Iowa’s Best Kept Camping Secret Is This Riverfront Spot With More Than 50 Glorious Campsites

What do the items in this list have in common? Peaceful river valley, mirror ponds, a 600-acre ranch, a 9,000-acre state forest, miles of riding and walking trails, rocky gulches, cows, horses, campsites, warm hospitality. While it sounds like the list is describing a piece of cattle country out west, it is actually describing the River Valley Lodge and Campground hidden away in the rugged hills of Southeast Iowa.

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Beyond the trails on the ranch which are open rain or shine, Shimek State Forest borders the campground, offering 40 more miles of trails to explore. The Des Moines River runs past the campground for beautiful views and additional fishing opportunities. Learn more at the River Valley Lodge website. And if a stay at a Wild-West-Themed campground sounds fun, don’t miss the fascinating bit of Wild West history hiding right here in Iowa

Address: River Valley Lodge & Campground, 29080 Hawk Dr, Iowa 52626, USA