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Equestrian Trails Closed: Effective June 9, 2014, the equestrian trails have been closed due to wet conditions. Trails will remain closed until they have a chance to dry out. This bulletin will be removed when the trails have been re-opened (updated 7/16/14).
CAMPGROUND CLOSURE: The Whitebreast Unit and Lucas Unit campgrounds will be closed starting June 9, 2014 until approximately July 25, 2014 due to construction on Highway 65. Updates will be posted when available (updated 7/7/14).
Stephens Forest Campground, IA
73 site(s) found
DescriptionStephens State Forest is administered by the Iowa DNR and is divided into seven units totaling over 15,000 acres. The forest is dispersed over five counties: Lucas, Clarke, Monroe, Appanoose and Davis.
Lucas, Whitebreast, and Woodburn Units
The Whitebreast Unit is 3,517 acres in size and has two lakes, three equestrian campgrounds and one group-camp area. This unit is served by an all-weather road.
The Lucas Unit is 1,267 acres in size and has two small lakes and three campgrounds. This unit is located just southwest of the intersection of Highway 65 and Highway 34. The unit is served by an all-weather road.
The Woodburn Unit is 2,098 acres in size and has over six miles of backpacking trails and five pack-in sites. The pack-in sites are not on the reservation system. The unit has an all-weather road along its west side and through the middle ofthe unit.
Cedar Creek, Chariton, and Thousand Acres Units
Race fans can enjoy the Knoxville Raceway located 30 minutes north of Chariton
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Alerts and Important InformationAttention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.
Motor vehicle operation is permitted only on roads. ATVS are not permitted anywhere on the forest, trails or roads. Snowmobiles are allowed on designated routes only.
Equestrian riding is only allowed on designated trails, roads and campgrounds.
Mountain bikes are allowed on equestrian trails.
There are no designated swimming areas.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From the junction of Highway 34 and Highway 65 at Lucas, go south on Highway 65 for 2 miles, go west on 467th Street for 2 miles to enter the Whitebreast Unit of Stephens Forest.
To reach the Lucas Unit of Stephens Forest: from the same junction of Highway 34 and Highway 65 at Lucas, go south 2 miles on Highway 65, go west on 467th Street 1 mile, go north on 137th Trail 1 mile.
Mailing Address:Stephens Forest Campground
24550 US Highway 30
Chariton IA 50049
Phone Number:Project Office: (641)774-5632