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The Elk Rock Campground is situated along the banks of Iowa’s largest body of water, Lake Red Rock, in Knoxville. Within Elk Rock State Park, the campground has both electric and non-electric sites. A modern shower building and dump stations are available. And since s’mores and campfires are camping essentials, the campground has a self-dispensing firewood machine. If you have horses, Elk Rock State Park also has an equestrian campground. Like the other campground, the equestrian campground has electric and non-electric sites. There are also horse stalls, a modern shower building, hitching rails, and a 100-foot by 200-foot riding arena.
Motorhome camping at the Elk Rock Campground is a good idea since it’s impossible to explore the park’s 50,000 acres in one day. There are more than 13 miles of multi-use trails that radiate from the equestrian campground. Make your way through woodlands, native prairie, and a variety of habitats on foot, bike, horse, or snowmobile. Lake Red Rock is a major stopping point for waterfowl and migratory species. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and pelicans. A major attraction for these birds are the rich waters of Lake Red Rock, which provide a home for bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and various other fish.
Cordova Park is a 1,100-acre area situated on the bluffs overlooking Lake Red Rock. The park has modern cabins that can be reserved all year long. But perhaps one of the park’s best features is the observation tower. Climb the 169 steps to the top of the park’s 106-foot observation tower. On a clear day, viewers can see landmarks more than 35 miles away with the naked eye. Home to wildlife, the observation tower, and other attractions, be sure to visit Cordova Park no matter when you book a campervan rental.
The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Prairie Learning Center is a great place for learning and experiencing the outdoors. The learning center offers a movie, interactive museum-like displays, and a bookstore/gift shop all related to the natural history of Iowa’s prairies and prairie restoration. Outdoors, you’ll find miles of hiking trails as well as a drive-through bison/elk enclosure.
Considerably smaller than the other parks, yet nothing to scoff at, Grant Park is a 150-acre park in northeast Warren County. The park boasts some spectacular woodland trails, a secluded pond, and a picnic shelter. There’s also a primitive campground with ten campsites.
Racing is popular in this neck of the woods. Check out the racing events at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa and at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. Iowa Speedway calls itself the fastest short track on the planet and is the perfect place to visit for those looking for thrilling entertainment. In keeping with the town’s racing spirit, you can also check out the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation.
The Dutch community of Pella has many shops and attractions. The town was founded in 1847 by Dutch immigrants fleeing famine and religious persecution in the Netherlands. To learn more about this time period, be sure to visit the Pella Historical Village when you camp in an RV near Knoxville. The village houses 22 buildings from the 1800s, including Wyatt Earp’s boyhood home. You can also see the tallest working windmill in the United States, and if you decide to book an RV rental during the month of May, you can check out the annual Tulip Festival, when thousands of tulips burst forth in an explosion of color.
And if you love to eat (and who doesn't?), be sure to check out the A to Z Foodie Trail when you book an RV in Marion County. This edible trail began in 2018 and gives hungry visitors something to do when they're camping in an RV near Knoxville. The Foodie Trail gives insight into the variety of tastes and cultures that are prevalent in Marion and Mahaska County. Along your eating journey, you’ll try many award-winning foods and beverages as well as wines and coffee at several locations. Just Google “A to Z Foodie Trail,” or stop by one of the locations on the trail to pick up a brochure with a map and information on each restaurant. Each restaurant has letters that you can use to post a picture of your featured food. Whether you’re looking to tackle the entire trail or just try out a few dishes, it’s a great way to get moving, explore the local area, and satisfy your hunger.