Multiple options for lodging and family friendly activities are available on site at Whiterock Conservancy. Plan to bring the entire family and spend the weekend! Below is a list of available activities, prices, and lodging. More information and reservations can be made via the Whiterock Conservancy website.
CAMPGROUNDS & TRAIL USE
$12 per Tent/per night
$15 per pop-up, truck, or van camper (no electric or water) per night
$18 per RV / per night (Oak Ridge – with electric and water)
$8 Steel horse pens / per night
$5 Firewood per bucket
$10 Horse trail riding /per day
$5 Mountain Bike trail riding / per day
$2 Hiking/Running trail use / per day (suggested donation)
River Campground: 1314 Fig Ave, Coon Rapids, IA 50058
This campground sits along a bend of the Middle Raccoon River, amid gorgeous sandstone outcroppings. It is situated in the heart of the Whiterock Valley, and is a perfect access point for over 40 miles of trails. A view of the Whiterock bluff is just across the river and is the largest vertical outcrop of Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone in the Midwest. The campground’s 5 sites are very accessible for tents, campers, RVs, and horse trailers. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and a bonfire ring. All sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $12 per tent/camper per night. Please register at the self check-in kiosk before setting up camp. The campground area shares a dumpster, port-a-potties, and a sun-warmed water tank atop a shower house. No electric or water hookups are provided and NO external generators are allowed; also NO outside firewood is allowed. Firewood is available for sale in the campground; please pay for in the Visitor Envelopes located in the kiosk. Several horse lines are provided, along with a manure pit and wheelbarrow. Several steel pens are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis at $8 per night.
Star Field: 1523 140th St., Coon Rapids, IA 50058
Located on the edge of a gorgeous woodland and oak savanna, the Star Field campground provides privacy and amazing nighttime views of the sky. The 13 campsites lie about 1/2 mile off the nearest gravel road, on a sandy flat trail, near the Star Field single track trails. Drive t your site on one of the surrounding ridgelines to unpack and then park back by the entrance, in the overnight parking area (this helps reduce any chance of lights on the Star Field after dark). This campground is mainly for tents only, but there are two sites available for pop-up, van, or truck campers ($15 per night). Each site is equipped with a picnic table and bonfire ring. A shower house with restrooms and running water is located near the entrance/parking area and port-a-potties are located closer to the campsites. Limitations: NO electric or water hookups, NO horses or RVs are allowed. NO outside firewood is allowed to be brought in; please purchase our firewood that is for sale in the campground. Ten sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Three sites that are large enough for groups can be reserved with a 24-hour
(or preferably more) notice. We have the darkest skies around and this is the best location for star gazing. Pitch your tent and watch the beautiful night sky!
Oak Ridge: 1556 125th St., Coon Rapids, IA 50058
This campground was designed for RVs and horse trailers, but may also be used for tents, pop-up campers, truck and van campers. Since all sites have electric hookups, the price is $18 per night. RV campers may have one tent pitched per site for free, but any additional tents on that site are $12 each. There are 13 sites nestled under an oak grove with scenic views from the ridge and has immediate access to over 40 miles of trails; about 20 miles open to equestrians. Each site has a gravel parking pad, electric hookup, fire ring and picnic table. Three sites are 80 feet long, two sites are 50 feet long and one site is 40 feet long, six sites are 30 feet long, and two sites are 20 feet long. Three water hydrants are located throughout the campground and a central dump station is also available. The campground has a shower house with restrooms and running water. There are eight steel horse pens (10×10), which can be reserved in advance and an exercise corral. Due to the proximity to the equestrian trails, Oak Ridge also has a central area for day parking for horse trailers. All of the 13 sites can be reserved in advance, although they are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis if there is no Reserved card posted.
$199 – Oakridge Home farm – sleeps 13 ppl. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large kitchen and living space, there are 7 twin beds, and 3 queen beds.
$120 – Woodland Carriage House – sleeps 6/7 ppl. 1 queen size bed, 1 twin in the same bedroom. Large living space which has 2 queen beds and a seating area and kitchen.
$120 – Hollyhock Cottage – sleeps 5/6 ppl. Queen size bed in bedroom. Living room and 1 set of twin bunk beds. A full couch/sleeper that pulls out. includes continental breakfast – food provided at the home farm.
Garst Home Farm – includes continental breakfast
Does have wifi – no pets allowed
$110 – Roswell Suite – King size bed, private, bath
$85 – Harvest Room – Queen size bed, private bath
$85 – Garden Terrace – Queen size bed, private bath
$75 – Elizabeth’s loft – Queen size bed, shared bath
$60 – Toshiama room – 2 twin size bunk beds, shared bath
$55 – spare room – Full size bed, shared bath
$50 – 805 River Cabin – very primitive camping. No water, no electricity. Sleeps 5/7people. Foam mattresses provided, but plan to bring sleeping bags., water, food. Etc. Park at the main campground, it is a 1-mile hike to the cabin or you can rent a gator.