Waubonsie State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

Waubonsie State Park

encompasses Iowa's unique Loess Hills and the plains of Nebraska. It is located along the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail and serves to showcase their route of exploration and the landscapes they encountered. There are miles of trails in the park, and visitors will see prairie grasses atop hilltops and woods in the adjacent valleys. The park contains 2,000 acres of these diverse habitats, and you can spend hours exploring. The park is in the southwestern corner of Iowa and is next to Nebraska. The cities of Omaha, NE, and Nebraska City, NE, are close by as are the towns of Lincoln, NE, and Sydney, IA.

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Spring 28-74 F
Summer 60-87 F
Fall 29-78 F
Winter 18-38 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Waubonsie State Park

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Victorian Acres

Victorian Acres is located in Nebraska City, NE, and is only 15 miles west of Waubonsie State Park. This is a quiet park that has family-friendly amenities and is close to the attractions and conveniences that you can find in Nebraska City and Lincoln. You will appreciate the peacefulness of the park and the playground and nature trails. The Missouri River runs through Nebraska City and offers plenty of boating activities for all.

  • Number of sites: 89 pull-through and back-in sites
  • Rates: $36-$39/$253/$470, daily/weekly/monthly
  • Type of hookup: Full hookups
  • Electrical amps: 30
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pool/Hot tub: No
  • Pet-friendly: Pets are allowed on a leash
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes

Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park

You can find a quiet and restful stay at Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park that offers a combination of various types of comfortable lodging and event facilities. There are electric RV sites, motel rooms, bunkhouse beds, and cabins. This park in Nebraska City has a charming stream that has rushing falls, and the sites are spaced out well. There is an event lodge that can be reserved, and the park is ADA-accessible.

  • Number of sites: 40 back-in sites
  • Rates: $40/$240/$550, daily/weekly/monthly
  • Type of hookup: Full hookups
  • Electrical amps: 30 and 50
  • Pool/hot tub: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Pets are allowed
  • Restrooms: Yes
  • Showers: Yes
  • Laundry: Yes

Pierce Creek Recreation Area

The Pierce Creek Recreation Area in Essex, IA, has plenty of outdoor activities and friendly amenities. The park has eight primitive sites and 12 sites with water and electricity. While in the park, you can try out the 10 miles of equestrian and hiking trails, fish and boat on the lake, and hunt in the public hunting areas. There is a boat ramp, and visitors with a membership can use the gun range. The park is ADA-accessible.

  • Number of sites: 12 RV sites
  • Rates: $6-$15, daily
  • Type of hookup: Water and electric
  • Electrical amps: 50
  • Pool/hot tub: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Pets are allowed with restrictions
  • Restrooms: Pit toilets
  • Showers: No
  • Playground: Yes

RV Rentals Near Waubonsie State Park

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Waubonsie State Park

Inside Waubonsie State Park

Waubonsie State Park has several trails that travel through the center of the park. The Sunset Ride Nature Trail has panoramic views of the Missouri River, and the Ridge and Valley trails take hikers through thickly wooded areas. There is an 8-mile trail system for hiking only and a separate 8-mile system for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. You can fish and paddle on Lake Virginia and also enjoy boating with electric-powered boats only.

Outside Waubonsie State Park

Waubonsie State Park is nestled in the southwestern corner of Iowa and is near the cities of Nebraska City in Nebraska and Sydney in Iowa. You can find great meals and fun shopping opportunities in and around these cities when you want to leave the park for a bit. There are also many attractions within an easy driving distance of the park. 

Restaurants

Whip's Steakhouse

Whip's Steakhouse is located in an old building that used to be a bar and features a stamped metal ceiling. They specialize in various steak, prime rib, and pork dinners, hamburgers, and sandwiches. They are open for lunch and dinner.

Type: American, Steakhouse

Location: 812 Illinois St, Sidney, IA 51652

Horseshoe Catering Company

The Horseshoe Catering Company offers a freshly prepared menu of specialty sandwiches. Their menu features items like Reubens, pork tenderloin sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and a variety of hamburgers. The meats are cut and ground in the restaurant daily. Horseshoe is open for lunch and dinner.

Type: American, Café

Location: 615 Main St, Sidney, IA 51652

Timbers

Timbers resides in a beautiful lodge and features an enjoyable ambiance. They offer entrees of butcher's-choice steak frites, wagyu and chuck beef burgers, Atlantic salmon, red bean jambalaya (vegan or with meat), and other items. For lunch, they offer various sandwiches, burgers, and entrees, including their signature Nebraska City Hot Sandwich that is topped with jalapeno coleslaw. They also serve breakfast.

Type: American

Location: 2700 Sylvan Rd, Lied Lodge, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Ladybug BBQ

This is a small, yet exceptional, barbecue restaurant. They serve all the traditional barbecue items that you expect, and their brisket is very highly rated.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 610 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410

El Portal Mexican Restaurant

Locals love to eat at El Portal Mexican Restaurant in Nebraska City. They offer traditional Mexican fare done American-style, but they stand above the crowd with delicious food and large portions. Their tortilla soup is a favorite. They are open for lunch and dinner.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1640 S 11th St, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Shopping

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers is an antique store that features dealers from across the U.S. They offer a full-service coffee bar with drinks and lunch.

Location: 2085 Crossroads Dr, Percival, IA 51648

Penn Drug

Penn Drug is a flashback to the past with a great menu of hand-mixed sodas, phosphates, and ice creams behind the counter. You can get your prescription filled, your tummy satisfied, and your bags filled with eclectic souvenirs and unusual finds.

Location: 714 Illinois St, Sidney, IA 51652

Fort Tuff

Fort Tuff offers a large selection of Western clothing and décor. They sell hats, work clothes, boots, horse tack, and saddles.

Location: 815 Central Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410

TTM TOYS

TTM TOYS is a local, privately-owned toy store that sells a wide gamut of toys for all ages. They offer arts and crafts, puzzles, dolls, costumes, science kits, maps, and many other unique items.

Location: 711 1st Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Sightseeing

Kregel Windmill Factory Museum

The Kregel Windmill Factory Museum preserves the world of windmill manufacturing circa 1902. Everything here remains the same as when it was last used, with ledger books, telephones, pencils, and other business paraphernalia still in place alongside the tools of the trade.

Location: 1416 Central Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor Center

The Missouri River Basin Lewis & Clark Visitor Center immerses visitors in the famous trip of Lewis and Clark with interactive exhibits of native animals and their habitats. During your visit, you will experience the bird calls of every bird that they documented on their journey and encounter animals like the American bison and grizzly bears. You can even pilot a boat down the Missouri River in a simulation.

Location: 100 Valmont Dr, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park was the former residence of the Morton family. The home was built in 1855 as a four-room house and was further renovated during the Victorian era into a 52-room mansion. It contains many Victorian and Empire objects and furnishings. Visitors today can tour the house and walk through the gardens and the wooded grounds where they can see trees that were planted by the Mortons. The park contains 72 acres of land with over 260 species of plants and trees.

Location: 2600 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is an amazing zoo that everyone should visit if they are able. It houses the world's largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest. The facilities contain thousands of animals, many underground caves, and more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, all totaling an astounding 130 acres. The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium is the largest aquarium inside a zoo and contains many aquatic species and environments.

Location: 3701 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68107

Durham Museum

The original Union Station is now the Durham Museum and pays homage to the past glory of the railroad systems in the U.S. The museum has displays that include a large number of refurbished trains, artifacts, 1940s-era shops, and collections of rare documents and coins. You can also get a phosphate or malt to drink while there.

Location: 801 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68108

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How to Get to
Waubonsie State Park

From Omaha, take Interstate 480 E from Douglas St. Follow Interstate 29 to IA-2 in Benton. Take exit 10 off Interstate 29 S. Continue on IA-2 until you reach the park entrance.

From Lincoln, take N 13th St. to E St. Take NE-2 to Waubonsie Park Rd in Washington and continue to the park entrance.

From Des Moines, take Interstate 235 W. Continue to IA-2 E in Benton and take exit 10 from Interstate 29 S. Follow IA-2 E to the park entrance.

Entering Waubonsie State Park

The park's hours are from 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Per vehicle (non-resident) : $5

Visiting Waubonsie State Park and the surrounding areas gives you the chance to see the contrasting Loess Hills, plains, and rivers of Iowa and Nebraska. Driving behind the wheel of a rental RV from RVshare allows you to take all the time you need to see all the sights on your itinerary. Tag us when sharing about your trip on social or send photos to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our blog.