Top 10 Best RV Campsites in Illinois

Top 10 Best RV Campsites in Illinois
Illinois is a nature lover's dream come true, and traveling the state in an RV can allow you to see all of its wonder. It gives you the freedom to stop and have any adventure you want along the way. RV campsites are plentiful, but tracking down the best ones can be difficult. Here's a list of the 10 best RV campsites within the state of Illinois.

Timbered Meadows

Timbered Meadows is privately owned. As of 2009, campsites go for $20 per night, according to Triple Blaze. This camp ground is far from highways and full of peace. Fishing is abundant at the three lakes located about the campsite.

Timbered Meadows
569 North 1800 East Road
Goodwine, Il 60939
(815) 457-2936

Carlyle Lake Campground

Carlyle Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corp of Engineers. According to the Guide to Carlyle Lake, the campground sits on the largest man-made lake in the state of Illinois which boasts over 26,000 acres of water.

Carlyle Lake Campground
801 Lake Road
Carlyle, IL 62231
(618) 594-4410

North Sandusky Campground

North Sandusky Campground, located on Rend Lake, includes 19,000 acres of water as well as a plentiful 20,000 acres of public lands. The campsite is excellent for outdoor adventures, according to the Federal Recreation Website. There are plenty of bike and hiking trails.

North Sandusky Campground
8420 Loon Lane
Sesser, IL 62884
(618) 625-6115

Thomson Causeway

Thomason Causeway is not your typical campground; it's located on an island in the Mississippi River. This campsite underwent renovations to enhance amenities and campsites. Bird lovers will enjoy seeing shorebirds and ducks; this area is a popular nesting place, according to the Federal Recreation Website.

Thomson Causeway
Lewis Avenue
Thomason, IL 61285
(815) 259-3628

Oak Point Campground

Oak Point Campground, located in Harrisburg, Illinois, offers the outdoor enthusiast hiking trails around the scenic lake, as well as a trail to Signal Bluff, according to Triple Blaze. Signal Bluff is a rocky ridge which is a beautiful reward for hikers.

Oak Point Campground
50 Hwy. 145 South
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618)658-2111

Red Bud Campground

Red Bud campground is open all year long. Activities during the winter include ice fishing; the ice is considered safe if it's 4 inches or thicker. Red Bud also offers Bell Smith Springs Trail system.

Red Bud Campground
Bell Smith National Recreation Area
Eddyville, IL
(618) 658-2111

Starved Rock State Park Campground

This large campground is located close to the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. It boasts over 130 campsites with full hook-ups. Activities to enjoy include horseback riding, fishing and boating along the Illinois River.

Starved Rock State Park Campground
2668 East 875th Rd
Oglesby, IL 61348
(800) 868-ROCK

Tower Rock Campground

Tower Rock has exciting fishing and hiking activities. Hikers can tackle the Tower Rock Trail which leads to the top of Tower Rock. Tower Rock sits 60 feet above the Ohio River, and the hike delivers an amazing view. Tower Rock Campground also offers paved roads and easy RV access.

Tower Rock Campground
Located in: Shawnee National Forest
50 Hwy. 145 South
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253-7114

Turkey Bayou Campground

Turkey Bayou Campground, located in Murphysboro, Illinois, offers a magnificent view of Swallow Rock. You will also enjoy whitewater paddling and fishing. According to Triple Blaze, campers may also want to take advantage of nearby outdoor entertainment such as Chalk Bluff or possibly visit the Trail of Tears State Park.

Turkey Bayou Campground
2221 Walnut St.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
(618) 687-1731

Johnson Creek Group Campground

According to Triple Blaze, fishers will find a lot of success with bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill during fishing on Kincaid Lake. Nature lovers will admire the abundant wildlife surrounding the lake. In addition, there is more than 15 miles of hiking trails; any outdoor enthusiast will find plenty to do here.

Johnson Creek Group Campground
Located in Shawnee National Forest
50 Hwy. 145 South
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253-7114

Article Written By Erika Duncan Bryant

Erika Bryant worked with Channel 2 news in Atlanta, GA for a year. Bryant has also written for her college newspaper, "The Signal", a neighborhood newsletter, and Firehow.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Georgia State University.

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