Love the idea of camping, but don’t want to rough it? Stay in a family cabin at Chain O’Lakes! You’ll find all the things you need to feel at home right smack dab in the middle of the great outdoors! Many thanks to Chain O’Lakes State Park in Albion, Indiana for hosting our crew in a family cabin for two nights.Chain O’Lakes is a beautiful escape from the city with 2, 718 acres to explore. There are nine connecting lakes, plenty of water for fishing, swimming and canoeing, and over 23 miles of hiking trails to enjoy nature on foot!
Be prepared to go off grid! As we were road tripping and getting close to Chain O’Lakes State Park, I realized I had no service on my phone. There is no wifi. How would I get my work done? Momentary minute of panic. Ha! I was able to use my husband’s Sprint phone’s hotspot to get done what I had to do without having to make a trip to town. You’ve been warned!
When we arrived at our family cabin, we all just went, “Wow!” My husband wanted to know if we couldn’t just stay here and forget the rest of our road trip plans. It is so beautiful and peaceful! Especially for my boys, there’s just nothing like getting them outside, and this was doing it in style.
Family cabins are available for rent mid July through October 31. Each cabin is 850 square feet with living room…
master bedroom with a double bed and a second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds perfect to accommodate six. Since we are a family of seven one of the kids also slept on the living room couch.
The cabin is rustic and you will need to bring your own bedding, towels, soap etc. There is no air conditioning but fans keep the cabin cool in the summer and wood stoves keep you toasty warm in the winter.
My favorite spot was the screened in porch.
We spent much of our cabin time out here relaxing, feasting on the beauty, and listening to the sounds of nature.
This was our view from the back porch. I imagine it’s all green now!
In the summer you can play in the sand or swim on the beach. We were there before the beach was open and the weather still a little chilly.
We absolutely loved taking a scenic hike around the lake.
Our guide Kaitlyn took us over the river and through the woods–I had to say that!
My kids are so curious about everything and Kaitlyn was so knowledgeable in explaining to the kids what they were seeing whether it was fungi on trees…
fresh signs of beavers…
or signs of spring.
My favorite part of the hike was the areas we found covered in trilliums!
The trail following the lake shore is one mile around and begins and ends at the beach. It was perfect for the family to stroll taking our time.
Also, don’t miss seeing Stanely Schoolhouse at Chain O’Lakes State Park. The schoolhouse built in 1915 is on the National Register for historic places.
It was in operation as a one room schoolhouse until the 1950s! In 2012 it was restored to interpret it’s original history.
We loved imagining life back in the day at Stanley Schoolhouse!
Our two nights at Chain O’Lake went by so fast. This is definitely somewhere you will want to plan to stay the week and just unplug and enjoy family time together. Learn more about the park here>>> Chain O’Lake State Park. Reserve a family cabin and enjoy the gorgeous Indiana woods, lakes and trails.