Best Parks and Camping around Central City, IA

Behrens Ponds and Woodland State Preserve

Ponds Lane
Toddville, IA
Karl W. Behrens Memorial Ponds and Woodland is a 29-acre preserve featuring a series of sandy ponds inhabited by the blue-spotted salamander, a rar...
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Wapsipinicon State Park

21301 County Road E34
Anamosa, IA
Wapsipinicon State Park, dedicated in 1923, was one of Iowa's first state parks. It lies just south of Anamosa on the Wapsipinicon River (locally r...
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Rock Island State Preserve

42nd Street
Cedar Rapids, IA
Rock Island State Preserve is a 17-acre area featuring a sand prairie and an associated wetland and woodland. It is located in the northwest part o...
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Hanging Bog State Preserve

Six miles northwest of Cedar Rapids in Linn County
Palo, IA
Hanging Bog State Preserve features a shaded hillside seep that houses a large population of skunk cabbage. It was formed from mineral-rich groundw...
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Palisades Kepler State Park

700 Kepler Dr
Mount Vernon, IA
Palisades-Kepler State Park lies along the beautiful Cedar River in Linn County. The 840-acre park has dramatic river bluffs, deep ravines, majesti...
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Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

4530 McClintock Road
Palo, IA
Pleasant Creek Lake is one of the most popular boating spots in eastern Iowa. Four launching sites are conveniently located around the lake. These ...
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Cedar Rock State Park

2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd. Buch Co Hwy W-35
Independence, IA
The Walter house was one of Wright's most complete designs. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock bears the architect's imprint. Wright designed the furn...
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Backbone State Park

1347 129th Street
Dundee, IA
Backbone State Park was dedicated in 1920. It was Iowa's first state park and remains one of the most significant. Backbone is named for its narrow...
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Lake Macbride State Park

3525 Highway 382 NE
Solon, IA
An effort to establish the wooded valleys of Mill and Jordan Creeks as a state park was initiated by the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce and J.N. "Di...
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Mossy Glen State Preserve

Eagle Avenue
Edgewood, IA
Mossy Glen is an 80-acre preserve featuring a rugged forested area along the Silurian Escarpment. It is located 6 miles northwest of Edgewood and 6...
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Bixby State Preserve

Berry Woods is a 42-acre preserve containing an upland oak woodland. It is located 4.5 miles northwest of Indianola in Warren County. Don L. Berr...
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Williams Prairie State Preserve

Black Hawk Avenue NW
Oxford, IA
Williams Prairie State Preserve is located in the Iowan Surface landform region and contains a wet prairie with more than 300 plant species are fou...
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Herbert Hoover National Historic Park

110 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA
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Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve

E Avenue, 90th Street
Arlington, IA
Brush Creek Canyon is a 217-acre preserve containing a rugged forested gorge along the Silurian Escarpment. Located two miles north of Arlington in...
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White Pine Hollow State Forest

Northwest Dubuque County
New Vienna, IA
White Pine Hollow is located in northwest Dubuque County, just northwest of the town of Luxemburg. This 944 acre area consists of a 712 acre state ...
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White Pine Hollow State Preserve

Heim Road
New Vienna, IA
White Pine Hollow is a 712-acre preserve featuring a rugged landscape with groves of white pine trees. Formerly known as “Pine Creek Hollow&r...
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Retz Woods State Preserve

Grain Road
Elkader, IA
Lyle Retz Memorial Woods is a 49-acre preserve featuring a rugged forested area in the Paleozoic Plateau landform region. It is located 4.5 miles s...
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Merritt Forest State Preserve

West Noble Road
Colesburg, IA
Merritt Forest is a 20-acre “virgin” old-growth forest. It is located four miles south of Guttenberg in Clayton County. Several trees o...
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Turkey River Mounds State Preserve

Estes Point Road
Guttenberg, IA
Turkey River Mounds State Preserve is a 62-acre area containing a large complex of ancient Indian mounds on a spectacular narrow ridge overlooking ...
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Roberts Creek State Preserve

Fawn Hollow Rd.
Saint Olaf, IA
Roberts Creek State Preserve is located in the Paleozoic Plateau landform region and contains a forested slope populated by the nationally threaten...
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