Now that our kids are older, we’ve finally gotten to the point where we have more time to get away on the weekends. Also, my husband’s work schedule has steadied, so we can actually make weekend plans several weeks in advance. That alone is a new thing for us! So a couple weeks ago, we decided to make a last minute camping trip to Green Valley State Park in Creston.
One thing I have learned since buying our own camper is that the good sites fill up fast. So fast that you almost need to make plans at the beginning of the season and book them for the whole summer and early fall. We didn’t do that this year, so our camping weekends have been few and far between. When I was looking for campgrounds within 100 miles of our house, I stumbled onto Green Valley State Park. To be honest, I’d never even heard of it before, but we are currently in this mode of “let’s just try it and see.” Only one full hook-up site left, I located that spot on the campground map and thought it looked decent so I went ahead and booked it. You can’t really go wrong for $19 a night, right?
When we got there, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the park and campgrounds were clean and quiet. We easily found our site, got everything set up, and soon realized why this particular campsite (good ol’ #74) was the last one left. Sitting on the end of the row of full hook-ups, it faced the bathroom & showerhouse. This meant our firepit, picnic table and door of our camper faced the bright lights of that building. It wasn’t horrible, but we often joked about feeling like campground hosts– because we felt obligated to wave and say “hi” to every person walking to use the facilities. I was willing to overlook that because WE had full hook-up and I was able to use my own sink, toilet and SHOWER. I mean, I like roughin’ it, but let’s be real here!
Friday night after we got set up, we went to take a look around at the other sites. We now have a habit of doing this when we camp, taking notes to see which sites we like best for next time, which seem the most level, which have the best view. We also took a walk down to the lake and fell in love with the views. Here’s a few photos of our evening walk.
This was really a pretty park. The air stayed cooler because we were close to the water. There were people out walking, families walking to the lake with their fishing poles and gear in tow, and plenty of people enjoying the great weather of an Iowa summer.
The next morning, I walked around again and took a few more photos of the area:
We liked this park and campgrounds so much, we booked another weekend there this fall. Here’s the site we chose for next time, and it’s right on the lake! I can’t wait!
Where are your favorite camping spots? If you haven’t already read my post about Ledges State Park, check it out. Coming soon, Briggs Woods Park in Webster City and Pammel Park in Winterset.