Camping Under the Stars in Lawrence County

Camping is a fantastic way to spend more time outdoors, even as we get into the cooler months of the year. In Lawrence County there are many outdoor adventures to be had, and fall is one of the most beautiful times to enjoy the picturesque views and stunning fall foliage. What better way to admire our outdoor playground of caves, forests, rivers and scenic Southern Indiana rolling hills than sleeping under the stars? Today’s blog will feature some of the most unique campgrounds to explore in Limestone Country!


Spring Mill State Park Campground

Spring Mill State Park is one of Lawrence County’s most unique parks. There are numerous hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts to explore, and you are bound to find Lawrence County limestone along the way. Camping amenities include full hookup campsites, electric and water campsites, primitive campsites and youth tent camping areas. The park is famous for its Pioneer Village and working Grist Mill!

Midwest Trail Ride Campground

Midwest Trail Ride is a privately owned campground that borders the Hoosier National Forest. Midwest Trail Rides offers access to nearly 100 miles of well-marked trails in the timeless beauty of the Deam National Wilderness with lakes, streams, diverse stands of hardwoods, evergreens and wildflowers. The camping amenities include electric and water campsites and log cabins. You can rent a horse through Midwest or bring your own horse along with you. There are lighted, covered horse stalls with bedding along with hay, tack and farrier services.

Lawrence County Recreational Park

The Lawrence County Recreational Park provides almost 400 acres of off-road trails for motorcycle and ATV/UTV riders. With both water and electric campsites, a camper could plan a perfect weekend trip for the family and friends. The park also offers multiple shelter houses and a multi-unit bathroom/shower facility. Bring your ride and your tent, and then, you are all set for an adventure.

Thorne’s Recreational Property

Thorne’s Recreation Property is a true outdoor hidden gem that offers over 130 acres of rolling hills and creeks that are perfect for ATVs, horseback riding and hiking! The White River runs through and park and is the perfect spot for fishing and kayaking. The Milwaukee Trail winds right through the park, making it easy for hikers and bikers to hop on. Camping amenities include both primitive campsites and a cabin rental.  

Hardens Horse Camp

Located right along the Hoosier National Forest trails, this campsite is in a great location for horseback riders and hikers alike. The camp offers gravel-padded campsites with electricity and water, 10×10 horse stalls and a dump station. All campers are welcome whether they have a horse or not.

Hickory Ridge Horse Camp

Hickory Ridge Horse Camp is filled with nearly 50 miles of trails designed for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking! If you are looking for a chance to just get away from it all, you will find it at Hickory Ridge. Trails range in difficulty, making them accomplishable to hikers of all skill levels. The camping amenities include primitive campsites and hitching racks and are completely free to use!

Free Spirit Campground

The Free Spirit Campground is another great camping destination for a more primitive camping experience. Lawrence County’s only mini golf course, Rocky Ridge Mini Golf, can also be found at the campground. The 18-hole course features fun twists and turns and is suitable for all ages!


Roots RV

Root’s RV & Sales, Inc. is a family owned and operated RV & Trailer Dealership. They are located 6 miles south of Bedford. Roots RV offers travel trailer rentals for campers that don’t have their own. Roots will even take the camper to the campsite and set it up. Their utility trailer location is on State Rd 37 in Mitchell, and they sell RVs, travel trailers, livestock trailers, equipment trailers, RV equipment and parts and more.


To learn more about outdoor recreation in Lawrence County, click here.

Before planning your camping trip, be sure to read up on the current firewood rules and county-wide fire bans.

Due to COVID-19, visitors are required to practice safe social distancing protocol when in public. Masks will be necessary to enter inside establishments and are to be worn in situations when social distancing is not possible. These safety measures should allow everyone to have fun, all while staying safe.

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