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Tucked away in the suburban surroundings of West Des Moines, Walnut Woods offers a relaxing nature escape close to all the hustle and bustle of a big city. Encompassing 260 acres, the park sits on the banks of the pretty Raccoon River and is home to the largest surviving stand of black walnut trees to be found anywhere in North America.

The park's riverfront location opens up excellent fishing and paddling opportunities for visitors, while there are also two and a half miles of hiking trails to explore. Best of all, even though Walnut Woods State Park is just minutes from downtown Des Moines, its RV-friendly campground lets visitors experience the great outdoors and the true relaxation that only a camping vacation can bring.

Getting Outdoors

There's plenty to see and do here, but the first outdoor activity most Walnut Woods State Park campers choose to indulge in is a bit of good old-fashioned relaxing. With the river nearby and surrounded by woods, Walnut Woods State Park is an ideal destination for anyone looking to escape their everyday life for a little while.

But once you've spent a little while putting your feet up, it's time to get active. The Raccoon River lies at the heart of most activities in the park, with fishing a particular highlight.

There's a boat ramp near the western end of the park if you want to get out on the water, as well as cast a line straight from the riverbank if you prefer. Smallmouth and largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, and more can be caught here, so it's well worth remembering to pack your fishing rod.

Canoeing is another popular pastime for those camping at Walnut Woods State Park. The peacefully meandering river offers prime paddling conditions, but vehicle shuttling to or from access points along the river is recommended.

When you're not enjoying the park's watersports, the other main activity on offer in Walnut Woods State Park is hiking. A two-and-a-half-mile trail network winds its way through the river's wooded surroundings, and you can set out to explore it at your leisure. The three-mile Raccoon River Trail is a popular route that offers great water views, while birders will relish the opportunity to spot the more than 90 species of birds that call the park home.

Camping at Walnut Woods State Park

Want to camp at Walnut Woods State Park in an RV? Book an RV in Polk County and then find yourself a site in the park's small and peaceful campground. Conveniently located close to the river, the Walnut Woods State Park RV campground boasts 22 shady campsites, including:

  • 2 RV-only sites
  • 9 full-hookup sites
  • 11 electric sites

The modern restrooms are clean and easy to access from all sites, but please note that there are no showers in the campground. Some sites are small and some of the interior campground roads are quite tight, so this is not the perfect destination if you're traveling in a large rig.

On the plus side, all sites come with picnic tables, fire rings, and concrete pads. Firewood sales are available from May to September, and a quarter of all sites here are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you're visiting with your dog, you'll also be happy to learn that pets are welcome on all sites. However, you'll need to keep your pet on a leash and clean up after them whenever necessary.

Exploring the Area

When you've finished making the most of the outdoor activities on offer in Walnut Woods State Park, you'll probably be ready to check out some attractions a little further afield. Happily, there are plenty of great destinations and activities nearby.

If you decide to head off to explore downtown Des Moines, make sure you stop at one of the city's locally owned breweries. Afterward, walk off the extra calories and admire the quirky installations at Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

If you'd like to explore another beautiful state park instead, make the 25-minute drive southwest to Badger Creek State Park. There, you'll find excellent fishing and boating opportunities, but please note that camping is not permitted in the park.

And if you've got a green thumb or you just love spending time in a peaceful garden, head north to Ames to spend a morning wandering through the 14-acre Reiman Gardens.

Whichever way you look at it, there's a whole lot to see and do when you rent a camper near Walnut Woods State Park. Why not get out there and make the most of it?

RV Rentals in Walnut Woods State Park, IA

Walnut Woods State Park, IA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Walnut Woods State Park. Outdoorsy's Walnut Woods State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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