Campground review: Green Valley State Park, Creston, IA

Our third longest planned travel day of the entire summer took us from east central Kansas to southwestern Iowa. We left our beautiful Kansas campground and headed north on I35. We’ve been driving up and down I35 for years so this is very familiar territory for us. Not seeing new things and traveling with a “destination oriented” mindset (“let’s just get there”) made the 280 mile day feel longer than it was.

The pickup pulled fine. However, the rolling hills were hard on our fuel mileage. We’re doing better than the 8mpg that I budgeted, but not much better.

The main stop of the day was in the town where Jackie was born, Mt. Ayr, so we could pay respects at the graves of her mother and father, grandmother and grandfather. She laid roses at each headstone.

2013-05-23 18.35.15.jpg There’s a great little ice cream place nearby so we grabbed a couple of cones before driving on up the road another hour to Creston and Green Valley State Park. Google maps must have lost it’s mind because it diverted us out of the way and wanted us to drive down a gravel road to the campground. I backtracked to town, drove through to the west side and there was a sign pointing to the state park, just two miles down a nice paved road.

Since I knew we were going to just be there for one night I had intentionally gotten a drive through, full hook up site. I hoped I would be able to leave the camper connected to the truck but the site was rather unlevel. I had to disconnect so I could raise the front of the camper to level. It was no big deal. In fact, I took advantage of the disconnected camper to drive back into town and fill up with fuel, something that would have been much harder with the camper in tow.

This state park was filled with Iowa folks who were camping over Memorial Day. The main feature of the park is a nice fishing lake (and people were catching fish). We enjoyed the full hookups and took advantage of them by doing some extra laundry. There are some real nice sites at the park and also some that aren’t very level.

2013-05-23 18.31.08.jpg One interesting camping feature was “buddy electric sites” in which two campers basically share one camping spot. All I can say is that you had better like your neighbor and also, you had better be good at backing a camper in!

Our stay here was just one night. If we got the right site, I wouldn’t mind returning to this pleasant, out-of-the-way spot.

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