Hancock County campsite named best for 2022 – The Daily Reporter

Rachel Vaughan, pictured here with camp horse Rain, runs Indianapolis KOA Holiday.

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GREENFIELD – A Hancock County campground has been awarded the 2022 Campground of the Year award by its parent company, and local owners are thrilled that the hard work and improvements they’ve made over the past 17 years are recognized.

Indianapolis KOA Holiday, located at Mt. Comfort Road and Hancock County Road 200 North, was honored with KOA, a network of more than 525 campgrounds across North America.

Camp director Rachael Vaughan said when she and her parents – owners Lori and David Vaughan – were told of the honor.

“We had to give God all the credit; we have worked very hard over the past 17 years to make this park what it is and we have an amazing team,” said Rachel.

The Vaughans, campers themselves, dreamed of one day owning their own campground. 17 years ago they saw the opportunity to sell their shipping and logistics business in Ohio and move to Hancock County and purchase the Indianapolis KOA Holiday.

The campground had good bones with updated sewer, water and electrical allowing the Vaughans to work aggressively on adding RV amenities.

“Our mantra has always been upgrade, upgrade, upgrade,” David Vaughan said in a company post.

They ripped off the traditional pool and added a pool/waterpark hybrid feature.

A gem mining experience is also on site, as well as what Rachel Vaughan describes as sites that attract “glampers”, with large hard-surface patios, barbecue grills and patio furniture as well as swing sets, pergolas and freestanding fireplaces. Private cabins are also an option.

The camp store, which traditionally simply sold RV parts and necessities, now has a boutique feel with luxury candles, cosmetics, lotions, Indiana products and more.

Traditional camping items can still be found there, Rachel said, along with pizzas, wings, ice cream and treats.

The family lives in Greenfield, and she said Hancock County residents are also welcome — with gas prices high, she said now might be the time for a staycation.

“We have a lot of returns and a lot of new people – a lot of new guests, which is super exciting,” Rachel said.

She added that she is proud of the improvements they have made and the price.

“We have a very young squad, so working here gives us the opportunity to prepare them for the world,” she said. “We are very tight-knit; we become like a family.

To learn more, visit koa.com/campgrounds/indianapolis.

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