2020 Keystone Springdale 303BH
2020 Keystone Springdale 303BH
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Camping at Lake Taylorville Campground is peaceful and relaxing, with electrical and water hookups in some of its sites. This waterfront RV campground near Decatur is right next to Taylorville Lake, where you can fish and swim to your heart's content. This pet-friendly RV park is open from early April until late October (contact the park to confirm exact dates) and has restrooms and horseshoe pitches; some of the sites have grass, and there is a playground for younger kids. A marina is close by where you can launch your canoe, kayak, or boat. The park has some sites that are designated for tent camping.
Once you're settled in and ready to start moving beyond the campground, you're minutes away from the city of Taylorville, where you can gas up your rental RV and stock up on any supplies you might be running low on. The city has several urban parks where you can take relaxing walks, a public library, and a municipal airport where you'll find a private parachute tour business. If you like history, there is a historical museum you can check out; if you don't, try the local boutiques where you can shop and browse. One of them has unusual items you might not have seen before or even thought about. Don't forget to take your RV rental for a spin on the local highways; this is one of the unique features of an RV vacation and one you don't want to miss.
Book an RV in Christian County, and you're on your way to a vacation that you will remember long after it has ended. Ramsey Lake State Park sits on a parcel of land that was once privately owned but made available to local residents by its owner; the park was established in 1947 and included the lake it was named after and the surrounding wooded areas. It was originally nicknamed “Old Fox Chase Grounds” after its use by fox and raccoon hunters. Today it is a favorite destination for hikers and picnickers, with large tree stands unhampered by undergrowth; you can hike the woods and explore off-trail with little difficulty. It is still popular with hunters (you should check to see if hunting season is in effect while you're here) and anglers vying for bluegill, largemouth bass, and other fish species.
Wolf Creek State Park is open to the public year-round. In the summer, you can use the lake for windsurfing, pontoon boating, or just relaxing in a tube as you drift with the current. In the winter, you can go snowmobiling, and that's just for starters. Geocaching is allowed, and there are several established hiking trails throughout the woods. There is a developed beach where you can swim, but it's best to stay inside the buoyant markers as there aren't lifeguards on site. Food and drinks aren't allowed on the beach, but there are picnic areas close by that have tables, grills, and water, plus a playground.
Sangchris Lake State Park, just minutes away from Pawnee, is centered around the lake and has a unique blend of tree stands that includes oak, maple, butternut, and persimmon. Hikers and horseback riders can enjoy the tens of miles of trails at their disposal; it gets even better if you are into photography or enjoy passively viewing the array of wildflowers and resident wildlife that includes deer, dove, and waterfowl. The park is open for hunting in certain seasons.
When you're ready to start hitting the cities and exploring what they have to offer, begin by heading to Springfield, which has history and culture galore. The town is well known for its connection to President Abraham Lincoln and has many attractions bearing his name, including a presidential library and museum, his former home (now an acknowledged historical site), a tomb and war memorial, and more. There are some amazing architectural masterpieces you'll want to see even if architecture isn't high on your list of interests; the Illinois State Capitol building, Illinois Governor's Mansion, and the Old State Capitol are just a few of the attractions. The city also has an extensive restaurant scene ranging from inexpensive and moderately priced venues to fine dining, so there is something for everyone when the dinner bell rings.
By comparison, Raymond is a much smaller town than Springfield, but the people are friendly, and it's a good choice if you want to get some shopping in. The town has a mall dedicated to antique shops where you can easily kill a few hours browsing, plus food vendors that include a cafe, an ice cream shop, and a hot fudge stall. Raymond has some interesting landmarks such as the Lady of the Highway, which is tranquil, beautiful, and a must-see. The town has an adequate restaurant industry for its size, with a selection of diners and cafes serving typical items at reasonable prices and in large portions.
When you're seeking a way to awaken the adventurous spirit and rejuvenate yourself amid simple, rustic settings and lots of nature, pull into one of the campsites at Lake Taylorsville Campground and start exploring.