Many people overlook Indiana’s natural beauty as they’re planning their summer vacations. However, our quiet state—although it may not have the majesty of the Rockies or the beaches of the coasts—has its own charm, and Charlestown State Park is a perfect example. Next summer when you travel in your RV rental, make Charlestown State Park one of your stops.

Located in the southernmost portion of the state, Charlestown State Park is on the banks of the Ohio River across from Louisville, KY. Once part of the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, this park is both the third-largest and the third-newest state park in Indiana. Its main feature is the system of scenic trails that overlook the Fourteen Mile Creek. Fossils from the Devonian period can be found in Charlestown State Park, as well as 72 separate species of birds, including black vultures and bald eagles.

Charlestown State Park’s most unusual feature is Rose Island. The remains of Rose Island Amusement Park, which closed in 1937, can still be seen, including the remains of a fountain and a swimming pool. According to local legend, however, this isn’t the oldest ruin on Rose Island. An isolated ridge called Devil’s Backbone is allegedly the remains of an ancient stone fortress built by 12th-century Welsh explorers. The story goes that the leader, Prince Madoc of Wales, was disheartened by King Henry II’s bloody wars against the Welsh and abandoned his country for the New World. Reports of Native Americans with pale skin and blue eyes circulated well into the 1700s, although no archaeological evidence exists of Prince Madoc’s journey, which has been fictionalized in Madeline L’Engle’s novel A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

If you’re traveling in southern Indiana with a camper rental, you’ll definitely want to check out Charlestown State Park. The campground is open year-round, with full service hookups available for $40 a day. And if you’re looking for a high quality travel trailer rental in the Indianapolis area, look no further than Greenwood RV Rentals & Sales. We provide RVs, campers, and travel trailers year-round to Indiana’s visitors. Contact us today at (317) 413-0817 for more information or to make a reservation.