The campground is about a half mile south and 90 degrees left down the crossroad from the entry sign for Pilot Knob State Park. There is no sign pointing to the campground so one blithely goes straight into the park and wanders for several miles wondering where the campground is. The camp is on a definite slope: the only level site is the handicap site. The regular sites are all grass and down slope and with the recent rains soft dirt. Easy to get stuck. This is not a good place for a RV, van or trailer. I was allowed to use the handicap site as I was the only camper there. Bath house is dated but clean. Host on site. Dump at entry. Actually with the lush grass and trees it was a pretty campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here 3 nights prior to the Winnebago Rally. Site #13 is at the start of the park and is elevated. The site is grass with a fire ring and an older picnic table. We had to move the table around and parked backwards to be level. The lower campsites are very muddy and wet when it rains. There is an RV Dump near the bathrooms on the loop road. The camp hosts were very cordial and helpful. Showers are well water with good pressure, but the water is NOT hot in the ladies shower. It is hot in the men's shower. There is a standing slew with rain runoff and from the dam that attracts mosquitoes and with recent rains we had a lot of them and flies. The campground is quite nice and quiet, 2 miles from town so it is convenient. Has nice trees. The week after 4th of July was NOT busy. There were 4-5 other campers while we were here. We would stay here again for an overnight stop but prefer water and electric hookups at least, or full hookups. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Campsites in the main loop (pull through) were very, very narrow. From electrical post to electrical post, our site (#20) was 18 feet wide. With our camper parked as close to the electrical post as we could get it, our awning ended just 3 feet from the next site. With the exception of the outer ring of sites, everyone was cheek by jowl. We were so close, we could hear the camper next to us breathing (not snoring) in his tent. This was just about the worst state park campground I've ever been in. Iowa needs to remove 10 or 15 sites and spread everyone out a bit. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Campground hosts were very friendly and there was nice hiking to the Pilot Knob Tower (2nd highest point in the State of Iowa). Climing to the top gave some great views of the country side. The campground itself has an unusual layout. Some sites are all grass, not level, and have no indication of ever being used. Others are gravel but are not at all level. A few sites are level. It is not at all clear how to enter/exit many of the sites - or even their location. This is a very tent-friendly campground, it can accommodate Pop ups, but only a few Class A's are really comfortable there. That said, this is only a few miles away from the Winnebago Factory in Forest City (tours at 9am and 1pm) so there were about 6 Class A's squeezed in the evening before their tour. The bath house is old and run down (but cleaner than many private CGs we've been to). Avoid dumping here as the drain isn't level and... well lets say there has been spillage that won't run uphill into the drain. Yech. I'd camp here again if I was going to the Winnebago Factory (while there is free "camping" at the Winnebago Visitors Center, I think this State Park is preferrable to that concrete-city). I'd also camp here for an overnight. But we don't see this as a vacation destination. Good cell phone and Blackberry coverage. We camped here in a Motorhome.