Why should you consider an Illinois RV trip? Well, if you are a fan of the outdoors, you’ll never be at a loss for things to do. You can go hunting, fishing, camping, birding, boating, biking or trail riding depending on the area of the state and time of year. Read about these state parks and national recreation areas, and then start planning your RV trip to the “Land of Lincoln.”
Apple River Canyon State Park
Located just south of the Wisconsin-Illinois border in Jo Daviess County, Apple River Canyon State Park is highlighted by limestone bluffs, ravines, springs, and streams. The park offers 47 Class C RV or motorhome sites without showers and two handicap accessible sites. RV sites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and RV’ers can obtain camping permits at the park office.
Illinois Beach State Park
Illinois Beach State Park borders Lake Michigan and is the only remaining sandy beach ridge shoreline left in the state. The 4,160-acre park is a great Illinois RV trip destination because it offers ample opportunities for swimming, boating, picnicking, hiking, fishing, and camping. RV camping is available in the southern area, consisting of 244 Class A sites with electricity and access to showers. Reservations must be made by mail for the summer months.
Mississippi Palisades Park
Near the near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple Rivers in northwestern Illinois, Mississippi Palisades State Park covers 2,500-acres in an area that is rich in native American history. There is a 15-mile hiking trail system, along with plenty of opportunities for fishing and boating. RV campers can stay at one of 241 Class A and B campsites (electrical hookups available at 110 of the 241 sites). Showers and flush toilets are available and in operation from May 1 until Oct. 31.
Starved Rock State Park
Imagine camping and hiking near 18 scenic sandstone bluff canyons at Starved Rock State Park. The park is located along the south side of the Illinois River, one mile south of Utica and halfway between the cities of LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa.
Shawnee National Forest
Located in Southern Illinois, between the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers the landscape surrounding the Shawnee National Forest consists of rolling hills, forests, open lands, lakes, creeks and rugged bluffs. The mild weather in Southern Illinois makes a visit during most any time of the year pleasant. If you plan to take an Illinois RV trip to the Shawnee National Forest, you’ll find eight campgrounds or recreation areas to choose from.
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