Timberline Campground

Sometimes you want to get away from the urban grind while still within a stone's throw of all the comforts and amenities of a metro area. If this is what you're after, search for an RV in Dallas County and take your rental RV to Timberline Campground, one of the many campgrounds in the greater Des Moines area. You'll be welcomed by shaded campsites, ample motorhome camping options, and an array of facilities to make camping in Waukee a highlight of your trip.Whether you're looking for a full hookup site or an electric/water only site and access to a dump station, you'll find it here at Timberline Campground. The campground is proud of maintaining its restrooms to a high standard so you can expect to walk into a clean restroom at any time. There's a laundry room, too, and an on-site store where you can buy ice and ice cream, RV supplies, and groceries, among other things. You can also have your propane tanks refilled and buy firewood on-site to build that crackling campfire in the picnic area.Families will love the campground's playground and dog park, and active campers will certainly like the many options for breaking a sweat while here. Plunge into the crystal-clear water of the swimming pool, break a sweat at the volleyball or basketball court, or take it easy at the recreation hall where there are a pool and a ping pong table, arcade games, and a jukebox. And with wireless internet available, you can keep those share-worthy photos coming.Being close to Des Moines comes with advantages, and you’ll find plenty of use for your Waukee camper rental to experience what Iowa’s state capital has to offer.

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The Great Outdoors

"One of Iowa's Great Places," the Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile paved loop starting and ending at a trailhead in Waukee. Built on a former railroad right-of-way, the trail winds through several sparsely populated communities like Cooper and Herndon, and flourishing towns like Jefferson and Perry. Expect to run – or bike – into amenities that cater to trail users and encounter bits of history and plenty of small-town charm along the way.If the RRVT is beyond your fitness level at this time, perhaps the 26-mile paved multi-use trail of the Big Creek State Park will be more to your liking. Hop on a bike and follow the trail all the way to Des Moines. If you prefer to wet a line, fish for crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass from the well-stocked Big Creek Lake. Fish from the pier (wheelchair-accessible) or from a boat. There's a beach here for swimming, several ramps offering access to the lake, and several miles of snowmobile trails. You’ll only be 40 minutes' drive away from Big Creek when RV camping at Timberline Campground.For an eyeful of birds, butterflies, and yes, even bison, head to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for a visual treat. Grassland birds like sedge wrens, upland sandpipers, and the bobolink seek protection in the refuge's prairies while monarch butterflies flit around in abundance from May to October in search of nectar and milkweed, which the monarchs use to lay their eggs. To see these butterflies in all their life stages, follow the Tallgrass Trail or step inside the refuge's Prairie Learning Center. To see the bison herd of the Neal Smith NWR protected in a 700-acre enclosure, hit the trails or bring your RV rental and follow the auto tour route.

Exploring the Area

If you prefer to explore new places on bicycle or on foot, you will love Waukee's two other shorter trails. The three-mile Heart of the Warrior Trail runs through the city from east to west while the shorter Sugar Creek Trail takes you from the Centennial Park to the southern neighborhoods. And if you're an MLB fan, stop by at the Hal Manders Museum to see Waukee's native son in his glory days. Some of the most prized memorabilia on display are autographed baseballs, baseball gloves, and souvenir bats.Rent a camper near Timberline Campground in the summer, and you’ll enjoy vegetables, fruits, and artisan produce when the Waukee Downtown Farmers Market opens. Summer also signals the start of the nearby Adel Sweet Corn Festival, which opens with corn shucking and ends with a buzzing street party. Any other time of the year, Adel beckons visitors with its brick streets on the square and the Dallas County Courthouse designed after a French chateau. And if you love wines, you can walk through a grapevine in Adel and enjoy its homegrown dry reds and whites.Emmet County is part of the greater Des Moines area, so motorhome camping in Waukee puts you half an hour's drive from the state capital. Befitting its stature, Des Moines offers a clutch of highlights beginning with the capitol's gold-leafed dome, and everything in between including the Blank Park Zoo, the Principal Park where the Iowa Cubs play, and the Iowa State Fair and Des Moines Arts Festival.And that’s barely scratching the surface. So consider booking an RV rental in Waukee, Iowa, and staying longer. The Des Moines area has enough attractions up its sleeve to surprise you any time of the year.

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.