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Indianapolis KOA, near Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis KOA, near Indianapolis, Indiana

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I spent two days at Indianapolis KOA, near Indianapolis, Indiana, as a rest stop on my way west.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_1005
Title Indianapolis KOA, near Indianapolis, Indiana
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Indianapolis, Indiana, Indianapolis KOA
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
Status Published:
Last Revised 2019-01-01

Indianapolis, Indiana

Arrived 2018/10/5
Day of Tour 440
Nights Stayed 2
Departed 2018/10/7
Map miles from last stop 354
Mileage on arrival 44,417
Actual miles from last stop 421
Accumulated miles for trip 25,900

I spent two days at Indianapolis KOA, near Indianapolis, Indiana, as a rest stop on my way west. I had no time this trip to see anything besides my road west.

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The Journey to Indianapolis

It was another gray day of travel in four states. (Count 'em: PA, OH, IN, plus that silly, skinny little finger of WV, studded by Wheeling, sticking up along the Pennsylvania border, as though it could hold back East Coast liberals.)

This was the first of five long legs of driving I've planned for I-70, one of the major arteries of the US, and the blood of commerce was flowing heavily the entire day. During the morning, the western foothills of the Appalachians pushed the road up and down, and the speed of heavily loaded trucks rose and fell on the slopes far more than my cruise-controlled pickup; so I had to keep looking for a speed that kept us from playing leapfrog all day.

I-70 is too far south for autumn to have had much success so far in its sales of fall colors this year. I did see a couple of bright yellow ash trees (I think they were ash; they had ash-like compound leaves), but most everything else was green. But it was an old, tired green, with no verve for life, a ready customer for autumn's agents. The crops, mostly corn, seemed withered, not the healthy golden yellow that marked the ripe wheat in Kansas. But I did see a few cornfields that had been recently harvested, so I guess I don't understand the timelines of corn production. (Big surprise!)

The gray skies that began the day were an even, dry kind of cloud, with only a rare sprinkle. But by early afternoon, Thor seemed to be pulling his forces together, thinning out to the south and getting ominously dark toward the west. I opened my weather app, and lo and behold, there it was: bright reds and yellows right in front of me. I don't know if there's a national standard for weather colors, but in my app they tell one story: it was going to get wet, and it was going to get loud. And that's what it did, just about the time I crossed the Indiana border. The very first drops made me turn my wipers to extra fast. I thought I'd stop and wait it out at a rest area, but Indiana had thoughtfully closed all the rest areas on that stretch of road. I slowed down - we ALL slowed down - and kept a sharp eye on the white strip along the side of the road, and on that barely visible rectangle of darker gray in the dark gray ahead, a rectangle that I took to be the back of the truck in front of me.

By coincidence, I happened to be listening to Beethoven's 6th Symphony, with its storm movement. A fitting counterpoint to the weather, with Thor's hammer doubling Beethoven's timpani. (No, that's an exaggeration. They weren't that closely synchronized.) And yes, it was a coincidence, a true confluence of independent causal flows, whose only joint effect was the irony perceived in my mind.

Murphy was compassionate, however. Just as I got to my campsite, the last line of storm clouds passed to the east, and I set up camp in the sun.

Map of Indianapolis

I am sad to report that I can no longer show the routes I took to get from place to place. Google, in its infinite corporate wisdom, now charges a fee to embed such "advanced" features, a cost which a pro bono site like this cannot endure. From now on, I will only show you the location of where I stay (at least until Google gets even greedier, and puts a price on those too). Nonetheless, you can still view my route, at no cost to either of us (yet):

  1. Click on "View larger map" to open the map in Google Maps.
  2. Click on the "Directions" button.
  3. Replace "Your location" with "Stanfield, Oregon".
  4. Hit Return.

Of course this procedure doesn't show you which among alternative routes I took, or what side trips I ventured on, or what strange adventures my phone's GPS might have sent me down, but I will give you an approximation of my route.

Indianapolis KOA

Indiana has one of the largest RV industries in the nation. It is fitting, therefore, that Indianapolis should have one of the best KOAs in the nation. It's not a perfect 10, mind you. It has its problems. For one thing, the office is rather challenging to get to. You have to follow a long winding road, and then pull your rig between two buildings.

That done, however, the large sites are easy to get into. Moreover, they've instituted a practice that I'd like to see more frequently: They alternate the entry direction from site to site. So if I enter my site heading west, my neighbors on both sides will enter heading east. Why do I like this complicated practice? Because when I open my door to get out of my RV, or simply to enjoy the scenery, I'm looking at my neighbor's front door, not at his sewer hookup. I suspect that it also increases the social interaction between neighbors, but I have had enough experience with the practice to be sure.

The campground as a whole is huge and well shaded, with a creek running down the middle. There are ample play areas for the kids, and lots of space for walking. The freeway is nearby, but the noise is not intrusive.

Photo Gallery for Indianapolis KOA

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After a long day's drive
you have to bend your long load between these buildings.
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The staff at this KOA is very inclusive!
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That dry, scraggly plant I've seen and wondered about all along I-70.
Indianapolis KOA
That dry, scraggly plant I've seen and wondered about all along I-70.
Indianapolis KOA
Address 5896 West 200 North
Greenfield IN 46140
Home Page
Phone ‭(800) 562-0531‬
Rate (net US$) $45
Sewer Fire-Ring
Picnic Table Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
  Paved Gravel
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
  Paved Gravel   Grass    
  50 30   20
Playground Swimming   Golf
  Tennis   Waterfront   Other
Play Areas
Reviews (as of 2018/9/5)
Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.1 Good 10
Good Sam 8.5 10
KOA 4.5 5
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 8 10
Attractiveness 9 10
Friendliness 7 10
Tree Cover 8 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Size 9 10
Ease of Access 6 10
WiFiPhoenix 7 10
  • Large, alternating sites
  • Attractive, well wooded campground
  • Office difficult to get to


My next stop after leaving Indianapolis was Granite City, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. This was intended as another brief rest stop. The weather was to make it longer.

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