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4345 S. County Road 275 W.
Vallonia, IN 47281
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Starve Hollow SRA Events
Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area encompasses approximately 280 acres offering some of the best camping in southern Indiana. Carved out of the 18,000 acre Jackson-Washington State Forest, it provides an array of recreational opportunities such as fishing the 145-acre Starve-Hollow Lake, swimming on the large sandy beach or learning about conservation at the Nature Center. For the more avid outdoor enthusiast, hiking and mountain biking on nearby trails is available. Hunting can be done during various seasons by accessing nearby Jackson – Washington State Forest. Shelters and playgrounds are located on the property as well.
Full Hookup camping facilities: electric, sewer, and water hookup as well as fire ring, picnic table, and parking spur at each site. Modern restrooms/showers (wheelchair accessible) are available nearby. 53 sites available, sites 222, 232, and 234 are wheelchair accessible.
Electric camping facilities: electric hookup, fire ring, picnic table and parking spur at each site. Drinking water is available in area. Modern restrooms/showers (wheelchair accessible) are available nearby. Dumping station is available. There are 87 sites available, with sites 28, 44, 65 and 75 being wheelchair-accessible.
Non-electric camping facilities: 10 camp sites with drinking water supply and modern restroom/showers (wheelchair accessible) nearby. Site 316 is wheelchair accessible.
All campsites will be available for reservation up to six months in advance by simply calling a toll-free telephone number or logging onto the internet. Campers will be able to make reservations by calling, toll free, 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746) Monday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday between 8 a.m. and noon EST They may also log onto the web, 24 hours a day at Camp.IN.gov.
Starve Hollow has 13 rent-a-camp cabins available year-round (NOTE: Local sales only during off season/winter months, contact property for details). Each cabin has a front porch with a swing, outside electric outlet and front porch light. Inside there are two small rooms each providing a ceiling fan with light and electrical outlets. The front room offers a small table with bench seats, corner shelf, chair, rocking chair, and a loft. The back room offers a bunk bed (single) and a double bed (NO LINENS or MATTRESS PROVIDED). Air mattress recommended. View pictures of each cabin online at Camp.IN.gov.
A full-time Interpretive Naturalist at Starve Hollow Forest Education Center provides a wide array of forestry-related programs throughout the year including special events such as Earth/Arbor Day, Smokey’s Birthday, and Archaeology Day. The Center is wheelchair accessible. Call the Naturalist if you would like assistance with nature/forestry-related field days, scout badges, school programs and group talks. All programs are free. From May - October, gate fees apply at property. Interpretive Center hours vary throughout the year. Center is closed during winter months (December - March). For more information or scheduling, call the Starve-Hollow office at (812) 358-3464.
Volunteers are needed between April - October at the Education Center. Volunteers help coordinate special events, daily programs, building and update displays, and greet visitors. Give the naturalist a call if you are interested in volunteering.
Starve-Hollow Lake has three (3) boat ramps to choose from, one at the dam and two in the electric campground. The 145-acre lake was drained and restocked in 2008 with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish.
While the majority of restocked fish were fingerlings, a small percentage was adults salvaged from the lake prior to draining. For more details, contact the property.
A valid Indiana fishing license is required. Rowboat and canoe rental is available from mid April through October. Starve-Hollow Lake is a trolling motor only lake. For campers a fish cleaning station is available. Wheelchair accessible work is being conducted at two of the ramps in 2009, one in the campground and at the dam.
A large beach is available for swimming from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Restrooms, dressing facilities, showers, and food concessions are available to visitors. Wheelchair ramps allow access to beach and concession area.
There are picnic areas and picnic shelterhouses available for day use. The shelterhouse at the west end of the main parking lot is wheelchair accessible. Picnic tables and grills are located at the picnic sites. A wheelchair accessible playground, basketball goals, softball fields, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court are located on or near the swimming beach.
Starve Hollow has several hiking trails to explore that total approximately 11 miles. All trails are located east of the lake and campground providing both easy and rugged hiking opportunities. You will experience a variety of terrain along the way from lowlands to dry ridge tops. A trail head is located in the campground begins from the rent a camp cabin area providing quick access to several different loops of various lengths. Another trail head located across from the Vallonia Tree Nursery providing an alternative starting point to the 5.6 mile Turkey Roost Trail/Orange Trail, also accessible from the campground trail head. Each trail is painted with different color blazes on trees providing a reference to which trail you are hiking. Maps are available at gates, education center and office. An additional 11 miles of hiking trails are located on the neighboring Jackson-Washington State Forest along with 13 miles of horse trails.