15 Parks near Madrid, Iowa
Jul 2016 - $38.00
Arrived during a heavy storm and found hook ups basically under water, looked at other sites to try and change but found the same, our main reason here was to visit the theme park so after the water soaked into the ground things worked out. Long pull thru but not real level, seems sites are getting upgraded to concrete but looks like it will take a while. Trolley to park was nice wristbands needed worn to ride trolly and enter the pool area. - DBLR
Jun 2016 - $35.00
Nice campground next to amusement park. Easy to get to from interstate. Didn't make reservation early enough so had to take a 30 amp site. There is a tram to take you to the amusement park. Will stay here again when traveling in the area. We camped her in a motorhome. - Diplomat 07
Apr 2016 - $1.00
This is mainly a work camping park during the spring, summer months. I am a work camper, but have camped here in the past. The park has been here since 1973. They are in the process of updating their sites with cement. There is a big amusement park next to the camp ground, and they have a Trolley to pick you up. There are about 100 sites for the daily use. - Joceil
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
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
Jul 2016 - $30.00
One of the best laid out, cleanest parks we have ever stayed in. It is actually a reason to go back to Iowa. $30 is the best deal we've ever seen for a park of this quality.
Huge sites, vast grassy areas to walk dogs, wide paved streets, etc.
I'd give it a 10 if the WIFI was free (it is very strong) and if the utilities were positioned for motorhomes instead of 5th wheels.
We stayed in site C5, a pull through easily long enough for our 43' coach plus dolly plus minivan, but the utilities were in the back corner, so by the time I was fully in the site I had to run ~30' of cable and 25' of sewer hose. The site slope was such that the sewer would not drain by itself, either. Next time, we'll unload the dolly and put it and the car in front of the coach and the services will play much better.
There is no office. You have to call ahead for a reservation secured by a credit card. When you get there, you call the owner and she gives you very clear directions on how to reach your site. She charges the card and you leave whenever you are ready. - bobcovey
May 2016 - $28.00
Reservations are required, as owners office / management is off site and not overly friendly. The residents are mostly seasonal horse track and casino employees. Well keep units and full, level concrete pads. Wifi additional cost and not mentioned for a one night stay. Our receipt was placed on the windshield wiper after we settled in. Full service at site and friendly neighbors. Very nice club house with laundry, exercise, kitchen, tvs and a basement storm shelter. Sites have easy access for big rigs. Sites are pretty close. Traveling through spent only one night. We would stay again. - Jeannie and Eddy
Apr 2016 - $30.00
Reservations are needed as there is no office at this beautiful and uniquely designed RV park so call before 5pm as we did to determine availability. The park is in a very quiet location with spacious concrete sites and as website states, they prefer long term but have daily. Park is very clean and well maintained. Big rig friendly, great utilities, paved streets and concrete sites. Will definitely stay again when in the Des Moines area! - RJourney
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
Aug 2015 - $16.00
This is a beautiful park. The restrooms could use some work. The paint is peeling in the showers. Insect repellant is a must have, as the mosquitoes and other insects are great in number. The park has lots of shade. The fire ring has an adjustable grill, which was very nice for cooking. Bring your old tennis shoes or water shoes so you can walk in the creek off canyon road. It is great fun for the kids and nice to cool off in the summer. It is a bit of a hike down then up from the creek if the road is closed due to heavy rain. If the road is open, you can drive it and go over several bridges covered by water. Would definitely stay here again if we come back to the area. - Fam of 5
Jul 2015 - $16.00
Park has lots of shades. Some sites are fairly level while others require boards or such for leveling. Also, what is not indicated anywhere and no one will tell you is, if there is much rain received, multiple sites flood. Bugs can be quite bad so bring bug spray. Bathrooms are in poor condition and not kept up at all. This is a very popular campground and the surroundings are pretty, its too bad that the facilities are not improved (though I have been told renovations are in the planning stages). I understand old, but not being cleaned properly with the amount of use the bath house receives is disgusting. There is a place to fill water and many sites have electric. The dump is near the entrance. We have camped here for many nights, due to location being close to family.
Nice for walking (spray for bugs). - JonesAussies
Apr 2013 - $11.00
Love this park. Stayed 2 nights. Restrooms were closed so used my own. Electric at site. Fill tank from hydrant and dump on way out. Lots of wildlife. Great sites. Not many RV parks open this time of year. Only problem is too many cares driving through. - camperbrave
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
Oct 2014 - $22.00
The lower campsites have had a major upgrade. Now widely spaced, the sites have clearly defined picnic and fire ring areas. Most of the newly seeded grass is taking well. The lower sites now have electricity too, but no trees. This lower area can flood when the reservoir fills in wet years. We stayed in the upper camp ground with gravel roads, gravel sites, well-used fire rings, and lovely mature trees. Our site was completely level. The park's trails make a pleasant and quiet hike, the gold course borders the park, the fishing pond is tiny, the children's natural playground is wonderful, and the bison and elk viewing area is newly improved. Verizon phone and wifi coverage was strong. We will return. - AluminumCloud
Oct 2013 - $19.00
One of my favorite local county parks. The gravel sites are level, many with really large grass areas. Each site features a roomy level gravel patio with picnic table and fire ring. We enjoy a nice campfire, and most sites have one every night. I will return. The county park has many trails, with cell phone tour information. Also ranger lead educational hikes are available, occasionally. Neat children's nature center with nice new bison and elk viewing area. The upper campsites have electricity with water available, while the sites on the lake are dry camping due to seasonal flooding. The nearby Equestrian Center is a nice place to reserve horse for their trail rides. - AluminumCloud
Aug 2011 - $10.00
This is our home campground close to Des Moines and is a lovely one, equal to many of the top state campgrounds we have visited in our travels. Seniors pay half price from Sunday night thru Thursday night. Located on the Des Moines river down from an Army Corps lake, this park has good RV and tent sites. Clean, well-kept, great security and good camp hosts. Often has sites midweek, but book ahead for electric sites on weekends. Nice hiking trails. - User2225