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Effigy Mounds National Monument, IA

85 RV rentals

Effigy Mounds National Monument is located near McGregor, Iowa, less than a mile from the mighty Mississippi River. The monument is a collection of mounds that were part of a culture that transcended individual tribes and is considered to be an archeological treasure providing insight into Native American culture. These mounds were not constructed for burial purposes, as many of the tribes continued to build circular mounds for burial. The Effigy Mounds Culture utilized hills in the shape of animals such as deer, bison, and turtle, among others. Archeologists believe that the mounds may have been created to honor …

Stone State Park, IA

59 RV rentals

Sprawling over an area of 1,069 acres, on the coast of Big Sioux River right along the South Dakota state line, is an urban wildlife sanctuary called Stone State Park. Located on the outskirts of Sioux City, the park is home to coyotes, red foxes, and white-tailed deer, as well as a variety of bird and rare butterfly species.

The park’s woodlands are thriving with oak trees, wildflowers, and prairie plants like yucca, rough blazing star, penstemon, and silky aster, which start to bloom in early May. The area was most likely used by Native Americans as hunting grounds …

Nine Eagles State Park, IA

104 RV rentals

Nine Eagles State Park is set in the rolling hills and sun-dappled woodlands of Decatur County. You'll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Midwest sunshine here, from swimming and boating in the lake to hiking woodland trails and relaxing at shady picnic spots. The fishing is excellent, with the chance to reel in bass, pike, bluegill, and other freshwater species.

Planning a getaway to the Hawkeye State? Book an RV in Decatur County and you can enjoy a lakeside escape to Nine Eagles State Park. Venture further afield and you can discover Iowa jewels like the Effigy Mounds National …

Lake of Three Fires State Park, IA

120 RV rentals

In Taylor County, around ten minutes north of the town of Bedford, is a beautiful 85-acre lake within a 691-acre recreation area characterized by lush oak and hickory woodlands. Lake of Three Fires State Park beckons visitors from all over Iowa and Missouri with hiking and equestrian trails and two well-equipped campgrounds. You can expect to find both Hopkins and New Market campers relaxing here, as both of these towns are within 20 minutes of the state park.

The Potawatomi tribe, also referred to as the “Fire Nation,” farmed, lived, and traveled through this part of Iowa. The legend …

Buck Creek Park, IA

88 RV rentals

Buck Creek Park is located in southeast Iowa, on the easternmost border of the giant Rathbun Lake. Buck Creek is located just nine miles north of Centerville, 36 miles from Bloomfield, and 35 miles from Ottumwa. This small park is known for its scenic beauty, picnicking, and fun lakeside activities.

Buck Creek Park is made up of hilly grasslands that run along the Chariton River Valley. It shares a border with the easternmost arm of Rathbun Lake and provides full access to the water. The campgrounds are open, grassy areas with a few deciduous trees speckled throughout. …

Rock Creek State Park, IA

110 RV rentals

Rock Creek State Park is located about seven miles west of Grinnell and just four miles from Newton in Central Iowa. Sitting on the eastern part of Jasper County, Rock Creek State Park got its name from Rock Creek that cuts through the park. The 602-acre Rock Creek Lake is the main feature of this state park. With over 15 miles of shorelines, this lake is best known for its fishing. There are many boat launches and docks conveniently located along the lake.

With over 1,690 acres, this park is an outdoor enthusiast paradise. This is a popular RV destination …

Black Hawk State Park, IA

113 RV rentals

A pretty park that sits right on the shores of Black Hawk Lake, Black Hawk State Park is one of northwestern Iowa’s best camping destinations. Located in the town of Lake View, this small but popular park is known for its excellent fishing, boating, and swimming.

Even better, Black Hawk State Park also boasts a large campground with plenty of room for your motorhome rental. And with disc golf, a large playground, and a number of other facilities on offer, it’s an excellent spot for a family camping getaway.

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Covering almost 1,000 acres, Black Hawk Lake is …

Waubonsie State Park, IA

82 RV rentals

Located in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa, Waubonsie State Park is ideally situated for those who rent an RV in either Iowa, Nebraska or Kansas. Lying in the heart of Fremont County means the park is only a short drive from the local towns of Hamburg, IA, and Sidney, IA. With a unique topography, shaped by retreating glaciers over thousands of years, Waubonsie State Park offers miles of hiking and equestrian trails that follow deep valleys and gorges. For those who wish to kick back and relax on the water, Lake Virginia offers fishing and boating opportunities. …

Pine Lake State Park, IA

109 RV rentals

Pine Lake State Park is a woodland reserve set in the heart of lush farmland. The 668-acre park enjoys a picturesque setting by the Iowa River and is anchored by a pair of lakes that provide a scenic backdrop for swimming, boating, and fishing. When you're not making a splash in the lake, spend the day hiking scenic nature trails and picnicking by the shoreline. Pine Lake is one of the oldest state parks in Iowa and has been welcoming visitors since the 1920s. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked hard to develop the park, with many of the historic …

Prairie Rose State Park, IA

147 RV rentals

Set on a shimmering lake, Prairie Rose State Park is one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in Iowa. There are plenty of opportunities to soak up the Midwest sunshine, from swimming, boating, and fishing in the lake to hiking scenic trails and enjoying picnics on the grassy foreshore. A lakeside campground makes it easy to enjoy an extended getaway to Prairie Rose State Park.

Planning an adventure in the Hawkeye State? Book an RV in Shelby County and you can make a splash at Prairie Rose State Park. You'll love combining the creature comforts of a motorhome with the …

Lake Ahquabi State Park, IA

101 RV rentals

Camping with an RV is a great way to reconnect with your family and make memories that will last a lifetime. Lake Ahquabi State Park, near Indianola, Iowa has fun activities for all ages to enjoy. Don't worry if you don't own a motorhome — book an RV in Warren County and spend some time exploring Iowa. One of the biggest draws of Lake Ahquabi State Park is the 115-acre reservoir where visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming.

You can camp with your RV at Lake Ahquabi State Park and then head to Des Moines, less than 45 …

Lake Anita State Park, IA

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Spending your vacation camping in an RV is a great way to see the natural beauty of the United States. One such beautiful park is Lake Anita State Park, located south of Anita, Iowa. This state park features a 171-acre reservoir that is fed by the Nishnabotna River. You don't need to own a rig to enjoy camping with an RV. Browse the RV rentals in Cass County and find a vehicle to suit your style.

The biggest draw for visitors to Lake Anita State Park is the lake itself, where boating, swimming, and fishing are extremely popular. Stock …

Pilot Knob State Park, IA

96 RV rentals

Camping with an RV is a great way to relax and learn more about Pilot Knob State Park, one of Iowa's oldest state parks founded in 1923. The park is just to the southeast of Forest City and about 35 minutes to the northwest of Mason City. Visitors to Pilot Knob State Park can spend time hiking, biking, watching wildlife, or even playing in the water of Dead Man’s Lake.

You can still enjoy time RV camping at Pilot Knob State Park even if you don't own a motorhome. Book an RV in Hancock County and spend a weekend …

Stephens State Forest, IA

107 RV rentals

Located in south-central Iowa, Stephens State Forest is a fascinating ecosystem renowned for the rich recreational opportunities it provides to Chariton campers and locals alike. Just under a half-hour drive away from scenic Osceola and roughly 35 minutes from the history-filled town of Corydon, the forest is surrounded by exciting places to visit. Camp out in the forest for a fun-filled week of hiking, hunting, horseback riding, fishing, backpacking, and so much more.

Once a base of operations for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Stephens State Forest land was transformed from the heavily eroded landscape it once was …

Dolliver Memorial State Park, IA

97 RV rentals

Dolliver Memorial State Park in Otho offers a relaxing and fun experience for hikers, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The 594-acre park also makes an excellent base camp for those looking to explore the cities in the surrounding area. Fort Dodge is only about 20 minutes to the north of the park. Des Moines, the state capital, is under an hour and a half to the south of the park and is a great city for tourists to visit full of educational and entertaining activities.

Lehigh is only five minutes from the park and a great place to stock …

Fort Defiance State Park, IA

61 RV rentals

Fort Defiance State Park is a smaller park encompassing 191 acres just outside of Estherville, Iowa. This park opened in 1930, making it one of the oldest parks in the state. Motorhome camping is a great activity for families to enjoy while exploring Iowa. Spirit Lake is only about 15 minutes west of the park and is a convenient place to stock up on supplies before parking your RV rental at Fort Defiance State Park.

You don't have to own an RV to enjoy a camping adventure at Fort Defiance. Book an RV in Emmet County and camp in …

Lake Darling State Park, IA

108 RV rentals

If you're searching for somewhere to enjoy a quintessential Iowa camping experience, look no further than Lake Darling State Park. Located five miles east of Richland in the state's southeast, this 1,417-acre park is a haven for watersports and outdoor enthusiasts.

Lake Darling itself covers 302 acres, so campers can enjoy excellent swimming, boating, and fishing in the park. Several miles of hiking trails make Lake Darling a favorite with hikers. A modern campground is also available on-site, so there are plenty of good reasons why Lake Darling State Park should be the venue for your next RV camping vacation. …

Maquoketa Caves State Park, IA

82 RV rentals

In the northeastern tip of Iowa, Maquoketa Caves State Park is an adventure lover's paradise. Surrounded by lush flora and fauna, mysterious caves lay waiting to be explored at every turn, and winding boardwalks lead through forests of warm pine trees. After walking through the rugged terrain of this magical park, you just might find yourself wondering if you're in a fairytale.

Located in the city of Maquoketa, the park has been the site of many Native American artifacts ranging from pottery to arrowheads. When the land was first purchased in 1921, a vision was born for the park to …

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