Coffins Grove Park

NOTE:  Coffins Grove campground will be closed for the 2024 season due to construction renovation work being done. However, the Walnut Woods #2 shelter will remain open and available for reservations or first come first serve basis.

Coffins Grove Park is located 4 miles west of Manchester in section 27 of Coffins Grove Township (T89N-R6W), Delaware County, Iowa.

Early pioneer, Clement Coffin, settled in this area. The stream running through the area became known as Coffins Creek. The beautiful grove of trees where he settled bears his name – Coffins Grove. For 100 years people congregated at this grove for picnics and celebrations during the summer.

In 1964 Gretchen and Ed Kuhlman donated 22.0 acres to the Delaware County Conservation Board in memory of late family members. The Conservation Boards goal was to establish this area for picnicking and camping for public use. Today there are 14 campsites, 5 with water and electric, 5 with electric and 4 primitive.

This area is heavily wooded with a variety of trees. The abundance of majestic Burr Oak makes this park a beautiful place to visit.

Coffins Grove Creek flows through the north one third section of the park from the west to east direction. The stream can have some seasonal flooding issues resulting in high water events into the park.

This park is an excellent place to view wildlife such as deer, squirrel, wild turkey and songbirds. Hunting is not allowed in this area.

Coffins Grove, with easy access, is a beautiful outdoor area providing opportunity for family picnics and gatherings as it did 100 years ago.


1387 Early Stagecoach Road

Manchester, Iowa  52057


The park amenities include:

  • Camping
  • Shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Dump Station
  • Vault Restrooms
  • Wildlife Observation


Park facilities include dump station, stream fishing, two picnic shelters with electricity, vault toilet, ball diamond, horseshoe courts, volleyball courts and playground equipment.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Parks with campgrounds are usually open from mid-April through mid-October.


All parks and natural areas remain open all year. However, facilities are closed to vehicle traffic and allow only walk-in access during the late fall and winter season.