Website: Shipshewana RV Park
Location: 250 East Farver Street, Shipshewana, Indiana
Date: October, 2015
Price: $33/night (prices vary from $12/night for no-hookup back-in sites to the most expensive
at $33/night for full hookup pull-thru).
Shipshewana was our destination for a few nights before we were scheduled to go to Entegra Coach (in nearby Middlebury) for service. The RV park is situated in downtown Shipshewana and right next to the Shipshewana Flea Market – the midwest’s largest outdoor flea market. The in-town feel of this park is great and we loved being able to walk to museums, restaurants, food markets, and shops. Shipshewana sits in the heart of northern Indiana Amish country where the wonderful sound of horse hooves clippity clopping along permeates the air and local store shelves are filled with Amish-made goods ranging from cheese, to baked goods, to furniture. When we were there in mid-October, the RV park was only 1/4 full so there was plenty of space. However, if you come when the flea market is in full swing you might have trouble finding a spot. Their hours are different than typical RV parks and is geared towards those going to the flea market. Check-in is whenever you get there but beware, check-out is not until 5:30 pm.
There are 70 sites with full hookups (20, 30, or 50 amp electric, water & sewer), 55 are pull-thru sites (approx. 60′ long) and 15 are back-in sites (approx. 40′ long). The park is open from April 15 – November 15 and does not take reservations so availability is first come, first served. The park is big-rig friendly with long pads and open roads to navigate.
Nightly rates vary depending on the site you choose.
Full Hookups (20, 30 & 50 amp electric, water & sewer)
Pull-thru Sites: $33/day
Pull-thru Sites: $18/day
Back-in Sites: $27/day
Back-in Sites: $12/day
Sites and roads are gravel. There is not really a patio at the site just a mix of grass and dirt. A scattering of picnic tables can be found around the park but there is not one at all the sites and there are no fire pits.
The campground’s electric, water, and sewer facilities are oddly laid out and placed. The electrical post at our site was placed far to the front of the site while the water was shared with our neighbors on the drivers side so it had to be run under the coach. Make sure you (or your neighbor) have a “Y” for the shared spigot and plenty of water hose. We were able to reach with our 50’ water hose but a 25’ would not have been sufficient.
Some sites are “buddy” sites with shared patios so be aware of which one you choose. Sites are are mix of level and unlevel with potholes and muddy spots likely if there has been rain.
There are no amenities except wifi. You must be self-contained as there are no showers, bathroom, or laundry facilities. Cable is not provided but we were able to get enough over-the-air channels to make us happy and keep us entertained.
We loved the surrounding area (click here for a blog post about the area). You can walk to restaurants, stores, entertainment, and museums. Just across the street is the Menno-Hof Interpretive Center where you can learn about the Amish and Mennonite faiths through interpretive exhibits, films, and from a tour guide. Adjacent to the RV Park is the Shipshewanna Flea Market where you can load up on all kinds of goods and Yoder’s Meat and Cheese where your taste buds will be tempted by delicious hand-made cheeses, jerkies, jams, jellies, and more.
Shipshewana is located in Elkart County which is home to some 80+ RV manufacturers and crowned with the title
“Trailer Capital of the World.” Many people come to this area for service or to take a factory tour. About 30 minutes away is the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum which is well worth a visit.
What we liked:
The best part about this park is the location and the cute little town of Shipshewana. You definitely know you are in Amish country and may begin to wonder if the number of horse and buggies outnumber cars. There is no shortage of Amish restaurants, gift stores, boutiques, bakeries, and cheese factories – many of which are within walking distance. The park is no frills but a pretty decent price for a full hook-up site.
What we didn’t like:
The wifi was spotty at best. Sites are fairly close and with no patio but it was pretty cold when we were there in October so we weren’t going to sit outside anyway. Some sites are unlevel but we did not have a problem. Really can’t say there was too much we didn’t like as it was fine for the few nights we were there.
Spirit’s two cents:
The flea market’s huge parking grounds gave us plenty of room to walk Spirit and throw a ball for her. But remember, we were there when the flea market was closed and may be less desirable to walk around when the market is open.