Iowa Camping, Nature, State Parks May 12, 2019
The Oldest Campground In Iowa Has Made Summertime More Magical Since 1920
Who’s ready for some family fun in the fresh Iowa air? Visit the oldest campground in Iowa and make some summer memories this year.
Backbone State Park was founded in 1920. It's the oldest state park in Iowa, and it's absolutely beautiful. You'll find it in Dundee, in the northeastern part of the state.
Address: 1347 129th Street, Dundee, IA, 52038
The park covers 1,415 acres and consists of three different areas: the Cabin-Bathing Area, the Picnicking, Hiking, and Camping Area, and the Richmond Springs Area. You'll want to stay several nights so you can explore them all.
South Lake Campground and Six Lakes Campground offer more than 75 non-electric sites under the shady trees. Pitch your tent here and enjoy the grassy area. The site includes a fire ring and picnic table.
Bring your RV and stay in one of the 49 standard electric sites. These pretty sites include 30-amp electricity, and level, 60-foot-long spaces for your trailer or motorhome.
If you'd rather sleep in a bed at night, check out the adorable cabins here. You'll find 12 modern cabins to choose from.
Each modern cabin is outfitted with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay, including heat and A/C, a full kitchen, bath with shower, and comfy bed and futon. These cabins accommodate up to four guests.
If you're brining more than four people along, stay in one of the four deluxe cabins. These larger cabins sleep up to 11 guests.
Deluxe cabins are larger than the modern cabins. They have two bedrooms and all the same amenities.
During your visit at Backbone State Park, you'll want to explore some of the 21 miles of hiking trails.
Richmond Springs feeds the creek that runs through the park, and it's full of trout. Drop your line in and catch some dinner!
The kids will enjoy burning off some energy on the playground, and the whole family will enjoy canoeing on the lake, rock climbing, and bird watching.
At the end of the day, roast marshmallows and tell campfire stories. Are you ready to make some memories this summer?
For more information and to reserve your campsite or cabin, visit the Backbone State Park
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