As the weather warms up, RV-ers are ready to hit the roads again. We’ve talked a lot about places to camp on the East Coast, but did you know the Midwest is just as gorgeous and full of adventure? Check out our top 12 state parks in the Midwest for your next camping trip. We guarantee you will not regret this decision!
Ludington State Park, Michigan
8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431
Bring your fishing cart, because Ludington State Park is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. And while you’re there, check out the iconic Big Sable Point Lighthouse that’s open 10 am to 5 pm daily from May to October. Overall, Ludington is a nice summer getaway for a family trip away.
Wilderness State Park, Michigan
903 Wilderness Park Dr, Carp Lake, MI 49718
If you’re looking for a good all-season spot to go camping in the Midwest, check out Wilderness State Park in Michigan. With over 10,000 acres of year-round activities, everyone in your family will find something perfect for themselves.
Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138
When it comes to things to do in Ohio, Hocking Hills is definitely on top of the list. Rent a cute cabin for your whole fam, or go with your loved one for a romantic getaway for two.
Brown County State Park, Indiana
1801 Indiana 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448
Climb the 90’ Fire Tower if it is your first time, or take a zen walk on Trail 5 admiring the magnificent Yellowwood tree. Overall, Brown County is a lovely all-season state park in the Midwest for a vacation.
Indiana Dunes State Park, Indiana
1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
This double-lined park is a must-go for anybody making an Indiana bucket list. For spring, take your kids for a scavenger hunt. On colder days, this is one of the best places to ski. Want to pamper yourself? Chicago is only 47 miles away.
Shades State Park, Indiana
7751 S 890 W, Waveland, IN 47989
Shades is a favorite for hikers and canoeists. If you’re looking for a private getaway, this is exactly what you want. However, pack up because you’ll be heading onto some quite lengthy hides here.
Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri
401 Fairgrounds Rd, Rolla, MO 65401
There isn’t much we need to say about the famous Mark Twain National Forest. As Missouri’s only, Mark Twain National Forest covers an impressive 1.5 million acres, featuring lakes, wilderness, and up to 742 miles of trails.
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri
1491 Missouri D, Camdenton, MO 65020
If you love history, Ha Ha Tonka would keep you appealed with one of the few abandoned castles in Missouri. Choose between various trails and boating routes and customize an unforgettable trip!
Starved Rocks State Park, Illinois
2678 E 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL 61348
13 miles of trails, 18 canyons. Starved Rocks State Park is the equivalent of adventure according to Midwest explorers! Grab one of the class-A campsites before they run out. It’s glamping time!
Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin
S5975 Park Rd, Baraboo, WI 53913
Our final pick goes to Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin, featuring a breathtaking view from the 500-foot quartzite bluffs overlooking a 360-acre lake. Chill by the beach or go paddling. The possibilities are endless.