Campground and Lodge Closed (See Date ranges): Due to reconstruction of the main park roadway, the Walnut Woods campground will be closed 9/2/14 - 5/1/15 and the Day Use Lodge will be closed 1/1/15 - 5/1/15
Water on for camping facilities: Campground Restrooms, dump station, and full hookup facilities are opened for the 2014 camping season. Walnut Woods does not have shower facilities.

Walnut Woods State Park, IA

Welcome to Walnut Woods State Park. Iowans and visitors from across the U.S. can find a quality outdoor recreation experience in the forested natural setting at Walnut Woods. The park encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River. Whether you are here to fish ...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Oct 26 2014   Later Dates

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Walnut Woods Campground Standard Full Hook-Up 6 58 Back-In
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Walnut Woods Campground RV Only 6 46 Back-In
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Walnut Woods Campground RV Only 6 43 Back-In
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Walnut Woods Campground Standard Electric 6 46 Back-In
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Walnut Woods Lodge Day-use Lodge 75 Accessible
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Overview

Description

Welcome to Walnut Woods State Park. Iowans and visitors from across the U.S. can find a quality outdoor recreation experience in the forested natural setting at Walnut Woods. The park encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River. Whether you are here to fish or float the Raccoon River, camp, hike a trail or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Walnut Woods boasts the largest surviving natural stand of black walnut trees in North America. Many of these stately trees can be seen along the main park roadway. Visitors are not allowed to harvest or pick up walnuts in the park.

Recreation:

Birdwatching
Bird watching is popular year-round, but especially in the spring and fall as the entire park is a great place to observe migrating warblers, flycatchers and a variety of other songbirds, hawks and owls. More than 90 species of birds have been identified along the numerous trails through the park and along the river. A bird observation and feeding station facility is located west of the park office building.

River Activities
The valley in which Walnut Woods is located was created by the meandering of the Raccoon River.Since the park elevation is not much higher than the normal river level, constant change can be seen in its banks. Depending on the river levels, fishing and canoe float trips are popular on the river. You can fish from the riverbank or launch your boat from the ramp located on the west end of the park. Most river canoeing requires pre-planned vehicle shuttling from access points up or down stream.

Trails
Whether you're just passing through or camping overnight take some time to hike the 2 to 3 miles of trails along the Raccoon River within the park. The trails are popular for cross-country skiing in the winter months. The Great Western multi-use trailhead is located approximately 3 miles from the park. This paved trail links Des Moines and Martensdale and is 16.5 miles long.

Facilities:

Picnicking / Lodge
The park provides shaded picnic areas with fire grills and tables located throughout the park along the main road.The popular limestone and timber day-use lodge was constructed in the 1930's and is an outstanding feature of the park. The lodge can be reserved for family reunions, weddings, graduations and other functions.

Camping
Walnut Woods is one of the only parks close to Des Moines with a designated campground. Its close proximity to Interstate 35 and the State Highway 5 Bypass make it a convenient place for visitors to meet friends and relatives or attend one of the many special events around the metro area. The campground has modern restrooms and a sanitary dump station but no showers. The shady campsites have concrete pads and electrical service or full hook-ups (electric, water, sewer) and can be reserved in advance.

Nearby Attractions:

The park is located within the Des Moines metropolitan area at the southern edge of West Des Moines, The bridges of Madison County are located near Winterset, less than an hours drive southwest. The world-renowned Iowa State Fair is held each August in Des Moines. The park is a short distance from the many attractions the Des Moines area has to offer, including Living History Farms, the State Historical Building, Botanical Center and Blank Park Zoo.

Booking Window

Day-use Lodge

Wed Jul 30 2014 - Sun Jul 26 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

RV Only

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Sun Oct 26 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Sun Oct 26 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Full Hook-Up

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Sun Oct 26 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Mon Jul 28 2014 - Sun Oct 26 2014

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood Sales
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • PICNICKING
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESTROOMS
  • River
  • Skiing - Cross Country
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • WILDFLOWER VIEWING
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • ATM/CASH MACHINE
  • Motel
  • RETAIL, ICE
  • RETAIL, SNACKS
Within 10 Miles
  • CHURCH
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golfing
  • Hospital
  • MAINTENANCE, RV/CAMPER
  • MAINTENANCE, VEHICLE
  • Mall
  • Medical Clinic
  • PUTT-PUTT COURSE
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $17.00
Standard Electric $14.00
RV Only $14.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
RV Only $11.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
RV Only $11.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
RV Only $11.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $14.00
Standard Electric $11.00
RV Only $11.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $17.00
Standard Electric $14.00
RV Only $14.00
Day-use Lodge $100.00-$200.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.54222, -93.74111
41°32'32"N, 93°44'28"W

From Iowa Hwy.5 take exit 102 and follow signs to Walnut Woods. From Interstate 35 take exit 68(IA Hwy 5) then exit 102 and follow signs to Walnut Woods.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Walnut Woods State Park
3155 Walnut Woods Drive
West Des Moines  IA  50265

Phone Number:

Project Office: (515) 285 - 4502
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