Virginia Grove Recreation Area

Northwest of Morning Sun

This quiet park has a little of everything from a small pond with fishing dock, 4-miles of wooding winding trails, and a campground to a historic schoolhouse.


About Virginia Grove Recreation Area

In January 2022, Louisa County Conservation purchased a 51.43-acre track of land from Sharon Mabeus that connected the former 3-parcels of Virginia Grove, creating one continuous block of public land. We are currently seeking information that anyone might have about an old pioneer cemetery that is believed to be on the property. Titled Virginia Grove Cemetery, it holds 7 members of the Jarivs Family. If you have any information about this cemetery, please contact us.


20406 55th Street
Morning Sun, IA 52640
GPS: 41.142049, -91.319066
Size: 157 acres

  • Drinking water
  • Playground
  • Parking lot
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Restroom, primitive
  • Trails
  • Pond
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Nature Study
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting/Trapping

4 miles of looping trails with a natural surface through timber (flat to slightly challenging)

Species: squirrel, rabbit, turkey, deer
Habitat: Forest, Prairie, Grassland

5-acre pond with accessible fishing dock

Camping at Virginia Grove Recreation Area

All campsites are available by reservation only

Campground Amenities

  • Gravel camp pads
  • 50/30/20 Amp Service (electric sites only)
  • Water (for the campground, not individual sites)
  • Restroom, Primitive
  • Picnic Table
  • Fire ring with grill
  • Trash cans

Dump Station
There are NOT full hookups with septic & water in any LCC campground. There is a dump station available in Wapello at the North End Park. Call the City of Wapello for more information.

Electric sites: 11
Non-electric sites: 0
Camping fees: $17/night
Payment Options: All campsites at Virginia Grove and Snively Campgrounds must be reserved through Reserve a campsite ahead of time or scan the QR Code on the campsite pedestal to make your reservation. Campsites at Flaming Prairie are first-come, first-served.


Camping Info

All sites at Virginia Grove and Snively Campgrounds are available for reservation on Sites at Flaming Prairie are first-come, first-served. 

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