Pierce creek is just on the out side of the town Essex. There is nice quiet lake, with some fish jumping. On the Southside there is a day area with grills and picnic tables. There are also access to hiking, horse and bike trails. You go the west side and there is a equestrian campsite that is pretty basic. There is not much but electrical sites, corals, and a outhouse. Now on the north side there is a regular campground. There are pads and electrical hook ups. As well as the tents sites farther in. The bathrooms are full. There is sinks, toilets and even showers. This place maybe just that hidden gem for some of you in southwestern Iowa.
I want to first qualify this post because I do not camp with or ride horses. I would love to learn but right now that is not a possibility.
I would pass this place if I did not have a horse. The facilities are old and there is not a real attraction unless you have a horse. On the other hand, if you are riding your horse and camping this is a great place. It has the pens and facilities for you and your horse to be comfortable.