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245 Reviews of 47 Hesper, Iowa Campgrounds

TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2021

Peaceful spot in the valley

We stayed here for a week in June to start our trip around the country and it was a great place to start our camping experience!  The owner/host does a great job and is extremely helpful.  Plenty to do in the area... we floated down the root river for about 3 hours and had a great time.  The…

  • The old red barn!!
Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

Nice campground!

We camped with family in the group circle site. The circle group site has a nice big area for the kids to play. The playground and lake was also fun for the kids too.

Sitegroup site
Month of VisitJuly
cThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2021

Nice park

Went there last weekend had to do a walk up everything else was reserved. Clean park area, bathrooms were disgusting though. Talked to the DNR he was very friendly and knowledgeable. Plenty of places to walk around and hike. Overall a good place to stay for a few days but not much to do after that

Month of VisitJuly
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 21, 2021

A nice surprise in NE Iowa

This was a quick stopover so I can't comment on the park overall.  It is nestled in the woods not far from the Indian Mounds area in Iowa.  I stayed at Little Paint Campground.  There are pit toilets, but the water said not for drinking.  A small river runs by the camp.  The park has hiking and…

  • Little Paint Campground
  • Disability access for fishing
  • Foot bridge and river ford
Site#85
Month of VisitJune
Jeannie B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 14, 2021

Camping in a valley

This is a beautiful campground seated in a valley surrounded by amazing hills. There is minimal phone service. That means you get to absorb nature.

  • Paint Creek Overlook
  • Overlook part of the many trails.
  • our campsite 124
Site124
Month of VisitJune
Jeannie B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 9, 2021

Beautiful Park

Many different trails for hiking, biking or equestrian. Camp sites are mostly grass. Beautiful park

  • Paint Creek Overlook.
Site124
Month of VisitJune
Amber C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 9, 2021

Beautiful views and peaceful camping!

Beautiful, spacious, and quiet camping and state park. The hiking is awesome! We hiked the Bluff Trail which has lots of hills and steepness, skinny trail with some drop offs but it was fun! My daughter was a little nervous during the hike but I felt safe so nothing to worry about. Just take…

  • The Keyhole heading towards Treasure Cave
  • Wisconsin river merging into Mississippi river
  • Bluff Trail
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Site202
Month of VisitJune
Hannah H.
Reviewed May. 4, 2021

Quiet, small, and beautiful

Bev was amazing to us! 

Only 4 campsites and you have to call to reserve a spot but the views are worth it. 

Every campsite has water, electric, a picnic table, fire pit, and tree for shade. The showers were being fixed when we visited, so I can't speak for that. A couple of porta potties on site…

SiteSite 1
Month of VisitJuly
Mike G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2021

Nicely Kept Campground

Really nicely kept camp ground. A bit too close to traffic for a completely quiet night. Bathrooms were warm and really clean, staff was really great and if youre bringing a pet, there were plenty of areas to walk. Fishing was really great catching several fish for dinner including some really nice…

Lee D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2021

Many nearby things to do

For us, this would be a three-star campground (a bit too crowded and noisy) but it is a mecca for families, and because there is so much to do so close to this campground, it deserves four stars. You could easily spend several days here enjoying the following:

• Walk to the city of Decorah on…

  • Sites were a bit too close together for our liking
  • Site 138
  • Bridge separating the two sections of the campground
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Site138
Month of VisitSeptember
Lee D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2021

Very quiet park

We were en-route to Decorah when we saw signs for this campground and decided to check it out. The route there was through a neighborhood but normally there would be a more direct route if the bridge over the Turkey River was not out (according to Greg, City employee I spoke with, the bridge has…

  • The bridge would provide a more direct route to the campground but there are no plans to re-open it
  • All the information you need to know
  • Playground
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Month of VisitSeptember
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2021

Heart wrenching

Beautiful place with a horrible past. Lots of sites and boat launches. Sad history of the place.

Kevin C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2021

Great backpacking loop

I've done this loop several times, and have never been disappointed. Lots of quiet, and many more great views on the upper trails. There are some thin trails down steeper hillsides, so make sure to take it slower if the ground is muddy.

Krista T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2021

Come here for a day trip on the river

This was an interesting state park, I’m glad we came here for a day trip instead of booking anything for the nicer months. There is basically one trail that goes along the river between the two campgrounds, and that appears to be it.

Most people were there for ice fishing at this time of year,…

Amy G.The Dyrt ADMIN User
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2021

Small and quaint with plenty of space

This campground is small and quaint...plenty of space without being too close to your neighbors.  Super easy to social distance here.

We visited in winter (February) and while there was snow on the ground, the spaces were kept plowed with easy access to the electric boxes.  We were in a…

  • Fire pit and wooded area at campsite 202
  • One of the pull through spaces
  • From the loop back towards space 202
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Site202
Month of VisitMarch

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