Dickson Timber

Dickson Timber is a forest preserve located 3 miles North of Highway 30, on county road N50 on 155 Acres of rolling oak and hickory forest. Many wild plants and animal species call Dickson Timber home. The forest provides habitat for native songbirds especially during migrations, and birds of prey like barred owls, great horned owls, and red tail hawks. Raccoons, deer, squirrels, rabbits, the occasional fox and coyote and many other mammal species live here among the dynamic forest. Hiking through the timber, you'll notice new sapling trees and fallen dead logs which are habitat for numerous insects, spiders, frogs, and toads, reptiles and other small creatures that are the basis in the intricate forest ecosystem. 

Visitors may pick strawberries, raspberries, mulberries, elderberries, nuts and mushrooms, but please do not pick wildflowers. 

Take a tour of Dickson Timber here: https://youtu.be/Fjnq8LYgE74

Dickson Timber Campground

There are 12 electric camping sites available for RV's in addition to 8 electric equestrian camping sites with corrals and water hydrants nearby. Tent camping is also available. All camping at Dickson Timber is on a first-come, first-serve basis, we do not take any reservation for camping.

A pit toilet is located near the campground.

Dickson Timber Camping Fees:

$14.00 per night RV and Equestrian electric campsites (30 AMP)

$10.00 per night Non-electric, tent, and equestrian campsites.


Dickson Timber Trails

There are several miles (approximately 3) of hiking and horseback riding trails that are easily accessible from the campgrounds.

There are the trails that we maintain and over the year trail users have created new trails throughout Dickson Timber. 

Dickson Timber Equestrian Trail Fees

$2.00 per day

$15.00 per year, equestrian permit expires on January 10th of each year.


Dickson Timber Shelter House

The shelter house at Dickson Timber is located near the campground is available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis if it has not already been reserved. To reserve your event at the shelter house please contact the Carroll County Conservation office at (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org.

Dickson Timber Shelter House Fees:

$40.00 per day

With a $50.00 Refundable damage deposit

Non-profit Rates are available


Dickson Timber is located 2 miles East and 3.5 miles North of Highway 30 on N50 (Velvet Avenue).


Equestrian Trail

Hiking Trail

Equestrian Corrals


Dickson Timber Shelter House

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Campground is open from mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting.

Contact our office with any questions (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org


The Campground is closed between mid-October and mid-April, weather permitting.

The Equestrian Trail may be temporarily closed if the trail is too muddy, you can visit us on Facebook.