Honey Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

Honey Creek State Park

features 828 acres of land with rolling hills and easy access to Lake Rathbun. Albia and Centerville are two of the closest cities, located within 24 miles of the state park. Neither of these nearby cities has a large population, setting the tone for a truly relaxing stay in the area. Honey Creek State Park is warm and humid in the summer and cold in the winter. If you want to plan your trip when the weather is at its best, schedule it for May, June, or September.

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Weather
Spring 28-72 F
Summer 61-86 F
Fall 29-76 F
Winter 12-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Honey Creek State Park

RVing is a wonderful way of enjoying Honey Creek State Park because you connect with nature without sacrificing a lot of your standard indoor comforts. You can rent an RV from RVshare if you're interested in trying the RV experience.

Honey Creek State Park Campground

Located at the park, Honey Creek State Park Campground is the most convenient place to park your RV. It costs $19 a night for full hookups during peak season, which runs from May 1 to September 30. During the off-peak season, a full hookup site is $14 a night. The campground has options in electric and non-electric hookups, too. Pets are allowed at some of the campsites. The campground has a dump station, boat ramps, fish-cleaning stations, modern showers, restrooms, and accessibility for those who have disabilities. Honey Creek State Park keeps 25% of its campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis. The rest are available for reservations. Full hookups, however, are closed during the winter.

Honey Creek Resort

On the other side of the lake, there is a resort with an RV campground. At Honey Creek Resort, you can go golfing, play at the water park, build a campfire, and eat at Rathbun Lakeshore Grille. Available water sports on the lake include stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, and water skiing. If you plan on building a campfire, you must use wood from Iowa due to strict state regulations. You can buy firewood at the resort. Some of the campsites allow up to two dogs that weigh 80 pounds or less. You're required to pick up their waste. Dogs need to be secured when you aren't watching over them. The resort also states that the dogs cannot disturb other campers. RV camping at the resort is around $49 a night. You'll be charged an extra $25 a night for pets with a maximum of $100 a week.

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What to Do at
Honey Creek State Park

Inside Honey Creek State Park

Walk through the Woodland Interpretive Trail to learn about the Native Americans who used to live in the area. There are some history displays at the beginning of the trail, too. Honey Creek State Park has open picnic shelters in scenic areas with a beautiful view of the lake. You can reserve an open picnic shelter with Honey Creek State Park to ensure that you and your group can enjoy the scenic view during your picnic. Other fun activities available at Honey Creek State Park are boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, canoeing, snowmobiling, bicycling, and bird-watching.

Outside Honey Creek State Park

Although small cities of less than 10,000 people surround the area, you can find awesome places to eat, buy one-of-a-kind gifts, and visit fascinating historical sites. There's plenty to keep you and your group entertained during your stay.

Restaurants

Louie's Lakeside Bistro & BBQ

Enjoy lunch or dinner at this waterfront restaurant in Moravia. You can order brisket, ribs, barbecue, Cuban sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and nachos. Choose between outdoor and indoor seating. Louie's Lakeside Bistro & BBQ also serves alcohol and is wheelchair accessible.

Type: American, Pub

Location: 21646 Marina Pl, Moravia, IA 52571

Captain's Landing Restaurant

Captain's Landing Restaurant is known for its delicious pulled pork, Philly beef, and delectable ice cream. You can dine in or grab your meal to go through the drive-through. Their fries are crispy, and their pizza is cheesy and full of toppings.

Type: American, Fast Food

Location: 21264 Hwy J5T, Moravia, IA 52571

George & Nick's Pizza & Steakhouse

George & Nick's Pizza & Steakhouse is a family-friendly and wheelchair-accessible steakhouse in Centerville where you can dine in or order takeout. High chairs for babies are available upon request. While waiting for your meal, you can use the restaurant's free Wi-Fi network.

Type: American, Steakhouse

Location: 107 E Van Buren St, Centerville, IA 52544-1723

Bogie's Steakhouse

This steakhouse makes your steak any way you like it and offers chicken, ham, pork loin, and fish meals as well. Their prime ribs, steak burgers, and sirloin steaks are popular among customers. You can order takeout if you don't want to dine in.

Type: American, Steakhouse

Location: 1425 South Clinton Street, Albia, IA 52531

Highway Restaurant

If you're craving homecooked American food, Highway Restaurant is a good diner to eat at. The diner serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It's wheelchair accessible, and takeout is also an option. Items on the extensive menu include pancakes, bacon, hash browns, fried chicken, steak, fries, and other comfort food.

Type: American

Shopping

Gypsy Quarter

Shop for fashion clothing and home decor at this trendy boutique. You can find fun items for those who love the outdoors, such as a mug that says "On Cabin Time" and a sign that says "Go Jump in the Lake." Gypsy Quarter sells outdoor metal art and vintage items, too.

Location: 119 W Van Buren St, Centerville, IA 52544

Mystique Vintage & Unique

Mystique Vintage & Unique is another good shop in Centerville for buying unique gifts and home decor items. The shop's inventory changes often. You can also buy antiques and wine at the store.

Location: 210 N 12th St, Centerville, IA 52544

Tie Dye Shop & Boutique

Self-described as a hippie shop, Tie Dye Shop & Boutique sells tie-dye clothing, essential oils, and metaphysical supplies. They also have jewelry, perfumes, purses, and art. You can even buy tie-dye masks here.

Location: 1735 S 18th St, Centerville, IA 52544

Flower-Tique

If you're on a romantic trip to Moravia, you can buy beautiful flowers for your partner at Flower-Tique. The gift shop also has baked goods, such as cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, and cinnamon rolls.

Location: 313 N 13th St, Centerville, IA 52544

Mustard Seed

Check out Mustard Seed's selection of Magnolia fragrances, rugs, throws, and pillows. They sell other home decor products and gifts as well. If you sign up for their email newsletter, you can receive exclusive discounts.

Location: 115 S Main St Albia, IA 52531

Sightseeing

Centerville's Town Square

Drive through the world's longest continuous square: Centerville's Town Square. This historic town square is on the National Register of Historic Places, so you know it's worth seeing.

Location: Van Buren Street, Haynes Avenue, Maple Street, and 10th Street in Centerville, IA

Wabash Combination Depot-Moravia

This historic train station is one of the few remaining standard-plan wooden Wabash combination freight and passenger depots in Iowa. It's also on the National Register of Historic Places. Wabash Combination Depot-Moravia is accessible to people who have disabilities.

Location: W. North St. near its junction with Brandon St., Moravia, IA

Jon Anderson White Riverboat

You can go on a public cruise, try a privately chartered cruise, or host a cocktail party at Jon Anderson White Riverboat. Sometimes, there is live entertainment on the ship. If you choose to have a cocktail party at their venue, you'll have an enchanting view of Lake Rathbun.

Location: 21646 Marina Pl Moravia, IA 52571

Historic Hills Scenic Byway

Take a drive through the Historic Hills Scenic Byway, a 110-mile trail with beautiful natural sights. Two Amish villages are found along the trail, so you may see horses and buggies during the scenic drive. You will also pass by the area where Iowa had a Civil War battle and the historic village Bentonsport where merchants continue the tradition of craftsmanship in specialty shops.

Location: Wapello County Road T-61 at US 34 north of Blakesburg, IA

Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum

Learn about the history of Appanoose County and the area's coal mining industry history. The building was once a Georgian-styled post office in 1903. At the museum, there are three levels of exhibits. You can buy a unique gift from the museum's 52544 Gift Shop to keep the memories of your visit.

Location: 100 W Maple St, Centerville, IA 52544

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How to Get to
Honey Creek State Park

Traveling along 160th avenue takes you straight to Honey Creek State Park. 160th Ave will turn into Honey Creek Pl once you're at the park. Some of the highways you may have to take to the state park if you're coming from the eastern side of the U.S. are I-64W and I-80W. Other highways leading to Honey Creek State Park include I-70W, I-74W, and US-34W. Those coming from the West Coast may be taking I-40E, I-15N, or I-90E.

Entering Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek State Park is open year-round for camping and day-use activities. Reservations can be made ahead of time using the park's online reservation system. 

RV's up to 90 Feet

$6-$19 per night

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