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About Walnut Woods State Park
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Walnut Woods State Park is located in Iowa
Latitude
41.538 N
Longitude
-93.747 W
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7 Reviews of Walnut Woods State Park
Sites Available in December

Full service flat sites!!

Nice area overall

The campground is a nice area. Campsites are not very secluded. They have some nice hiking trails through the woods and along the river. I was hoping the trails would be longer but they are still nice. Dogs are welcome, but they must be on a leash. If I remember correctly they had a nice outdoor bird viewing building. They also have some nice picnic areas through out the park as well.

Great little campground

Always full. Floods with lots of rain but still great. No showers.

Walnut Woods campground is small but the park is beautiful

This is a beautiful State Park on the southwest side of the Des Moines metro. It is hidden from most of suburbia but very close to shopping, movies, restaurants, and the Des Moines night life.

It is also a perfect place to escape all of those things and enjoy the huge walnut trees, green grass, and trails.

The campground is clean but it is very small with very few amenities. Most of the campers had small RVs or camper trailers, but there were a few tents. This would be rated higher if it had larger facilities.

All in all, this is a nice park to get away from the suburbs or enjoy them. It's up to you.

Nice campground

This is a nice little campground. Its sits on the Raccoon River and has good catfishing. Nice trail that is aproximately 1.5 miles long that goes along the river. Its very clean and well kept. There is a pkayground that is a little ways from the campground. There is a modern bathroom also.

good place for a day trip

We just did a day trip here with families who have a bunch of kids. Great park for kids and they loved floating down the river. We did a fun short hike as well. We checked out the camping situation for our next visit to Des Moines and decided a park a bit further away was worth a more secluded camping experience. Sites were not secluded and not very exciting plus they seemed very set up for an RV experience not so much tent camping. The bathrooms look pretty nice though. Definitely a nice place to spend a few hours, but the campground leaves something to be desired for me.

First to Review
huge park, nice, clean, and great location for so many activities

the land they have is substantial. There's a boat camp, a bird watching area, a playground, plany of park space with picnic tables and BBQ pits, hiking and biking trails, and even a lodge that I assume can be rented for events. There are roughly 25 campsites, and I recommend a reservation ahead of time. I camped on a Monday in late July and there were only 4 sites not reserved when I arrived. There are electrical and full hook up options. If you just car camp and don't need electric, unfortunately there is no lower price for tent-only camping. Translation: tent campers pay electric hook up prices. Enjoy charging your phone? If you have a dog, walking the grounds would be a good time. There's a lot to check out here and with the bike trails, bringing a bike to check out the area and surrounding lakes could be fun.