If you own a recreational vehicle (RV), I’m sure you’ve made trips driving across the United States.
It’s the view during the drive and the places you set up camp that make the adventure memorable.
When heading to or through Illinois, it’s advisable to plan and identify the famous tourist spots beforehand. The state is known for its picturesque landscape of rolling farmlands, hills, prairies, and wetlands. Besides Chicago, many other cities offer unique attractions to the holidaymaker.
Choosing a camp location in advance is a great way to prepare. To help you, here’s my pick of the best campgrounds in the Prairie State.
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D & W Lake Camping and RV Park
This park in Champaign offers modern amenities such as wireless internet and hot showers. It also has full hookup campsites where vacationers can relax close to nature, have a barbeque, and watch the beautiful sunset every evening. Those who prefer the outdoors can sleep under the stars.
There are several golf courses, tennis courts, and swimming pools, just a short distance from the site. RVers can also explore the walking paths around the area or spend the day fishing on the lake.
Other leisurely activities in the area include those at the University of Illinois, farm shows, and wine tasting.
Camp Lakewood Campground, Effingham
Camp Lakewood is considered by many to be one of the best in Illinois because it’s an affiliate of Good Sam Club. Located on the shores of Pauline, it offers peaceful surroundings for anyone setting up camp.
This RV park has excellent amenities, including full hookups. Travelers won’t have to worry about power and clean water. There’s an onsite store for those who wish to get supplies. RVers can keep their vehicle spotless at the wash and wax outlet before heading to their next destination.
It’s worth noting that the campground is open throughout the year.
Galesburg East Campground, Knoxville
This beautiful campsite is well-maintained and provides amenities such as full hookups, picnic tables, and WiFi. Fire pots are also available upon request.
There’s a propane filling station, a heated swimming pool, and a children’s playground. Anglers will have a great time at the stocked fishing pond. For those who prefer the outdoors, there are walking trails. Pedal Cars and bikes are provided free of charge.
For sightseers, there’s the Galesburg Railroad Museum, located close to the campground. Tourists can also go shopping and dine at the nearby restaurants.
Animal lovers will love knowing that pets are allowed on site, except in the pool area, playground, or bathrooms. Owners are required to keep them on a leash and pick up after them.
Driftwood RV Park, Quincy
This Western Illinois park has modern facilities for campers to have an enjoyable stay. The amenities include free hot showers with private dressing rooms, restrooms, a laundry room, and a swimming pool.
Vacationers can spend the day exploring the hiking trails or head to the lake. Children can occupy their time at the playground while parents relax after an outing. Evenings can be spent at the well-lit camping area, chatting and enjoying the ambiance.
RVers can also drive to Quincy and visit attractions such as museums, the community theatre, and the 9-11 Memorial, to name a few.
For adventurers, Geneseo Campground is considered one of the best RV camping spots in Illinois. It’s situated next to a 72-mile recreational trail that showcases the state’s rural beauty. Interstate 80 allows easy access from the park to local restaurants and attractions.
The RV sites here are pull-through and level, with water and electricity provided. There are picnic tables on the campsite as well. To keep everyone connected while on vacation, free WiFi is available on all sites.
RVers can get their supplies and fill their propane tanks at the onsite store. There are also washers and dryers for those who want to do their laundry.
For the active holidaymaker, there are many recreations at the campground. The outdoor activities include kayaking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and bicycling. Those who don’t have any equipment can rent them.
There are also tent sites, cabins, and yurts for anyone who prefers to sleep outside their RVs.
Starved Rock State Park
Starved Rock State Park is a must-visit site. It’s a National Historic Landmark and the number one attraction in Illinois.
It has 13 miles of trails for outdoorsmen to explore, and anglers will love fishing in the Illinois River. Campers can go boating and enjoy the fantastic view. What makes it unique is that the park, canyons, and trails look different during the fall and winter seasons than in the spring and summer.
All campsites have electricity, and some have hookups for big rigs. The grassy areas are perfect for pitching tents. Other amenities include a bathhouse that comes with flush toilets and showers.
RV Owners Are Spoilt for Choice
These are my top campgrounds and by no means the only best ones in Illinois. With a growing number of parks and campsites, there’s a wide selection available for RVers.
However, I hope that my review will serve as a starting point for those intending to travel to the Midwestern state.