George Wyth State Park RV & Campground Guide


George Wyth State Park was officially dedicated as Josh Higgins Parkway in 1940. It wasn't until 1956 that this wooded multi-use area got its current name. Today, the state park is popular with campers because of its 69-site campground and with hikers because of its more than 11 miles of trails. Some of those trails connect to the larger 80-mile trail maintained by Waterloo and Cedar Falls, which is close by. You'll also find multiple lakes for fishing and boating, including George Wyth Lake and Brinker Lake. George Wyth State Park is a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary too.

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Spring 37-72 F
Summer 58-82 F
Fall 40-75 F
Winter 27-51 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in George Wyth State Park

With an RV rental, you can explore the campground in this state park as well as other campgrounds and attractions in northeast Iowa. You can use RVshare to find a rental that you can both pick up and drop off in Waterloo.

George Wyth State Park Campground

Though close to the big city, George Wyth State Park Campground offers the scenic beauty and peacefulness that you want. Staying here puts you within walking distance of both the lakes and hiking trails as well as the park's annual mountain bike race.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Showers, dump station, restrooms, boat launch, dumpsters, water hydrants, handicap access, playground

Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark KOA

The Waterloo/Lost Island Waterpark KOA is close to the Lost Island Waterpark and offers discounted tickets to the park for guests. You'll find planned activities on most days and a nine-hole disc golf course as well as a dog park.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Disc golf course, snack bar, miniature golf course, fishing spots, bike rentals, pavilion, dog park

Big Woods Lake Campground

The city of Cedar Falls owns Big Woods Lake Campground, which sits right on the shore of the Big Woods Lake. Water hookups are available on a seasonal basis, and all sites are close to hiking trails and boat ramps.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Cabin rental, wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking and biking trails, fire rings, picnic tables, boat ramps, lake access

Deerwood Campground & Park

With both RV and tent sites, Deerwood Campground & Park can accommodate all types of visitors. You can rent one of two shelters and get a discount if you stay for the whole season. This campground is open in the winter too.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Shelter rentals, 18-hole disc golf course, showers, clean restrooms

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What to Do at
George Wyth State Park

Inside George Wyth State Park

George Wyth State Park has more than three miles of paved trails that are suitable for walkers and those on bikes or skates. It has a bed and breakfast for those who want a break from camping and a concession stand that is open during the warmer season. Boating and fishing are some of the activities that you can do in the nearby river and on multiple lakes such as the 40-acre Fisher Lake. It is also home to the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, which covers 10 miles across four lakes.

Outside George Wyth State Park

Whether you're in the mood for Mexican or barbecue, you'll find tons of restaurants near the park that will whet your appetite. Shopping malls and unique stores help you find souvenirs and anything you need for your camping trip. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and other fun sites are nearby too.


El Patron Family Mexican Restaurant

Locals often call the El Patron Family Mexican Restaurant the best place to get Mexican food in Cedar Falls. The menu includes both drinks and desserts such as deep-fried ice cream in your choice of flavor topped with whipped cream. Daily specials are available too.

Type: Mexican

Location: 301 E 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50703

Basal Pizza

With a menu filled with wood-fired pizzas, Basal Pizza appeals to anyone who loves crispy crust and delicious toppings. Fried shrimp and cheese bread are some of the top appetizers. The menu includes a few lighter sandwiches and salads also.

Type: Pizza, Italian

Location: 225 W 4th St., Waterloo, IA 50701

The Brown Bottle

When you're in the mood for something different, head over to this Italian restaurant to see the region's largest selection of wines. The Brown Bottle offers a take-home menu for those who want takeout. You can also grab a take-and-bake meal to make back at your campground.

Type: Italian

Location: 209 W 5th St., Waterloo, IA 50701

Greenhouse Kitchen

The menu at Greenhouse Kitchen includes healthy dishes made from local ingredients. It's also popular among locals on the keto diet for the cauliflower rice and other dishes that do not include carbs. You can build your own dish or choose one of the popular premade options.

Type: Casual, Healthy

Location: 1730 W Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo, IA 50701

D&K Hickory House

Though burgers and a kids' menu are available, most go to D&K Hickory House for the homemade barbecue. The Ham Special is popular and comes plain or with a house-made BBQ sauce. You may want to grab some of that sauce to take home with you.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 315 Park Rd., Waterloo, IA 50703


Crossroads Mall

All of your favorite stores are under one large roof at the Crossroads Mall. Check the schedule before you go to look for special events such as the chance to meet Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

Location: 2060 Crossroads Blvd., Suite 124 Waterloo, IA 50702

Beautiful Mess Boutique

Open every day of the week except for Mondays, this boutique offers a wide range of stylish and trendy clothing and accessories. In addition to clothing for women in sizes up to 3X, you'll find loads of kids' clothes.

Location: 922 Rainbow Dr., Suite 102, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Black Hawk Village

Head over to Black Hawk Village to find chain stores and shops you won't find anywhere else. You can pick up an instrument from Bob's Guitars and enjoy lunch at Texas Roadhouse or Chuck E. Cheese's.

Location: 2915 McClain Dr., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Cedar Falls Main Street

Also called Cedar Falls Community Main Street, this shopping district features dozens of restaurants and shops. Basket of Daisies, An Elegant Affair, and World's Window are some of the unique shops around this district.

Location: 310 E. 4th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613

College Square Mall

College Square Mall is one of the biggest shopping malls in the Cedar Falls area. It boasts a movie theater as well as stores such as American Eagle, Von Maur, and Bath & Body Works.

Location: 6301 University Ave., Cedar Falls, IA 50613


National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Formerly known as the Dan Gable Wrestling Museum, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame honors the wrestlers who made their mark in this sport. It features exhibits dedicated to local wrestlers as well as those who competed in the Olympic Games.

Location: 303 Jefferson St., Waterloo, IA 50701

Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

No matter what the weather is like outside, you can spend a few hours exploring the Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. It boasts a wide collection of daylilies and other flowers, some of which are native to Iowa.

Location: 1927 E Orange Rd., Waterloo, IA 50701

Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum

Dedicated to the soldiers of Iowa, the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum has exhibits dating back to the Civil War. Among the artifacts on display are photos taken by soldiers on the battlefields and military vehicles.

Location: 503 South St., Waterloo, IA 50701

Lost Island Waterpark

If you visit George Wyth State Park during the summer, plan a side trip over to the Lost Island Waterpark. The Blue Iguana Lagoon has dozens of attractions and rides that are suitable for younger children, but other attractions are perfect for adults and teens.

Location: 2225 E Shaulis Rd., Waterloo, IA 50701

John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

Learn about the history of John Deere and the tractors and equipment that the company made at this official museum. The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum is conveniently located near the world headquarters, which is open to the general public too.

Location: 500 Westfield Ave., Waterloo, IA 50701

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How to Get to
George Wyth State Park

George Wyth State Park has a convenient location just south of U.S. Route 218. If you follow Route 218 north or south, you can follow the signs that go through town as the road winds its way around until it runs east and west. The park has several signs along the road that point you to the campground and some of the lakes.

Entering George Wyth State Park

George Wyth State Park is generally open from sunup until sundown. 

George Wyth State Park Entry Fee : $0.0

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