Spend The Night At Iowa’s Most Haunted Campground For A Truly Terrifying Experience

What’s more exciting than camping? How about camping with the possibility of a ghost sighting while you’re sitting out under the stars? Count us in! Spook Cave & Campground is a tourist attraction with an established campground, but it also has a scary and supposedly haunted past. Legend has it that the cave near the campground is haunted by the souls of early explorers. One thing is for sure: this haunted campground in Iowa is equal parts beautiful and spooky. 

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So, what do you think? Is this haunted campground in Iowa really haunted, or is it all legends and tall tales? What are your favorite haunted places in Iowa? Tell us all about your picks in the comments section – maybe yours will be featured someday! 

Interested in learning more about haunted places in Iowa? These 10 Hauntings In Iowa Will Send Chills Down Your Spine.

Address: Spook Cave & Campground, 13299 Spook Cave Rd, McGregor, IA 52157, USA
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Haunted Campground in Iowa

June 25, 2021

What are some creepy Iowa ghost stories?  

Some folks seem to think that Iowa is a boring “flyover” state, but those folks are, simply put, mistaken. Iowa is home to plenty of creepy stories, including those involving the spirits of the dead. We’ve got legendary haunted college campuses, like the observatory at Drake University, where the remains of the first director of the Astronomy Department are interred. He’s said to wander the halls to this day, causing disruptions and generally spooking everyone who encounters him. We’ve also got some creepy haunted bridges, like Rainbow Bridge, in Lake City. Well… okay, maybe this one isn’t so creepy. They say the ghost there is friendly and loves chocolate. Want more information on these haunting and more? Check this article out; you’ll find plenty!  

Are there any famously haunted places in Iowa?  

Of course! What state doesn’t have its legendary spooks? Though our spook stories don’t get as much attention as some of the more infamous ones in the United States, like the Amityville Horror and the Bell Witch, Iowa is not without its own. In Burlington, there’s a road said to be haunted by the spirit of “Lucinda”, who allegedly committed suicide alongside the road after being spurned by her secret lover. She may or may not be a sign of your own impending doom; legend has it that if she brings you a rose and drops it at your feet, you’re due to join her in death the following day. The Tara Bridge in Fort Dodge is another infamous Iowa haunting. Known to locals as “Terror Bridge” instead of “Tara Bridge”, where a young mother is said to have annihilated her entire family before killing herself. All we’ve got to say is yikes.  

Where can I go camping in Iowa?  

Iowa is a beautiful state with lots of interesting places to camp overnight. Our state parks are stunningly beautiful and open to campers as well. We love camping at Pikes Peak State Park, which has almost 12 miles of hiking trails and stunning water views to admire during your stay. Backbone State Park is a popular destination for campers in summer, and in the fall, the changing leaves are a breathtaking backdrop to a good old-fashioned camping adventure. Don’t pass up our excellent KOAs, either – our favorite is the Des Moines KOA, which has not one but TWO dog parks. We don’t think it gets a lot better than that!  

Address: Spook Cave & Campground, 13299 Spook Cave Rd, McGregor, IA 52157, USA