Guided tours are available to enjoy the fully restored period interior and the mansion can be hired for small weddings or other ceremonies.
The town is also located on the majestic Ohio River so take a moment and check it out as it flows past. Don't forget your camera as there are numerous photo opportunities.