Camping in Illinois: Explore the Best Campgrounds and RV Parks in the Land of Lincoln

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About Illinois and its Geographical Features

Illinois is home to four United States Presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ronald Reagen, and Barack Obama. The name “Illinois” means the “tribe of superior men” (a Native American word). In 1955, the General Assembly adopted “Land of Lincoln” as Illinois’ state slogan. 

Illinois is in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the United States, and its largest city is Chicago. It is the 25th largest land area, the 6th largest population, and the 5th largest gross domestic product (GDP). Illinois borders Michigan via a water boundary in Lake Michigan. The total area is 57,918 square miles, with a maximum north-south distance of 390 miles and an east-west distance of 210 miles.  

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Natural Features

Illinois, “the Prairie State”, is a major coal-producing state. Its bedrock surface, including “cyclothemes” and limestones, belongs to the Pennsylvanian period. The floodplain on the Mississippi River in the Metro-East region of Southern Illinois that extends from Alton to the Kaskaskia River of the south is known as the American Bottom.

Illinois lands are mostly Interior Plains with some minor variations in their elevation. The Driftless Area occupies a small part of Illinois. This unglaciated area is higher and more rugged. Charles Mound has the state’s highest natural elevation point (above sea level of 1,235 feet). There are hilly areas around the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois as well.

Flora and Fauna

Furbearers such as opossum, mink, raccoon, muskrat, and foxes (red and gray) are commonly seen when you go camping in Illinois. There are cottontail rabbits, rodents, and squirrels as well. It has approximately 300 bird species, including its official state bird, which is the northern cardinal. Illinois was originally a prairie land; some became areas for row crop farming, while some remain to be heavily forested with hickory, oak, maple, and several prairie plants.

Climate

The cold Canadian Arctic air in winter and the warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico during summer greatly influences the weather in Illinois. Though its oceans and mountains are not enough to moderate the large temperature extremes, the state experiences a continental climate. It is mostly a humid continental climate classification (Dfa) with hot, humid summers and cool to cold winters. The southernmost part of Illinois has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with more moderate winters to very little snow.

Choosing the Location: Discover the Astonishing RV Camps and Resorts in Illinois

There are a lot of exciting things to do when you are planning to go camping in Illinois. Like the other states, there are fascinating natural preserve areas, small protected islands, along the exciting urban hubs that you can find and enjoy when you’re camping in Illinois.

Below are some of the amazing places you might want to put on your camping bucket list. We categorized them based on their region. Other information includes pricing information, activities, features, and amenities of the campground, and some of the notable reviews to help you better choose the best location for you. So, let’s get started!

Campgrounds and RV Resorts in the North

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1. Chain O’ Lakes State Park

 

8916 Wilmot Rd, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081

The chain is made by being bordered by three natural lakes (Grass, Nippersink, and Marie), together with the Fox River that connects seven other lakes. Within the park, you will find a 44-acre lake with 488 miles of shoreline, making it the heart of a water wonderland. It’s perfect for boaters, anglers, skiers, and fish enthusiasts.

For reservations, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 847-587-5512.

FEES

Class A-Premium Areas: $25/night 

**Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor day weekends: $35/night

 

Class-B Premium Areas: $12/night

**Youth Group Campground Area: $2/person (minimum $20/night, can accommodate 150 youths)

 

Shelters: $25 (non-refundable)

**$5 reservation fee for campsites, youth group camp, and shelters

 

Cabin rentals: $50/night

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Archery Range
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Equestrian 
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Picnicking

 

 

 

 

  • Picnic Areas
  • Concessions     
  • ADA accessible areas
  • Parking space
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Trailer Sanitary Station
  • Tent sites
  • RV (full hookup)

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“This is a spectacular Illinois gem. Ridge walks with sprawling views, woods, savannas and beautiful campgrounds.” – Mark

2. Chicago Northwest KOA

8404 South Union Rd, Union, Illinois 60180

Chicago Northwest KOA is the closest family campground KOA (Kampgrounds of America) to Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. This location is perfect if you’re getting away from the city and looking for a peaceful camping trip in RV parks with quiet country settings.  

For reservations, click on this link.

Contact: 800-562-2827

For other inquiries, you may call 815-923-4206.

FEES

Tent and Campground rate: minimum $40 average/night

 

Park fee: $5/ person

 

Prices of RV parks and sites vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Ice Cream Socials ($3/person)
  • Hay Wagon Rides
  • Bingo
  • Swimming
  • Biking
  • Picnicking
  • Gem Mining
  • Other Recreation Activities:                                     
  • Premium Tent/Pop-up Site
  • Non-Hookup Site
  • 30/50 Amp Full Hookup Sites
  • Premium RV Sites
  • Water/Electric Back-in and Pull-Thru Sites
  • Cabin with patio Sites
  • Rustic Cabins with A/C unit
  • Pool
  • Bike Rentals
  • Fuelwood Sales
  • Mini Golf Area
  • Dog Park
  • Laundry Facility
  • Walking trails
  • W-Fi

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Have stayed there multiple times and it is always a great experience.” – Brandon

“Currently staying in the deluxe cabins and they are perfect! Clean, spacious and cozy. Couldn’t imagine “glamping” any other way. Great experience! We plan to make this a regular tradition.” -Lauren

3. Kankakee River State Park

5314 W. Rt. 102, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914

The naturally channeled Kankakee River is the center focus of the park’s popularity. There are also several prehistoric sites you can find within the state park. During the first European contact in the 1960s, Illini and Miami Indians used the area.

For reservations, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 815-933-1383.

FEES

Tent and Campground: minimum $40 average/night

 

Prices may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Archery Range
  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Training
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Shelters
  • Primitive sites (Class C)
  • Class B/E sites (electricity, no showers)
  • Class A (electricity, showers)
  • Cabins
  • Park Store

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“A beautiful area, rich with history. Peaceful river. Good hiking, biking, kayaking, camping.” -Ken

4. Illinois Beach State Park

LakeFront - Park Office: Zion, Illinois 60099

Located within the Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois State Park is the Beach Resort (just 70 minutes away from downtown Chicago) and Conference Center. It is the only hotel in Illinois directly on the shores of Lake Michigan. The park has 241 Class A sites available for guests. Please note that you must have a camping permit (given by the park staff) and a camping unit before you can camp.

For camping and RV parks reservation, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 847-662-4811.

 

For Hotel reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 847-625-7300.

FEES

Average Campground Rate ranges from $20 – $35/night

 

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Biking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tent Sites
  • RV and Trailer Site with full hookup
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Market
  • ADA Accessible
  • Biking/Hiking trails
  • Hotel

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Nice beaches, some long trails with lots of scenery – do NOT park at the private resort next door – they do tow!” -Bryan

5. LaSalle/ Peru KOA

756 North 3150th Road, North Utica, Illinois 61373

One of the great places you can find if you aim for a simple getaway like enjoying the sounds of nature and relaxing, or you want to extend your stay for your next journey. It’s just 5 miles south from the deep canyons of Starved Rock, near Matthiessen State Park, and within a 2-hour ride from Chicago.

For reservations, click on this link.

Contact: 800-562-9498

For inquiries, you may call 815-667-4988.

FEES

Average Campground Rate and other accommodations range from $29 – $105/night

 

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Shopping
  • Golfing
  • Outdoor Activities in Illinois Rivers
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • PremiumTent Sites
  • RV and Pull-thru Sites with 50-amp hookup
  • Mini Lodges
  • Pavilion
  • Pool
  • Propane and Fuelwood Sales
  • Dog Park
  • Cable TV
  • WiFi
  • Sanitary Dump Station
  • Picnic table
  • Toilet and showers

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Beautiful primitive tent site, clean and refreshing pool, nice little run to let the dog off leash, friendly reception and well-stocked store, spotless bathroom/shower.” – Michelle

6. Rock Cut State Park

7318 Harlem Rd., Loves Park, Illinois 61111

The Rock Cut State Park encompasses two natural grasslands, a nature preserve, a natural creek area, and 162-acre Pierce Lake. Its woodlands and prairies have more than 40 miles of cycling, hiking, and equestrian trails to explore.

For reservations, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 815-885-3311.

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Biking/ Mountain Biking
  • Boating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog Training
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing/ Ice Fishing (seasonal)
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Swimming
  • Primitive Cabin (electric only)
  • Class A Premium Sites
  • Class B/S Premium Sites
  • Electricity
  • Hydrants
  • Sanitary Dump Stations
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Boat Launch
  • Playground Equipment
  • ADA Accessible
  • Pull-thru
  • Picnic tables

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Rock cut is a sweet park just outside Rockford. The sites are not private in the least, but I’ve met some really nice people!” – Ashley

“Very nice, clean and pretty park. Hiking trails and many birds.” – Anon

7. Starved Rock State Park

PO Box 509, Utica, Illinois 61373

It is famous for its fascinating rock formations, especially the St. Peter sandstone from an immense shallow inland sea over 425 million years ago. The state park also features 18 canyons and waterfalls located in French, LaSalle, and St. Louis canyons.

For reservations, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 815-667-4726. (closed on weekends)

FEES

Regular Campsite Rate: $25/night

 

Holidays: $35/night

 

Reservation fee: $5

 

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Class A Premium Sites
  • Tent Sites
  • Picnic table
  • Grill grate
  • Electric hookup
  • Parking space
  • Water Hydrants
  • Showers and toilets
  • Dump Station
  • Playground
  • Shelter
  • Fuelwood Sales
  • Nearby gas station

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“This park is a hidden gem in Illinois!! The park has so many great sites and a look out over the Illinois River.” – Mindy

“This place is beautiful and for all ages! Highly recommended for any time you want to get outside  it’s a bit of a drive from Chicago but definitely worth it.” – Sydney

8. Sycamore RV Resort

375 E. North Avenue, Sycamore, Illinois 60178

This family-owned resort ensures you are getting a relaxing and serene outdoor trip. You can enjoy the campground by going fishing, swimming, boat rentals, picnics, and more. It’s just 1 ½ hour away from downtown Chicago.

For reservations, click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 815-895-5590.

FEES

RV Site:

Daily Entrance (Fishing, Swimming, and Picnicking)

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Paddle Boats
  • Pedal Karts
  • Basketball
  • Tennis Court
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Shaded and open sites (Full Hookup)
  • Picnic Table & Fire Ring per site
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Laundromat
  • WiFi
  • Pavilion
  • Dump Station
  • Camp Store

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Perfect spot. Clean, well maintained, quiet, and a stunning lake with a beautiful path for a nice stroll.” – Joseph

“I was very impressed!  It was super clean and very well maintained.” – Amy

**Sources: webpage, FB, and google reviews

Campgrounds and Camping Sites in the West

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1. Allison Lake Storey Campground

1351 S. Lake Storey Road, Galesburg, Illinois 61401

It is 600 acres, quiet, and relaxing recreational area that offers various year-round outdoor activities. Allison Park is a very family-friendly site.

For other information, you may click on this link.

For inquiries, you may call 309-344-1534. (Mon-Fri)

FEES

Registration fee: $5 (non-refundable and non-transferable)

 

Accommodation:

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Boating
  • Play tennis
  • Snowmobile trail (seasonal)
  • Golfing
  • Waterslide
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Lakeside Recreation Camp
  • Lakeside Water Park
  • Pavilion
  • Park Plaza
  • Shelters
  • Restrooms and Portable Toilet
  • Water Fountain
  • Grill

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“This is our favorite go to place for camping. The park is very family friendly. Our stay is always relaxing and peaceful.” – Cassie

“Nice place. No water, just electric.  Fill tanks at the gate. Dump station.  Some full hookups with concrete pads. Mostly park on grass.” – Donald

2. Beaver Dam State Park

14548 Beaver Dam Lane, Plainview, Illinois 62685

These campgrounds in Illinois are surrounded by wonderful large oak and hickory trees. This 750-acre woodland features various recreational activities for the family and youth-group campers. Beaver Island is one of the islands protected in this area.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-854-8020

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Archery Range
  • Boating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Sanitary Dump 
  • Electricity 
  • Shower building with flush toilets
  • Water
  • RV Campground (no water hookup)
  • Tent Site
  • Youth-group Sites
  • Picnic tables, grills
  • Cabin
  • Paddleboat Rentals
  • Rowboat Rentals
  • Restaurant

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great moderate hiking around the lake and then the marsh. Nice park.” – Stuart

3. Geneseo Campground

22978 IL-82, Geneseo, Illinois 61254

There are antique stores, historical sites, shopping places, and a zoo nearby. Its 72-mile recreational trail offers activities for bicycling, hiking, and canoeing.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 309-944-6465

FEES

Premium Pull-Thru (50-amp full hookup): $35

 

Deluxe Pull-Thru (30-amp full hookup): $32

 

Standard Pull-Thru/Back-in (30-amp, water only): $28

 

Rustic Cabin

Week Days: $45

Weekends: $60

 

Yurt

Week Days: $60.00

Weekends: $75.00

 

Tent Sites

Basic: $22

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Picnicking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Splash pad
  • Hiking
  • Pull-thru Sites (full hookup)
  • RV Sites (water and electric only)
  • Cabins with A/C
  • Tent Camping Sites with electric
  • Yurt with A/C
  • Shower House
  • Playground
  • Activities Building
  • Dump Station
  • Store
  • LP Gas
  • Canoe/Kayak/Bike Rentals
  • Visitor/Overflow Parking Area

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Nice camping here for two nights. The owners are very attentive and helpful. Grounds were clean and lots of old trees for shade.” – Doug

“Will definitely be back! The owners were AMAZING! So sweet and accommodating. Campground was very clean and nice! Great friendly people in a quaint Midwest town!” – Melissa

4. Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area

10981 Conservation Road, Baldwin, Illinois 62217

It is one of the largest state-owned in Illinois, with over 20,000 acres of area. The Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area features a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, extending from Fayetteville to the Mississippi River.

For reservations and inquiries, you may call 618-785-2555

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Picnic facilities 
  • Primitive Sites 
  • Picnicking
  • Toilets
  • Drinking-Water

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“It’s beautiful, easy access to the boat ramp fun for the whole family.” – Scott

“Nice place for hunting, but a tad brushy in some areas.” – Ernest

5. Matthiessen State Park

Box 509 Utica, Illinois 61373

The Matthiessen State Park offers canyons, streams, forest, and prairie to guests interested in geology and recreation. It is located about four miles south of Utica and three miles east of Oglesby.

For inquiries, you may call 815-667-4868.

FEES

Rate: $10/night

 

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Archery Range
  • Cross Country Skiing (seasonal)
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Equestrian campground (horseback riders only)
  • Picnic Sites  
  • Picnic table and grill
  • Restrooms
  • Water Hydrants
  • Mounting station

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“This spot was absolutely spectacular. The hike covers both the upper dells and lower dells of this canyon.” – Ryan

6. Sunset Lakes Resort

3333 290th St N, Hillsdale, Illinois 61257

This family-friendly retreat located in Hillsdale, Illinois, features various outdoor recreation activities. There are local attractions to visit in the vibrant Quad Cities along the Mississippi River as well.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 855-430-7243

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Swimming Pool
  • Miniature Golf
  • Fishing
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Game Room
  • RV Campsite (full hookup)
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Tent Camping Sites
  • Cottage Rentals
  • Laundry Facilities
  • On-Site Storage
  • ATM On-Site
  • On-Site Store
  • On-Site Food Service
  • Pool
  • Playground
  • Fitness Center
  • Canoe Rentals 
  • Paddle Boat Rentals
  • Picnic table
  • Dog Park

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Nice park long term people are in their own area making it nicer. Beautiful park with a play area & plenty of space. Enjoyed our stay.” – Linda

“Very nice campground.” – Deborah

7. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Pine Lakes

1405 Lakeview Heights, Pittsfield, Illinois 62363

This beautiful location features a 105-acre campground with a 40-acre fishing lake and tons of recreation and outdoor activities. It will take you less than 1 ½ hour from west Chicago to get to the park.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-285-6719 / 877-808-7463

FEES

Tent Site (youth-group)

Adults: $15/person

Age 5 – 19/person

 

Club Yogi Tier A-E

Full hookup 20/30/50-amp: $54-$96

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Inflatable Water Playground Slides and Trampolines 
  • Playgrounds
  • Basketball court
  • Fun and visits with Yogi Bear™ and Friends
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Crafts, games, and contests
  • Outdoor movies
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • RV Sites (full hookup 20/30/50-amp)
  • Concrete patio
  • Picnic table 
  • Fire ring
  • Cable TV 
  • Tent Sites
  • WiFi
  • Restrooms
  • Dump Station
  • Laundry facilities
  • Cottages
  • Pavilion
  • Leash-free Dog Playground

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great camping experience for the entire family!” – Anne

“Lots to do.  Just over all great place” – Phyllis

**Sources: webpage, FB, and google reviews

RV Campgrounds and Recreational Sites in Central Illinois

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1. Fox Ridge State Park

18175 State Park Road, Charleston, Illinois 61920

It is a 2,064-acre park known for its heavily wooded ridges, lush valleys, great hiking trails, and tours. This park is a perfect location to visit all year-round.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-345-6416

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Drinking water 
  • Toilet facilities 
  • Dumping Station
  • Shower building 
  • Pavilion
  • Shelters

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Had a great time here. Great views with my significant other, even after all the leaves fell.” – Kyle

“Great place for a family hike. Well marked and maintained trails!  Great place!” – Mclain

2. Hidden Springs State Forest

2438 E 700N Rd., Strasburg, Illinois 62465

It was formerly known as Shelby State Forest. Natural conditions and vegetation cover its springs (Rocky Spring and Quicksand Spring), hence the name “Hidden Springs” State Forest.

For reservations and inquiries, you may call 217-644-3091

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Class “C” campgrounds
  • Drinking water, 
  • Privies
  • Dumping Station 
  • Pedestal stoves 
  • Fire ring
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • ADA Accessible

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great base camp for historic Altamont and Effingham. Nationally acclaimed bar and grill,  fresh on-site garden, beautiful views, huge indoor and outdoor dining.” – Sugar

“Awesome place to visit! Would definitely go back again!!” – David

3. Kickapoo State Recreation Area

10906 Kickapoo Park Rd., Oakwood, Illinois 61858

The name’s origin came from the Kickapoo village that existed near the joint connecting Salt Fork and Middle Fork branches of the Vermillion River. Today, it has 2,842 acres of recreation area for outdoor activities for the family.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-442-4915

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dog Training
  • Equestrian 
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Playground
  • Day-use areas
  • Tent Sites
  • Trailer Sites (30/50-amp)
  • Boat and Canoe Launch 
  • Picnic Area (table, stove, drinking-water)
  • Shelter
  • Water spigots
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Dumping Station
  • Shower building
  • Concessions
  • Restaurant

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Beautiful park and the nature is amazing” – Steph

“I love Kickapoo. It has been my home heart & soul all my life & I can’t wait to begin my marriage with our Wedding & reception at the stone pavilion” – Kym

4. Lincoln Trail State Park

16985 E. 1350th Rd., Marshall, Illinois 62441

They named this 1,023-acre park after Abraham Lincoln’s family followed a trail en route from Indiana to Illinois in 1831. It offers historical tours and recreation sites for visitors and campers.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-826-2222

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Class A Campgrounds
  • Electricity
  • Playground equipment
  • Water
  • Toilet facilities
  • Dumping Station
  • Class C Site (Tents)
  • Shower buildings
  • Restaurant
  • Concession 
  • Tables
  • Stoves
  • Shelters

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“great family park! The restaurant had a well maintained, friendly atmosphere, good food!” – Karen

“Great place to Run and Bike!!” – Steven

5. Mt. Hawley RV Park

8327 N Knoxville RD. Peoria, Illinois 61615 (St. Rt. 40 @ Rt 6)

This serene park is close to Louisville Slugger Sports Complex, Detweiler Park, and many more.

For inquiries and reservations, you may call them at:

Phone: 309-692-2223 

Toll-Free: 888-862-5494

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Dozer Park
  • Shopping
  • Peoria Civic Center & Carver Arena
  • Mobile home rentals
  • Pre-owned homes
  • RV spaces
  • Full hookup lots (30/50-amp)
  • Pet Friendly
  • Big rig access
  • Primitive Sites
  • WiFi
  • Nearby grocery stores & restaurants

No tents, please*

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great place to live.  Very quiet.  Nice and friendly people. Highly recommend” – James

6. Spitler Woods State Natural Area

705 Spitler Park Drive, Mt. Zion, Illinois 62549

It has one of the largest acreages of old-growth woods in central Illinois, featuring sugar maple, red oakwood, and black walnut trees surrounding areas for a perfect picnic trip. This 200-acre site provides a simple but serene campground experience.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries and reservations, you may call 217-864-3121

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Picnic Area
  • Shelters
  • Youth-group Camp

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great place to host small gatherings in the current covid world, likely as good for larger groups once that is safe again.” – Koonce

“Nice trails and woods, also has a few picnic areas” – Phil

7. Walnut Point State Park

2331 E. CR 370 N, Oakland, Illinois 61943

The multi-fingered Walnut Point Lake is the center attraction of this recreational park. They maintained the park’s original natural attributes and features. The trees like hickory, walnut, oak, and maple envelopes the park’s areas, providing wonderful scenery for your picnic trip.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 217-346-3336

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • “Class A” Site (electric hookup) 
  • Shower building with flush toilets
  • “Class C” (walk-in tent)
  • Group Campground (youth and adult)
  • Drinking water
  • Dumping Station
  • Concessions
  • Restaurant
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Privies
  • Parking
  • Playground Equipment
  • Horseshoe Pits

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Love this place! So beautiful. Hardly ever catch any fish but well worth the scenery.” – Heather

“Clean with a marvelous view of the fall foliage. Can’t wait to make this a yearly excursion.” – Elizabeth

**Sources: webpage, FB, and google reviews

Campgrounds and Recreational Sites in the South

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1. Beall Woods State Park

9285 Beall Woods Avenue, Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863

The park provides five established trails for hikers with a scenic view of Beall Wood’s old-growth forest.

For inquiries, you may call 618-298-2442

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Class C Sites
  • restrooms
  • Disposal Station
  • Picnic Area
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Pit toilets

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Loved the trails. Beautiful out there. Definitely worth the drive for someplace else to hike.” – Jill

“Many good types of fish at the lake. I especially like the rainbow trout!” – Mark

2. Garden of the Gods Recreation Area

Picnic Rd, Herod, Illinois 62947

It is one of the most photographed sites in Illinois because of its amazing scenery. We recommend that you plan and schedule your outdoor trip on off-peak times.

For inquiries, you may call Forest Headquarters at 618-253-7114

FEES

Rates: $10/night 

*Maximum 8 people & 2 vehicles

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Hunting
  • Nature Preserve Viewing
  • Outdoor Learning
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Driving
  • Interpretive Site
  • Tent Sites
  • RV/Trailer Sites
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Parking

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Amazing, interesting place, twice we have come now, plenty of parking, toilets available and very clean. A must to visit!” – Vio

3. Ferne Clyffe State Park

PO Box 10, 90 Office Drive, Goreville, Illinois 62939

It features two of the best-known sights, the Hawk’s Cave (150-foot-long shelter bluff) and an intermittent waterfall (100-foot-high) located on the Big Rocky Hollow trail. Redbud, spicebush, oak, maple, and other woodland wildflower creates stunning colors of the scenery.

For inquiries, you may call 618-995-2411

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Equestrian 
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Picnicking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Modern/primitive/backpack/equestrian campgrounds
  • Youth-groups Sites
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Dumping Station
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Parking 
  • Playground Equipment

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great state park in far Southern Illinois. Excellent hiking trails. Would go back for sure.” – Miller

4. Fort Massac State Park

1308 E. 5th Street, Metropolis, Illinois 62960

It became Illinois’ first state park in 1908, and they have been maintaining and preserving this magnificent location ever since.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 618-524-4712

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Bike 
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Water Skiing
  • Class A Vehicular Sites
  • Electricity
  • Disposal Station
  • Shower building
  • Tent campground
  • Group Campground
  • Tables
  • Grills
  • Drinking water
  • Play Parks
  • Covered Picnic Shelters

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“I enjoyed the park. It was beautiful & very peaceful! I spent about an hour photographing the place. I would definitely recommend visiting if you’re in the area.” – Jessika

5. Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area

Ramsey Lake Rd, Ramsey, Illinois 62080

Fox and raccoon hunters used this area and later known as the “Old Fox Chase Grounds” by the locals.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries, you may call 618-423-2215

FEES

Pricing may vary by day of arrival, availability, and amenities.

 

Kindly contact their office for rate details.

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

  • Boating
  • Equestrian 
  • Fishing
  • Hiking 
  • Hunting
  • Metal Detecting
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Standard Campground
  • Electricity
  • Disposal Station
  • Shower building
  • Tent Campground
  • Group Campground
  • Organized Youth-group Sites
  • Tables
  • Grills
  • Privies
  • Drinking water
  • Water Hydrants
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Shelters

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great state park! Loved the lake view sites! Lots of wildflowers around.” – Diana

6. Rustic Acres Campground

12246 Binney Road New Douglas, Illinois 62074

The Rustic Acres features two fishing lakes for fishing enthusiasts and other family-friendly recreational activities.

For reservations, click on this link

For inquiries and reservations, you may call 217-456-1122

FEES

Daily Rates:

ACTIVITIES

FEATURES/AMENITIES

To view their scheduled activities, kindly visit their website using this link.

  • Full Hookup
  • Limited Pull-Through Sites
  • Store and Snack Bar
  • Golf Cart Rentals
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playgrounds
  • Gaga Ball
  • Bags Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Basketball &Volleyball Court
  • Sport Field
  • Restrooms and Hot Showers
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Golf Cart Parts Sales
  • LP Gas Sales
  • Dumping Station
  • Covered Pavilion

NOTABLE REVIEWS

“Great place to take the family, also have golf carts to rent to drive around, lots of friendly people. Definitely going to return” – Codie

**Sources: webpage, FB, and google reviews

General RV Packing List: (Recommendation)

Camping in Illinois: COVID-19 Reminder

Please note that due to local guidelines regarding the COVID-19, some information above may not be accurate or not up-to-date. Before traveling, make sure to check each establishment or camping site and learn their guidelines and updated amenities and services. You can also visit the state of Illinois’ website about their response to the pandemic using this link. If you want to download the updated Illinois Department of Natural Resources Camping guidelines, you may use this link (pdf).

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