John James Audubon State Park RV & Campground Guide

Kentucky

John James Audubon State Park

, located in Henderson, KY, less than 15 minutes south of Evansville, IN, is a tribute to ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon, who resided in Henderson in the early 1800s. This area in Henderson was selected for a new state park in 1934, and a town librarian supplied the research and documentation needed to establish the historical connection to the park.

The area includes an internationally acclaimed museum featuring numerous examples of Audubon art with a gift shop and nature center, a nine-hole golf course, six cottages, a 69-acre camping ground that accommodates both primitive and RV-style camping, a 28-acre fishing lake with pedal boats available, tennis courts, picnic shelters, and a playground. There's even a 1,556-square-foot conference room at John James Audubon with the ability to accommodate 200 guests lecture-style without tables or 80-110 people classroom-style with tables as well as high-speed internet, webcast ability, desktops on theater seats, and a sound system. The park is situated in about 700 acres of hilly forest terrain, making for excellent walks and hikes among all the other activities. 

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Spring 48-68 F
Summer 65-86 F
Fall 48-69 F
Winter 28-44 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in John James Audubon State Park

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Country Court Campground

This veteran-led campground has accommodations available for any size of rig. It is only a few short minutes from Henderson, making it an excellent modality should you choose to visit John James Audubon State Park. The RV park is located just off the highway. Weekly rates for Country Court begin at $80/week, and this includes 30- or 50-amp electrical fees. Country Court is a more traditional pack-in/pack-out RV campground without additional amenities, but it's convenient, pet-friendly, and warm. It also allows campfires.

Rocky Falls Campground

Rocky Falls Campground is another RV park located near John James Audubon State Park. This campground is situated in nearly untouched nature, just west of Evansville, IN. There are forests and waterfalls to explore during your stay. RV sites with electrical hookups are available for $30 per night, $150 per week, or $500 per month.

Fiedlerland RV Park & Campgrounds

Fiedlerland RV Park & Campgrounds is a highly accommodating RV park located in Shawneetown, IN, about an hour away from John James Audubon State Park. It, too, is more traditional, offering no facilities or showers, but there is ice available for purchase. The price is very reasonable, and there is no set checkout time, making for an enjoyable and friendly stay. Rates are not publicly displayed but may be quickly ascertained by contacting Fiedlerland at the number on their website.

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John James Audubon State Park

Inside John James Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park is a special park because it is just as much an excursion in history as it is in nature. The park includes a museum as well as a nature center dedicated to the life of John James Audubon. Admission to the nature center is free and includes a wildlife observation room, the Audubon Theater, and the Discovery & Learning Center. There's even an art gallery featuring prominent local artists' work. Of course, this is not to mention the beautiful forest hikes, trails, and fishing lake.

Outside John James Audubon State Park

Once you're done visiting the park, be sure to check out the other activities Henderson, KY, has to offer. Henderson is an area rich with history. In addition to restaurants and shops, there are many activities to enjoy as well.

Restaurants

John Earls

John Earls is a traditional American-style eatery featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream desserts prepared fresh to order.

Type: American

Location: 733 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Henderson, KY 42420

Eastgate Family Restaurant

Eastgate Family Restaurant is a family-friendly restaurant featuring homestyle Southern and "comfort" food at reasonable prices.

Type: Southern, Comfort Food

Location: 1648 2nd St, Henderson, KY 42420

Bangles Cafe

Bangles Cafe specializes in breakfast items such as croissants, pancakes, and coffee.

Type: American, Breakfast

Location: 2036 Madison St, Henderson, KY 42420

Tacoholics Kitchen

Tacoholics Kitchen is a Mexican-style restaurant that features many types of authentic Mexican tacos.

Type: Mexican

Location: 2630 U.S. 41 B, Henderson, KY 42420

Yum Yum Chinese Restaurant

You can find high-quality and highly affordable Chinese food here. Yum Yum offers quick service with takeout available.

Type: Chinese

Location: 241 S Green St, Henderson, KY 42420

Shopping

Third Street House Gift Shop

A quaint little gift shop built into a house, Third Street House Gift Shop offers numerous quirky and fun gifting ideas.

Location: 307 3rd St, Henderson, KY 42420

Sweet Pea's Gift Shop

Sweet Pea's specializes in cute and unique items at affordable prices. 

Location: 3000 U.S. 60, Henderson, KY 42420

A&J Consignment Store

A&J Consignment Store is an inexpensive place with rare and gently used findings waiting to be discovered.

Location: 108 N Elm St, Henderson, KY 42420

Cottage Wig Shoppe

You will find a large selection of reasonably priced wigs for sale at this shop.

Location: 137 2nd St, Henderson, KY 42420

River City Pawn

River City Pawn is a multi-goods store with professional staff and services featuring a wide variety of items at highly affordable prices.

Location: 2045 U.S. 41, Henderson, KY 42420

Sightseeing

Mesker Park Zoo

The Mesker Park Zoo features 700+ animals on display as well as a botanical garden for a fun family outing.

Location: 1545 Mesker Park Dr, Evansville, IN 47720

Reitz Home Museum

At this site, you can explore a pristinely preserved 19th-century Victorian-style home with French architecture renovated into a museum.

Location: 112 Chestnut St, Evansville, IN 47713

Angel Mounds State Historic Site

The Angel Mounds State Historic Site offers tailored history camps, lectures, festivals, and hiking trails on an evacuated Native American dwelling.

Location: 8215 Pollack Ave, Evansville, IN 47715

Howell Wetlands

Howell Wetlands features 35 acres of marshes, hiking, and wildlife viewing in Evansville, IN.

Location: 1400 S Tekoppel Ave, Evansville, IN 47712

Evansville African American Museum

The Evansville African American Museum is a history museum that features various accounts of Black history.

Location: 579 S Garvin St, Evansville, IN 47713

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How to Get to
John James Audubon State Park

From Evansville, take Veterans Memorial Parkway/U.S. 69 to U.S. 41 S toward Henderson. In about 4 miles, the park will be on the left. 

From Nashville, take I-40 W/I-65 N via the ramp to Memphis/Louisville. Follow I-24 W, Pennyrile Pkwy, and I-69 to U.S. 41 N in Henderson. Continue onto U.S. 41 N, and the destination will be on the right.

Entering John James Audubon State Park

The park is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Per vehicle : $0

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