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Walnut Woods Campground

Near the capital of Iowa, Walnut Woods Campground in Walnut Woods State Park offers a central and convenient location for exploring this Midwest state. Whether you want to fully immerse yourself in one pocket of Iowa or you want to explore everything that the Hawkeye State has to offer, the RV campground at Walnut Woods will set you up with what you need. At Walnut Woods, you have your choice of electric or full-service sites for your RV rental. You also have access to restroom facilities near the RV sites.The woodlands of Walnut Woods will make you feel as though you are secluded and far removed from civilization. However, the campsites at Walnut Woods Campground are actually just a few miles from the city of Des Moines. This proximity to the bustling city life means that you get to enjoy both worlds: the peacefulness of nature and the vibrancy of metropolitan living.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

While enjoying some RV camping at Walnut Woods, make sure to spend some time exploring Walnut Woods State Park. Along the banks of the Raccoon River, there are opportunities for fishing and non-motorized boat excursions. If you feel like staying on dry land, you can explore the woodlands. Walnut Woods is home to the largest surviving natural grove of black walnut trees in all of North America. Unfortunately, harvesting walnuts isn't an option here. However, these walnuts attract migratory birds from across North America, so if you’re traveling in the spring or fall, chances are you will get to see a wide variety of birds – as many as 90 species have been seen.Those looking to spend some time closer to the capital can head to Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa. It's one of the largest urban parks in the entire country. You actually might forget that the state capital is just on the other side of the tree line. This 1,500-acre park is cut in half by the Raccoon River, which then helps feed the Maffitt Reservoir. The reservoir is open to visitors for fishing if you want to try your luck. With Water Works' central location, the city built an amphitheater within the park. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time, because you just might get lucky and get to see a concert or performance.A little farther away from your campsite at Walnut Woods Campground is Badger Creek State Park in Van Meter. Anglers from all over central Iowa flock to Badger Creek to fish the rivers, ponds, and lakes. Badger Creek is known for housing largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. If fishing isn’t your favorite pastime, you can head to the park in the spring and summer and enjoy the trails. The trails come to life with native wildflowers and really help give a sense of the beauty of Iowa.

Explore the City

History buffs are in for a treat when they book an RV in Polk County, Iowa. Just a short drive away from the Walnut Woods State Park is the Jordan House, built by abolitionist James C. Jordan. This home was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. You can visit and tour the house, see historic furnishings and artifacts, and learn all about the abolitionist movement.Those looking for an active way to relax can set up a tee time at the public golf course in West Des Moines. With 27 holes open to all levels, golfers can enjoy brushing up on their skills or challenging themselves on harder courses. No matter how your game on the links goes, you can reward yourself at the end of the day with a trip to the snack bar.Art lovers can spend the day at the Des Moines Art Center. Focusing on modern and contemporary art, the Des Moines Art Center houses permanent exhibits as well as temporary ones. You can enjoy paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media works of art as you stroll through the galleries. The center also hosts a variety of classes and events, so be sure to check their schedule to see if there’s anything that interests you.Since you’ll be camping near the city of Des Moines, there are plenty of options around for gas stations and grocery stores. You’ll have no problem keeping your Walnut Woods RV rental vacation running smoothly.After a long day or fishing, hiking, or even golf, you can reward yourself with a Maid-Rite sandwich. This local sandwich is comprised of ground beef with ketchup, mustard, onion, and pickles, all served on a soft, white bun. Legend has it, a local diner cook made this sandwich one night, and the customer said that it was “made right,” and the name stuck; give it a try for yourself while you're here.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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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.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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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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How does check-in work?

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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.