Camping is one of Iowa’s favorite hobbies! Whether you’re a fan of tents or have a cozy camper loaded with amenities, there are so many ways to enjoy a weekend away in Iowa’s parks. Head out to one of these quiet Iowa campgrounds for a great getaway.
1. Lake Anita State Park
There are 161 campsites at Lake Anita, plus modern showers and restrooms, and a giant playground. and picnic areas that overlook the water. The beach is perfect for swimmers or sunbathers, and there are miles of trails for hiking and biking.
Address: 55111 750th Street, Anita, IA, 50020
2. Lewis And Clark State Park
Lewis and Clark State Park is one of the most interesting in Iowa! You'll find 95 electric camp sites here - quite an improvement from when the Expedition stopped by in 1804! There's also a full size replica of the keelboat used by Lewis and Clark on their way up the Missouri River.
Address: 21914 Park Loop, Onawa, IA, 51040
3. Pilot Knob State Park
You'll find both electric and primitive sites at this historic state park. Be sure to spend time hiking the trails to find the observation tower! The tower, stone picnic shelter, amphitheater, one set of entrance portals, and a trail area were all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 2148 340th Street, Forest City, IA, 50436
4. Waubonsie State Park
40 modern campsites are waiting for you in the Loess Hills. There are two dozen sites with electric hookups, and the modern showers and restrooms make this one of the nicest places to stay for a few days. There's a separate equestrian campground with 32 sites and more primitive restrooms. At any given time, half of the sites are first come, first served. You'll find miles and miles of gorgeous trails that take you up the hills and into the valleys. This is truly one of Iowa's gems!
Address: 2585 Waubonsie Park Road, Hamburg, IA, 51640
5. Pine Lake State Park
The Pine Lake campground has 124 campsites with electric, as well as showers and modern restrooms. The stone and timber cabins were built by the CCC in the 1930s and can be reserved online. This park is truly a hiker's paradise, with more than a dozen miles of trails accessible right from the park itself.
Address: Pine Lake State Park, Eldora, IA 50627
6. Rock Creek State Park
Rock Creek is a campground that's popular year round. In the spring and summer, fishing and hiking are popular activities. When the weather gets colder, many people make the trek for cross country skiing and snowmobiling. The campsites make for a great place to stay any time.
Address: 5627 Rock Creek E Street, Kellogg, IA, 50135
7. Wildcat Den State Park
Wildcat Den State Park, in Muscatine County, features stunning cliffs, caves, and historic structures. The 1848 Gristmill is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 28 primitive campsites here, as well as picnic areas and miles of beautiful trails.
1884 Wildcat Den Road, Muscatine, IA, 52761
8. Lake Wapello State Park
The beautiful Lake Wapello is the centerpiece of this park, with a sandy beach and boathouse that was built in the 1930s. There are 13 cabins and 89 campsites, with 44 electric RV hookup sites available. There are more than ten miles of hiking trails to enjoy while you stay here.
Address: 15248 Campground Road, Drakesville, IA, 52552