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What makes an RV rental trip into a dream vacation? Is it excitement and activities, or is it pristine stillness where you can hear and feel the quiet? Is it all-inclusive establishments, or is it basic necessities-only campgrounds? Whichever position you take, Lake Darling Campground has exactly what you're looking for. This family-friendly campground near Fairfield offers sites with full hookups or electric-only hookups, a kids' playground, modern restrooms, and a dumping station, to start with. Lake Darling Campground is located a few miles from Richland where you can stock up on provisions, fuel up your rental RV, or take a night off and let someone else do the cooking.
You can begin your RV camping vacation quietly by swimming and sun-worshipping on the nearby beach or enjoying a picnic; there are shelters you can book for your picnic if you wish or just find a quiet spot with a great view, and there are lots of those in the RV park. If exercise and activities are more your things, you can rent canoes, kayaks, and other equipment to take out on the water (powerboats are allowed provided they don't leave a wake behind them). Anglers can fish for a wide variety of species like catfish and largemouth bass, just to name a few and miles of trails where you can enjoy hiking. The trails will expose you to some of the different ecosystems like a re-established prairie, and heavily wooded tree stands as well as the wildlife that call them home.
Book an RV in Washington County, and you're all set to enjoy one of the most unique vacations you will ever have. Start by taking your motorhome rental for a spin on the local highways, an experience you won't forget, and one of the unique benefits of RV vacations. Head for Brinton Timbers Park, a nature preserve that was established in 1967 and includes a handful of hiking and horseback riding trails that loop back to where they began. You'll observe a variety of ecosystems as you explore, including upland and lowland tree stands, rock outcroppings, creeks, and ponds. The park is open to the public year-round, and there are picnic tables, restrooms, and a camping area near the park entrance.
Sockum Ridge County Park near the town of Washington is a mostly undisturbed outdoor recreation area, but primitive camping is allowed, and there are pit toilets if you choose to stay overnight or if you're hiking in the area. There are no designated trails, but you can easily traverse through the woods or mountain bike or horseback ride in the area. You can come here to enjoy fishing and listen to the frogs croaking while you wait for your first bite.
Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge is divided into several sections and has a variety of ecosystems that includes bottomland forest, prairie and grassland, wetland and sloughs, and much more. The result is a diverse and varied wildlife population such as migratory waterfowl, woodpeckers, ducks, and more. It's an ideal location for observing and photographing the resident birds and animals, especially if you combine these activities with kayaking or canoeing the water bodies. If hiking is your thing, the refuge has a trail that circles back to its starting point and has an observation deck along the way.
There is much more to the state of Iowa than its magnificent landscape, and you should spend some of your time here checking out the local culture; Fairfield is a charming town that is the perfect size for taking a walking tour and observing the sites and landmarks. One of the landmark attractions is a farming museum with exhibits both inside and outside and photographs illustrating the history of farming in the area. The town has a convention center that hosts concerts and other events, a theater that shows mainstream, independent, and foreign films and also supports local stage theater presentations. Fairfield's restaurant industry has a good selection of venues to choose from, several of which are open for breakfast if you're just starting your day.
Sigourney is a smaller and equally friendly town that was named after a local poet, Lydia Sigourney. It has a museum with a diverse array of exhibits relating to trains and early farming and lifestyle implements, such as salt and pepper shakers. It also devotes some of its resources towards early celebrities Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. The town has a small but reasonable selection of restaurants where you can re-energize, and most of them are locally owned and operated.
Whether you're looking for excitement and adrenaline or just quiet relaxation, you'll find it when you're camping at Lake Darling Campground.