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Bloomington, Indiana
GPS: 39.017262, -86.38971
Elevation: 785'
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Public - Forest Service (USDA) (Official)


  • Restrooms
  • Hiking Trails
  • Horse Trails
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Submitted by Last update on Nov 28, 2009

This camping area has long been a popular destination / overnight camping area for equestrians. Other campers are also welcome although the facilities are geared to provide for horses. The camp is along Tower Ridge Road in the center of the Charles Deam Wilderness area, approximately one mile from Highway 446. Brooks Cabin is a visitor information site open on weekends during the recreation season. The camp also is a trailhead for the Charles C. Deam Wilderness trail system. (It may not be one mile) Pit toilets.

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Reviewed on September 24, 2015

Several more dispersed campsites indicated on map at horse camp.

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Reviewed on September 24, 2015

Spent a lovely 3 nights/4 days here. Only noise we heard was an owl, LOUDLY! Well kept. Lots of sunny areas for solar. 4g 2 bars on Verizon Jetpack.

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Reviewed on April 23, 2015

I stayed here for two nights while visiting a friend I have who's at IU in Bloomington. I found this to be an excellent location. A little off the beaten path, on a gravel road for a few miles, but once you turn in, there's a big field with some fire pits scattered about. You just park up on the grass anywhere and set up camp. Lots of RVs and horse people (since it is a horse camp), but I had no issues just car camping here. Toilets are vault, but well maintained. No running water that I saw. Highly recommend if you need a place in the area. The Hoosier National Forest is a very nice place. Also the Fire Tower is a few miles further east on the gravel road, and it's a gorgeous place to view the sunrise. It's 110 feet tall.

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Reviewed on April 7, 2015

Wonderful recreation and relaxation destination, especially during the week. Very peaceful except for some nearby road noise. Campground can get busy with horse campers on weekends but this friendly group is usually out on trails during the day and pretty quiet at night. Large CG does not have water or showers but there are several vault toilets scattered around. There are no designated sites or fire pits. This is in Indiana's only designated wilderness (Deam Wilderness and also Hoosier NF) and wildlife and trails are abundant. (be cautious of copperheads and rattlesnakes) This is my favorite backpacking destination in Indiana. I spend several nights here every year, either at Blackwell, Hickory Ridge or off the trail. Sycamore Trail is for hikers and backpackers. The rest are multi-use. Grubb Ridge Trail is very scenic and Peninsula Trail gives access to shoreline camping on Lake Monroe. Nearby attractions are Lake Monroe, several State Recreation Areas, Bloomington and Heltonville.

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Reviewed on August 24, 2014

Nice place to camp. Plenty of space. This place is huge. There were several other campers here, some with horses, but this place is so giant, you won't be on top of anyone. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed on August 8, 2013

Stayed here with my two girls. Only 2 other campers, we camped all the way on the other side away from them. Peaceful. You do hear a low rumble from a road, but it is not disturbing. Sadly, no horses...or any wildlife sightings while we were here.

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