The best camping near Pilot Knob State Park

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Roeder Acerage

1 site · RV4 acres · Buffalo Center, IA
This is a private acreage, with several grass camping spots available for short stays. 50 and 30 amp hookups. Potable water is available on site. No dump station. There is a common area with a fire pit and tables. We are located about 20 minutes south of I-90, and 30 miles from Forest City, Iowa.
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Secluded riverside ranch

2 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Goldfield, IA
15 acres featuring wildflower prairies, mowed trails along a meandering creek, peaceful woods along the river, and a 501(c)(3) animal rescue providing sanctuary to goats, a llama, a miniature cow, and more!
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Happy Camping

2 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Blue Earth, MN
Learn more about this land:Start your morning with a perfect view of the sunrise (site 2), or a more shaded, sleep-in a bit (site 1) along with your favorite morning beverage. Take a walk on our country road or into town, approximately a mile and a half to restaurants, visitors center at the Jolly Green Giant Statue, hardware stores, Shell gas station & food mart or access to miles of paved trails around the town. Explore and have fun locating the dozens of "Little Sprouts" (baby Green Giants) around town. Very easy entrance and exit to Blue Earth, site is located at the intersection of Interstate 90 & HWY 169.
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Anthony E.’s Land

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · MN
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Fuller Getaway

1 site · RV, Tent4 acres · Bristow, IA
We live on 4.74 acres on Highway 3. We live 2 miles from Rolling Prairie bike trailhead. We have a swing gazebo that we love to share. We currently have a 30 amp hookup that can be used. Our campsite is a pull through so you don't even have to backup. Our little place is a work in progress always trying to make it better.
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The best camping near Pilot Knob State Park guide

Overview

About

There’s no need for seconds to be sloppy! Sometimes like at Iowa’s second highest point, Pilot Knob State Park, seconds are best. Hike to the stone tower at the high point and take in sweeping views. Those wanting to ride the trails via bike or horseback will also find plenty of options. Nestled deep in the park is Dead Man’s Lake; it’s floating sphagnum bog is a naturalist's delight with pond lilies, tall grasses, and nesting birds seen no where else in the state. Fishing and boat til your heart’s content or swing by for winter thrills! Ice skating, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing are a delight with the parks warming huts. Camping is perfect for hardcore adventurers and families alike, a weekend at Pilot Knob is sure to prove that sometimes being second still feels like winning.

When to go

The best time to visit Pilot Knob State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural scenery is at its peak. Summer offers warm days perfect for exploring, though it can be busy. Winters are harsh and facilities may be limited, making it less ideal for a visit.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience amid the park's changing conditions.
  • Be aware of park hours, which typically run from 6am to 10:30pm, to plan your activities accordingly.
  • Wear appropriate footwear for hiking, as trails can be rugged and uneven.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and leave no trace to preserve the park's natural beauty.
  • Visit the park's website or contact the ranger station for the latest information on closures and accessibility.

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