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106 Reviews of 11 Illyria, Iowa Campgrounds

AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2021

Nice spot, warm showers, good views

I stayed for one night on my drive down the Mississippi. Easy campground, toilets were clean and showers were warm. Beautiful sunset from the ridge. Take a look at the campsite map before booking because half of the campsites at Wisconsin Ridge have beautiful views and half are in the woods. Did a…

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Month of VisitOctober
Kerry M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2021

Two campgrounds to enjoy at Backbone State Park

Backbone State Park is unlike any other place in Iowa, having geological features uncommon in Iowa.

There are two campgrounds. I have camped in both:

Modern Campground: This is a large, modern campground with all of the standard amenities found in a modern campground… electric hookups,…

  • Backbone State Park Lake (showing the beach)
  • Trout Stream
  • Richmond Spring (feeds the trout stream)
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Month of VisitNovember
Kerry M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2021

Nice state forest with trout fishing

Iowa only has a few state forests and this one has something the others do not... trout fishing.

There are actually three campgrounds in YRSF... one on Little Paint Creek, one equestrian campground on Little Paint Creek, and a campground on Paint Creek. I have stayed at both non-equestrian…

  • Panorama from one of the overlooks at YRSF, showing the Paint Creek campground
  • Paint Creek campground from above
  • Camping at Little Paint Creek campground
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Month of VisitMay
Matthew O.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2021

Great place

Spacious sites, lots of awesome activity opportunities. We even got to hang out with an astronomy club with telescopes. Lots of fun.

Month of VisitNovember
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2021

Hidden oasis from the city

We booked a spot for our RV because we wanted to explore the Decorah,IA area and it’s abundant set of activities. The campground is more on the rustic side but they have a nice clean shower house, very well kept grounds and a ton of space to spread out. The lower campground is right next to the…

  • view looking east
  • site 10 in the lower campground, viewed from the North
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Month of VisitSeptember
Matthew B.
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2021

Peaceful county park.

Electric and water only. Nice playground for young kids. Limited activities.

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Month of VisitJuly
Mike H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

a gem overlooking the Missisippi!

Wow - well done, Wisconsin. What a beautiful park to pull into after a long day of driving. Lovely drive in to the park and then to pull up to an immaculate campsite was a treat. Fireflies emerged as we began to setup camp and we watched the sunset over the Missippi before calling it a night. Great…

D
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Great place for kids

Great owners, loads of stuff for kids (putt putt, paddle boats, horseshoes, basketball, Gaga, trampoline, playground). Near the highway so it has truck noise

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Month of VisitAugust
Tanner H.
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2021

Endless trails, cool cliffs, quiet atmosphere

I have been to Backbone a few times, this spot is one of my friends and I’d favorite. There is no through traffic so it’s quiet. Tons of trails, specifically the spot we camped at was right by the trail so we had easy access. The sites are big so you can camp far back and keep the vehicles at the…

  • overhead footage of backbone state park
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Month of VisitNovember
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.

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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
MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2021

Gorgeous state park!

To start off, Backbone State Park is one of the most gorgeous parks I’ve ever visited. It’s so beautiful, with plenty of challenging and scenic trails and lots of wildlife. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is the campgrounds (we stayed at Six Pines). I’ll go into more detail below.…

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Month of VisitJune
Jeannie B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 23, 2021

Many things to do here

Backbone is a very diverse area. There are miles of trails. Is hiking your thing? What about equestrian? Maybe mountain bike trails? You can even take the family for a nice leisurely walk on the easier trails. Exploring is fun at this park because there is so much to see. The Trout stream was busy…

  • area for rock climbing.
  • a bit of history here
  • one of the three gates. This one is next to the Gulf course
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Month of VisitJune
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
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Month of VisitJune

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