“What’s in Iowa?” That’s what my friend, Diane, asked when I told her Dan and I were going to Iowa for six days with our travel trailer. “Well, you’re just going to have to read my blog to find out”, I replied.
No, I didn’t really tell her that. Ha Ha. But I did tell her we weren’t sure what all was there, but we were going to find out. We had read about an Army Corps of Engineers campground that had excellent reviews. By going north to Iowa, we were hoping to escape some of the heat and humidity that we normally have to endure in August.
So, we loaded up our trailer and headed off to Sugar Bottom Recreation Area near Solon, Iowa. This is a very nice campground with lots to offer. The campground is on Coralville Lake and has 232 sites. We paid $13 a night with Dan’s National Parks Lifetime Senior Pass. Our site was a full hook-up site with a concrete pad.
Even though the campground has 232 sites, there are only twelve full hook-up sites. The rest of the sites are electric only, and most are on gravel pads. Many of these sites have great views of the lake. During the week we were there, the full hook-up loop was filled; the rest of the campground was pretty empty – except for the sites right near the lake.
The lake has a nice swimming beach with a nearby sand volleyball court. Close to our campsite was a short paved trail to the day use area. The day use area features another beach, a disc golf course, mountain biking trails and another paved bicycle trail. This second paved bike trail starts at the day use area, goes through the woods, and stops before the recreation area’s main road. This second trail isn’t very long, and it doesn’t really go anywhere.
There is also a nature trail -The Cedar Valley Nature trail. Since this is tic season, we avoided this trail. I’m not really sure where this trail goes. Maybe just through the woods by the road.
We brought our new e-bikes with us hoping to do a lot of riding. We tried the mountain biking trails at Sugar Bottom – for about ten minutes. I just wasn’t confident and was afraid of falling – even though we were on the novice trails. I am sure many others would greatly enjoy all the mountain biking trails. We did, repeatedly, ride a two mile loop through the campground, the short paved trail, and the day use area. So, we did get some e-bike riding in.
Right outside Sugar Bottom, on the main road, is a wonderful paved bike trail which goes into North Liberty where the bike trail continues. Unfortunately, the road out of Sugar Bottom was too dangerous to ride out to these trails. We haven’t bought an e-bike rack yet for our car, so we were limited where we could ride.
We did enjoy our stay even though we couldn’t bike ride as much as we wanted. The weather was fantastic. We took our daily walks. We tried our hand at the disc golf course; we had borrowed a disc golf set from our library. We spent part of an afternoon at the beach and enjoyed the lake. And of course, we played Scrabble and some of our other favorite games. We took a couple of day trips which I will feature in coming posts.
Where did we go on our two day trips? This time I will say it. You’re just going to have to read my blog to find out.