Apple River Canyon Campground

Apple River Canyon Campground is located in the state park of the same name. It is in the countryside of northern Illinois, close to the Wisconsin border. RV camping at Apple River Canyon Campground is a great way to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. It is very secluded, though it offers campsites that can be accessed by vehicles. There are picnic areas and shelters where you can enjoy a meal. There are also fire pits and grills for cooking. There are no hookups for water, electricity, or sewer offered, so you'll be boondocking when you stay at this gorgeous rustic campground. However, drinking water, restrooms, and dump stations are available for your comfort. From the campground, you will easily be able to access the nearby hiking trails and stream. The campground is an hour's drive from Rockford, Illinois and less than three hours' drive from both Chicago and Milwaukee.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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The Great Outdoors

Camping in an RV at Apple River Canyon Campground is ideal for those who enjoy hiking. The state park has very hilly terrain, and five trails run through the area. The trails are of varying ability levels, so whether you want an intense, steep hike or a gentle stroll, it will be available here. There is a ranger station on-site, and you can ask the staff to help you choose a trail that works best for you. If you decide to leave the state park, there are several other hiking trails available nearby as well. Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park is located slightly east of Apple River Canyon and has similar trails and scenery. Tutty's Crossing Trailhead is in nearby Freeport, and the trail extends for several miles north to the Wisconsin border. This trail is great for biking as well as walking and running.As the name implies, a river runs through the center of the Apple River Canyon State Park, and it is a great place to go fishing. The water is very calm and not suitable for boating, but you can fish from the shore. The river is stocked with trout during the summer months to keep up with demand, and you'll also find bass, crappie, carp, sunfish, and suckers. When you book an RV in Jo Daviess County, you can pick up fishing gear in nearby Freeport or Galena. Lake Galena is also a popular place to go fishing if you want to venture outside of the state park.Motorhome camping in this area is perfect for wildlife lovers. There are plenty of gorgeous wildflowers and bird watching available at the campground as well as on the trails. Hunting is available in some areas of the state park - be sure to check with the rangers to make sure you're staying within hunting regulations. If you need to rent hunting gear, you can do so in the nearby towns of Freeport or Monroe, Wisconsin.

Exploring The Area

Although the Apple River Canyon Campground is very secluded, there are several charming towns nearby with plenty to do. Freeport is located to the southeast of the campground and is home to the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square. The Stephenson County Historical Society and the Freeport Art Museum are both small but interesting museums worth visiting when you want to spend a day inside. When the weather's pleasant, you can also explore Krape Park, a city park that is dog-friendly and is known for its waterfalls.The nearest city when RV camping in this area is Rockford, Illinois, which makes for an easy day trip from the campground. The Anderson Japanese Gardens are a popular attraction here, and they are particularly stunning in the fall. The Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens are also located here, and they have a beautiful indoor lagoon that you can explore. If you're traveling with kids, the Discovery Center Museum is a great attraction for them to enjoy. Other notable museums in town include the Burpee Museum of Natural History and Frank Lloyd Wright's Laurent House, which is the only accessible home that he designed.Since there aren't many amenities on-site at the campground, you'll need to stock up on essentials for the Apple River camper rental before you get there. Both Freeport and Galena have multiple grocery stores where you can purchase food and toiletries. There are also two gas stations nearby on Route 20 in the tiny town of Stockton. If you are looking for restaurant options, drive west to Galena, where there are several casual options. You'll find burgers, pizza, Mexican, Japanese, Irish, and many other types of food here.

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What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.