Best campsites around central Indiana for stargazing

We’re sharing a few campsite locations across central Indiana that are great for stargazing and viewing the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8.

A campsite with lawn chairs, a tent, and trees in the background

Even on the campground, we still have to have our coffee.

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Whether you’re looking for a great spot to view the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024 or you’re just trying to see some stars, sometimes it’s best to venture out and get away from the city lights.

We’re sharing some of the best campsites around central Indiana (in the direct path of the total solar eclipse) to get a good view of the sky. Keep in mind, if you’re looking specifically for the solar eclipse, some campsites may be booked.

Palafox Paradise, Indianapolis | RVs, tent | $150 per night
This two-acre property offers plentiful space for you to set up camp. It features a cozy fire pit and beautiful pergola, hammocks, and a patio table by the driveway. Plus, you’ll meet some friendly animals, see a growing garden, and have play areas for your enjoyment.

H.E.R. Living Campus, Beech Grove | Lodging, tents | $35 per night
The tent camping area is nestled and surrounded by young and mature trees, offering a sense of privacy. There is also a community fire pit for cooking, a large bonfire pit nearby, and showers. Fun fact: H.E.R. stands for Honor, Educate, and Restore.

A sunset view between the trees while camping

There’s nothing like a sunset view in nature.

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Thirsty Acres, Shelbyville | RVs, tents | $200 per night
This picturesque 24-acre retreat is nestled along the banks of the Big Blue River with wooded surroundings, a tiki bar and grilling pavilion, plenty of seating and space for outdoor dining, access to water activities, and special activities for the solar eclipse.

Mud Creek Campgrounds, Noblesville | RVs, tents | $40 per night
This campground located 1.8 miles east of Ruoff Music Center offers woods, water flowing through the creek, the sounds of nature, and privacy. Bonus: There is a porta potty on the property.

The Rusted Plow, Carthage | RVs, tents | $50 per night
The property is located off a winding tree-lined road between Knightstown and Carthage with several options for you to tent camp or park large RVs. The 10 acres include a pasture of wildflowers, chickens, and several varieties of trees. Plus, the surrounding 100 acres are available for kayaking, hiking, bird watching, swimming, and relaxing.

Looking for more campsites in the path of the solar eclipse? Check out this map.

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