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On the easternmost border of Kansas, you’ll find rolling grasslands and lush forest: the perfect natural landscape for a camping trip. Hillsdale State Park is a quick one-hour drive south of both Topeka, KS, and Kansas City, MO, just outside of Louisburg.

In 1976, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building a dam on Bull Creek to control flooding in the Osage River Basin. Six years later, the Hillsdale reservoir was created and a new ecosystem grew. In 1989, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sold the land to the state of Kansas, and five years later, Hillsdale State Park opened to the public.

If your RV camping trip takes you to the middle of the country, make a point to stop by Hillsdale State Park. This park is brimming with wildlife for viewing, game for hunting, and fish for reeling. To get started, just book a motorhome in Miami County and start planning your Hillsdale State Park camping trip.

Getting Outdoors

An east Kansas vacation isn’t complete without a bit of hunting at Hillsdale State Park. Bring your bow, shotgun, pistol, or rifle to the practice area just south of the dam. Then, test your skills in the park. Waterfowl is the major game, but you might also find some deer, squirrel, rabbit, or quail.

Try some fishing at Hillsdale as well. Drop a line in the reservoir and see what you can catch. Considered one of the best destinations in Kansas for fishing, you might land yourself a crappie, walleye, largemouth bass, bluegill, or catfish. Or take the boat out on the water. Tear up the lake in your motorboat or paddle briskly in a canoe. And when it’s time to cool off, go for a refreshing swim!

If you’re looking to do a bit of hiking during your Hillsdale State Park camping trip, you’ll have 49 miles of trail systems to explore. Some trails take you through beautiful grasslands, while others weave you through majestic wooded areas. A few of the trails are great for biking and horseback riding as well.

Camping at Hillsdale State Park

Hillsdale State Park campers have their choice of around 259 campsites. They vary in amenities, but some come with standard 30-amp electrical hookups and water hookups while others come with full hookups. Dump stations are provided as well as a water spigot to keep the campers hydrated.

There's no Wi-Fi available in the park; however, most cell phone carriers have good service there. As far as amenities go, campers can wash their clothes in the on-site laundromat or freshen up in the bathrooms and shower rooms. The folks at the information desk at the visitors' center can provide you with detailed information on the park and surrounding area, as well as answer any camping questions you may have.

Exploring the Area

While you’re in the area, consider a trip north to the state capital of Topeka. Topeka has been labeled the Crossroads to Freedom. This city has a rich history of revolution and a fight for equality. History buffs will revel in the odes to monumental movements for Civil Rights that have taken place in Topeka. Visit monuments and museums, then have a nice dinner at one of the lovely restaurants in the downtown area.

For a fun family day, head over to Kansas City and visit the Kansas City Zoo. Hand-feed a camel or watch a majestic polar bear go for a swim. Visitors can discover over 1,700 animals within the zoo. There's always some sort of community event going on and a new animal to see. You can take a safari trip, a boat cruise, or a train ride through different areas of the zoo. Open year-round, the Kansas City Zoo is always a great way to spend a day.

Overland Park is just a short drive north of the park on your way to Kansas City, and if you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway, this is the place to be. Take the kids bowling, head over to the Discovery Room at the Museum of Prairiefire, or visit the American Jazz Museum. There's also a rock climbing gym, a farmstead, and even a chocolate factory. This place is literally a child’s dream. Whether you’re young or young at heart, it’ll be good for the soul to head up to Overland Park and let loose.

Hillsdale State Park is conveniently located beside a slew of gas stations, so when it's time to hit the road, you should have no problem finding a place to top off the tank of your camper rental. Grab a bite to eat at a Chinese, pizza, or barbecue joint in Paola. Then, when you’re all stocked up, I-35 is just a short drive west and can take you north towards Kansas City or west towards Wichita.

RV Rentals in Hillsdale State Park, KS

Hillsdale State Park, KS is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Hillsdale State Park. Outdoorsy's Hillsdale 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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What's around Hillsdale State Park, KS


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Popular Nearby Trails

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Hillsdale Lake Loop Trail Hillsdale State Park, KS
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Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail Overland Park, KS
West Trail Overland Park, KS
Overland Park Arboretum Overland Park, KS
International Sculpture Garden Trail Overland Park, KS
Rocky Ridge Loop Trail Bucyrus, KS
Cottonwood Trail Overland Park, KS
South Trail Olathe, KS
Bittersweet Trail Olathe, KS

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Hillsdale Campground Miami County, KS
Homewood RV Park Campground Franklin County, KS
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Jacomo Campground Jackson County, MO
Leavenworth State Fishing Lake Campground Leavenworth County, KS
Worlds Of Fun Village Campground Clay County, MO
Perry Campground Jefferson County, KS
Topeka / Capital City KOA Shawnee County, KS
Shreveport / Bossier City KOA Caddo Parish, LA

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Hillsdale State Park

GREAT CAMPGROUND WITH FULL UTILITY HOOKUPS ITS CLOSE TO OUR HOME SO WE CAN SNEAK OUT ON A WEEKEND AND BE HOME HOME QUICK IF NEED BE. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY IF ITS A HOLIDAY THEY FILL UP FAST.

Jun 13, 2018