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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site Campground

Within one of Illinois’ most significant heritage destinations, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground is a modern RV park with around 200 campsites. It’s an ideal base for exploring the reconstruction of New Salem village, which served as Abraham Lincoln’s residence from 1831 to 1837. RV camping at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground includes access to their 100 electric (30/50 amp connections) and 100 non-electric sites. There are no water or sewer hookups, although hydrants are available so campers can fill their tanks. In addition, there’s a gray water and sewer dump station at the edge of the campground. RVs up to 40 feet in length can be accommodated at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground, and pets on a leash are welcome to stay with you (although they must not be left unattended). There are clean restrooms with hot showers available, and several campsites are accessible for those with limited mobility. 



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Camping with an RV

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.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Petersburg campers can make the short drive south to the Starhill Forest Arboretum, which is a private arboretum that was established in 1976. Many of its oldest trees date to the mid-19th century, with a highlight being their collection of oaks that’s the most comprehensive of its kind in North America. Aside from its forested area, there are also a native prairie garden and conifer plantations, as well as several picturesque ponds and aquatic areas that transform beautifully with the seasons. Closer to Springfield is Carpenter Park, a 322-acre recreation area on the north bank of the Sangamon River and a designated Illinois Nature Preserve. After working as a timber forest and corn farm during the 19th century, the woodlands of Carpenter Park have slowly recovered, with impressive tracts of white oak, black walnut, and hickory trees to explore today. It’s a popular birdwatching destination, with more than 80 different species having been recorded within its bounds, and has been identified as an Important Bird Area of Illinois. Around an hour’s drive west of Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground is the Sanganois State Fish and Wildlife Area in Chandlerville. It comprises almost 10,000 acres of bottomland environments, sloughs, and backwater lakes along the Illinois River, providing a refuge for migratory waterfowl. Before being acquired by the state, the Sanganois was operated by various private duck hunting clubs, and it remains a public duck and goose hunting area to this day. However, waterfowl hunting is restricted to marked blind sites and a designated walk-in area.

Exploring the City

When you camp at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground, you can fill up your RV rental at one of the gas stations in Petersburg, which is just five minutes’ drive away. There are also supermarkets where you can stock up on groceries, as well as a handful of fast-food restaurants and eateries if you want to dine out. A highlight of camping at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Campground is exploring the reconstructed village of New Salem and learning about its ties to Abraham Lincoln. After he left for Springfield in 1837, the village was largely abandoned, and it wasn’t until the 1930s that the Civilian Conservation Corps built a historic re-creation on its original foundations. It features 23 buildings where the shops and businesses that existed during Lincoln’s time have been replicated, with costumed interpreters helping to bring the history to life.Camp in an RV near Petersburg and make the 30-minute drive southeast to Springfield, which serves as the capital of Illinois. It’s home to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where you can learn about his life and work, as well as the Lincoln Home National Historic Site where Abraham and Mary lived from 1844 until his election to the presidency in 1861. See where Lincoln delivered his famous "House Divided" speech at the domed Old State Capitol, then pay your respects at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Delve into the state’s cultural and natural history at the Illinois State Museum, then stretch your legs while strolling through the rockery and cactus gardens of the Washington Park Botanical Garden. This green oasis is also home to the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, a 12-story tower with observation decks that offer sweeping views across the city. Another landmark not to miss while visiting Springfield is the Dana-Thomas House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1904. Whether you want to discover Lincoln’s connections to Springfield or go birdwatching in the surrounding nature preserves, book an RV in Menard County and start planning your next vacation.


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Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

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Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

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Utility Trailer

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Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

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The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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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.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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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.


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How does check-in work?

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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.