Top Spots to Camp Without a Tent in Indiana
Chain O Lakes, Albion
Sleeps: Up to six people 1 of 9
Nine connecting lakes give this Indiana state park its name. Explore what many consider a boater's paradise by hiking along the shore, paddling through the water, or fishing from the beach. When you're done exploring, find respite in a rustic cabin rental, surrounded by towering trees. Each cabin comes with a porch, two bedrooms with bunk beds and a double bed, a shared living area, and kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove and oven. Get cozy on a cool night next to the wood stove or head outside for unobstructed views of the night sky.
Lincoln State Park, Lincoln City
Sleeps: Up to six people 2 of 9
Sip your morning coffee on the porch and spend your evenings relaxing in the living room with a cathedral ceiling. The family-style cabins come with central heating, air conditioning, two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom, which create a truly comfortable camping experience.
Pull yourself away from camp to find dense forests with 10 miles of hiking trails, a scenic lake, an interpretive learning center and Abraham Lincoln's childhood home.
Covered Bridge Retreat, Bloomingdale
Sleeps: Up to six people 3 of 9
This recreational area offers more than a cozy cabin to sleep in. Miles of hiking trails, a fishing pond and horse stables lure every type of outdoors enthusiast. The only cabin on the property, called the Main Lodge, is sandwiched between the Orange and Yellow Trails, making it easy to come and go as you please.
A living room, king bed, two queen beds, shared living space and wood stove create a comfortable space. Cook dinners each night in a full kitchen, complete with pots, pans and utensils, but don't spend all your time inside. Light a fire or heat up the grill for evenings outside.
Dream Lake, Borden
Sleeps: Up to five people 4 of 9
Dream Lake State Recreation Area was specifically designed for extensive outdoors recreation. When you're not relaxing in your cabin, you can fish, boat, swim, picnic, hunt and hike. After a long day outside, head back to your cabin rental, which has one bedroom, a loft area, an open porch, two bunk beds and a double bed. With cooking prohibited inside, you'll make good use of your outside grill and fire pit.
If you want a waterfront spot, reserve Osprey Cabin, Sandpiper Cabin or Crane Cabin.
Sleeps: Up to six people 5 of 9
With 13,500 acres, you can do more than rent a cabin at this Indiana recreational area. When you're not relaxing in your cottage, you can fish, hike, swim, boat, and hunt. At the end of a long day, curl up in one of the four beds, of all different sizes or warm up by a fire in the wood stove.
Each cabin comes with a bathroom, kitchen, stove and refrigerator. Other supplies provided include a toaster, coffee pot and filters, and pots and pans. Bring s'more supplies for evenings outside around the fire ring.
South Bend/Elkhart North KOA, Granger
Sleeps: Up to six people 6 of 9
Wood cabin rentals give a rustic feel to this camping experience. For the most amenities rent a deluxe cabin. These have a kitchen with a refrigerator and utensils, full bath with a shower, a sleeper sofa, full bed and bunk beds. Some of the smaller cabins don't have a kitchen or bathroom, but there's easy access to campground showers. All cabins have a fire pit and grill so you can still spend plenty of time outside.
Summit Lake, New Castle
Sleeps: Up to three people 7 of 9
Don't forget your binoculars when you head to Summit Lake State Park because birding is a popular activity here. A tranquil lake and serene hiking trails make your cabin rental a peaceful escape. One 1-bedroom cabin is available for reservation, and comes with a queen bed, outside picnic table and fire ring. With few amenities inside the cabin, you'll spend more time swimming, biking, fishing and boating.
Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Vallonia
Sleeps: Up to five people 8 of 9
Bald eagles frequently patrol the skies over this recreation area, so remember to look up as you hike and bike throughout the Jackson-Washington State Forest. Unwind inside your cabin rental that comes furnished with bunk beds, a full-sized bed, tables and two benches. Since cooking is prohibited inside the cabin, you'll spend most of your time relaxing on porch swings and hanging around the fire pit.
Reserve the Sweetgum Cabin for easy access to Starve Hollow Lake.