Top 10 Campgrounds and RV Parks Top 10 Brucemore Campgrounds Rv Parks

History comes to life with a visit to Iowa’s Brucemore Mansion and Estates. Built in the 1880’s, the eclectic Queen Anne style mansion is 4-stories high with 21 rooms on the 10-acre site. When it was completed, the local newspaper called it “the grandest house west of Chicago.” After one visit, you will understand why.

The mansion has been updated over the years to meet the needs of the three families who have called it home. It is now a unique blend of old money tradition and culture.

The estate comes alive with outdoor theatre, specialty tours, holiday festivals, garden walks, concerts, and special celebrations. It is open Wednesday through Saturday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday 12:30 to 3:30 pm. The estate is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tours are offered March through December.

If your visit is flexible, check out the special events calendar before planning your dates. There are regular special events that are worth the wait. You wouldn’t want to miss the annual Baloon Glow or the Orchestra events. And if you can catch one of the holiday festivals, you won’t regret it.

For a history buff, the Brucemore estate is a goldmine. However, it is not the only historical site in the area. You’ll find many historic sites, museums, and local collections to perk your interest. When you’ve seen all there is to see and do in the area, check out one of our other must see RV trips. You’ll find all the details on the 10 Best RV Trips to Take in Iowa.

There are many worthy RV parks in the Cedar Rapids area. We’ve chose the top 10 to recommend for your trip to the Brucemore estate and the surrounding area.

Morgan Creek Park

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Morgan Creek Park is a charming place to stay when visiting Brucemore, just 7.6 miles away. Morgan Creek is a modern campground located in a tural wildlife habitat. It features an extensive trail system including groomed X-country ski trails, a sports fields area, and a playground. It’s a great place for those interested in staying in a ture setting.

Why You’ll Love Morgan Creek Park

The Morgan Creek Park is a tural habitat for many wildlife. Next door to the campground is the Arboretum and Butterfly Garden featuring a selection of over 250 species of trees and shrubs. You’re sure to spot some of the wildlife that make the 230 acre Morgan Creek Park their home.

What People Are Saying About Morgan Creek Park

“This is a beautiful campground located in a nice county park that includes an arboretum that has a paved walking trail through it. The access to the campground was not direct but fairly easy from the highway. The roads to the campground and in the campground were fine and access to most of the spots is easy. The check in process is self serve, take an envelope, select your spot, fill out the envelope and put it and your fee in the slot. The spots are gravel and mostly level with nice grassy areas with a picnic table and a firepit. Hookups are electric and water, no sewer, with a dump station on the way out that was an easy pull through. There are lots of… [more] trees, although they don’t provide much privacy, except towards the back where some of the smaller spots are. We had no difficulty finding a spot big enough for us, although there were some that we wouldn’t fit in. We had no problem with our satellite, but it might be difficult towards the back.”– Uno Mas, RV Park Reviews.

Squaw Creek Park

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Close to Marion and less than 7 miles from Brucemore, Squaw Creek Park is the best of both worlds. Enjoy 700 acres of outdoor recreation areas including picnicking, ture study, wildlife photography, and more. The Squaw Creek Trail is popular for cross-country skiing, sledding, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and running.

Why You’ll Love Squaw Creek Park

Located just southeast of Marion, Squaw Creek Park is convenient to shopping at Lindale Mall, but has all the appeal of a country park with roomy spaces. ture lovers will enjoy watching the many wildlife in the area or catching some great wildlife photos.

What People Are Saying About Squaw Creek Park

“Great place with roomy sites. The front loop has full hookups and mostly pull through sites that can handle big rigs. Concrete patios with picnic tables and fire pits. The back loop is older with only a few sites having electricity but costs less. Lots of room between sites and an outstanding playground for the kids. We camped at Squaw Creek Campground (Linn County Park) in a Travel Trailer.” –UTTransplant, RV Park Reviews.

Sandy Beach Camp

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The Sandy Beach Camp sits on the banks of Coralville Lake, offering boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, and picnicking. Anglers will catch large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and catfish. When you’ve finished touring Brucemore, 17 miles away, you can enjoy the water sports here, or visit the local museums, and golf course. Rock hunters will enjoy exploring the Devonian Fossil Gorge just below the dam. It offers a view of a 375-million-year old sea floor and the fossilized remains of the sea life that once lived there.

Why You’ll Love Sandy Beach Camp

This park is known for its water sports and tural environment. It is a quiet, family friendly environment. There is a beach with swimming, a playground for the kids, and plenty to do nearby. The lake and surrounding area are the home of the eastern bluebird, hawks, box turtles, and whitetail deer.

What People Are Saying About Sandy Beach Camp

“This is one of the nicest parks we have stayed at in some time. Some of the sites have a million dollar view of the lake and all sites are pretty level with gravel. The road through the park is paved. There is lots and lots of well kept lawn throughout the park. Bathrooms/shower are extremely clean and very well kept. Camp hosts are the most friendly we have encountered in years and couldn’t do enough to help us find the perfect site with probably the best view of the lake (#10). Other reviews of this park made us think there were full hook ups at every site, but there are only full hookups at only two sites. The rest of the sites have only electrical and our site had only 30amp service. There is a nice dump station and water for filling your tanks. Very highly recommend staying at this park. We camped at Sandy Beach Camp in a Motorhome.” – Al from Calif, RV Park Reviews

Scales Pointe Camping & Boating

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If you enjoy boating, you’ll love this camping & boating park. The RV park is near the marina where you can put your boat in the water and enjoy all that the lake has to offer. The lake view is soothing, but the park is hustling. Located just 22.5 miles from Brucemore, and close to other attractions. However, there is always something to do at the marina or park.

Why You’ll Love Scales Pointe Camping & Boating

The RV park is part of a popular marina on Coralville Lake and offers live music at the bar/restaurant on the weekends. If you’re looking for quiet, this won’t be your choice. But there is plenty to see and do here.

What People Are Saying About Scales Pointe Camping & Boating

“This is a beautiful shady campground on Coralville Lake. There is a busy marina and a popular bar/restaurant on site. The campground has a playground, sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe courts. The sites that are on the lake have full hookups, but those sites are reserved for seasonal campers. We were on site W 13 which was water/electric and had a nice view of the lake. All sites are long and shaded. The bathhouse was clean and modern. However, there is only one, and it is not in the overnight camper section. Lots of campers have their own golf carts. We enjoyed drinks and lunch at Bobbers, the bar and restaurant on site. The seasonal campers were very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely return. We camped at Scales Campground and Marina in a Motorhome.” – shayerk, RV Park Reviews.

Lake Macbride State Park

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While Lake Macbride State Park is just under 23 miles away from Brucemore, it is worth the drive. There are two campgrounds, one has all the amenities, while the other is more rustic. There are miles of trails, swimming, boating, and fishing on the lake, Boat rentals, food, and firewood is available. Lake Macbride is a great place for families looking for a peaceful spot to relax.

Why You’ll Love Lake Macbride State Park

Lake Macbride is a fisherman’s delight. Fishermen regularly catch Kentuckey spotted bass, walleye, muskie, crappies, and channel catfish in the stocked lake. Seven boat ramps are available for boaters, and the lake is available for swimming and picnicking. Solon is only 4 miles away with restaurants and shopping.

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

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Pleasant Creek is a great family recreation area and campground. There are 8.5 miles of trails for hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. The stocked lake is available for fishing, swimming, and boating or just relaxing on the beach. Within the park there are interpretive programs, sports areas, and wildlife viewing. A very short drive takes you into town where you’ll find shopping for anything you could need.

Why You’ll Love Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

This park has a lot to offer. You’ll find everything from archery to interpretive programs to wildlife viewing. The lake is rich in recreational activities, and there is an interpretive center and nature center nearby. You’ll find shopping and plenty of activities close by.

What People Are Saying About Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

“Nice big campsites. Clean bathrooms with warm showers (sweet). Close to the lake. Camp hosts at each camping site. Quit, clean and well kept. One of the better campsites I’ve been to in the US. The birds and wind will wake one up unlike other campsites were it is the screams of the other campers parting and trucks using their engine brakes. Note: use bug spray because there is a big lake and they will attack. The mosquitoes thought I was a buffet tasting different parts of me until I bathed in bug spray. I smell a bit funky and my eyes are watering, but at least I don’t have welts all over now.” -Sam R., Yelp

“Such a great camping area with drive thru sites, quiet neighbors and a relaxing lake. We even saw some Loons this spring!!” -Elaina K., Yelp

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The Amana RV Park is located in the heart of the historic Amana Colonies. The seven historic villages known for their old world charm are nearby and Brucemore is only 20 miles away. The RV park is located in an open area with lots of green space for walking the dog. Or enjoy a leisurely walk, hike or bike ride around the Lily Pond trail.

Why You’ll Love Amana RV Park & Event Center

If you want to visit the historic Amana Colonies while you’re in the area, this is the perfect RV park for you. Centrally located to the colonies shops and other area attractions, there is much to see. Don’t miss an authentic German dinner at the nearby Beer Haus.

What People Are Saying About Amana RV Park & Event Center

“This is a really nice park in the middle of corn fields. Very large park, well cared for, freshly mowed. 50 amp service, sewer, good water pressure, free wifi and a good amount of free tv on the antenna. The water and sewer connections are way in the back, requiring two water and sewer hoses. The sites aren’t really pull throughs, but if you get there before the person in back of you, you can drive through. Wish they had put us in facing the other way so we would have had shade..you might ask them to do that when you come. There was an FMCA rally while we were here with lots of huge motor coaches, but they can handle over 400 rigs. There is a lot of open area at the park, giving this a very neat appearance. Quite a few trains in the early morning hours was my only complaint. Laundry area was nice and clean, $2 for washers and $1 for dryers. We camped at Amana Colonies RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.” – Ginny H, RV Park Reviews.

Sugar Bottom COE

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Located on Coralville Lake, and only 23 miles from Brucemore, The park is wooded with pine forests and mixed hardwoods creating a relaxing setting with a little privacy. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, waterskiing, hiking and mountain biking. Walk the paved multipurpose trails for abundant wildflowers and wildlife sightings.

Why You’ll Love Sugar Bottom COE

This family friendly park is a fisherman’s dream. Anglers regularly catch large and smallmouth bass, walleye, crappies, and catfish. Silver Bottom Disc Golf Course offers an alternative for those who enjoy a little sport. The 18 hole course is partially wooded. There are museums nearby for rainy days and the Amana Colonies are just down the road.

F.W. Kent Park

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Only 27 miles from Brucemore, FW Kent Park is one of the best Iowa State Parks. The 1.052-acre park contains a 27-acre lake for many hours of fishing enjoyment. The diverse landscape includes forests, prairies, and wetlands. RV camping spots are spread out, offering privacy and quiet.

Why You’ll Love F.W. Kent Park

Enjoy great Iowa fishing or go swimming on the beach. Spend rainy days at the Conservation Education Center enjoying a workshop or take one of their guided praire hikes or fishing clinics when the weather is nice. They offer day camps and weekend workshops for youth and adults. Or check out a pair of binoculars and insect nets and go explore on your own. There are over nine miles of hiking trails with seven historic county road bridges relocated along the way.

What People Are Saying About F.W. Kent Park

“Pretty, quiet park off Hwy. 6, between Oxford & Tiffin. Roomy, gravel sites with 30/50-amp electric; water & dump available. Park is in a hilly area, so many sites require leveling. There is a playground for the kids, and plenty of room to walk our dogs. We camped in Site #65, a pull-through that was roomy but needed some leveling. We would stay here again.

“- FranM, RV Park Reviews.

Pinicon Ridge Park

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Less than 20 miles from Brucemore, the 925-acre Pinicon Ridge Park is known for its scenic woods and river front. It is home to many species of wildlife. The Alexander Wildlife Area is a 6.5 acre area originally designed to restock resident populations. The Wildlife area has mallard ducks, American elk, white-tailed deer, and Canada Geese on display in the wildlife pen. Several hiking trails are available for exploring and exercise.

Why You’ll Love Pinicon Ridge Park

In addition to the Alexander Wildlife Area, you’ll enjoy the Pinicon Ridge Observation Tower. The tower stands 1028 feet above sea level and is the highest point in the county. From the observation platform, you’ll enjoy the fantastic view of the Wapsipinicon River Valley and the countryside.

What People Are Saying About Pinicon Ridge Park

“The campground is called Flying Squirrel. Electric and water is available with a very nice dump station near the cg entrance. This park gets very busy in the weekends and is first come first served so a mid week arrival is recommended. Miles of hiking, biking and paths through the woods A foot bridge connects the cg with the main park over the river. The park is very well maintained and the staff is very responsive to any issues. Power went out during a thunderstorm on a Sunday night but the staff had the situation under repair immediately and we had power in very short order. This is one of the finest county parks we have visited and rivals some of the higher rated commercial parks in the area. Sewer connections would make it a near perfect camping environment. We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Motorhome.” – Beech35p, RV Park Reviews.

In Summary

All of the RV parks listed here are highly rated and should give you a good camping experience. Which is your favorite depends on the types of activities that your family enjoys. Several of the parks listed cater to fisherman and boaters, and you might have trouble choosing between them. If you have children, Morgan Creek and Squaw Creek both have excellent playgrounds.

Most of the parks review here are state or county parks and do not allow long term camping. However, Scales Pointe Camping & Boating lists a monthly rate of $700, and Amana RV Park lists $400-500 monthly. Make sure you investigate thoroughly what is included before agreeing to a monthly rate. Some parks charge extra for extra people or for utilities.

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