Iowa RV parks and campgrounds can be found throughout the state, but there are clusters of fantastic RV resorts around some of the more popular corners of the state for outdoor recreation. Choosing an RV site in Iowa bears the benefit of being close to attractions in neighboring states, and the land itself isn’t especially hilly, and the roads are mostly straight, ideal for when you’re towing a trailer. While Iowa has diverse geography and ecosystems, much of the state has been dedicated to agriculture. No trip to the Hawkeye State would be complete without a drive through miles of cornfields, the fields that help to feed America, and often other nations as well. Beginning in the southwestern corner of the state, Iowa has several popular state parks just outside of Omaha, Nebraska. Lewis and Clark State Park, Preparation Canyon State Park, and Manawa State Park are all an easy drive from Omaha. Further east are Swan Lake and Lake Anita State Parks, as well as Springbrook and Prairie Rose State Parks. To the south of these are Viking Lake State Park, Green Valley and Pammel State Parks.
Northwestern Iowa’s RV parks and campgrounds tend to cluster around the Spirit Lake area, and for good reason. The area is home to the Arnolds Park amusement park, and a large network of lakes and Wildlife Management Areas to explore. These lakes and protected lands near the border with Minnesota are home to Gull Point, Pikes Point, and Fort Defiance State Park, just outside of Estherville. There are numerous places to golf, hike, boat, fish, and recreate in this area, but with such as the case, the nearby RV parks frequently reach capacity during peak seasons, so be sure to make your reservations!
Central Iowa RV parks and campgrounds tend to be a short distance from Interstate 35, which splits the state and meets with Interstate 80 at Des Moines. From Des Moines you’re less than a couple hours from natural gems like Lake Ahquabi State Park, Walnut Woods State Park, Elk Rock State Park, Rock Creek State Park, and Ledges State Park.
Eastern Iowa is a patchwork of natural gems and protected lands perfect for making camp and getting out into nature. George Wyth State Park, Backbone State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park are all in northeastern Iowa and represent some of the most popular destinations for exploring the wilds of Iowa. Closer to the Cedar Rapids RV parks and resorts are Lake Macbride State Park, Palisades-Kepler State Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and Wild Cat Den State Park next to the Mississippi River and the border with Illinois.