Camping in Starve-Hollow, Indiana

by Cynthia Gast

Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area is located in Jackson County, Indiana, near the town of Vallonia. This 280-acre park in the southern part of the state is roughly midway between Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky, and it's adjacent to the Jackson-Washington State Forest. Activities include fishing and swimming in Starve-Hollow Lake, as well as hiking and mountain biking.


Starve-Hollow SRA has 163 total campsites, all of which include a fire ring, picnic table and a place to park. Fifty-three of the sites are equipped with full hookups for water, electric and sewer service for RVs. Electric-only service is available at an additional 87 sites, where campers can get drinking water from nearby spigots. Some sites in this group are along the lakefront. There are also 23 basic sites without any services, although drinking water is located nearby. For campers needing wheelchair accessible sites, there are three with full hookups, four with electricity only and one without any services.

Campground Facilities

All campsites at Starve-Hollow have access to modern restroom facilities with showers, and a play area for children is located in each campground section. Two boat ramps and a fish-cleaning station in the campground area are available for campers who fish. At the nearby swimming beach, a concessionaire sells food and drinks during the summer months.

Fishing on the Lake

Starve-Hollow Lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and channel catfish. Rowboat and canoe rentals are available from mid-April through October. A valid Indiana fishing license is required, and trolling motors are the only type of motor allowed.

Recreation Area Activities

In addition to camping and fishing, summer visitors to Starve-Hollow enjoy swimming in the lake at the large sandy beach. Nearby are picnic sites, shelter houses and areas set aside for softball, basketball, horseshoes and beach volleyball. Hiking trails in both Starve-Hollow and the adjacent state forest range from easy to rugged, and there are more than 12 miles of trails designated for mountain bikes in the area. The Driftwood Interpretive Center offers forestry programs year-round, and there is a self-guided interpretive nature trail.

Jackson County Touring

Outside of the state recreation area, Jackson County offers two interesting driving tours. Take a trip into the past on the Indiana Covered Bridge Loop, which highlights nine bridges dating from the 1800s in six counties, including the Medora and Shieldstown bridges in Jackson County. For a more modern experience, the Roots of an American Rocker audio tour describes the boyhood home and life of rocker John Mellencamp in the town of Seymour.

About the Author

Cynthia Gast began writing professionally over 25 years ago in the automotive magazine niche and has also taught preschoolers and elementary grades. She has been a full-time freelance writer since 2008. Gast holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Illinois.