Rocky Arbor State Park RV & Campground Guide
The 244 acres that make up Rocky Arbor State Park were set aside in 1932 by the Wisconsin legislature to preserve the sandstone outcrops eroded into picturesque ledges and walls by the Wisconsin River before it changed course. Despite its small size, the park delivers an extra bit of amazement for visitors traveling from far-flung states with views they will not see elsewhere. Located just 55 miles north of Madison, WI, and about halfway between Milwaukee and Eau Claire, WI, the park is a haven for those seeking a moist, cool location to camp before moving to other campgrounds in the state. Greeted with views of exposed layers of rock, hikers are surrounded by the moss and lichen that find an ideal environment to take root and grow. Wildflowers cover the area, stretching their necks, seeking the patches of sun that glance through the thick canopy of trees. This is a peaceful place where children's laughter echoes across rocky surfaces to dance among tree trunks, beckoning all who seek comfort.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Rocky Arbor State Park
No matter the season, camping in an RV is the best way to enjoy the area around Rocky Arbor State Park. During the summer, camping inside the park is the most comfortable when you use an RV. During the winter, when the campground inside the park is closed, using an RV to camp at one of the nearby RV campgrounds or resorts allows you to visit the park when creeks are frozen to see ice hanging off sandstone walls and observe migratory birds that use the park as a sanctuary before returning to the warmth and comfort of your RV. To find an RV rental near the park, check out RVshare.
Rocky Arbor State Park Campground
Rocky Arbor State Park Campground offers 89 RV campsites, all of which are back-ins. The campground is a bare-bones facility. Most of the sites are primitive, requiring RVs that are self-contained. Only 19 campsites offer an electrical hookup. Firewood is sold inside the park during the camping season.
Water Hookup: No
Electric Hookup: 20/30 amps
Sewer Hookup: No
Wi-Fi Available: No
Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, warm showers, dump station
Fee: $15 per night
Stand Rock Campground
Located only 2 miles east of Rocky Arbor State Park near Wisconsin Dells is Stand Rock Campground. This privately owned and operated RV campground offers 251 spacious campsites, some of which have pull-through capability. The campground is open year-round, but during the winter months, all units must be self-contained. During the summer months, the heated pool is available for all guests to use. Hiking trails wind their way through 100 acres of park. The camp store carries everything from groceries to camping supplies. Located next to the Wisconsin River, fishing is a favorite activity for visitors. Other activity facilities include a basketball court, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a playground, and an 18-hole miniature golf course.
Water Hookup: Yes
Electric Hookup: 30/50 amp
Sewer Hookup: Yes
Wi-Fi Available: Yes
Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station, laundry facility
Fee: $32 to $53 per night
Bass Lake Campground
Bass Lake Campground offers 55 RV campsites, 21 of which are pull-throughs. A swimming pool augments the swimming area in Bass Lake, a small natural lake stocked with fish to accommodate the thirst anglers have for their favorite sport. Paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks are allowed on the lake and are available to rent at the general store. Ice, firewood, RV supplies, and groceries are also sold at the general store. A basketball court, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, and playground are available for the enjoyment of guests.
Water Hookup: Yes
Electric Hookup: 30
Sewer Hookup: Yes
Wi-Fi Available: No
Other amenities: Restrooms with flush toilets, warm showers, fire rings, picnic tables, dump station
Fee: $44 per night
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Rocky Arbor State Park
Inside Rocky Arbor State Park
Rocky Arbor State Park has a 1-mile hiking loop that circles through the park, climbs to the top of bluffs, and returns to the campground. Wildlife includes raccoons, deer, bats, squirrels, and chipmunks. Hunting and trapping are allowed inside the park during hunting season with the proper permits. During the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoe adventures await the willing visitor.
Outside Rocky Arbor State Park
Most of the communities surrounding Rocky Arbor State Park are small, but that does not mean that they do not provide an open welcome to visitors. Many restaurants that offer American, Asian, Mexican, and pizza or barbeque cuisine populate these communities. Some, like Wisconsin Dells, are central to the area and provide ample shopping opportunities. The region is rich with historical sites, great family activities, and museums.
Sometimes, the only thing that will satisfy a deep hunger is a pizza. When that happens while visiting Rocky Arbor State Park, drop by Dells Pizza Lab. Here, you can build your own pizza via dine in or carry out.
Location: 332 State Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
To enjoy a fine dining experience while admiring scenic views, visit Trappers Turn. Every night, the restaurant offers a different special. The Friday night fish special is tasty as is the Saturday night prime rib.
Location: 2955 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
To enjoy an incredible variety of America’s favorite comfort food, drop by Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese Shop. The taco mac and the veggie mac are only two of the delicious macaroni and cheese meals offered at this restaurant.
Location: 208 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Outlets at the Dells houses 46 outlet stores. You can purchase merchandise directly from the factory from such businesses as Adidas, Banana Republic, Gap, and more.
Location: 210 North Gasser Road, Baraboo, WI 53913
With over 300 vendors and 200 dealers, the Wisconsin Dells Craft and Antique Malls is the largest antique and craft mall in Wisconsin. Stop here to shop for those signature souvenirs to commemorate your visit to Rocky Arbor State Park.
Location: 52269 Timothy Lane, Baraboo, WI 53913
After observing the wildlife at Rocky Arbor State Park, take the family to the Wisconsin Deer Park. This is one of the few places in the nation that you can feed, pet, and handle deer. Kids love the experience of feeling wildlife firsthand.
Location: 2183 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
For more fun than the average family can handle, visit the Noah’s Ark Water Park. With over 70 acres of sprawling water fun, this is the largest water attraction in the area and is beloved within the state of Wisconsin. Every family member should try the Raja water slide that looks like you are emerging from the mouth of a cobra.
Location: 1410 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Look deep into the past by taking a tour through the Cave of the Mounds. This cave system offers close views of stalactites, stalagmites, rock columns, and the unusual limestone formations called "speleothems." The tours are led by experts who explain how each type of formation is created.
Location: 2975 Cave of the Mounds Road, Blue Mounds, WI 53517
How to Get to
Rocky Arbor State Park
To approach Rocky Arbor State Park from Milwaukee, get onto Interstate 94 West (I-94 W). Travel through Waukesha and on for 69.8 miles to the outskirts of Madison, WI. Keep right at the fork outside Madison to get onto Interstate 90 West (I-90 W). Stay on I-90 W for 52 miles, and then turn right at exit 85 to merge with United States Highway 12 East (US-12 E). The entrance to Rocky Arbor State Park is 1.1 miles ahead.
Entering Rocky Arbor State Park
Rocky Arbor State Park is a day-use area that is open year-round from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Rocky Arbor State Park Per vehicle with Wisconsin license plates : $8.0
Rocky Arbor State Park Per vehicle with Wisconsin license plates, resident age 65 or older : $3.0
Rocky Arbor State Park Per vehicle with out-of-state license plates or per bus with Wisconsin plates : $11.0
Rocky Arbor State Park Per bus with out-of-state license plates : $15.0
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Frequently Asked Questions About Rocky Arbor State Park
The best time to visit Rocky Arbor State Park is during the summer. You will enjoy many activities, including picnicking, hiking the self-guided nature trails, or visiting the Wisconsin Dells waterparks.
If you visit Rocky Arbor State Park during the off-season, there are fewer crowds to disturb the animals, so wildlife and bird watching are at their best. Keep an eye out for deer, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Rocky Arbor State Park offers a family campground with 90 campsites for tents and RVs up to 70 feet in length. Campers have access to water spigots, restrooms with showers and flush toilets, a garbage station, and a sanitary station.
The park is open all year round, and some sites can be reserved ahead of time. Others are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You may need to reserve a spot during the peak season to guarantee space.
At Rocky Arbor State Park, campers can bring their dogs for walks along the hiking trails, but they must be on a leash and under control at all times.