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The classic American city of Freeport is situated west of Rockford and east of Dubuque. Freeport was founded in the early 1800s by German settler William Baker, who established a trading post along the nearby Pecatonica River.

Known initially as Winneshiek, the city was renamed Freeport. Now the county seat, there's plenty to do when you book an RV in Freeport, including exploring the nearby Mississippi River as well as the history the area has to offer.

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The Great Outdoors

There are lots of amazing outdoor spaces to explore when you rent a campervan in Freeport, and one you can visit without leaving the city limits is Krape Park. This award-winning park is full of exciting activities to enjoy, including a mini-golf course, a carousel, and an amphitheater. This heavily wooded park is dissected by Yellow Creek, allowing visitors to fish, kayak and ice skate during the winter. There are many short hiking trails all roughly a mile long, making this the ideal place for a quick walk with your pup.

If you're looking for something more adventurous to do when you book a motorhome rental in Freeport, consider driving down to the Mississippi Palisades State Park. This breathtaking and historic park is full of cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River, giving you a panoramic view of the area. Native Americans first discovered these trails, and by following them, you'll be tracing the route they took to navigate this treacherous region. The 15-mile trail system here may be rugged, but it's well worth visiting at it provides some of the best vistas in Illinois.

The Mississippi River is full of great natural sights, and a place to appreciate them when you rent an RV in Freeport is the Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve. This park is ideal for nature watchers, as it contains a variety of rare plants and wonderful wildlife to observe. This wildlife preserve is located within a valley, and its steep hills mean wildflowers grow without being grazed upon, making for some beautiful and colorful scenery. Its diverse landscape, which includes prairies and forests, contains some impressive wildlife, including rare birds such as bald eagles, scarlet tanagers, and wood thrushes, making this a must-visit for any birdwatcher.

RV Park

There are a few places to park when you rent an RV in Freeport, and one such option is the Lena KOA in Lena. This campground features over 100 gravel sites, most of which provide full hookups. The majority of sites are pull-through, allowing for easy access. Amenities on-site include showers and restrooms, a heated swimming pool, and a game room.

Another nearby campground to consider when you book an RV rental in Freeport is Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground in the city of Oregon. This smaller campground contains over 50 grass campsites, most of which provide water and electrical hookups only. However, there are a few spaces with full hookups. Amenities are standard and include restrooms and showers, and recreation involves swimming in the nearby pond and a game room.

Exploring the City

As Freeport is the county seat of Stephenson County, you'll be in one of the best cities around for fine dining and shopping. Rockford is about 30 miles away and is a much bigger city with a lot to offer. If you're looking for a cultural activity when you book a travel trailer rental in Freeport, then consider a visit to the Freeport Art Museum. In a disused brick schoolhouse, this museum has a large collection including historical and contemporary art. This artwork includes tribal art from Papua New Guinea, 19th-century Bolivian textiles, and much more.

If you're looking to learn more about the area when you rent a campervan in Freeport, consider stopping at the Stephenson County Historical Society. The museum is located in the Taylor House, which is very historic in its own right. This beautiful limestone house was known as "Bohemiana" due to the many artistic and famous individuals who visited here, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Horace Mann. Much like the local art gallery, this museum also contains a vast scope of items, including an exhibit on Freeport's toy making history, an original Irish log cabin from the 1850s, and an exhibit highlighting Freeport's military history.

Rockford contains some great family-friendly activities, and one of the best around is the Magic Waters Waterpark. Run by Six Flags, this well-equipped waterpark is exciting for all ages. This waterpark contains the region's largest wave pool, meaning there's lots of space to cool off on a hot summer day. There are also 11 thrilling waterslides for various ages, a splash zone, and even a lazy river.

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