5896 W 200 N
Greenfield, IN 46140
At this point in our camping expeditions, we have probably camped at over 80 different campgrounds across America. We have experienced both good and bad campgrounds and regardless, we have completed a full interview, even if the campground was low in our scoring. Though this review will dive into some details of this campground, it is challenging to give this a good rating based on our very poor experience. As the reviews (which I ignored) explained, KOA Indy is very prone to flooding. The second day we were there, Indianapolis experienced more than average rainfall. This KOA was the last leg of our 37-day trip out West as we got closer to home (Cincinnati). As you will see from the pictures, this KOA is not built on the best of land. Fortunately, our site was N10. This campsite was up on a small ledge, clear of any flood water. However, the road in front of us and the way out of the campground was flooded, higher than knee deep. The big question was, “How are we getting out of here?” The KOA management assure me that this is happened before and they have commercial-grade water pumps to get the water out. Really? Wouldn’t you think a major company (KOA) would investigate the land before deciding to build a campground on what essentially is a flood plain?
Our daughter lives in Indianapolis, so this KOA would be a convenient place to stay when we visit her. However, this experience in the summer of 2017 has made us not want to return. Whether you decide to camp here or not, is a matter of your choice. However, I would certainly check the weather report. If there is rain in the forecast, I would avoid this campground. Or, be sure they have you in sites #1-45, which are on higher ground.
The Indy KOA is located east of downtown Indy. Considering traffic, it is about a 20 minute drive to business district of Indy. As with most KOA campground, the Indy KOA has sites ranging from basic tent sites to full hook-up/50 amp/patio sites. The KOA also a group camping section as well as cabin rentals. The campground is divided into upper and lower sections, with the Buckeye Creek serving as the border between the two. We stayed in the lower section at site N10, which was full hook-up. It included a fire ring, cement patio, and wooden swing. It was well manicured and a nice site. There are about (40) cable channels and Wi-Fi included. Propane refills and firewood are available. KOA staff pick up your trash at your site if you pace at the end of your driveway by 11:00 a.m.
The Indy KOA was well-maintained and manicured. There are many mature trees and landscaped areas with flower beds.
The Indy KOA has a host of activities for the kids and family. There is a a pool with a waterpark. There are 2 playgrounds, one in the upper and one in the lower section. Kids can play giant chess & checkers, horseshoes, or basketball. Bike rentals are available. The KOA has a stable with two horses that kids can feed and pet. There is a small fitness center near the office, however, it is very limited in equipment.
There is a large, fenced-in dog park centrally located in the lower section of the campground. We always appreciate campgrounds that dedicate a good amount of space to allow for off-leash play.
There are tons of activities in the greater Indianapolis area. For the history buffs, we would recommend the Indiana State Museum located downtown https://www.indianamuseum.org/ and the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Museum http://bhpsite.org/. Indianapolis is also the home of the Colts (NFL), the Pacers (NBA), and the Indy 500 (racing).
Adjacent to the campground one will find a variety of fast food, gas stations, etc. Mount Comfort RV is conveniently located next to the campground. They have plenty of Rv supplies and etc. We spent a few hours browsing their selections of Rv’s and campers. If you decide to visit, ask for Julie Kvinge. She was awesome!
As with most KOA’s, the Indy KOA was clean and well-maintained. The restrooms/shower houses were located next to the pool in the upper section of the campground. There is no restroom or shower house in the lower section. Of course we had a full hook-up site and most sites in the lower section are full hook-up, however, it is nice to have a restroom or shower nearby, especially for those who have the “no number #2 in the camper” rule. From our campsite to the restroom was a decent walk, especially in the rain. Coin laundry is located near the stable and playground in the upper section of the campground.