This is a FREE campsite.

Address
Bloomington, Indiana
GPS: 39.017262, -86.38971
Elevation: 785'
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Management
Public - Forest Service (USDA) (Official)
Website
812-275-5987

Amenities:
  • Restrooms
Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Horse Trails
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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 April 30, 2017

Safe, clean, beautiful, and best of all FREE!

Stayed here for the weekend. Not crowded, a few friendly campers were there. Felt very save and left camper unattended to go sightseeing. The entry road is packed gravel and less than a mile and smooth with the tress cut so you dont have to worry about height. The West side seems to be more level ground. We stayed on the East side (we ran our onboard gen all night) to stay away from the other campers. It rained all afternoon and night. In the morning there was standing water everywhere, but the ground is a sand base. We had no problem getting our 43' toy hauler out( didnt even spin the tires!). We WILL be back, this place is beautiful. Be careful when leaving route 446 is a fast road just make sure you are clear to pull out!

Stayed here in a 43 foot-long Fifth Wheel (RV). Newblue would stay here again.

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Reviewed on February 19, 2017
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Quiet stay

We stayed over night at Blackwell Horse Camp in January on our way to Texas. Not too far out of our way. We had the campground to ourselves. It was nice and quiet. It had been raining so we were unable to get out and explore. No gravel pads, all grassy areas, so we parked on the circle drive after we attempted the grassy area.

Stayed here in a 35 foot-long Class A + a Toad (RV). MissKitty would stay here again.

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Reviewed on October 24, 2016
Lynzgarr

A few different sites if you keep going past the coordinates. Road in is pretty good (gravel). Pretty quiet. Occasional cars. Cell signal for T-Mobile is on and off.

Stayed here in a 15 foot-long Trailer (RV). Lynzgarr would stay here again.

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Reviewed on May 15, 2016

This is a GREAT place. spent 3 days and loved it. easy to find and easy to get in to. We have a 38' Class A and had no trouble in or out. Gonna go back and stay longer next time

rjadventures would stay here again.

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Reviewed on September 24, 2015
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Several more dispersed campsites indicated on map at horse camp.

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Reviewed on September 24, 2015
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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
Nathan H.
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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
Ed Allen
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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
Eric Smith
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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
Angela Kline
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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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