RV and Tent Camping In or Near Shoals, Indiana

Shoals is located about 86 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana and about 40 miles east of Vincennes, Indiana. The population of Shoals in 2024 is approximately 674 people.

Embark on a genuine outdoor adventure at Martin State Forest, where the simplicity of primitive camping meets the unspoiled beauty of Indiana’s rolling landscapes.

Ideal for tent campers who appreciate the rustic charm of the outdoors, this destination offers a refreshing return to nature’s basics. At this state forest, you can fully engage with the serene environment and rediscover the joys of traditional camping.

Every day is a new opportunity to explore extensive trails through flourishing forests and vibrant wildlife habitats. Whether you’re an avid bird watcher, a keen hiker, or someone who finds peace in the gentle rustle of leaves, this state forest  provides a backdrop that enhances all these experiences.

Fishermen will find solace at the nearby lakes, teeming with local fish species, while nightfall brings about a stellar display of stars, unmarred by city lights.

RV campers seeking a change of pace are also invited to enjoy the area’s tranquil settings, even without the typical conveniences and hook-ups. This state forest is not just a place to pitch a tent—it’s a chance to reconnect with nature and experience camping in its purest form. Join with nature’s outdoors where adventure awaits at every turn.

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Martin State Forest

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PLEASE NOTE: The listings below were accurate from an earlier time, but likely do not reflect all the amenities offered at this campground. Many campground facilities add or remove campsites and amenities over time. We strongly recommend you visit the DNR website at the Martin State Forest for all information, complete details and much more.

Tent Camping
x26 Primitive Sites
xSelf Check-In Stations w/Fee

xDrinking WaterxxFire/Lookout Tower
xFire RingsxxGrills
xNature Preserve
xPets WelcomexxPicnic Areas
xPicnic Shelters*xxPicnic Tables
xPit Toilets

Things To Do
xBoating w/Electric Trolling
xxMotor Only

xHiking Trails
xKayakingxxMountain Bike Trails
xRow Boating

Special Info
* – Picnic Shelters – Contact DNR facility regarding the probability
of Rental Fees.

** – Fishing – Requires State License.

of the Martin State Forest.

of the
Martin State Forest.

This state forest is for primitive camping only. There are no hook-ups for RVs.

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Nearby Eats & Other Fixins’
Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant
Biggins Place
Faytastic Pizza
Nearby Attractions
Bluffs of Beaver Bend
Jug Rock Nature Preserve
Overlook Park

Also, we list 3 additional campgrounds within a 15-mile radius of Shoals. All mileage numbers shown below are approximate.
The campgrounds are as follows:

West Boggs Park
– 8 miles

Loogootee, Indiana

Sleeping Bear Retreat**
– 13 miles

French Lick, Indiana
**This facility is not designed for RVs. It is primarily for those who may enjoy camping in Tipis, a covered wagon or in a rustic, primitive lodge.

Montgomery Ruritan Club Camp
– 14 miles

Montgomery, Indiana

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