Campgrounds Near Rochester, Minnesota

Campgrounds Near Rochester, Minnesota
With the Zumbro River, Root River, Douglas State Trails and the Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester, Minn., offers outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, trail-running and biking within the city and the surrounding area. Rochester is a midsize city that "Money" magazine ranked 67th on the 2006 list of "Best Places to Live."

Rochester/Marion KOA

The Rochester KOA has sites that include sewer, water, 50-amp electric and cable TV. There are showers and bathrooms, picnic areas with barbecue pits, LP gas services (at no additional charge,) free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool for guest use. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash. Bicycle rentals are on the campgrounds, and guests with AAA or Good Sam memberships get discounts on stays. Outside firewood is not permitted due to insect infestation. There is firewood for sale at the KOA. The 36-mile Root River Bike Trail can be accessed near the KOA. Visitors also can access the Root River for canoeing and kayaking.

Rochester/Marion KOA
5232 65th Ave. S.E.
Rochester, MN 55904-6313
(507) 288-0785

Ferguson's Willow Creek Campground and RV Park

The Willow Creek Campground offers sites for RVs and tents. RV sites have hookups that include 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer. Tent sites are primitive and have access to fresh drinking water. All guests can use the showers, bathrooms, volleyball courts, badminton courts and laundry room. There is a small general store on the grounds. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash. Guests are within 30 minutes of the Root River Trail, where they can hike or bike to see views of the limestone cliffs along the river.

Ferguson's Willow Creek Campground & RV Park
5525 Highway 63 S.
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 281-0304

AutumnWoods RV Park

The AutumnWoods RV Park has sites for pull-thru or back-in rigs. Hookups include 30- or 50-amp electric, water and sewer, Wi-Fi and 76 channels of cable TV. Guests may use the bathrooms, showers and laundry facility. Pets are allowed if leashed. Guests are within 30 minutes of the Quarry Hill Nature Center, where there are 5 miles of trails covering 270 acres. For those seeking more urban adventures, visitors can see three Frank Lloyd Wright Houses within the Rochester area, or visit the famed Mayo Clinic.

Autumn Woods RV Park
1067 AutumnWoods Circle SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 289-1123

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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