The Best Tent Camping Places in Iowa

The Best Tent Camping Places in Iowa
Iowa offers a myriad of camping opportunities with its many campgrounds located throughout the state. Camping enthusiasts can choose from many available sites, but some of the best ones provide more recreational facilities and include more opportunities for communing with nature and for exploring wonders such as underground caves.

Scott County Park

Scott County Park is the largest park in the county with its 1,280 acres of recreational haven. This Woodall's-recommended campground rates as one of the best for its year-round accommodations and amenities. Campers can enjoy the park's 12 picnic area, shelters, grills and fire rings. Aside from picnicking and camping, play baseball in the field or explore the radio-controlled airplane site. Hikers can trek several nature trails, while winter visitors can cross-country ski and go sledding. Tent campgrounds are available with restrooms and shower facilities. Additionally, you can dive or take swimming lessons in the park's Olympic-size heated swimming pool.

Scott County Park
270th Street
Davenport, IA


Acorn Valley Campground

Acorn Valley Campground is situated right on the 26,000-acre expanse of the Saylorville Lake Project that leads up to the scenic Des Moines River Valley, making this tent campground one of the best in the state. Tent campers can explore the park's 26 acres of upland timber with an array of many activities. The camp has 108 campsites, 79 of which are walk-in tent areas. Anglers can fish the 6,000-acre Saylorville Lake for species like walleye, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and northern pike. Facilities include picnic areas, group shelters, fishing pier and boat launches. While exploring the grounds, you may see wildlife such as white-tailed deer, turkey, waterfowl and pheasant. Hikers can trek the camp's 24-mile paved Neal Smith Trail, a designated national recreation trail that runs from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park. This trail is multipurpose and can be used for biking, running and in-line skating.

Acorn Valley Campground
5600 NW 78th Avenue
Johnston, IA

Spook Cave and Campground

Not many campgrounds can offer camping and a cave tour like the Spook Cave and Campground. This campground offers guided boat tours of the underground Spook Cave. Early settlers used to get spooked from the strange noises originating from a hole at Bloody Run Creek's base until the cave was finally discovered. Shaded and grassy camping sites are available. Other activities you can enjoy include swimming, hiking, trout fishing and picnicking right by the water.

Spook Cave and Campground
13299 Spook Cave Road
Mc Gregor, IA


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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