Cabins near Iowa City

This vibrant city offers access to area parks and a river’s edge.

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Folk School Farm Stay

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Oxford, IA
Come enjoy the natural beauty of a working farm! In our transition to agroforestry, wetland restoration and perennial ag, you'll find some great spaces to walk your dog, let your children run and learn about ecological conservation. The farm is also home to a flower cutting garden, a food forest garden, and a folk school. Guests are welcome to cut flowers for a donation, and enjoy the sheep, chickens and resident cat. The setting is also great for taking in sunrises, sunsets and star gazing. Come explore the landscape, book a farm tour or enjoy some studio space at Land Alliance Folk School.
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Deer Camp Cabin

1 site · Lodging8 acres · Center Junction, IA
Our property is a family owned property that we love to relax at, hunt on, farm, pick apples, have friends and family gatherings at and just make memories! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!Learn more about this land:Our 'Deer Camp Cabin' is truly the perfect all-season getaway for you and your family and/or friends! No matter the season we have you covered at our Deer Cabin! During the winter you can cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket while listening to the crackle of the the wood burning in the large stone fireplace. In the spring you will see all the woodland critters frolicking from the deck or covered porch while having your morning cup of coffee. In the summer you can pick apples from our apple trees or even watch the deer come right out of the woods to eat the apples that have fallen on the ground. In the fall you can just enjoy the autumn views of the leaves changing colors and the peaceful tranquility of being completely secluded in the woods while sitting on the porch swing or in one of the rocking chairs on the covered porch. Our Deer Cabin is nestled back on a dead end road in the thick of the timber, so you are sure to be able to relax and rejuvenate while getting away from the hustle and bustle and every day stresses of life. While at the Deer Cabin you can enjoy the walking trails we are putting in and very soon to come a second fully stocked pond and beach that you can fish and kayak at. Unfortunately, you are not able to access our finished pond at this time due to the corn and lack of trails to get to it. However, in the meantime there is a wonderful park just 10 minutes away from our cabin that has the best fishing and kayaking called Central Park, which I highly recommend going and visiting during your stay with us. Bedroom 1: Queen Bed | Bedroom 2: 2 Twin Beds | Additional Sleeping: Pull Out Sofa Sleeper Mattress, and Blow-UP Mattress OUTDOOR LIVING: Covered front porch, wood deck off the kitchen, patio table and chairs, porch swing, 2 rocking chairs, fire pit (10 pieces of firewood are provided) if you would like additional wood that is not a problem there is just an additional fee that would need to be paid via another payment source, charcoal grill, Traeger smoker, and a basketball hoop. INDOOR LIVING: Wood burning fireplace, dining table, 2 Smart TVs, X-Box, 3 bar stools, couch, 2 recliners, KITCHEN: Fully equipped, dishwasher, island, cooking basic, spices, garbage can, cleaning supplies. GENERAL: Free WiFi, complimentary toiletries, bath towels, sheets, washer & dryer, blow dryer, extra blankets and pillows FAQ: Stairs required, exterior security camera, Lockly keyless entry. PARKING: large driveway & clearing * NOTE: Well behaved dogs are welcome and at no additional cost at this point (but that could be subject to change) Feel free to bring your dogs along for the fun, but kindly limit it to 2 pets per booking. We do NOT allow pets on beds, any other furniture, or the bear rug. Please ensure their paws are clean before they enter the house and be considerate of our other rugs. Please clean up after your pet to prevent everyone from stepping on any fur baby landmines! Please do NOT leave you pet unattended if you run into town or something (if your pet does not go with you it must be kenneled, as it can not be left to run You will be responsible for any damages caused by your pet at the cost of replacement or repair.
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Cabins near Iowa City guide

Overview

This Midwestern destination serves up some incredible outdoor experiences and great local culture. Aside from the city’s college sports scene and extensive museum network, area campers may be surprised to also find a deep gorge, numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, and easy access to natural wooded spaces along the Iowa River. Waterside RV and tent camping options are abundant on Coralville Lake and the river, which serves as an Iowa City highlight.

Where to go

Iowa River and Coralville Lake

A majority of the camping options near Iowa City are set along the Iowa River and Coralville Lake, a reservoir of Iowa’s namesake river. A number of lakefront campsites and beach areas draw campers to the area, including the Macbride Nature Recreation Area, home to secluded campsites and top-notch trails. Below the dam, fishing is a highlight for campers, but any spot along the lakeside or riverfront is prime for those looking for boating, hiking, swimming, or fishing.

Lake Macbride State Park

If you're looking for a day or multi-day destination from Iowa City, this state park has plenty to offer. Lake Macbride boating and walleye fishing are standout summer activities, both to thank for this state park’s popularity. Year-round trails also navigate around the lake and prairie, prime for hiking in spring and summer, or skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Multiple Lake Macbride campgrounds are available, most with shaded sites in primitive settings, as well as one campground with RV hookups, showers, and a dump station. Some campsites can be reserved in advance, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Devonian Fossil Gorge

Grab a brochure and walk the self-guided tour along an ancient seabed at the Devonian Fossil Gorge, which was an ocean floor a staggering 375 million years ago. This site was an ocean long before dinosaurs existed, meaning visitors can spot some seriously ancient fossils preserved in the rock. A convenient roadside stop makes for easy access—just be sure to follow all rules to avoid damaging or excavating preserved fossils in the limestone rock formations.

Palisades-Kepler State Park

The Cedar River is a spectacular place to visit, and this park is loaded with riverside trails and adventure. Steep cliffs create amazing scenery throughout the seasons, leading to many arriving with a camera in hand to photograph both the cliffs and the abundance of spring wildflowers along the trails. Hikers are attracted to Palisades-Kepler’s five miles of trails, while fishers hit the water for bass, walleye, and catfish. At the state park campground, showers, restrooms, and electrical hookups serve as conveniences for tent campers, although a few cabins are also available for more of a glamping experience.

When to go

Summer and fall are the prime visiting seasons for much of Iowa and the Iowa City surrounds, when most roads and campgrounds are open. Summer weather can range from mild to hot and humid, but days spent on the Iowa River or Coralville Lake are perfect for beating the heat. Wooded campsites, meanwhile, make it possible to stay comfortable after enjoying the cool waters. Fall brings changing colors, cool nights, and sunny days, but when winter arrives, weather can turn cold and snowy, which causes cross-country skiing trails and snowshoeing opportunities to draw cabin campers. When spring arrives, so does the mud season. This may be the most difficult time to access natural spaces as the snowmelt can create difficult trail and road conditions.

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