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When you plan a motorhome camping trip in Idaho, consider a visit to Heyburn State Park, Idaho's very first state park. Located in the city of Plummer, it’s also the oldest state park in the Pacific Northwest. Covering a massive 8000-acres, the state park is not very far from the cities of Post Falls and Saint Maries. Book an RV in Benewah County and set off on an adventure to explore these cities, after your camping trip to the park. Heyburn State Park is home to three scenic lakes, Benewah, Chatcolet and Hidden Lakes, along with a part of St. Joe River winding through parts of the park as well.
A tribe of Native Americans was the first inhabitants of the land where the park stands today. They used the land and its waters for hunting and fishing. European-American settlers then made their way to the area, and by 1908, the government took over the land to establish the state park with many of the park’s facilities built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Today, when you go RV camping at Heyburn State Park, you’ll find many of these facilities are still in use.
Lose yourself in the towering Ponderosa Pines of this beautiful state park, before you make your way to flower-filled meadows. The park is ideal for a range of outdoor activities. Open year-round, it is a hiker and biker paradise with a number of great trails to explore while on your awesome outdoor trip in your RV rental. Many of the trails are suitable for hiking and mountain bikes. A few of the more popular ones include the Whitetail Loop that’s a little over six miles, with a good elevation that gradually changes into rolling terrain; the Indian Cliff Trail is a short 2.3-mile loop but only open to hiking. Plummer Creek Fire Trail is an easy mile and a half flat walking trail, while the Lakeshore Loop Trail goes by the side of the lake and at less than a mile, is another easy and flat trail to walk on. The famous Trail of Coeur d’Alene, a 72-mile paved bike trail that goes through the park, offers you the option of walking or biking across St Joe River on a footbridge, to the other side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. If you’ve forgotten to bring your bike along with you, just rent one from the park headquarters.
For boaters, there is a launch, docking station, and a marina. Motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted, and anglers have the opportunity to fish for bass, pike, and panfish. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are also available for rent inside the park.
Camping with an RV is easy and convenient at Heyburn State Park, as there are three different campgrounds to choose from. Pets are welcome at all three campgrounds, so bring your furry friends along. There is a dump station opposite the visitor center entrance. Benewah Campground offers 39 pull-thru sites with full hookups, big rig access, water spigots, 30 and 50 AMP electric service, sewers, and water. The campground has restrooms and showers, and you can buy firewood from the park's headquarters.
Hawley’s Landing at Heyburn State Park has 52 sites with pull-thru facilities, full-hookups for your RV, 30 AMP electric service, water, and sewer. This campground is also equipped with restrooms and showers. Cell phone reception is decent.
The Chatcolet Campground has minimum facilities with no electricity or showers available. There is pressurized water available in a few locations on the campground, along with garbage service.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Heyburn State Park, then drive to Harrison City RV Park in Harrison. This is a basic campground with 30 sites, 30 AMP electric service, big rig access, a dump station, water and tent camping. Restrooms are available and cell recreation. Fishing, biking, and boating options are available nearby. There is also plenty of room for the kids to run around and play.
After you’ve finished checking out all there is to do at Heyburn State Park in your rental motorhome, continue exploring to the north of Idaho with a stop at Post Falls in neighboring Kootenai County. With an abundance of natural beauty and rich history, there is much to explore in this North Idaho city that’s located off of I-90.
History buffs may wish to consider a stop at Treaty Rock Park, home to Native American pictographs, and is listed on the National Historic Register. The Post Falls Historical Society Museum is filled with exhibits preserving the historical heritage of the Post Falls area.
The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center conducts a number of arts, and musical events, so keep a watch out for shows while you’re in town.
If you enjoy being in the midst of nature, don’t miss a visit to the Arboretum where you can find more than 50 species of trees along with interpretive signs.
Summer is a good time to visit the city, as there are lots of festivals and events organized throughout the summer months. From theater to music festivals, dance festivals to boot camps, there is a lot going on here in Post Falls.
When it comes to food, you’re spoiled for choice in Post Falls. From fine dining to unique local favorites, there is plenty to choose from before heading back to Heyburn State Park.