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“Nice Place, Need A RV”

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Harmonie State Park
Evansville, Indiana
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice Place, Need A RV”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

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.

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Reviewed July 17, 2008

Just got back from a visit with my daughter at the New Harmonie State Park. I found that the facilities were very, very clean. They use this facility for the bathroom use and shower. I found that the black top roads came in handy for my granddaughter to ride her bike. Lots of room for each parking site. The park had plenty of trails and even had a swimming pool that the adults could use the huge slide.

I recommend this for a family who would like to camp in a tent, pop up tents or rent a cabin.

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  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 12, 2005

We just returned from New Harmony, Indiana State Park. We had a family reunion there and we rented cabins. We were fortunate to get cabins all together and on a cul-de-sac. There were 18 children all under the age of 10 and did they have a ball. The cabins are all central air and were fantastic. Clean and very comfortable. There are hiking and riding trails throughout the park. Swimming pool with a giant slide that the adults also enjoyed. We had a catered pig roast one day that was fantastic. Whole pig with apple in mouth. I think the kids will remember this vacation with big smiles on their faces for years to come.

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Additional Information about Harmonie State Park

Property: Harmonie State Park
Address: 3451 Harmonie State Park Rd, New Harmony, IN 47631
Location: United States > Indiana > New Harmony
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in New Harmony
Number of rooms: 214
Also Known As:
Harmonie State Park Hotel New Harmony

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