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Group Camp #1

4732 Horseshoe Falls Rd
Central City, IA, 52214
The seven Group Camp facilities at Pinicon Ridge provide great opportunities for larger groups or youth groups to reserve a semi-modern to primitive area at the park to have available for their group upon arrival. There is a nightly minimum camping fee for the use of these facilities which is paid on-site, in addition to the reservation fee to book the area online.  Group camping is for groups of six people or more and must have a minimum of three camping units.


The Pinicon Ridge Group Camp Complex is located in the far north end of the park on the west side of the Wapsipinicon River. By entering the south park entrance off Maine Ridge Road, visitors will need to follow the main park road for approximately 2.2 miles to arrive in the group camps. The access road to this area of the park is a narrow gravel road which traverses some steep terrain. Larger pull-type RVs have been know to have difficulty on these hills, and are therefore not recommended. Generally - automobiles/trucks/SUVs with pop-up trailers or motor homes have no problems on this road.  Address is 4900 Horseshoe Falls Rd, Central City.  For a map of the park, click here.


  • Group Camp #1 recommended capacity - 16 camping units
  • ELECTRICITY - 3 pedestals with 6 boxes each with 50, 30 and 20 amp hook-up
  • 6 picnic tables
  • 2 ground fire rings
  • Primitive restroom shared with Group Camp #2
  • Modern shower facility available in Flying Squirrel Campground (approx. 4 miles)
  • Firewood available in Flying Squirrel Campground or at Boat Rental (during operating hours)
  • Horseshoe Court near Group Camp #4
  • NO DRINKING WATER available
  • Electricity
    Fire ring
    Firewood available
    Picnic Table


    Online reservation fee: $10 (This fee is for the reservation only)
    Campsite fee: $63 minimum (This covers the required 3 units) plus $21 for each additional unit 

    Hours of Operation & Seasons

    Park Hours are from 4:00 AM to 10:30 PM.  Check-in time is at 3:00 PM on your day of arrival.  Check-out time is at 1:00 PM on your day of departure.


    The Pinicon Ridge Group Camps are seasonal facilities and are therefore closed to vehicles in the winter months. Our operational season is from April 15th thru October 15th annually. (Weather, ground or river conditions may expand or contract these dates).