Hillsdale State Park RV & Campground Guide


Hillsdale State Park is a sizable public recreation area located near Paola, a city in Miami County, Kansas. The state park was developed along the shore of Hillsdale Lake in the eastern region of Kansas in 1982 and opened to the public in 1994. Hillsdale, specifically, is one of the newest reservoirs in the state and is part of a flood control plan designed for the area. Moreover, the park offers a beautiful setting in the rolling hills of Kansas just adjacent to Kansas City’s best urban attractions. The public recreation area has a relatively high elevation of 928 feet and is currently governed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife. A few Kansas cities you can easily access from Hillsdale State Park include Gardner, Ottawa, and Olathe.

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Spring 34-77 F
Summer 63-90 F
Fall 34-81 F
Winter 20-46 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Hillsdale State Park

With great features like added space and window seating, RVs can be wonderful additions to a trip to Hillsdale State Park. To find the best rental possible, you should be sure to access the best available resources. RVshare is a reliable source you can rent from with minimal frustration.

Shady Acres RV Park

Shady Acres RV Park is a wonderful campground in Paola. The RV park has been serving the region for decades and provides an authentic experience in the Hillsdale region. Some amenities you can look forward to at this destination are a large picnic shelter, free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and a well-kept bathhouse. The nightly rate to stay here ranges from $25 to $35 depending on the length of your visit. The address is 23724 W. 255th St., Paola, KS 66071.

Rutlader Outpost RV Park

Rutlader Outpost RV Park is a locally owned and operated campground you can find in Louisburg, Kansas. Significantly, it is located near the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, where there used to be a military road connecting Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, and Fort Gibson. Two points of interest that are within walking distance include Middle Creek State Fishing Lake and Cowboy Church. All of the sites here come with full hook-ups and are available throughout the year. The RV Park is located at 33565 Metcalf Road, Louisburg, KS 66053.

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What to Do at
Hillsdale State Park

Inside Hillsdale State Park

Hillsdale State Park features two major hiking trails that you can access to trek through the unique natural beauty of the Hillsdale region. Hillsdale Lake is also one of the park’s major attractions, offering exciting activities on the waterfront and unforgettable scenery. Windsurfer Beach is a great spot for activities like swimming and paddleboarding. In addition, an amphitheater located on the premises offers visitors a compelling cinematic experience that also provides valuable education about the region. Other great recreational opportunities include picnicking, sightseeing, boating, hunting, angling, horseback riding, and more.

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How to Get to
Hillsdale State Park

Kansas City, Kansas, and St. Louis, Missouri, are the two cities that people travel to Hillsdale State Park from most often. Coming from Kansas City, get onto I-35 S from Truman Road. Follow I-35 S and KS-7 S/US-169 S to West 255th Street in Marysville, and then, take the 255th Street exit from KS-7 S/US-169 S. You will arrive after continuing on West 255th Street to your destination in Richland. 

From St. Louis, get onto I-64 W/US-40 W. After continuing on I-64 W, take I-70 W to KS-7 S/US-169 S/South Harrison Street/South Woodland Street in Olathe. Take exit 215 from I-35 S. You will arrive after driving along KS-7 S/US-169 S to your destination in Richland.

Entering Hillsdale State Park

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hillsdale State Park

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

The best time to visit Hillsdale State Park is early summer. Temperatures are cool enough for hiking, but it’s warm enough to enjoy watersports.

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

You’ll find white-tailed deer, quail, muskrats, bears, bald eagles, finches, warblers, and sparrows.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Hillsdale State Park?

Hillsdale State Park has 259 RV sites with full hookups. These sites are spacious with a laundry facility and bathhouse nearby.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Hillsdale State Park and what is the cost?

You’ll need a reservation to ensure you get an RV site. Daily rates range from $10 to $20. The park charges a $3 reservation fee, and you’ll need a state park pass.

Are pets allowed at Hillsdale State Park?

Pets are welcome in Hillsdale State Park. They must be in a camper, in a cage, on a leash, or on a chain at all times.