Dallas County Fairgrounds

County Park

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2770-2824 Fairground Road
Adel, IA 50003
515-993-4984
Official Website

GPS: 41.629, -94.019

Last Price Paid: $15
Elevation: 892 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

5bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
Verizon 3G
3bars
T-Mobile 4G
4 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 51

Two in a Merlin would stay here again

“Great value and location”

Reviewed Sep 06, 2017

Overall Rating

We have had the best luck camping at fairgrounds. We're not looking for playgrounds, pools, or other resort amenities - so this kind of place is perfect for us! We did just the electric and water site for $15. There is a dump on site as well and sites w/ sewer hook-ups too for a tad more.
We regularly saw staff driving around, taking care of the restrooms, maintaining the campground, etc. When I thought our power was out I called on a Sunday late afternoon and reached someone who was going to come over immediately to deal with. Turns out it was a problem w/ our rig, not their box - but it was good to know they were that available and responsive. I can't say the grounds are pristine or beautiful - but they're clean enough, sites were level, and were kept well with gravel or bark. The bathrooms are as described before, several individual stalls w/ toilet, sink, and shower (as of Aug 2017 - it looked like they were adding 4 more on the back side). These were some of the best we've had at a campground since they had high and centered shower heads, great water pressure, temperature that you could control yourself, a bench, a clean shower curtain, multiple hooks, a shelf, and the entire bathroom was very clean each time we used it.
The real plus to this campground is its location! First, it's just 30 minutes from downtown Des Moines. But anything you could need is less than 10 miles away in nearby towns and little Adel was pretty great for a small town: several restaurants, bars, and shops. The absolute WIN for us was the bike path just 1/2 a mile from the campground. This path links you up to bike paths that run through the entire state (over 500 miles of bike trails!!). For a beautiful ride through corn fields on a gorgeous tree covered path, I highly recommend you take the bike trail to Redfield.
Also, at the park just south of the camgpround is a kayak/canoe put-in!

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3bars
T-Mobile 4G

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GinaDog
UT
17 Alto F1743 (Safari Condo)
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road
35 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 69
“Did the job for one night.”

Reviewed Nov 03, 2016

Overall Rating

Looking for a place to camp over night while driving across the country on I-80, we found Dallas County Fairgrounds on several of our usually camping websites. It was legit - the info listed on their website, someone answered the phone to confirm they were open. They listed $15 for water, sewer, electric which you pay at a self pay station (bring exact change). We arrived late at night and left early in the morning. All sites are pretty flat. There are four unisex bathroom stalls that have showers (private individual rooms with locks) that are free to use during your stay. I did not use them. There was a ton of people camping for late season, but looking closely, there were no trucks, just trailers so perhaps this was a permanent residence. Campground Host area had quite a few trailers in their area (almost as many that were camping outside the host area). I probably would not stay here again, weird vibe; but it worked for one night. However, I did not find any online info about Island Park that is also in Adel, IA.

Access
Location
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5bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
Recreation:
  • picnic area
  • playground
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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