9.2 Excellent
Central City, Iowa

Pinicon Ridge Park

Central City, Iowa

4729 Horseshoe Falls Rd
Central City, Iowa 52214
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 234
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.220056021197
Longitude: -91.542366743088

Elevation: 862' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Review Details

Ratings overview

5 Reviews

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is called Flying Squirrel. Electric and water is available with a very nice dump station near the cg entrance. This park gets very busy in the weekends and is first come first served so a mid week arrival is recommended. Miles of hiking, biking and paths through the woods A foot bridge connects the cg with the main park over the river. The park is very well maintained and the staff is very responsive to any issues. Power went out during a thunderstorm on a Sunday night but the staff had the situation under repair immediately and we had power in very short order. This is one of the finest county parks we have visited and rivals some of the higher rated commercial parks in the area. Sewer connections would make it a near perfect camping environment. We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Climb the observation tower over in the main park (on Woodpecker Hill). Take the nature trails through out the park.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon and there were hardly any campers in the park. I chose a site that was well shaded and had a pleasant view of the new walking bridge over the river. The restrooms are in excellent shape and the showers roomy and very clean. You can stay at this park for 14 days and then have to leave for a week, then you can come back for another 14 days. It is a county park and is very well maintained. I camped here last year and looked forward to coming here again. I wasn't disappointed. The electric meter in my coach read 125 volts, the water pressure was excellent. The only draw back to this park is there is no sewer connections. There is a dump station on site however. I will without hesitation camp here again. We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

The park was very well maintained, the staff very friendly and helpful. Even though the park was full there was minimal noise and traffic. We definitely will come back here next year. We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped in Loop A ($19). Loop B is $17, but sites at A are drier and shadier. C is $14 with no water or electric. We like the large, clean, shady sites and would come back with no hesitation. No sewer, but the dump is just a short drive and there is room for three RVs at once. Only one shower house which is between Loops B & C. Central City with groceries and laundromat is only minutes away. We visited mid-week which gave us a lot of sites to choose from. We were able to grab a site almost water front, but close enough to drag our kayaks to launch. Loved it! We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites at this campground are very spacious. The county does a great job of maintaining the campground and they are very strict. Our sites were very level and had a river view. There is a nice playground for the kids and plenty of space for them to run around. Sites fill up very quickly on weekends and are first come first serve to the point that we were yelled at by the DNR for holding a site for my sister (she had followed us to the campground in a separate vehicle and was less than two minutes behind us). You can fish from the campground but the boat traffic can be an issue occasionally. If you leave the campground and go back out on the highway you can get to the other side of Pinicon Ridge Park. There are many things to do in the park including additional (and better) fishing opportunities, hiking, wildlife preserve, playgrounds, paddle boat and canoe rentals, picnic areas and the "must see" observation tour that allows you a phenomenal view of the entire park. It would have been nice if there was a bridge over the river from the campground to the rest of the park. The flies were terrible because they seem to have problems with flooding, however the DNR does a great job of keeping the campground clean and well maintained. There are two other camping areas at Pinicon Ridge one is The Plains which is near the Flying Squirrel Campground and also features very nice family style cabin and the other is a more primitive group area (for three groups, three unit minimum and no showers) on the other side of the park. Overall a lovely park. We will camp here again, but it always makes me nervous heading out without knowing if a site will be available. We camped at Pinicon Ridge Park in a Travel Trailer.

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