Geode State Park RV & Campground Guide


Geode State Park is named after Iowa's state rock and is a beautiful destination in southeast Iowa. The park is located just six miles northeast of Danville, nine miles from New London, and 16.5 miles west of Burlington. A display of geodes with mysterious crystal formation in their hollow cavities can be seen at the park office. Lake Geode is a focal point of the state park with more than 150 acres for water activities. The state park is filled with nature trails, wildlife, mature trees, and beautiful landscapes. 

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Spring 33-75 F
Summer 63-86 F
Fall 33-79 F
Winter 18-38 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Geode State Park

Whether you visit Geode State Park in the summertime or during the winter, an RV is the ideal home base that will keep you comfortable and protected from the weather. If you don't have an RV, consider renting one from RVshare.com, where you can choose from different models and class sizes. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance, nationwide insurance, and a dedicated team member ready to assist with your RV requirements.

Welter Recreation Area

Welter Recreation Area is located off the quiet banks of Skunk River. The 63-acre campground works on a first-come, first-served basis for all of their campsites. All sites can accommodate any size of RV, tent, or camper. The sites are located near restrooms and camp recreational activities.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Picnic shelters, boat ramp, dump station, and volleyball court

Crossroad RV Park

Crossroad RV Park accommodates all RV sizes for daily, weekly, and monthly stays. All sites are near restrooms, laundry facilities, fire pits, and campground recreational activities. There is a dump station and water-fill station as well as a meeting room with a nice size kitchen, grill, and picnic tables.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Cable TV, playground, horseshoe pits, and corn hole

Big Hollow Recreation Area

The Big Hollow Recreation Area has 32 campsites that each offer enough room for your camper, vehicle, and boat trailer. Firewood is available for purchase at the registration area.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dump station, restrooms, and showers

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What to Do at
Geode State Park

Inside Geode State Park

Geode State Park has various hiking trails around the lake where you can observe and enjoy the natural beauty of the park and watch the wildlife. Anglers will be highly impressed by the shoreline fishing and boating opportunities. Water enthusiasts will have a blast jet skiing, boating, and water skiing. Children and those young at heart can have fun at the playground. Bird-watching is always a pleasant pastime at the state park. 

Outside Geode State Park

The area just outside of Geode State Park is filled with restaurants, shops, and other exciting attractions. Many of these establishments are family-friendly, so be sure to bring the whole family with you.


Old 34 Gas & Grill

This restaurant serves tenderloins, burgers, and pizza with a variety of topping choices. The special is posted every week, so be sure to check them regularly. 

Type: American, Italian

Location: 305 E Highway 34, Danville, IA 52623

Casa Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

Casa Fiesta Mexican Restaurant captures the heart of Mexican style and flavor to awaken your taste buds. Popular menu items include tacos, fajitas, grilled chicken salad, and delicious sopapillas.

Type: Mexican

Location: 2806 MT Pleasant Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Green Bay Bar & Grill

Go from eating lobster macaroni and cheese to prime rib at Green Bay Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers daily specials as well as other eat-in and take-out options. 

Type: American

Location: 3546 175th Street, Wever, IA 52658

Applebee’s Grill & Bar

Applebee’s Grill & Bar serves a variety of foods from appetizers to steakhouse meals and seafood. The restaurant serves a variety of pasta dishes as well.

Type: American

Location: 116 S Roosevelt, Burlington, IA 52601

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery serves comfort foods, homemade baked goods, and healthy food options. They supply breakfast all day along with lunch entrees and delicious mouth-watering pies.

Type: American

Location: 3300 Agency Road, Burlington, IA 52601


Walmart Supercenter

This store has all you need to restock your RV refrigerator. If you forgot some of your camping supplies, Walmart Supercenter has what you need and more.

Location: 324 W Agency Road, West Burlington, IA 52655

Dollar General

Dollar General offers a variety of crafts, office supplies, snacks, and laundry supplies. The store sells grilling and cooking supplies as well.

Location: 610 S Pine Street, New London, IA 52645

Westland Mall

If you're looking for a great deal, Westland Mall has many merchants that offer a variety of products for sale. The mall has a movie theatre for your enjoyment as well.

Location: 550 S Gear Avenue, West Burlington, IA 52655

Ray's Specialty Meats

This meat market provides a variety of fresh meats, drinks, and other grocery items. You can also exchange your empty propane tanks for full ones at Ray's Specialty Meats. 

Location: 704 E Main Street, New London, IA 52645

Smok' N Guns

Smok' N Guns is an official licensed Federal Firearms Dealer that sells a variety of firearms and ammunition. It has an arena where special events are held, and horseback riding lessons are available.

Location: 8331 Bridgeport Road, Danville, IA 52623


Flint River Trail

Flint River Trail provides a relaxed atmosphere where you can explore and observe the outdoors. When the trail is completed, it will extend about 18 miles in length from downtown Burlington to Big Hollow Recreation Area. Donations are being accepted to help complete the remaining part of the trail and keep it maintained.

Location: Flint River Trail, Burlington, IA 52601

Starr's Cave Nature Center

This 184-acre preserve offers two miles of scenic hiking trails, rock formations, bluffs, and more. Starr's Cave Nature Center permits cross-country skiing when there are at least 4 inches of snow on the ground. The natural Starr's Cave is closed to protect the bats; however, two manmade caves can be explored: Crinoid Cavern and Devil's Kitchen.

Location: 11627 Starr's Cave Park Road, Burlington, IA 52601

Dover Museum

Observe historical artifacts of New London and the surrounding areas at Dover Museum. The museum is open May through October on Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. It is free to enter and explore, but donations are appreciated and accepted to help maintain the museum.

Location: 213 W Main Street, New London, IA 52645

Hunt Woods Recreation Area

Hunt Woods Recreation Area is a 58-acre forest where you can go hiking, picnicking, and observe wildlife. Hunting is permitted, but with its proximity to residential properties, the use of slugs or rifles is prohibited.

Location: 12412 65th Street, Burlington, IA 52601

The Theatre Museum

Memorabilia and artifacts of the early theatre are preserved and kept in good shape at The Theatre Museum. The collection includes scene pieces, painted curtains, costumes worn by professional performers, and equipment used by performers and technicians.

Location: 401 E Thresher Road, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

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How to Get to
Geode State Park

From Danville, head south on South Main Street toward East Dewey Street and continue onto Danville Road. Travel for less than two miles, and then turn right onto Country Road/Iowa Highway 79. Drive for about three miles, and the road will change to Racine Avenue. From there, just follow the signs to the park.

Entering Geode State Park

Geode State Park is open Sunday through Saturday from 4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

Geode State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $5.0

We're very excited about your upcoming trip to Geode State Park. There is a large selection of things to do inside and outside of the park, so you are sure to have plenty to keep your vacation exciting. Here at RVshare, we can't wait to hear all about your stay and the amazing things you had an opportunity to see and do, so don't forget to tag us in your social media posts. You can also send us a few details along with a few snapshots to [email protected] We may feature them on our next blog post or one of our social media pages.

Frequently Asked Questions About Geode State Park

What kind of wildlife can be found in Geode State Park?

Birdwatching is a popular pastime for visitors at Geode State Park. Many avian species are known to nest in the area, including broad-winged hawks, black-billed cuckoos, wood thrushes, pileated woodpeckers, turkey vultures, and northern cardinals.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Geode State Park?

Geode State Park is home to a huge campground with 186 total campsites. The campsites are quite diverse, and 96 of them are designated RV sites with electrical hookups. Plus, there's a dump station available at the campground.

Are pets allowed at Geode State Park?

Your pets are welcome in Geode State Park as long as they stay on standard leashes at all times. You'll also need to clean up your pet's waste, and you can throw it away in the provided receptacles.

What is the climate of Geode State Park?

The climate of the park is pretty moderate. The summers can be as warm as 86 degrees, and the winters hover between 18 and 36. There's occasional rainfall throughout the year, and the winters see a fair bit of snowfall.

Is Geode State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Geode State Park offers multiple accommodations for disabled guests. For one, the campground features two ADA-accessible camp pads. Additionally, the park contains a Beach Shelter that's ADA-accessible and boasts a well-equipped kitchenette.