Lincoln State Park RV & Campground Guide


Indiana spent considerable time recreating the environment of Abraham Lincoln's youth at the Lincoln State Park. Since its establishment in 1932 to commemorate Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, the 2,026-acre park has seen many changes, most of which are meant to re-establish the natural environment in which Lincoln spent his formative years. Located less than 2 miles from the unincorporated community of Lincoln City, IN, the park includes buildings that existed when Lincoln’s family lived there. Structures like Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home, the Little Pidgeon Baptist Church, and Cemetery, and the home of Colonel Jones, a local merchant who employed Lincoln in his youth, are caringly refurbished to appear as they did in the early 1800s. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) improved the park by building Lake Lincoln, the lakeside shelter, the boat rental building, and constructing over 12 miles of trails. Located in the extreme southern section of Indiana, just 40 miles from Evansville and near the world-famous Santa Claus, Indiana, the park attracts visitors from across the nation.

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Summer 64-88 F
Fall 37-82 F
Winter 25-45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lincoln State Park

Many visitors camping at Lincoln State Park use an RV because of its increased convenience factor. With new developments in RV technology, campers have found themselves to be more independent and adventurous. The comfort level provided by modern RVs is unparalleled. Find an RV to fit your family with RVshare.

Lincoln State Park Campground

Lincoln State Park Campground offers 150 spacious RV campsites with fire rings and picnic tables. The park provides a dump station to allow visitors to clean their waste tanks. Restrooms with flush toilets and bathhouses with hot showers make life more comfortable for the park’s guests. Two lakes with swimming beaches are available for a quick dip during the warmer months. Several historical sites with interpreters presenting history programs are available daily.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 15/20/30/50 amps

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $15 to $40 per night

Lake Rudolf Campground and RV Resort

Lake Rudolf Campground and RV Resort is another sensational RV park with a vastly different theme. Each of the 233 campsites includes a picnic table and fire ring. All roads and camping pads are paved with asphalt. Five air-conditioned bathhouses provide hot showers, and the restrooms are equipped with flush toilets. Both the grounds and facilities are kept immaculate by the staff. A huge welcome center holds the park office, a game and rec room, a restaurant, and a boat rental service. There is plenty of opportunity to venture onto the water to fish with the campground sitting next to Lake Rudolf. Holiday World is a short drive away, and the resort provides a free shuttle service to get there and back. A huge swimming pool has an interesting assortment of water slides that kids love. Fishing, boating, bicycling, hiking, and swimming are among the favorite activities visitors enjoy at Lake Rudolf Campground and RV Resort.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $59 to $75 per night

Ferdinand State Forest Campground

Ferdinand State Forest Campground sits 15 miles northeast of Lincoln State Park. The park features 57 primitive RV sites. All campsites inside the park are shaded. Hot showers and restrooms with flush toilets are among the few amenities at this bare-bones campground. The 900-acre area features one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in Indiana. Established in 1933 on bare acreage, the CCC started working to build the few structures that are currently used as restrooms and showers. The CCC went further and developed the lake that is now surrounded by forest. Lake fishing and excellent deer and squirrel hunting are the main attractions of this campground.

  • Water Hookup: No

  • Electric Hookup: No

  • Sewer Hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $12 per night

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What to Do at
Lincoln State Park

Inside Lincoln State Park

Old-growth white pine trees stand among the campsites at Lincoln State Park, lakes glisten in the distance, and rich farmland covers the rolling landscape, making for an idyllic setting. Swimming and fishing are two of the favorite activities visitors enjoy as the lakes are well-stocked. The main activity inside the park is hiking. There are six trails inside the park that are considered easy to moderate in difficulty. 

Outside Lincoln State Park

Restaurants are plentiful in the small communities that surround Lincoln State Park. The various cuisines seem to have a different flair here than elsewhere in the country. Specialty shops abound in the area, but you must travel some distance to find a large shopping mall. Museums are the main attraction outside the park with at least one surfacing in each community.


Los Dos Charros

When you are staying at Lincoln State Park and you want some Mexican food, drive 5 miles north to Dale to visit the Los Dos Charros. Their cuisine features a flare that gives the food a bit of a bite. Try their El Guero meal for a steak with a pop.

Type: Mexican

Location: 560 South Washington Street, Dale, IN 47523

Saint Nick’s Restaurant

Inside Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus, IN, is Saint Nick’s Restaurant. Their traditional American cuisine is tasty and filling. Try their dinner buffet to fill up on steaks, fried chicken, or baked pork chops.

Type: American

Location: 91 West Christmas Boulevard, Sant Claus, IN 47579

Gaslight Pizza & Grill

For a mix of cuisine, visit the Gaslight Pizza & Grill. Pizza is only one item they prepare for their guests. Try their pasta Alfredo or baked tortellini for an excellent Italian meal.

Type: Italian, American

Location: 328 East 4th Street, Huntingburg, IN 47542


Santa’s Toys

It is not surprising that a Santa shop is open year-round in Santa Claus, IN. While you are in the area, visit Santa’s Toys to find some of the most exciting gifts you will discover anywhere in Indiana.

Location: 3 North Kringle Place, Santa Claus, IN 47579

Eastland Mall

The nearest shopping mall to Lincoln State Park is 40 miles away in Evansville. The trip is worth it as the Eastland Mall has 125 shops within its walls, including some famous national brands like Dillard’s, Michael’s, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Location: 800 North Green River Road, Evansville, IN 47715

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Everyone going camping should know the nearest store's location to satisfy those irritating unanticipated camping needs that always come up. When that happens during your stay at Lincoln State Park, visit the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Evansville.

Location: 6700 Columbia Street, Evansville, IN 47715


Santa Claus Museum and Village

To get a complete history of Santa Claus, visit the Santa Claus Museum and Village. Historical documents, tales, and songs contribute to the tale told by interpreters knowledgeable in the subject.

Location: 69 North State Road 245, Santa Claus, IN 47579

Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum

Twenty miles south of Lincoln State Park lies the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum. This museum completes your park visit with a visual reenactment of village life on the frontier during the early 19th century.

Location: 928 Fairground Drive, Rockport, IN 47635

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How to Get to
Lincoln State Park

Directions from Lincoln City to Lincoln State Park are straightforward. From Lincoln City, take County Road 300 East (300-E) for just over 1 mile. Turn right onto East County Road 1500 for a short distance; then, turn right at the Lincoln State Park marker. The entrance to the park is on the right.

To take the quickest route to the park from Evansville, IN, get on Indiana Highway 62 East/Indiana Highway 66 E (IN-62 E/IN-66 E) via the East Lloyd Expressway and follow the road for 9 miles. Turn left onto Indiana Highway 261 North (IN-261 N) and drive another eight miles. At the intersection with I-62 E turn right and travel for 19 miles. Turn right onto Indiana Highway 162 North (IN-162 N) and drive for 2 miles. Turn right onto 300 E. A half-mile later, turn right onto East County Road 1500. The park entrance is on the right.

Entering Lincoln State Park

Lincoln State Park is a day-use area that is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lincoln State Park Entry fee per vehicle (Indiana residents) : $7.0

Lincoln State Park Entry fee per vehicle (non-Indiana residents) : $9.0

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