11 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Indiana

By Gabby Davis

11 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Indiana

Nothing says winter like being tucked away in a cozy cabin with a warm fireplace, a cup of hot chocolate, and a great book. As the weather changes and the temperature begins to cool, it doesn’t necessarily mean the camping season is over. Instead of enjoying traditional outdoor camping, try one of these 11 best winter camping spots in Indiana instead! 

1. Abe Martin Lodge, Nashville, IN

Nestled in the magnificent hills of southern Brown County State Park is the Abe Martin Lodge. The lodge sits on just over 16,000 acres of beautiful woods and is an absolute gem when it comes to winter camping. The lodge has 160 furnished guest rooms and cabins, along with an indoor aquatic center, full-service restaurant, banquet facilities, cable TV, hiking trails, and horseback riding. The Main Lodge was built in 1932, and its native stone and oak timber still shine bright. Another bright spot: Abe Martin Lodge is now pet-friendly and offers pet friendly, rustic cabins which are heated and have their own private bath and shower.

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2. Bluffton/Fort Wayne South KOA, Bluffton, IN

Nothing beats the KOA experience. Head out to Bluffton, Indiana, this winter for a glorious cabin camping experience perfect for families with young children. The KOA’s cabins are nestled into the beautiful wilderness and feature two-room camping cabins that can sleep up to six people. Find bunk-bed-style sleeping arrangements perfect for kids, and they are pet friendly! 

3. Shakamak State Park

Head over to Shakamak State Park this winter in beautiful Jasonville, Indiana. Three man-made lakes offer 400 acres of water that surround this amazing spot. Each cabin comes equipped with hot water, something that is a definite must for when it is freezing outside as well as their own private bathroom. You can have a lakeside or more woodsy cabin location, but both are incredible, especially as the weather changes. There are also furnished cabins to choose from as well. 

4. Harmonie State Park

New Harmony, Indiana, is in the southern part of Indiana. It’s small and quaint, with a friendly atmosphere and gorgeous scenery, which makes it an ideal place for a Sunday drive, a weekend outing, or a long vacation. The landscape ranges from rolling hills to flat floodplains, and it’s the perfect outdoor destination. The campsite has a nature center and a variety of nature programs for the little ones. There are also a variety of attractions nearby, but Harmonie State Park is a place for relaxation. Unwind in one of their quaint, fully-furnished cabins and feel your stress fade away as you listen to the sounds of nature. 

5. Potawatomi Inn, Angola, IN

Come stay at the Potawatomi Inn this winter and experience nature at its finest. Located within Pokagon State Park, this beautiful inn not only offers incredible views of wildlife and nature in general, but it also has some of the lowest rates in the area. The inn offers 138 guest rooms, complete with a spacious banquet and conference center. Choose from one of eight historic cabins or one of four cabin suites, which feature living room, dining room, and compact refrigerator. Guests can also choose to stay in one of their suites or historic rooms, which offer amazing views of the lake. 

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6. Back to Nature Cabins, Bloomington, IN

Come to southern Bloomington, Indiana, this winter and rent one of the Back to Nature Cabins. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a girls’ weekend, honeymoon, or another gathering, this is the perfect place to be this winter. Each cabin has a year-round hot tub outside, plus a fire pit, charcoal grill, central heating and air, washer and dryer, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. 

7. Wasatch Lake, Poland, IN

There is something for everyone here at Wasatch Lake in Poland, Indiana. Wasatch is Native American for “beautiful vista” and it’s the perfect way to describe this winter wonderland. Here at Wasatch Lake, you can go cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding, tobogganing, or curl up in front of your own personal fireplace and do nothing at all! Each cabin is equipped with a full kitchen and bath, linens, and firewood pre-cut for each fireplace. 

8. Vinnieโ€™s River Cabins, Magnet, IN

Winter camping at its finest! Located on the Ohio River banks in southern Indiana, right near the Kentucky border, are Vinnie’s Ohio River Log Cabins. Each cabin features easy access to the Ohio River, and has its own private hot tub, outdoor fire pit, and gas grill. It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family, or to have a quiet weekend getaway. Watch the sun and moon rise over the beautiful rolling green hills from one of seven different cabins on the property. 

9. Cabins and Candlelight, Colfax, IN

If you are looking for that perfect getaway with your special someone this year, look no further than the Cabins and Candlelight in Colfax, Indiana. Each gorgeous cabin comes with a fully-stocked kitchen, from food to dinnerware and cookware. The cabins sit on over 30 acres of land, and come with a beautiful stone fireplace with gas burning logs, an oversized whirlpool bathtub, entertainment center, oversized shower, covered porch, cathedral ceilings, and much more! It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway.

10. Antler Log Cabin Vacation Rentals, Nashville, IN

Another great place for winter camping in Nashville, Indiana, is the Antler Log Cabin Vacation Rentals. The cabins are in a secluded area near Brown County and come with a brilliant lakefront view. There are also eight different ones to choose from. The Tranquility Cabin has a beautiful view of the clearing and comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, full bath, dining room, and a small sitting area with a gas log fireplace—perfect for curling up on a cold winter’s night.  

11. Forgotten Times Cabins, Derby, IN

“Live the way you were meant to, if even for a little while,” is the motto here at the Forgotten Times Cabins in southern Derby, Indiana. The cabins are a reminder of a forgotten time, before the Civil War and a reminder of a simpler way of life. No matter which cabin you choose, you’ll see the area is filled with wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, and more. The cabins themselves sit on over 60,000 acres in the Hoosier National Forest. Guests can choose the Pioneer Cabin or the Woodland Cabin, which is a favorite among those who are looking for peace and quiet.

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