Playgrounds, Parks & Camping

Pinicon Ridge Camping Grounds


Camping is a popular outdoor recreation activity at Pinicon Ridge Park. Campgrounds are open from April 15-October 15, and offers campsites that range from primitive sites with no hook ups to modern sites with electricity and water. 

Pinicon Ridge County Park


This 925-acre park along the Wapsipinicon River has long been admired for its scenic natural beauty. The hilly, heavily wooded area is divided by the river and home to many species of wildlife. Beginning as a rural picnic ground in the 1960s, Pinicon Ridge Park has been developed into a modern recreation area - a regional destination for many outdoor enthusiasts.

Central City is located along the Wapsipinicon River lending to natural beauty and plenty of outdoor activities in and around the historic downtown district.

North Linn Fish & Game

North Linn Fish & Game is an established sportsman club located just outside of Central City. It has been in operation for more than 60 years and is supported by annual memberships. The club offers: a modern clubhouse, covered shooting ranges, automatic trap shooting, archery tower and competitive rifle matches. The range is open for trap shooting every Wednesday night throughout the year. 

“The Puddle” Splash Pad & Play Area

Cool off in the summer heat at "The Puddle" located on South 4th Street in Central City. The modern splash pad includes a large water play area installed in 2009 with playground equipment and picnic area.

Wakpicada Natural Area

Pronounced: Wapicada - the "K" being silent

This 352 acre natural area along the Wapsipinicon River was one of the first areas acquired by the Linn County Conservation Board as a wildlife management area. The area contains oxbow wetlands and several ponds for excellent fishing. Wakpicada is also home to several primitive camping sites.


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Meadowview Country Club

Meadowview Country Club is a nine hole public golf course located on the east edge of Central City, featuring bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways. This is a challenging course with many rolling hills. The fairways are narrow, and the greens are medium speed. There are several water hazards with sand bunkers and trees coming into play throughout the course.

Area Attractions

Area Parks and Playgrounds

Central City is home to two city parks and three playground areas including  Brendel Park and Courtyard Park.  Brendel Park features a modern playground and covered pavilion available for public use.  Courtyard Park is home to many of the city's summertime activities including Farmer's Markets, live music and the city's 4th of July Festival and features a new performance stage.