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If you want to get away from the busy, ever-growing world for a bit and be able to clear your head and just focus on yourself and whoever’s with you, then you might want to try RV camping at Pere Marquette Campground. At this park, you won’t be bothered by any modernities or technology if you don’t want to, and you’ll have a genuinely rustic experience that will allow you to revitalize and charge your batteries.
When camping at Pere Marquette Campground, you’ll be able to utilize the visitor center as well as use the restrooms and showers, and don’t worry about the fact that there are only electrical hookups - not when there’s potable water and a dump station on-site. The RV sites themselves are shaded by tall, leafy trees, and each one has its own grill and picnic table so you can grill all the hotdogs and marshmallows you can carry.
When you rent an RV near Pere Marquette Campground, you’ll be able to visit nearby Grafton, a gorgeous little city full of life, and you can also spend some time in Alton or Edwardsville. You’ll be surrounded by green fields and bodies of water, including the Illinois River, and there are many attractions in the area, such as the waterpark in Grafton. Not quite big enough for you? Well, then you can spend a day or an afternoon in Chesterfield or Saint Louis, also very easy to reach with your Grafton RV rental.
Might as well make the most of camping in Pere Marquette State Park, right? A great way to do that is to just sit by the Illinois River and watch the ships and barges slowly go past, and spot some of the birds living in the area. Hike along trails winding through forests, and make sure to bring your camera if you’re visiting during the fall - the colors are out of this world. Go boating or fishing, and look out for the wildlife. You can even go swimming if the weather is right.
Hop into your RV rental and drive to Pelican Island Natural Area for some more fantastic nature. On the Missouri River, this island is ideal for anyone renting an RV in Grafton who likes birds. You can see some at the campground, but this is something different entirely. Walk past forest, slough, and scrub swamp and through forests made up by black willow, hackberry, silver maple, and box elder keeping your fingers crossed that you’ll spot a warbler or a gray treefrog. The latter is quite common, so you probably will.
You’ve probably guessed that there’s a lot more water to visit in the area, and right you were. At North Riverfront Park you can fish, but it’s a very popular spot so don’t snooze, or you might lose. Many try to catch buffalofish, which is absolutely delicious when fried. There are also many trails to hike, running by the river, on bridges, and past other industrial features, making them excellent for anyone interested in photography. Since the park is located in Saint Louis, you can combine the trip with some shopping.
It would be a shame to miss out on St. Louis when you're camping at Pere Marquette Campground, but you don’t really have to leave beautiful Grafton to find something that everyone will enjoy. The wineries, for example, are aplenty, and so are the fine dining options. Walk around the center of the city that is said to have once housed infamous outlaw Jesse James, and admire the architecture while doing some shopping on Main Street. Since this is a riverside city, there’s fresh fish everywhere, ready to be cooked up for you.
You can also take your rental RV for a spin and enjoy all the scenic drives in the area, and there are cruises on the river that are both charming and luxurious. Sometimes the cruises coincide with local events, such as Spirit of Peoria & Hakuna Matata river cruises for anyone who wants to see the changing of the leaves. You can also catch flea markets - who knows; you might just find the perfect gift that you’ve been looking for. Another option is to go on the Underground Railroads tours, also in the fall.
Do you feel ready to book an RV in Jersey County and start planning your amazing stay at this Grafton campground yet? You might as well do it right away before all the good sites are taken.