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Green River State Park near Harmon has 2,565 acres of untouched natural beauty for campers and outdoor adventurers to explore. Don't worry if you don't own a camper — search for an RV rental in Lee County, then plan a getaway to the state park RV campground.
Chicago sits only about two and a half hours to the east of Green River State Park. Drive over to Amboy and stock up on supplies before setting up camp at Green River State Park. Amboy is about 20 minutes northeast of the park and a great place to pick up a few last-minute essentials for your rental RV.
While camping at Green River State Park, bring your horse along and enjoy time exploring over ten miles of trails that wind through the park. Specific areas are designated for campers with horses. The park doesn't rent horses or provide trail guides; these are self-guided trails. Before bringing your horse from out of state, you'll need to obtain a current health certificate and provide documentation of a negative Coggins test. The trails are multi-use, so be aware of other visitors using the trails while horseback riding.
The trails within Green River State Park are excellent for hiking and range from moderate to difficult. Bring along your camera and snap some amazing photos of the flora and fauna as you explore the ten miles of trails. These trails are multi-use and you may have to share the trail with bikers and equestrians. Be aware of your surroundings and use courtesy when on the trails. The park rangers encourage everyone to not veer off of the marked paths while in the park.
Many hunters enjoy RV camping at Green River State Park. Hunting is allowed everywhere within the park except for a 50-acre area that is restricted and surrounds the site’s residence. Certain hunting permits are required depending on the animal or bird being hunted. Park rangers patrol the area and require hunters to check in prior to setting out to hunt. Pheasant, quail, crow, and turkey are commonly hunted as well as rabbit, squirrel, fox, raccoon, coyote, opossum, skunk, and deer.
Park your rental RV at Green River State Park and spend a weekend or even an entire week camping. The state park RV campgrounds are a bit primitive but provide an excellent place to unwind and enjoy nature. Vault toilets and potable water are available at the campground. There are no shower facilities at the park. Campers can use the dump station to empty their waste tanks while camping with an RV at the park.
If you're looking for a more modernized RV park, check out Crystal Lake RV Park in Rock Falls, only about 30 minutes from Green River State Park. Guests can enjoy 20-, 30-, 50-amp electric, water, and sewer. Wi-Fi is available for a nominal fee. A laundry room is centrally located for guests to use. There are several modern family-style bathrooms located within the campgrounds.
The Hickory Grove Campground and RV Park in Sheffield offer several pull-through campsites that can accommodate larger RVs. Full hookups with 30- or 50-amp electric are available. Modern shower facilities are within walking distance of most campsites. This campground is about 40 minutes south of Green River State Park.
While visiting Illinois, you'll want to check out the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site. The house, located in Dixon, is where the 40th U.S. president spent part of his youth, moving into this home in 1920 when he was just nine years old. Reagan lived in the home until he graduated from Eureka College in 1932. The home has been fully restored and is now a historic site where visitors can learn more about Ronald Reagan before he left Illinois for Hollywood and eventually the White House.
The Franklin Creek State Natural Area in Franklin Grove is designated as a state park and encompasses 882 acres. Visitors can hike through ravine forests, under large bedrock outcroppings, and next to fantastic streams and springs. Bring along your camera to capture some social media worthy selfies to share with your friends and followers. There's a scenic picnic area that sits right outside the preserve and is a great place to enjoy a relaxing lunch with family and friends.
Head over to Amboy and visit the Amboy Depot Museum, a former rail station that was built to be the headquarters of the Illinois Central Railroad in the late 19th century. The two-story building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places since being fully renovated and restored to its former glory. The grounds that were once the rail yard have been preserved and made into a city park. The museum, housed within the depot, has a retired steam engine and a caboose. A fully restored one-room schoolhouse is next to the depot and a great place to go to step back in time.