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When you're ready to escape into the idyllic rural lands of Minnesota, book one of the RV rentals in Freeborn County and settle into a campsite at Hickory Hills Campground. Near the border of Minnesota and Iowa, there are plenty of exploratory options available for those journeying across the Midwest. Whether you are stopping for just a night or you are using a campsite at Hickory Hills as a home base, you will not be disappointed with your little prairie oasis.
The sites at Hickory Hills Campground have electric, water, and sewer hookups for your RV rental. During the warmer months, you can unwind from your days of journeying with a quick dip in the swimming pool. You can challenge your travel companions to a game of basketball or volleyball. Or, you can let the kids burn off some energy as they run around the playground. Hickory Hills Campground also often hosts a variety of events during the summer months, such as craft days and Bingo nights.
When you're camping at Hickory Hills, you can grab supplies at the lodge's small camp store. You can also treat yourself to some ice cream at the end of your day of adventures.
If you want to explore the varied habitats of Minnesota, then head to the nearby Myre-Big Island State Park in Albert Lea. Just a short drive from the RV campground, Myre-Big Island is home to wet lowlands, grasslands, and unique oak savannas. You can hike through the meadows like a pioneer, enjoy the unique wetlands that serve as a home to some unusual wildlife, and enjoy some of Minnesota’s best birding opportunities. One of the best spots to go is Big Island. A variety of different trees rooted on the island provide areas for birds to call home. You can enjoy the little natural wonderland as you explore this unique island.
Also nearby when you're camping at Hickory Hills is the Arrowhead Point County Park in Freeborn, Minnesota. On the shores of Freeborn Lake, Arrowhead Point is a great destination for those looking to fully embrace the lake lifestyle of the Land of 10,000 Lakes. You can get your hands on a boat rental nearby and enjoy a day out on the water. Or, you can set up on the shoreline and cast your line into the water and see if you can catch some Minnesota trout. With 60 acres of woodlands to explore around the lakeshore, there is plenty to enjoy as you head into the wilderness.
Another great way to indulge in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is to spend the day at Rice Lake State Park. You can rent a canoe or kayak on-site and enjoy a day spent on the waters of Rice Lake. This is also a spectacular destination to see the migratory birds in the spring and autumn. With more than 200 bird species found in the park, there is a lot for avian enthusiasts to observe.
Lovers of history can spend a day at the Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village in downtown Albert Lea. At the museum, you’ll learn about the lives of the early pioneers, the growth of various industries, and the diverse cultural communities in the area. You can also visit the research library on-site if you found something in particular that you want to learn more about. To get a broader picture of the history of the area, head to the historic village and explore the various structures.
Wildlife lovers can explore the nearby Walnut Lake State Wildlife Management Area. With two lakes and a variety of hidden habitats, you just might get to see deer, pheasants, turkey, and a wide variety of waterfowl. There is even a restored prairie you can explore.
Just over the state border is the Top of Iowa Welcome Center. A great place to start your exploration into Iowa, you can get maps, insider knowledge, and even meander through some small exhibits showcasing information about the state.
When it comes time to restock and fuel up the Albert Lea rental motorhome, you can find some of the best options just north of Hickory Hills Campground.
Every state has their version of comfort food. Minnesota’s is the hotdish. Meat and vegetables covered in a layer of tater tots and baked to crispy perfection make this shepherd’s pie-style dish a tasty treat. You can likely find it at just about any diner, or get the ingredients from a local grocer and make your own version.