They have a few hiking trails and mountain biking, as well as trails for regular bicycles and horses. The campsites are a bit small in some places but not all, so best check it out beforehand. When we stayed, there were tons of RVs and we were one of only four tents. The volunteers seem to have the best spots with full hook ups, while everyone else has to share water.
The $25.50 per night during the weekend for a primitive campsite with an electrical hook up seemed a bit outrageous to me. Had to walk two campsites away to get water, but fortunately those sites were vacant. If they weren't, it would have been a pain because it would have likely been large RVs like the rest of the place.
Mainly, they really need to have people out checking to be sure that people actually follow the rules. They allow pets, but only on leashes of six feet or less. Most people had their dogs running loose and chasing people. There was a RV a few sites down from us which had a small dog that seemed to hate anything that moved. It chased my husband and tried to attack him, and the owners only response was to yell at the puppy and ask it if it wanted to be tied up!
Lots of people walked their dogs without leashes and I greatly doubt they cleaned up after them either. Having a few park rangers out even once or twice a day would have solved this problem. Unfortunately, the DNR working in the campsite area was less than helpful as he couldn't even tell you where the closest town with a store was. He sent us in the wrong direction down a winding road. Do not go to Poseyville! Head towards Mount Vernon as they actually have stores!
New Harmony is closer than the other two towns, but they are little more than a tourist trap full of nice places to look at and that's about it. Both it and Poseyville have sit-down resturants, but if you're looking to get food to make yourself at your campsite, you're better off bringing along everything you need or going to Mount Vernon or even Evansville!
We had a flat tire on a Saturday and drove on the donut to Mount Vernon, only to find out that all their tire places couldn't possibly help us that day or that they closed at noon. We had to drive all the way to the westside of Evansville to the Walmart just to get a new tire.
The playground we specifically were put next to so the kids could play on was covered in ground hornets and the children were unable to use the equipment the entire weekend stay. Other people didn't watch their children and they tore down the caution tape to go play despite the danger. I was surprised that no one was hurt! Again, I'm sure if the park rangers would have checked they would have been able to keep people off that stuff.
The bathrooms were, thankfully, full plumbing near us and the showers were decent enough. They kept the bathrooms clean and they cleaned the toilets more than once a day in the women's side, which I was surprised. The men's bathroom was overflowing as the septic tank backed up and was closed due to being covered in, well, you know. My husband had to walk some way to get to the other bathroom, which was also closed a few times. It was just a pain.
- Also Known As:
- Harmonie State Park Hotel New Harmony