Lincoln State Park
Lincoln State Park
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ForrealFamilyFun
Saint Louis, MO712 contributions
Jul 2022
Lincoln State Park is located across the road from Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. It offers camping and other outdoor activities. We visited to see two Lincoln attractions. The first one is a memorial which was place in celebration of the Bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. The memorial features a half statue of Lincoln. It has quotes on stones sign, and markers depicting the direction to Washington, DC, and Springfield IL. It is an interesting memorial, worth the trip of you are interested in Lincoln history.
Also contained in the park is the site of Sarah Lincoln's grave. It is near the original site of the Little Pigeon Baptist Church, which Lincoln and his father helped to build. It is tradition to put a penny on her grave, which is why you will see so many stacked around it. The park charges a $9 per car fee to enter if you are from out of state. They do accept credit cards.
Written July 30, 2022
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TAK0269
Clarksville, TN612 contributions
May 2021
The employee at the entrance said he was new and really didn't know anything. Unless it was your first day I would say your job is to become familiar with what the park has to offer and where things are. I asked for directions for the gravesite and he really didn't know he gave us a map. It did not help very much and after a while of driving around, seeing everything closed and a quick stop at the museum we decided to just leave and not look anymore. The beach area was closed but we saw paddle boats that could have been rented. The museum is extremely small. We had been greeted by a park ranger but they were not very helpful. The table of items was too full and descriptions of many were missing, this would have been great if the park ranger would have taken time to interact with the two children we had. There were some copies of coloring pages and a hiking scavenger hunt that was really neat! Other than that it was not worth a stop.
Written May 31, 2021
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lhubbard100
Elkhart, IN52 contributions
Apr 2022
We seen a skunk, several pileated woodpeckers (we sat and watched them for quite a while) and deer. To chilly to see the snakes out yet. We hiked back to Weber's Pond and the sound of the toads was amazing. I would recommend that hike.
Written April 7, 2022
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Sharon B
Henderson, KY34 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
If you are thinking of visiting Lincoln State Park, be ready to have a DNR officer hovering over you questioning your every move. We had our annual soup cook out at the park this past weekend, 54 campers, all family and friends. Our group included every one from 3 months old to 94 years old. This group has been gathering for over 42 years, inviting everyone to join in on a pitch-in meal and a kettle of vegetable soup. We started to encounter problems when or friends and family coming in for just the pitch-in meal, where not aloud to drive in and drop off their food and coolers at the camp site we where all meeting at. The front gate instructed them they had to carry chairs, coolers, food and infants into the camp ground by foot. As far as our handicapped visitors each where questioned and then asked to show license and proof of their handicap, never had they been so humiliated. During the day we had a peddle tractor contest for the kids, which we openly invite all in the camp sit to participate. A DNR officer stood at the event, smoking his cigarette observing us, then told the group we had to quit down. It was quite odd that the leaf blowers the park employees where using on the top of the bathhouses at the same time kept making their loud annoying sound. During the evening hours, around the camp fire, a group of about 12 was sitting around the campfire talking, and the DNR came up and informed us that we needed to shut it down and go to bed. On Sunday all the group went home except 6 campers, at 10:45 am, the camp employes started a loud engine or pump and was going around shutting off our water and draining the water lines. Our quite camping experiance was shadowed by the loud sound of a pump running next to our campers. We had to call the office and tell them we would like to sit around the camp fire, and be able to talk with each other without yelling. Our campers were also still hooked up to water, at our paid camp site. DNR came by an informed us that they had to blow out the lines so they would not freeze and the camp site really did not have to provide water. Be warned, we have been going to this park for over 40 years and never have we been treated so rude and felt so harassed.
Written November 6, 2017
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Sandra F
Gosport, IN188 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We have visited and stayed at Lincoln State Park now 3 times. It is a beautiful Indiana State park steeped in rich history surrounding Abe Lincoln. We have camped in the electric campground and it is very well kept with mostly spacious campsites. A few campsite tips: Stay on the side of the campground closest to the lake. That puts you closer to the bathhouses and walking distance from the camp store. The outside loop closest to the lake is really the best. The sites farthest from the lake appear smaller. The DNR is very nice at this particular state park. The beach is kept up nicely and groomed daily by the DNR staff. There are no issues with raccoons either. Favorite campsites: 72, 73, 75, 49...there are several others.
Written July 15, 2014
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RobertB3272
Indianapolis, IN5 contributions
Jul 2011
We rented a cabin over there for seven days and we had an awesome time. One thing you'll notice there is that the staff (state park and surrounding attractions) is very friendly. This review is to provide more info ABOUT THE CABIN ONLY for an enjoyable vacation. The cabins area is separated from the rest of the campgrounds which gives it some privacy - it also has its own playground. The cabin is all wood and has basic furniture to accommodate up to 6 people (4 twin size beds and one queen size bed, tables, chairs, love seat, cabinets, drawers). It has a covered (netted) porch with outdoor furniture where you can spend the evenings away from bugs. Bathroom has a little shower, just to do its job. There are only three electric appliances: fridge with freezer, oven and HVAC. Anything else you may need, you have to bring it from home. Kitchen “tools” are scarce (few pots with lids, pans, and an old-school coffee maker). Anything else must be brought from home (cups, silverware, dishes etc.). Beds have bare mattresses and bare pillows – no sheets, covers nor blankets.

We did not know all this but luckily my wife came a day later and brought all we needed. However, I think it would be an effective improvement if they would equip the cabin with a microwave oven.

The two rooms have no doors but curtains. The interior walls are not fully elevated (including the bathroom) – they are like cubicles in a bigger office. That might raise a privacy issue for some people.

They provide broom, mops, dustpan and a big trash can. Because the floors, walls and ceiling are only hardwood (some tiles in “wet” areas), it is very easy to keep it clean.

There are two outdoor fireplaces: a small elevated one and a ground one.

Even though they advertise one car per site, they make an exception for cabins allowing two cars per site – that worked wonderful for us.

If you are a fisherman the lake is about 300 feet away. They also have a good deal for boat rental ($30/24hours). The bad news is that the lake had a lot of water plants (too many in my opinion). The beach and the swimming area are cleared and clean though. No lifeguard on duty.

There is a camp store. The closest grocery superstore is in Santa Claus (about 5 miles east) - just in case you run out of supplies…

While there, we combined the activities in the park (hiking, fishing, sun bathing) with surrounding attractions (Holiday World, Marengo Cave etc.) which resulted in a perfect vacation.

At this time there is a one-time entrance fee of $7 ($5 for Indiana residents)
Written July 30, 2011
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Allison J
Saint Francisville, IL23 contributions
May 2018 • Family
Brought my 2 youngest to enjoy the water and beach area at the lake. They had a blast! Lots of picnic areas, playground equipment, and lovely scenery!
Written June 2, 2018
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Yellowdaisylab
Jackson, MI5 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
My 2 teenagers and I LOVED the park. It was beautiful, well maintained, full of trails, monuments, and historically significant spots to explore. It was a wonderful experience. The surrounding area of Santa Clause was also fabulous, fun, and kept even my teenagers engaged most of the time. We stayed in one of the cabins at the park and while they were clean and functional and overall in very nice shape, we had a HUGE problem with mice. There were droppings on the table and on the counters when we arrived. We caught 4 mice in traps while we were there and were bothered by several more each evening while we were trying to sleep. It was so distressful. The park office was semi-helpful - they offered mouse traps quickly when we raised our concern. We discovered large holes under the counters where the mice were likely coming in. After lugging stones in from the fire pit to block the spaces, we managed to limit the 4-legged visitors but not eliminate them entirely. We had so much fun during the days at the park and in the surrounding area but the evenings ruined it for us. We would not return.
Written January 6, 2014
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c b
Henderson, KY14 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
What is usually one of the highlights of our yearly camping excursions turned into an unpleasant experience. We were greeted with a $9.00 entry fee after already paying premium camping prices for a 3 night stay. If the indiana state parks dept. continues to hike their state park prices, people will be thriftier to go to a private campground. Also, private campgrounds don’t close their shower houses & still expect to charge full prices. Yes there was one open at the top of the hill, however no mention of the one being closed near our camper until we arrived. The DNR constantly were an irritation. we were too loud, DNR directed handicapped people park in overflow lot and walk down to campground. Really? Interrupted a harmless childrens activity which lasted one hour but used a PA system ( which they said needed a permit). this was done last year & they had no problem with it. DNR constantly appeared when unwanted but did nothing about the noise they made with their generator on Monday as we were trying to visit around our campfire. This is a beautiful park and the group we were with had 49 units. You would think the DNR would be a little more receptive to people that support & help with their salary.
If you have another option to view the beauty of autumn in Indiana, I would recommend it.
Really disappointed in what is usually a great weekend of fellowship with friends.
Written November 7, 2017
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IndianaKris
Evansville, Indiana805 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
You do not go here for luxury. SO I knew the cabin was rustic. They do have a coffee pot, refrigerator and stove. There are a few pots and pans. But you need to bring all of your utensils, cups, plates, etc. You also need to bring sheets and blankets. Pillows are provided. There is a full size bed in one bedroom and two bunk beds in the other bedroom. You also need to bring your towels and cleaning supplies. Our cabin was not all that clean...so I cleaned upon arrival and upon departure. You are required to leave the cabin clean. BUT again...you are here to enjoy the outdoors and the surroundings are amazing. The screened porch with rockers was amazing. We spent quite a bit of time there. There is no WIFI and no television...but we did not care. This cabin was near the playground. There is a path from the cabins near the lake over to the campground. They had trick-or-treating for kids at the campground and lots of decorates at the camp sites. That was really cool. We had a nice fire pit and enjoyed roasting hot dogs and having s.mores. The cabin was small... but fine. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. I am posting photos because I could not find photos of the inside of these cabins anywhere. WE did have a problem with ground hornets. They sent someone out who searched for them...but could not find where they were coming from and so they gave us bug spray. And on the last day we did see a roach. SO this is like camping...but with a toilet, electricity and air conditioning. Would not hesitate to go back. We had read reviews about mice. We did not see any indication of mice. But we did keep our food inside containers. The state park is gorgeous. Pets are not allowed in the cabin....although that did not keep people in the cabin next to us from bringing a huge dog. But he was quiet.
Written November 1, 2016
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