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If being in the outdoors is what gets your adrenaline pumping, then a camping trip to Mississippi Palisades State Park is something worth considering. Located in the northwestern part of scenic Illinois, the park is known for its unique rock formations and steep cliffs. Just north of the town of Savanna, you can also check out the towns of Freeport and Sterling that are a little over 45 miles from the state park.
This 2500-acre state park stands right by the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple Rivers, making it one of the most scenic state parks in the area with its ravines, caves, and cliffs adding to the natural drama. Abounding in wildlife as well, there is truly so much on offer here. To experience one of Illinois’ most famous natural landmarks, book an RV in Mississippi Palisades State Park. Steeped in American Indian history, the trails in the park take you through footsteps of those who walked the same paths, thousands of years ago.
With large forested bluffs lining either side of the Mississippi River, it’s a sight to behold. Renting an RV is one of the best ways to explore the outdoors of this majestic park that is teeming with recreational activities. If you enjoy rock climbing, you’re in the right place. Rock climbing is allowed in designated areas in the park, mainly the Sentinel Area, Twin Sisters, and Indian Head, as erosion has caused interesting rock formations in these areas. Don’t forget to pack your rock climbing gear into your RV rental, and head straight to the specified area. It’s advisable to only attempt rock climbing here if you are a climber. The state park doesn’t maintain any of the rocks, cliffs or natural features, and they’re not responsible for climber safety or protection.
The state park is home to a range of trails that can be hiked with ease. For easy hikes, try the northern part of the park’s trails, including the High Point Trail and Aspen Trail. The park’s southern part has tougher trails that are hazardous when raining since they’re very narrow and close to the bluffs. Try Sentinel Trail in good weather, and if you’re up for a tough hike. For good lookout points, make your way to Ozzie’s Point, Louis Point, and Lookout Point.
One of the park’s main attractions is the Mississippi River, and boating and fishing are two sought-after activities when camping at Mississippi Palisades State Park. With an abundance of carp, bluegill, crappie, and catfish, angling is fun in this river. There are no restrictions on motor sizes for the boats here, and boat launch ramps are available in the park.
Looking to enjoy a little RV camping at Mississippi Palisades State Park? Remember to book well in advance as the sites here are in big demand with campers. Many of the sites have electric hookups, in both shaded and open areas, with big rig access and pull-thru sites. There are restrooms and showers, water, and a sanitary dump station. There is a camp store for last minute or missed supplies. Its location within the park makes it perfect for the kids to run around and play. Pets are welcome too. Make sure to have your camping permits when staying at the campsite.
If you’re looking for a place to camp in an RV near Mississippi Palisades State Park, Seven Eagles RV Park and Campground is worth considering. The campground has full hookups with pull-thru sites, 30 and 50 AMP electricity, sewers, water, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.
Thomson Causeway (COE) is in the neighboring city of Thomson, and has about 80 sites on offer, with big rig access, 30 and 50 AMP electricity, a dump station, restrooms, and showers. There’s a playground for the kids to run around in, and quite a few recreational trails to explore with your pets on a leash.
The little river town of Savanna is one of the oldest towns in Illinois and totally worth checking out while out on your Mississippi Palisades State Park RV camping trip. Spend time exploring the historic downtown of Savanna that has something for everyone. Browse through rows of quaint shops; stop by at the Savanna Marina and soak in the views of the mighty Mississippi River. For motorcycle fans, a must-visit is the Iron Horse Motorcycle Museum. You may also want to visit the wineries located on the outskirts of Savanna that are quite popular. The Savanna Museum and Cultural Center offers a range of displays and exhibits, including Civil war displays and Wayne King’s Collection Room. Don’t miss the display of 120 mannequins and their stories. Another Savanna favorite is the Havencrest Castle that is filled with art sculptures and a very interesting "love story." Tours are available at the castle for an insightful visit.
For an evening of entertainment, there are plenty of bars with live music, great drinks, and food. Make a special night of your trip by having dinner in a restaurant overlooking the river! And on your way out, don’t forget to fill up on fuel at one of the many gas stations in town, before hitting the road again in your RV as you set out on the rest of your Illinois adventure.