No Iowan’s life is complete without camping trips. Some of the best memories of all are the ones that involve sitting around a smoky campfire, roasting marshmallows, and telling stories late into the night with friends or family. Whether you prefer a cabin, a camper, or just a good-old sleeping bag and tent, here are 10 amazing spots for some of the best camping in Iowa to check out as soon as you get the chance.

So, do you agree these are some of the best places to camp in Iowa? Are you planning to camp at any of these amazing camping spots in Iowa? Tell us all about your plans in the comments below.

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Amazing Camping Spots in Iowa

What are some of the most popular campgrounds in Iowa?

Iowa is home to bunches of beautiful campgrounds, so there’s truly something here for every taste. They’re special, and Iowa seems to be the only place in the world where you’ll find anything like them. You can choose from campgrounds at places such as:

  • Backbone State Park,
  • Lake Red Rock Recreational Area, and
  • Saylorville Lake, but

Those are not anywhere near all of your choices. Need some more inspiration? Check out this list of some of the best campgrounds in Iowa

Are there many things to do outdoors in Iowa?

There's plenty of things to do outdoors in Iowa!

  • Like most places, you’ve definitely got the ability to hunt, fish, camp and boat
  • There are some absolutely amazing hiking trails in the state for all experience levels, from nice and easy to hard and strenuous.
  • Pick any one of our gorgeous natural swimming holes and take a dip
  • Camp next to a lake
  • Do some rock climbing at a state park

The possibilities are endless, and we’re more than certain you’ll find the perfect thing to occupy your time with here year-round. It’s beautiful, the weather is usually pretty mild, and there are just SO many things to do. 

Where can I go hiking in Iowa?

Where there are trails, there will be hikers, and Iowa is home to over 2,000 miles of winding trails in different terrains, all at varying difficulty levels, so you’re guaranteed to find something perfect for your needs and your limits. Some of the most highly-rated trails in the state include:

  • The difficult Hitchcock Nature Center Loop Trail, which will lead you through some of the most breathtaking scenes in all of Iowa, and
  • The Maquoketa Caves Loop is an incredible (not to mention easy!) trail that you can utilize whether or not you hope to go spelunking in any of the caves. 

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