Shelter & Facility Rental at Johnson County Park

Johnson County Park has 3 Rooms and 5 Shelters available for rent. Room rentals are $90.00/day and require a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. Shelters are $43.00/day. All of the shelters have electric available for use. Details on each are below. You can reserve these facilities by call the Park office at 812-526-6809. All reservations require payment  7 days after the reservation is made. Cash, Check, Credit Card and Money Order are all accepted forms of payment. All reservations must have a completed Room and Shelter Rental Agreement on file at the office. Reservations can only be made one year out from the date requested. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 246, Franklin, IN 46131.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL ROOM & SHELTER RESERVATIONS ARE RAIN OR SHINE. Refunds cannot be given because of weather conditions. Credits on accounts are ONLY possible when PRIOR NOTICE is given (at least 24 hours ahead) because of an emergency. All credits will be subject to approval by the Park Superintendent.

Johnson County Park Rooms:

Front Room
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  • Capacity of 80 people maximum.
  • 12 tables and 80 chairs furnished. (Set up is on your own.)
  • Kitchen facilities are in the same room and include a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and sink. (You must bring your own soap, towels, dishes, and silverware, etc.)
  • $90 per day, 8AM to MIDNIGHT. Payment is due within seven days of booking. No exceptions.
  • $150 damage deposit is required and is due when picking up the key. It will be refunded if no damage was sustained and the rental room was returned to its original state. We suggest that the patron writes a check for the damage deposit and then we can either return it or destroy after the rental.
  • Key for the rental may be picked up no more than seven days before the rental.

Maples Building

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  • Capacity of 80 people maximum.
  • 12 tables and 80 chairs furnished. (Set up is on your own.)
  • Kitchen facilities are in a small enclosure and include a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and sink. (You must bring your own soap, towels, dishes, and silverware, etc.) There is a fair amount of counter space.
  • $90 per day, 8AM to MIDNIGHT. Payment is due within seven days of booking. No exceptions.
  • $150 damage deposit is required and is due when picking up the key. It will be refunded if no damage was sustained and the rental room was returned to its original state. We suggest that the patron writes a check for the damage deposit and then we can either return it or destroy after the rental.
  • Key for the rental may be picked up no more than seven days before the rental.

Scout Building/Area

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  • Capacity of 60
  • 10 tables and 60 chairs furnished. (Set up is on your own.)
  • Kitchen facilities are in a small enclosure and include a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, and sink. (You must bring your own soap, towels, dishes, and silverware, etc.) There are also 2 bathrooms. The building has a fireplace, which you are welcome to use, but wood may not be scavenged from park property.
  • Renting the Scout Area also includes a small shelter and a chapel area. The shelter does not have electricity.
  • $90 per day, 8AM to MIDNIGHT. Payment is due within seven days of booking. No exceptions.  Scouts can rent this area for $25 a day. You will be able to pick up the keys to the gate and the building not more than seven days before the day of your rental.
  • $150 damage deposit is required and is due when picking up the key. It will be refunded if no damage was sustained and the rental room was returned to its original state. We suggest that the patron writes a check for the damage deposit and then we can either return it or destroy after the rental.
  • Sometimes, we cannot rent the Scout Area because we have groups using the Cross Country Course, which runs right through the Scout Area. (So, when we rent the CC course, we close the Scout Area, and vice versa. Always double check before booking.)

Johnson County Park Shelters

Welcome Shelter
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Located on the southwest corner of Schoolhouse and North. It is the big shelter you pass on your right, with the campground behind it, right before you turn onto North Street, if you are traveling south on Schoolhouse Rd.

Generally has 12 picnic tables, with a capacity of about 80. There is limited parking right in front of the shelter. You can also park at the dump station lot north of the shelter, as long as you don’t block the dump station.

Cedar Shelter
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Located on the southwest corner of Picnic and Schoolhouse. It’s the first shelter on the left in the Heartnut area that you pass if you are traveling south on Schoolhouse. It generally has four picnic tables, with a capacity of about 30. There is a large parking lot across the street, as well as to the rear of the Heartnut area, off Gatling. Please don’t block the roads or park in the grass.

Beech Shelter
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Located on the corner of Schoolhouse and Heartnut, this is the second small shelter you come to when you are traveling south on Schoolhouse. It generally has four picnic tables, with a capacity of about 30. There is a large parking lot across the street, as well as to the rear of the Heartnut area, off Gatling. Please don’t block the roads or park in the grass.

Fireside Shelter
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This is the large shelter on the corner of Picnic and Cabin. It has two sides to it, with a stone counter on each side and a fireplace built into the east side of the shelter. Fires are welcome to be built here, but wood may NOT be scavenged from park property. The campground host in site 36 sells firewood if you need some. The shelter generally has ten picnic tables in it, with a capacity of about 80. There is no parking really adjacent to the Fireside Shelter, but there is a large parking lot across the street, as well as to the rear of the Heartnut area, off Gatling. Please don’t block the roads or park in the grass.

Heartnut Shelter
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The Heartnut is the large shelter on the hill, to the east of the other shelters. It is off Heartnut Lane, to the west of Gatling Street. This shelter has generally about fourteen tables in it, with a capacity of about 120. There is ample parking in the lot off Gatling, just to the east of the Heartnut Shelter, with only one or two sites adjacent to the shelter. Parking on the grass is not permitted.

There are also three small shelters in the park that we do not rent, but are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is one called Marvin’s Hill located on the small ridge to the west of the East West Fields. Then, there is one to the west of the 50-amp campsites that we could call the 50 Amp Shelter. And, finally, there is one to the east of the Indiana Live Steamers that we could just call the Train Shelter. These may not even have picnic tables in them, and do not have concrete floors. They are open to the public. There is no parking at the Marvin’s Hill site, but some nearby the other two shelters.