Siloam Springs State Park in Illinois offers exciting opportunities for RV camping and nature-seeking amidst nature’s most astonishing features. The park’s 3,323 acres feature incredibly scenic vistas like wooded terrains, a glistening lake, thickly wooded gullies, and abundant wildflowers in the form of wild roses, indigos, snapdragons, and black-eyed Susan. There is an interesting legend behind the name chosen for the park that says the water coming from the spring in the area carried healing effects.
For anyone wanting to discover nature in its rawest form, this state park is a must visit in your RV. RV camping at Siloam Springs is one of the best in the entire state with class A, class B, hike-in, equestrian, and group campsites.
Head over to any hiking trail if you wish to walk or inhale fresh air. If you want to spend some time in or near the water, drive your rig towards the lake and indulge in cheerful water sports like fishing, boating, or scuba diving. More recreation is offered in the form of six hunting lots, delightful picnic spots, geocaching, and some winter-specific activities.
Siloam Springs State Park is minutes away from the village of Clayton in Adams County, Illinois. The park can also be easily accessed from Quincy and Mount Sterling. You can easily get to the park in any form of RV, big or small, including campers, trailers, motorhomes, rigs, and campervans. Road conditions may not be very ideal during the winters, especially when the weather turns extreme.
The park roads are in a condition good enough to smoothly drive through them. Campers and visitors can easily drive on the roads to access points of interest within the park like the campgrounds, the spring-fed lake, concession store, fishing piers, and hiking trails.
You will find a parking lot near the entrance, the park office, and the Pine Grove Campground. Another one is near the lake, Oak Ridge Campground, and the concession store that sells fishing baits, boats, and food items.
Located near Crabapple Lake, Oak Ridge is a little campground featuring just nine campsites. Four of the sites are for both RVs and tents, while the rest are exclusively for RVs. The sites are a combination of electric and non-electric campsites. The maximum RV length is 45 feet. You can access restrooms and showers since they are just a short walk away. A dump station is located on-site, but you'll have to drive to get there.
Pine Grove Campground is a little far away from the lake and features 50 RV campsites. 49 campsites are class A sites with a 30 or 50-amp electric connections, while the other site is non-electric. The maximum vehicle length is just 36 feet for this campground. A dump station can be found outside the campground. Restrooms with flush toilets and showers are available.
30 RV campsites comprise Siloam Springs’ Hickory Hill Campground, situated not too far from the group camp and Lost Valley Trail. The sites are a combination of class A campsites with 30- or 50-amp connection and non-electric class B campsites. Flush toilets and showers are available. A dump station is provided, but not in the campground. You will have to walk or drive to access the dump station outside the campground. Big rigs and other RVs up to 45 feet in length are permitted in most of the campsites.
With four reservable picnic shelters and well-shaded tables, Old Siloam Picnic Area is an ideal getaway to grab a bite in a beautiful outdoor setting. Picnickers enjoy complimentary amenities such as charcoal grills and playground equipment. There are also restrooms within the area. The main shelter area itself contains more than 20 picnic tables with an enormous range of amenities like hot and cold water, flush toilets, grills, playground equipment, horseshoes, and ample parking. You may also come across several other small picnic areas while passing through the park entrance in your RV.
Siloam Springs State Park features 23 miles of trails which are no less than a glimpse of heaven. The trails meander through forested valleys, steep surfaces, and ridgetops. Campers bringing their horses to the park, fall in love at first sight with these immensely scenic trails. You can also bring your horses to satisfy your cravings for equestrian rides through these most beautiful pathways. With a separate area for equestrian campers, you don’t need to worry even slightly about staying overnight.
Fishing, boating, or scuba diving, whatever is your choice of water recreation, Siloam Springs has it all. Six fishing piers and shoreline fishing offer you access to a wealth of game species like rainbow trout, carp, crappie, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. If fishing is on your agenda, you must possess an Illinois fishing license on entering the park. Boating is permitted, and if your camper isn’t large enough for your rowboats or canoes, you have the luxury of using the park’s boat concession store. Swimming is not allowed, but if you are keen on taking a dip in the water, you must try scuba diving in Lake Crabapple.
Discover the scenic masterpiece that winters and snow conspire to paint on the outdoors of Siloam Springs by hiking few or all of its trails. The diversity of these trails is impressive. Most of the trails are easy to walk while Hoot Owl Trail and Red Oak trail invite serious hikers looking for a more challenging trek. You can casually wander through 12 miles of scenic trails to discover valleys and flatlands, wild roses, snapdragons, and much more.
Spectacular deer and turkey hunting opportunities are abundant in the forested regions of Siloam Springs State Park. Besides deer and turkey, you can also aim at doves, squirrels, and raccoons at specific sites within the park. If you plan to RV camp during the off-season, don’t forget to check for any updates on established hunting seasons. Bring your love for hunting along with all the necessary gear with you at Siloam Springs State Park and enjoy a few festive days hunting for your favorite wildlife.
Those with love for winter you can enjoy an enormous range of winter sports at Siloam Springs State Park. You can enjoy cross-country skiing on the trail or sledding on the hills. When the waters freeze over you can go ice skating or ice fishing.