Spring and summer are ideal times to explore the expansive natural beauty around Iowa City, with a diverse selection of nearby campgrounds to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly campground with loads of activities for all ages or a more rugged, primitive campsite where you can get in touch with nature, you can find it close to home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 of the best places to go camping near Iowa City.
- Cottonwood Campground – 4089 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE., Iowa City, IA 52240
When you're in the mood for a campground that makes it easy to connect with the great outdoors, Cottonwood Campground is one of the best options near Iowa City homes for sale. The 15 campsites here are located within a thick forest while also offering easy access to Coralville Lake. Spend your time hiking the trails in the woods, swimming on a warm summer day, or taking your boat out on the lake for some fantastic fishing.
- West Overlook Campground – 4053 West Overlook Rd. NE., Iowa City, IA 52240
Planning a camping trip with young children? West Overlook Campground, which is also located near Coralville Lake within the Dam Complex, offers a variety of amenities to keep every member of the family entertained. The campground is home to multiple playgrounds, a beautiful beach, a boat ramp, volleyball courts, horseshoes, and picnic shelters. You will also have access to Coralville Lake for fishing and plenty of trails for nature hikes.
- Funcrest RV Park – 3981 West Overlook Rd. NE., Iowa City, IA 52240
You won't have to travel far to find an excellent RV camping experience near Iowa City, either. Funcrest RV Park, which is located a few miles off of I-80, offers the classic, pull-through RV campsite experience, with camping available all year long. Funcrest RV Park is pet friendly, with playgrounds for the kids, a rec room for the whole family, and other attractions located nearby. You can also enjoy meals and sweet treats at Funcrest Dairy & Grill, which is located within the RV Park.
- Linder Point Campground – 2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd. NE., Iowa City, IA 52240
The Coralville Lake Project is responsible for many of the great campgrounds around Iowa City, and Linder Point Campground is no exception. The 18 campsites here include a mix of full hook-up sites for RVs, standard campsites with electricity, and campsites without electricity. Nearby, you can visit the Devonian Fossil Gorge, which was home to an inland sea hundreds of millions of years ago. Discover fossils as you explore the Fossil Gorge, with the help of a cell phone audio tour that highlights 20 points of interest throughout the area.
- Hills Access Campground – 4210 520th St. NE., Iowa City, IA 52240
Coralville Lake isn't the only place near Iowa City to enjoy a camping trip near the water. The Hills Access Campground is located along the Iowa River, with 14 electrical campsites and five primitive campsites. Spend your days swimming, fishing, boating, or simply enjoying some quality family time at the playground. Unique among local campgrounds, Hills Access is also a great place for spotting bald eagles, which often spend time near the Iowa River during their travels through the region.
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