Iowa July 27, 2017
This Magical Waterfall Campground In Iowa Is Unforgettable
If you are searching for the perfect place to enjoy the water while camping, eastern Iowa has your answer. With a waterfall, you can easily hike to (and across) and ample opportunity for swimming, lounging on the beach, fishing, and enjoying nature, this Iowa park has it all.
Lake MacBride State Park is a wonderful place for camping, enjoying nature, hiking, fishing, and boating.
It's located right outside the small eastern Iowa town of Solon near the intersection of I-380 and I-80.
The falls are wide, and a careful hiker can cross them on foot without getting wet.
To get to MacBride Falls, follow the Beach to Dam Trail. You'll see it on the map near the lower left corner.
There are two steep bluffs that surround the waterfall and both can be climbed without much effort.
The water is a result of Lake MacBride spilling out into the Iowa River. Locals may refer to this area as the spillway.
The park itself is quite large. There are a few signs on the way to the waterfall, but they are few and far between.
You'll walk down a set of stone stairs to find the waterfall somewhat hidden behind a hill. This area is beautiful during every season of the year.
Lake MacBride has both a modern and non-modern campground.
The modern campground is located on the northwest side of the lake close to the dam. On the south arm of the lake, there are accommodations for primitive camping. Solon is just a few miles away and has a gas station and small grocery store for necessities. There are also several incredible restaurants in town.
There are over 16 miles of hiking trails at Lake MacBride State Park. All of the trails offer incredible views.
A lovely advantage of camping here is that the sites offer scenic views of the spillway and dam from the trails.
At the primitive campground, fishing is popular.
There are 60 non-electrical sites and a non-flush restroom facility. At the entrance of the campground there is a fish cleaning station, fishing jetties, a boat ramp, and a parking lot.
This is a no-wake area with a boat rental facility at the marina.
You can enjoy the park from the water by renting a fishing boat, kayak, stand up paddleboard, paddle boat, pontoon boat, or canoe. Water access is available from nearly any area of the park
The park is popular and at times gets quite busy.
You can still see wildlife here, though. According to the DNR, this is a great place to catch crappies, muskie, channel catfish, walleyes, and Kentucky spotted bass.
Have you seen the beautiful MacBride Falls?