Charlestown State Park in Charlestown, Indiana is a very nice place to stay when visiting the Louisville, Kentucky area. Its very quiet, a great place to ride bikes, hike, fish, and relax. Here is what the DNRs website has to say:

With scenic vistas of the Fourteenmile Creek valley and elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with this diversity. While hiking the rugged terrain you will see Devonian fossil outcrops and areas of karst sinkhole topography. Bird watchers will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional Bald Eagle."

Adventure Journal
Entry Date: July 2007
This is a trip I took on my own. I had business in Louisville, KY, and I took the camper. I wanted to investigate possible PB&J sites for future trips.  It's really difficult to judge a campground based on a website description, so I wasn't certain where I was going to stay until I got there. I had researched
Charlestown State Park in Indiana, but the website had no photographs and a terrible description.  What I found was very interesting.  It's about a half hour from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and it is relatively easy to get to. When I got to the park, I was surprised to find hardly any other campers there at all (see pictures), but then, it was a weekday. Actually, the closest neighbors I had were a couple of wild turkeys. The park borders the Ohio River and is part of a several thousand acre former National Guard arsenal.  Prior to that, it was all farm land.  The trees are all relatively small since reforestation has only been taking place for a short time.  There may be old tree stands, but I didn't cover the entire park.  To make a long story short, I felt like I was in the wilderness with only the sound of coyote pups, wild turkeys, and various other wildlife in the evenings.  Other than a bath house and a boat ramp (distant), there really are no other amenities there.  There is fishing and hiking though, and Louisville (Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, etc.) is relatively close by for day trips.  The inner roads are very level which means the kids would have an easy time riding bikes.  I really enjoyed the place and would love to take the family back for a PB&J Adventure.  Also, being about 6 hours from home, this would also make a good waypoint for a longer trip up north.  All in all, a big thumbs up from me, I hate crowds!

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Rating (1-10)


Official Website 7 Decent site, no pictures, inadequate description of this awesome park.
Campground - Reserve


This campground is a little unusual, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Full Hookup / 60 sites, Electric / 132 sites


There is a playground, but I did not review it.
Picnic areas w/shelters * Shelters require reservations
Bird Watching * They say it is awesome - Eagles!


Devonian fossil outcrops


According to the website, there is some exceptional hiking in the park.


The park has a boat ramp accessing the Ohio River.


Fishing, along 14 Mile Creek bank on Trail 3
Local Attractions


Louisville, KY, Kentucky Derby. Louisville Slugger factory, etc.
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