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Eby’s Pines Campground – Bristol, Ind.

Pine trees and water near the RV Capital of America
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
$32 to $48
  • 60%


Summary:

Eby's Pines Campground is a beautiful 300-site facility near northern Indiana's Amish country and Elkhart, where most of the nation's RVs are manufacturer. It is a family-owned and family-friendly campground with plenty of activities for children and teens. /p>

An adjacent business features a roller skating rink, game room and laser tag, which gives discounts to Eby's Pines campers. Other activities include a children's pool, adult pool, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, catch-and-release fishing, and trout fishing on the Little Elkhart River.

The sites feature either 30- or 50-amp power, and several dozen are located along the river or one of two ponds on site. Many sites are situated among very mature pine trees, but the park also has field sites for those who prefer a more open camping style. There is one cottage on site, several cabins, and two lodges ideally suited for large groups.

The campground has a very weak Internet connection. Even worse, people must pay for it at the rate of $5 per day. The park does offer a one-time 30-minute connection to test the service before payment is required.

A large camp store offers plenty of food, RV items, toys and souvenirs. The laundry facility is centrally located, and fire wood is dispensed from lockers near the pool which are accessible by key obtained upon purchase.

I have stayed at Eby's Pines twice. The first time, I enjoyed a rather nice, secluded site. The most recent experience was on a campsite extremely small for my 35-foot motorhome. Plus the water and electrical connections were on the opposite side of the RV's connections.

Both times, I found Eby's Pines to be a quiet, relaxing retreat with plenty of outdoor amenities. Whether you like a genuine outdoor experience, or plenty of family-friendly things to do, you'll find both at Eby's Pines.

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Pros

  • Beautiful wooded sites
  • Campground is located along the Little Elkhart River, and features two ponds within its borders
  • A family entertainment center is located across the street and offers campers discounts on rollerskating and laser tag
  • Sites feature 30- or 50-amp service, depending upon rate, plus water. Some sites have full hookups
  • Gate access to campground is controlled by card
  • Online reservations available through BookYourSite.com.
  • Sites include picnic table and fire ring
  • Most amenities are centrally located, including swimming pool, kids’ pool, playground, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts.
  • Several walking trails around the park
  • LP gas sold on site

Cons

  • It’s hard to get staff members on the phone. Most calls go to voicemail.
  • The water and electrical connections were on the opposite side of the RV’s connection ports, with the 25-foot hose stretched to the maximum length. However, that may have been a limitation of the site to which I was assigned rather than an attribute of all sites.
  • The water spigot was situated in such a way that the hose could not be attached using fingers. A wrench was necessary.
  • Excruciatingly slow Internet connection available for $5 per day, with a one-time free 30-minute session offered before purchase is required.
  • No area when dogs can be let off leash

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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