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Hardin Ridge Recreation Area


811 Constitution Ave
Hardin, IN 47421
812.837.9453
No Email Address
http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hoosier/recreation/hardin_ridge.htm
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We were struggling to find a decent campground in southcentral Indiana so that we could make a quick trip for service toward Indianapolis and so we could visit with some old friends within an hour's drive; I just wasn't getting a good feeling about the campgrounds or RV parks in the area and I could not find much about Hardin Ridge; We sort of took a chance based on the large sites and number of non-reservable sites available Absolutely beautiful campground! There are six "loops" that are completely separate and completely wooded. The Recreation Area road ends in the largest lake (Monroe Reservoir) in Indiana that is not a Great Lake. There is a swimming area and boat ramp within the area. There are NO pull-through sites in this 202 site campground; However, there are plenty of sites large enough for the biggest rigs; The interior roads are all paved and there is a lot of room to manuever. Okay, this gets confusing. There are NO sewer hook-ups unless you are a campground host; There are 94 electric sites - 79 with 30 amps and 15 with 50 amps. Two of the six loops have no hook-ups at all. There are water hook-ups at only 14 sites and they are scattered among four loops; All water sites have electric, but only 5 have 50 amps - 136, 141, 144, 184, & 186; There are two side-by-side dump stations. he campground is managed by the Cradle Of Forestry; This is the second Cradle oF Forestry managed campground we have stayed in and we have been highly impressed both times; They have a camp host for every 20 sites and they are friendly and visible; This is a federal campground and online reservations are done by ReserveAmerica; The Recreation Area website is a bit outdated, but provides better information on the campground than the ReserveAmerica site; Only half of the sites are reservable - the sites on the right side of each loop are reservable and the sites on the left are not; Only 8 of the water sites are reservable (2 of them have 50 amps) and only 4 of the 50 amp sites are reservable; Bathhouses were very nice although they have the same bug problems most public campgrounds have; There are private shower rooms, but the showers could have been a little cleaner; Rooftop satellite access is a problem - we got very lucky to get internet and there may have been one other site where we could have; We did not get satellite TV and those that did had to manuever tripods and cables; Most sites are gravel, but there are a few paved sites sprinkled in This campground was just beautiful!! If it had sewers & laundry facilities, we might have given it a 5. The tough thing about the campground is that there is just no rhyme or reason to the sites and what amenities they may or may not have. Still, anytime we are traveling through central Indiana, we will make it a point to stay at Hardin Ridge and we will try to get our non-reservable site 144 which has water and 50 amp electric. We loved it!

 

Received from Howard for visit in Aug 2006


Site Number: 144
Stay Again? YES



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