Waubonsie State Park RV & Campground Guide


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

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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.

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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. 

Waubonsie State Park Per vehicle (non-resident) : $5.0

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Waubonsie State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Waubonsie State Park?

The best time of year to visit Waubonsie State Park is springtime when you can enjoy the blooming flowers and greenery. The Park is also an excellent place to visit in autumn when the trees change colors.

What is the climate of Waubonsie State Park?

The climate at Park is mild and humid. The Park has a four-season climate, but summers are warm, and winters are short. Fog is expected in the winter months, while snowfall varies from year to year.

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

This Park features an abundance of wildlife, including squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, skunks, and raccoons. Because of the woodland prairies in this Park, many birds are present, including songbirds such as robins and sparrows and migratory birds like ducks.

Are pets allowed at Waubonsie State Park?

Pets are allowed on leashes in the Waubonsie State Park but must be kept under control at all times and cannot be left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and keeping them on the leash during the entire time spent in the Park.

Is Waubonsie State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Waubonsie State Park is accessible to visitors with disabilities. The campground offers accessible campsites, restrooms, and shower facilities with unique features such as nearby parking, more expansive spaces for wheelchair access, and handrails in the shower area.