17 Parks near Adel, Iowa
Jun 2016 - $46.00
Really enjoyed our overnight here. A couple small fenced in areas for the dogs was nice. Looks like a lot for kids to do as we saw a lot of them running around having fun. Everyone we talked to was in a good mood and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Makes for a fun place to stay.
Owners were very helpful and really wanted to make sure you were happy. Anytime we are in the area looking for an overnight, this will be the stop. Also can see doing a long weekend. It is about 250 miles from us but would be worth it if we can get the grand kids to come with. - Elkhounds
Jun 2016 - $46.00
We always use it as an overniter and find it clean, easy in and out, and sites big enough for a big rig.
The pizza being made in office is handy when we don't feel like cooking or going into Des Moines.
Nice park. - peddy dick
May 2016 - $43.00
Rate reflects KOA discount and was for a 30 amp full hookup site. We'll preface our comments by noting that our stay was for a night as we passed through the area, but over the Memorial Day weekend. The park was full, packed like sardines in a can. Adults walking around with open containers and kids everywhere. The middle row is the 30 amp row with the other rows mostly 50 amp sites and much more spacious than the 30 amp row. We took the 30 amp site as it was all that was available, and we were unable to locate anything else in the area. We had trouble navigating the roads with the escort due to other campers parking out on the roadways in the park. Our single slide almost touched the adjacent site's tow vehicle. The pool was wall to wall bodies and we couldn't imagine it possible to throw enough chlorine in to keep bacteria to safe levels. Purchased the park pizza for supper, inexpensive $12, but nothing to brag about. Tried the Sunday pancake breakfast plus coffee ($3.50 each) no sausage or bacon available, pancakes edible. Seems everyone had to have a campfire that night, smoke almost unbearable, our allergies complaining days later. Reminded me of the pollution in Bejing, China. This park is trying to be a destination park and would expect similar experiences to ours throughout the summer. Not a place for people like us that just want a clean, quiet, safe place to stop for a night along our travels. - Johnson's
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Pull thrus for big rig not easy getting in. Or getting out. You also have to unhook tow. They charge a fee for credit card use. Trying to use the dump station, however people park their vehicles in the way, making a turn very hard without damaging your rig, or a big tree. - Sondkr
Jul 2016 - $40.00
My husband and I stayed at Timberline Campground in Waukee IA in July 2016. The check-in process was quick and efficient, with a friendly staff person helping me. The park is very clean and the sites were large enough for our 34-foot fifth wheel, although they are a bit close together, but still maneuverable. We stayed on Lot 50, which is a pull-through site with a level gravel pad. We stayed here to be close to Raccoon River Sports Complex in Des Moines, which was only 15 minutes away. We would stay at Timberline again. - Krissy r
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Picked this as just as a spot to get off the road 4th of July weekend, we had reservations in Colorado on the 5th.
Nice older park with mature trees - forget about using your satellite dish. Owners very nice and helpful. Trees are well trimmed and no interference with a big rig on the roads. Roads look tight coming in, but it is doable.
Hilly with narrow sites. Most sites are long enough, but RV's are very close side to side in most areas. Our site was wide open on the right side, probably five feet from the trailer on our left! Plenty of pull throughs.
This was one of the quieter places we have ever stayed! Even on a holiday weekend. Lots of families and kids, but not a lot of noise even during the day and dead quiet after 10 PM. Quite a few tent campers scattered through the park.
Unlike some other reviewers we did not hear anything other than a handful of pops from the skeet range.
Most sites have full hookups, we moved to one without sewer to try to get satellite to work, no luck. - Dennis M
Jun 2016 - $20.00
We called ahead to ask about the campground and reserve a site. No reservations accepted, unless you are bringing a large group or coming for the weekend. OK, so we asked how full the campground was currently and were told there were plenty of sites just go in and pick one, fill out the paperwork and deposit it and payment at the self service kiosk. We asked if the park could handle a 45' motorhome and were told no problem the sites are all 70 feet.
The park has 34 camp sites with 20/30/50 provided at every site: 22 sites have full hookups (E/W/S), 11 have E/W only and 1 has E only. All sites are back in and according to the campground brochure they are 15' X 50', there is no extra parking anywhere. We arrived at 12:30 PM on a Tuesday, only 1 FHU site was available for our week in Winterset as the site reservations were not until June 28 according to the sign. Most sites were reserved beginning the next day, Wed, or Friday. Come in prepared to go somewhere else if the no-reservation system is working like it did for us.
With that being said, this is a great little park! Quiet right on the south east side of town. The city park it is attached to is a wonderful place to walk, bicycle, have a picnic and enjoy nature. It is a quick drive to visit the "Bridges of Madison County" and the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. - Harley Oma
Jun 2015 - $17.00
This city park campground is a real gem; the city park service that administers this campground is a real credit to their profession. As city campgrounds go, this one should be rated an 11! The full hookups were adequate; the water faucet is placed between two spaces so make sure you come here with more than a 25 foot fresh water hose. The only improvements that could make the park absolutely perfect would be to add more gravel to areas that can become muddy when heavy rains come and the park should add co-mingled recycling. You really do need to call ahead if you wish to stay on a weekend or holiday during the prime spring and summer season. There are lots of things to see and do in the area; so, plan to stay a while if you can. We would definitely stay here again. - Kent and Margaret
Aug 2014 - $19.00
This city park is very clean, well-maintained, and quiet. The gravel road loops around to all the gravel back-in sites. Sites are rather wide, as the trailers are stagger-parked on each side of the loop. Restrooms were clean with 2 shower stalls that were spotless. As the county seat of Madison County, the town's small businesses are alive and well - many within a longer walk around the town square. Right at the park is a fun corn maze, and a 1-mile trail to historic stone Clark Tower. Good Verizon phone and MiFi connections. - AluminumCloud
Apr 2015 - $11.00
Cutty's is a membership park, we are members again. We used to be members, but moved to another state. There are a lot of upgrades since we left. In the clubhouse there are new washers and dryers. They are upgrading the roads between campground sites. They have also upgraded the electricity. They now use smart cards to get into the park. The one negative thing about the park, to many golf carts. Cutty's is a great place for kids, there a lot of activities for the young ones during the summer. - Joceil
Jul 2013 - $10.00
Past reviews are pretty much current. The WIFI is very slow and only available at the clubhouse. Sites are gravel and need maintenance. The internal roads are dated and rough. Spaces are very tight. The campground is filled with many long term campers. I would stay at a near by COE CG before I would stay here in the future. My C to C Premium rate was $0.00 - A hitch and hop
Aug 2012 - $10.00
The rate was a Coast to Coast rate. This is an older, member owned park and as such is very well kept. The gravel interior roads are dusty but everyone we saw was considerate and drove slow. The on-site camping store had a lot of commonly needed parts on hand. The electrical system is new and offers 20/30/50A on each post. The only drawback for us was being at the end of the park beside I-80 so noise was loud. Next time we will ask to be in a back-in site away from the highway. We will camp here again. - geysergazer
May 2016 - $9.00
The sites within Aster and Honeysuckle loops are all on packed gravel had very narrow interior streets, lots of trees and shrubs. Half of the Dogbone sites are on packed gravel, the rest of this loop are on concrete. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops had wide interior streets, few trees and shrubs and all of the sites were on concrete. The entire campground is on the reservation system. All sites are back-ins.
Most of the sites are not very level (including the ones that are on concrete). Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Water can also be obtained at the dump station. There are only two dump stations for the entire park. Every loop has a bath house with a couple of showers. You cannot regulate the water temperature and they have a push button that controls the amount of water coming out.
Most of the loops have a kid's play area in the center. Coneflower and Blazingstar loops have 50 amp electrical service, all of the other loops have 30 amp electrical service. Our voltage was good - hovering around 122 volts. The park was not filled so I don't know if the voltage would degrade. Verizon air card and cell phone was on extended network but we did not have a problem with them. Every site has a fire ring and a picnic table.
The Neal Smith bike trail runs right through the park. - adsaxs
Oct 2015 - $10.00
A beautiful Corps of Engineers park. Surprisingly busy for late in the season. Long, paved level sites. Beautiful view of Saylorville Lake. - Katy29
Oct 2015 - $5.00
Popular park. We had no reservation but being midweek we hoped to get any spot. Asked for one with a view of the lake and they found one for our two night stay. #91 through 96 have good views. Water bibs available around the circle. No grey water disposal on the site allowed. Dump and fill station as you leave. Concrete pad with spacious patio with table and fire ring. - easydoesit
Jun 2012 - $9.00
This park is very nice, but it has some aging problems. The sights are gravel and mostly level. My wife and I have been coming here for about 10 years. Acorn is a alcohol free park. I talked to the ranger today and ask him why is Iowa's Army Corp parks behind as far as upgrading come pared to others that we have camped in, such as in Texas. He told me its a slow process getting money from the government. My wife and I like this park because its close to everything we see and do in Des Moines why we are here visiting. - Joceil
Aug 2007 - $22.00
I did not stay in the campground, but because it does not have a previous review, this one is being posted. My comments are based on a detailed inspection of the facility. This is a nice Corp campground. It has trees that provide some shade for most sites, but they do not interfere with the sites or the paved access roads. There are only 33 RV sites, the rest are for tents. The separate tent only area is also nice. RV sites are gravel and will accommodate most sized rigs, but the bigger the RV the more front to back leveling will be required on about half of them. All sites are 30A service and only a selected few have water hook-ups. There are community faucets for filling holding tanks. Bathhouses were clean and centrally located. There is playground equipment for the kids. All sites have picnic tables and fire rings/grills. There is a small pond in the campground. This appears to be a very quiet place to stay. - RLM
Aug 2015 - $20.00
Stayed 3 nights in 2 different sites due to availability. Sites in loop near spillway (50 amp / concrete pad) deserve a 7 rating. Easy access to and in the park with our oversized 40'+ Big Rig RV for this section; Wide pads make backing in easy. Sites in main campground loops (30 amp / gravel sites) deserve a 5 or lower rating. Sites in this section have railroad ties defining the sites and bordering each site's entrances making backing into the sites more difficult than it needs to be. High weeds growing through gravel at sites and our site was very unlevel. We would stay in the 50 amp loop again but not in the 30 amp section. - Snidely Whiplash
Jul 2015 - $18.00
Well maintained and level campground. The lack of shade could be an issue on hotter days. - MThome
Jul 2015 - $10.00
Lovely sites along the river below the Dam, flat, paved, 50amp electric. Water nearby to fill tank if needed (we didn't) The river was really high and we enjoyed watching folks Bow fishing, which we had never seen before. I would recommend this park. - housecar
Jul 2008 - $16.00
Way off the interstate, poorly marked, no one at the check in station. Note on drop box not to use because someone is stealing the money! We were dead tired, got set up and ready for bed, when there was a knock on the door and the attendant wanted their money. Luckily we stayed only one night (well 4 hours). Would not stay here again. - BIGBUBBA1959
May 2016 - $22.00
We recently stayed at Cherry Glen Campground and enjoyed our stay. This campground has access to the 26-mile Neal Smith Bike Trail, which we utilized quite a bit during our stay. There is no swimming beach access directly from the campground but you can take the trail about 2 miles to get to it by bicycle. I reserved our site two weeks in advance and I checked for availability five days before arrival and it was completely booked.
There was a playground there for our children. It was adequate for them but we found other playgrounds at the other COE campgrounds at Saylorville to be newer, larger and more modern. The bathrooms were always clean. We did not use the shower facilities while we were there. There are a few lakeview sites but were all taken by the time we made our reservations. The campsites tend to be a bit unlevel and we had a difficult time leveling our travel trailer. There is quite a few trees which provided a lot of shade and privacy between sites. Not all sites had this privacy though.
The campgrounds roads were paved which provided great opportunity for easy biking throughout. The speed limit was 15 MPH and many would drive faster than this which was very dangerous, especially with the tight loops and vegetation and vehicles parked so close to the roadway (which would be expected).
We would consider staying at this campground again. However, we checked out Prairie Flower Recreation Area two miles away and would consider that campground before this one.
The staff were very attentive to campers needs and very friendly. Very helpful during check-in and the Park Rangers drove through frequently throughout the day. - Moon8211
Jul 2015 - $10.00
We planned a last minute trip to the area that happened to be during 4th of July weekend. We were in another RV Park that could not accommodate us on July 3 and4. Somehow Cherry Glen had a spot available for July 3 and 4. When we arrived at Cherry Glen, we were surprisingly amazed. This is a beautiful park with plenty of room and plenty of shade trees. The Comfort Stations (bathrooms/showers) were impeccably clean. Sites are large with nice tables and fire rings. If there is one drawback, it would be that the majority of the sites have electric hook up only. If you plan to stay there, fill your fresh water tank before you arrive, or you can fill it just inside the entrance of the park. This will be my preferred location when I visit the area in the future. - Armyret99
Jul 2015 - $11.00
I did a review of this campground a couple of years ago and we still like it a lot. I will mention that one thing I noticed this stay is how many campsites are rather unlevel front to back. I think a larger motorhome might end up with the front wheels well off the ground in the site we had. There are, of course, a number of spots that are level or at least "level enough" but because of our site I began noticing others and realized that several sites are like this. Also, I've learned that, while there are no sewer sites here, there are several water hookup sites scattered around the park. The spigots aren't near the electric posts. Instead, they are stand alone water hookups either along the roads between the campsites or well behind them. There's an extra $2 charge for those campsites. Someone told me that the common practice is for the person in a water campsite to put a "Y" splitter at the faucet so that people can get water out of it even though someone is hooked up to it. My Verizon has a barely-working 3G signal here. It seems to work okay during the day and then as evening comes it slows down considerably. I was able to get satellite TV by putting the dish up close to the road. We still like this campground and will likely make it our place to stay when visiting central Iowa. - nazpaz
Jun 2016 - $21.00
We stayed 4 nights. Great park, gravel and cement pads. We loved the park, quiet and beautiful surroundings, wild life and trees. It is clean, the hosts were very friendly and helpful. - gooneybird
Jul 2015 - $20.00
Loved this park, we stayed in full sun for our sat dish and all utilities worked great. Very quiet and peaceful. Close to the town of Wintersett and all the covered bridges. - michelle 17
Jun 2015 - $18.00
Arriving at the park's main North entrance, we pulled through the rock tunnel with ease. NOTE 12-1/2' height limit here, taller RVs should use the 4 mile gravel road entrance on the park's East side.
We met up with a friend of ours, and stayed in the shady back-in spots. Another friend opted to stay in the wide open full-sun campground loop that has pull-through concrete pads and good satellite reception. All the campground roads are gravel. Our almost-level gravel site was well spaced with a picnic table. The 30 amp electricity was nice for running our air conditioner. The water spigots are located between sites and have a "Y" for both trailers to use at the same time. We did have afternoon sun on our patio side, while sites across the road had morning sun on their doors. A storm the day before left the sites covered with small branches, which we used as kindling for our campfire.
The park's ford was washed out from the rain, so we did not wade or play in the water. The other roads were open for walking.
Verizon MiFi worked some times during the day - OK by me.
We will return. - AluminumCloud