Discover Local Camping

posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Discover the joy of camping close to home! | Cedar Falls Tourism

In an age where we’re enveloped in electronic devices and relentless schedules, camping lets us reconnect with friends, family and nature. Leave your cell phone behind and enjoy hiking, biking and the tranquility of time spent around the campfire.

Black Hawk County offers a state park, five county parks with campgrounds, and a KOA campground resort. Most make it convenient to check availability and make reservations online. 

Discover the joy of camping close to home! | Cedar Falls Tourism

State Park

George Wyth State Park

You’ll find plenty to do while camping at George Wyth State Park. Explore 10 miles of hiking and multi-use trails and more than five miles of paved trails within the park. The paved trails also connect with more than 100 miles of trails that loop through the Cedar Valley. Swim at the beach or rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboard from Maxx Rentals.  George Wyth is also home to four scenic lakes for boating and fishing.  

69 total camping units including rustic sites
47 are electrical sites

You must register to camp and you can reserve a site in advance or you can self-reserve at the state park for a rustic site. In advance, contact the reservation call center at 1-877-427-2757 or online.
Reservations are already being taken for Labor Day weekend!

Discover the joy of camping close to home! | Cedar Falls Tourism

(Big Woods Lake campground)

County Parks

Big Woods Lake

Big Woods Lake is home to a campground, cabin and lots of amenities including Big Woods Lake and miles of paved trails. It’s also a very short distance from historic downtown Cedar Falls for shopping and eating out.  

55 full hookup sites
1 Cabin
Rustic camping area

Black Hawk Park

Black Hawk Park is 1,490 acres and offers two campgrounds, Cedar Campground and Fogdall Campground. Tucked into a wooded area adjacent the Cedar River and Cedar Valley Trails, it makes a picturesque getaway that’s close to home.  Both parks do not take reservations. They are first come, first serve.   

21 full hookup sites (Fogdall)
176 electrical sites

Hickory Hills Park

Hickory Hills Campground is located in a unique area that Native Americans call a Paha, meaning high ground. It’s worth a trip to this 723 acre park as it’s also home to a family of bison and offers amenities such as basketball, volleyball, disc golf and fishing at Casey Lake.

30 full hookup sites
60 electric sites
30 rustic sites
7 cabins 

McFarlane Park

This 150 acre county park offers hiking, biking and boating on the river. Other amenities include WiFi in the campground, modern restrooms and shower house, and areas for basketball, volleyball and horseshoes. It’s quiet, scenic and tucked into a heavily timbered area.

64 electrical sites (28 reservable)
1 cabin

Siggelkow Park

Siggelkow County Park is situated along the scenic Wapsipinicon River. That means the easy river access allows for some great fishing.

40 electrical sites
20 tent sites
(no full hookups or shower house)

KOA Campground

KOA - Lost Island

This is a camping resort with a choice of tent camping, trailer/RV camping and cabin accommodations! And, you won’t believe the amenities and activities. It’s affiliated with Lost Island Waterpark so you’ll find mini golf and go-karts nearby and the resort has cable TV, WiFi, a dog park and bikes available to rent. South Hills Golf Course and the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo are also close by.

148 full hookup sites
14 cabins
Rustic camping area

Weather changes quickly in Iowa and because several of our county campgrounds are located along waterways, please contact the Black Hawk County Conservation Board about possible closings due to high water at 319-433-7275 or visit their Facebook page for updates.

To find a full list of our campgrounds including RV parks, visit Places to Stay on our website.  Would you like to find more things to see and do while you’re in Cedar Falls? Visit Things to Do and Places to Eat & Drink on our website or visit the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road. You're also welcome to give us a call at 800-846-1955. We’re open seven days a week.

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(Big Woods Lake campground)

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