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Camping in Iowa

Best known for pastures and fields covering the heartland, Iowa also offers dramatic bluffs, rolling hills, and limestone caves.

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Come Enjoy the Beauty
59 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents30 acres · Earlham, IowaThis property has a year round running creek called Bear Creek. They also mined the stone off the...
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Farm Stay
7 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents120 acres · Oxford, IowaCome enjoy the natural beauty of a working farm. In addition to a variety of overnight options -...
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Rock N Ranch Events & Campground
13 units · Glamping40 acres · Menlo, IowaOur retirement dream is to share our beautiful property with people who love the outdoors.  We...
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Site 1.  Have beautiful view of pond, hills and lake.  very nice sunset view if weather permit.
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Anna's land at Lake Red Rock
8 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents40 acres · Iowa This beautiful view 40 acres fenced hilly land with 3 private ponds by the red rock lake are...
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Windy Goat Acres
4 units · Glamping15 acres · Chelsea, IowaWe love animals, plants, art, and outdoor recreation and love sharing these things with people!...
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Anthony E.’s Land
5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Minnesota
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Dispersed tent area. Pets are welcome but please keep on leash
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The Fence-Post
21 units · Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · IowaI am located to the West of Interstate 29 off exit 95 halfway between Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa. It is near where the Little Sioux River meets the Missouri River. The Loess Hills are nearby and the state forest. There are small lakes in the surrounding areas and Lewis and Clark parks with beautiful views.
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You can park your vehicle at the main headquarters or in most cases you can drive directly to the site from June through October when the path is dry.
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East Grove Farms Winery and Vineyard
1 unit · TentSalem, IowaLocated in Southeast Iowa, East Grove Farms Winery and Vineyard specializes in honey wine (also...
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Start of private road.  Veer left at end of county road.
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River Camp
2 units · Motorhomes, Tents28 acres · IowaLearn more about this land:Private 28 acre parcel with scattering of cabins and houses. Includes...
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Threshold Learning Center
2 units · Glamping, Tents28 acres · Zearing, IowaThreshold Learning Center is 28 acres of prairie, creek, woods, and our barn dormitory. ...
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99 Bottles Winery Hills
7 units · Motorhomes, Tents16 acres · Garner, Iowathis is an operating vineyard and winery. The campground doubles as a wedding venue about 5 x...
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Green Grass Farms Camping
5 units · Motorhomes, Tents150 acres · Bedford, IowaGreen Grass Farms was officially started in January of 2016.  After being on active duty for...
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Located in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa is a haven for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and paddling. Few people know about the state's trove of hidden gems, making it a great place to escape the crowds. Beyond its open plains, the farming state boasts rolling limestone bluffs, 13 natural lakes, the Mississippi and Maquoketa Rivers, and over 40 state parks.

The lakes and reservoirs are your ticket to world-class boating, sailing, fishing and water sports. Lake Red Rock Recreation Area lies just 40 miles outside of Des Moines, featuring breathtaking cliffs. Spirit Lake, one of the "Iowa Great Lakes," welcomes visitors to its huge sandy beach—a big hit with families in the summer.

On the eastern end of the state, towering bluffs and rugged terrain invite adventurers to strap on their hiking shoes. Check out the Maquoketa Caves to explore caverns and limestone formations. Perched on the Mississippi River, Pikes Peak State Park is a photo-worthy spot where you can hike to the top of a 500-foot bluff.

Backbone State Park is another must-see in this rocky corner of Iowa. Named for the Devil's Backbone, the highest point in the state, this park is famous for its hiking trails and trout streams.

Most state parks offer RV and tent camping. With no noticeable tourist season, camping in Iowa is a solitude seeker's dream. While Iowa state parks allow camping year round, there are limited amenities in the winter. You can also explore private campgrounds ranging from farmlands and grottos to lush vineyards.

Iowa is generally humid with extreme temperatures across the seasons. That means sweltering summers and snowy winters, with frequent road closures in state parks due to snowfall. The best time to visit is September when dry weather and temperatures in the 70s create the perfect recipe for outdoor adventure.

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