Elgin is a town in the northern part of Illinois, close to the border with Wisconsin and Lake Michigan. It is located approximately one hour's drive from Chicago which is the biggest city nearby, an hour and a half from Milwaukee. Elgin lies along the Fox River and has a long local history of education and invention. Book an RV in Elgin, and you can visit some of the rural areas of Illinois and have a wonderful time exploring the history of the town.
Elgin was settled in the 1830s after The Indian Removal Act and the Black Hawk Indian War took place. Later in 1835, brothers James and Hezekiah Gifford heard tales of fertile soil and decided to establish the town here, naming it Elgin. First, this town became famous for its dairy products, and later, Elgin Watch Company opened and started selling watches throughout the United States. Elgin is home to famous Elgin Academy, which is one of the oldest co-ed, non-sectarian college preparatory schools west of the Allegheny Mountains. Rent an RV in Elgin to learn more about this interesting place.
The Great Outdoors
When you book a camper rental in Elgin, just a short drive away is Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve. This beautiful forest is home to many animal species and offers activities year-round. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, snowmobiling, sledding, and coasting. In the summertime, you can go camping, fishing, hiking, walking, bicycling, bird watching, boating, and more. Visit one of many nature centers located in the forest or enjoy a picnic with your family and friends.
West Branch Forest Preserve is located just about 20 minutes' drive from Elgin. It consists of two lakes, wetlands, meadows, a wet prairie, and is home to reptiles and mammals, and both grassland birds and migrating and nesting shorebirds. Here you can find trails perfect for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. The trail system connects to the Hawk Hollow Preserve trails to the north. On the lakes, you can go fishing or boating while enjoying the wonderful scenery.
Rent an RV in Elgin and drive for about 20 minutes east to get to Ned Brown Preserve, also known as Busse Woods. This beautiful park is one of the most visited natural areas in Illinois. Busse Lake is ideal for canoes and kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats. In the forest, there are several scenic trails and many places perfect for a picnic. This spot is great for a day trip in nature.
RV Parks near Elgin
Paul Wolff Campground is a short drive away when you have a travel trailer rental in Elgin. It is located in the Burnidge Forest Preserve, surrounded by beautiful nature. Here you can go hiking, walking, biking, and horseback riding. In this campground, you can get electrical service, water access, a parking pad, and a fire ring. Firewood is also available for purchase.
Chicago Northwest KOA is located approximately half an hour's drive from Elgin. This is a family-friendly campground with many activities for all ages. Here you can enjoy mini golf, playgrounds, gaga ball, frisbee golf, a jump pad, gem mining, and more. The campground also has a swimming pool, bike rentals, electric hookups, and firewood.
Lehman’s Lakeside RV Resort is located halfway between Chicago and Rockford and only a little over 20 minutes' drive from Elgin. Here you can get full hookups, Wi-Fi, cable TV, laundry facilities, picnic tables, fire rings, and more. Enjoy a day on the sandy beach by the lake or join one of the many activities organized in the resort.
Exploring the Town of Elgin
Elgin is a charming little town with a lot of history to learn about. Take a walk down Riverside Drive Promenade to see the gazebos and patriotic memorials. The Elgin History Museum displays the town's history and is a fun place to visit too.
Visit Santa’s Village Azoosment Park to enjoy Christmas-themed thrill rides, children's rides, roller coasters, family classics, and animal attractions. This amusement park is located just a short drive from the town center. You can spend a whole day in the park, having fun, enjoying food in the restaurants and snack bars, observing animals, and shopping.
The city of Chicago is just a short drive away and is a must-see destination. In Chicago, there is plenty to do and see, especially along the shore of Lake Michigan, where you will find Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Children’s Museum, Museum of Broadcast Communications, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Buckingham Fountain in the Grant Park, and so much more. A day trip to Chicago is a great idea when you rent a motorhome in Elgin.