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Washington County State Park is located in the rolling countryside of southern Illinois. It is home to the Washington County Lake and is known as a popular place for wildlife watching and hunting. The park is located just south of the small town of Nashville. It is also an hour's drive east of St. Louis, Missouri, which is the nearest large city. Other cities within easy driving distance include Mt. Vernon and Evansville, Indiana.

Camping at Washington County State Park is a popular pastime, along with fishing and hiking. Washington County Lake is large, with 248 acres of freshwater for anglers to explore, and there are 900 acres of open hunting space as well. Most of the park has light tree cover, with shaded space that's perfect for relaxing, camping, or enjoying a picnic.

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The Great Outdoors

There are so many fun outdoor activities to enjoy when you camp in an RV at Washington County State Park. With such a large, beautiful lake on-site, boating is a huge attraction. There are two boat ramps within the park, as well as boat docks. Boat rentals are also available if you didn't bring watercraft of your own. Powered boats are allowed, though motors shouldn't exceed 10 horsepower. You can go fishing in the lake via boat or just along the shoreline. Several species are living in the lake; anglers can hook largemouth bass, sunfish, carp, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish.

Hunting is also a very popular activity at Washington County State Park. Hunters who rent an RV in near Nashville, Illinois can scope out deer, turkey, and small game in this wilderness area. If you plan on hunting, you will need to stop at the hunting check-in site at the beginning of your stay. Both archery and shotgun hunting are allowed in the park.

Hiking is an excellent way to explore Washington County State Park. There is a seven-mile-long trail that wraps around the lake. This is an ideal way to see the many wildflowers that grow in the park or to do some bird watching. There are also several picnic areas throughout the park where you can take in the natural beauty of the area.

Camping at Washington County State Park

RV camping at Washington County State Park is an enjoyable experience thanks to the many shaded sites there. Most sites have electrical hookups, and there are dump stations for your convenience. In the middle of the park, there is a building with showers and restrooms. The showers are open from the beginning of April through the end of October.

There are picnic areas throughout the park to help you enjoy your stay. The picnic areas have tables, grills, and drinking water available. The park also has playground equipment for those traveling with kids. There is an on-site concession stand, where you can purchase sandwiches and drinks, as well as firewood and ice. There is a pavilion area as well for days with less-than-ideal weather. The lake and hiking trails are very easy to access when you camp at Washington County State Park.

Exploring The Area

When you book an RV in Washington County, you will be very close to the town of Nashville, Illinois. This small town is going to be the easiest place to refuel your motorhome rental and pick up supplies at a local market. The town also has a small library, a community center, and a city park. If you get hungry, you'll find a grill, a pizzeria, a bakery, and a few other dining options where you can pick up a meal.

When you rent an RV near Washington County State Park, the sprawling city of St. Louis, Missouri, is an easy day trip away. Just an hour's drive northwest of Nashville, you'll find lots of exciting things to do there. The Gateway Arch is St. Louis's most notable attraction and is one you shouldn't miss on your travels. Other well-known attractions include the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Forest Park, which is home to a zoo and an art museum. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and you could easily spend an entire day exploring its features. The Soulard neighborhood is a great place to head for authentic barbecue, good beer, and live jazz music, as well as a large farmer's market. Sports lovers will want to visit Busch Stadium when there is a Cardinals game playing.

Whether it's vibrant city culture or a rustic, rural atmosphere that you seek during your next camping vacation, rent a motorhome near Washington County State Park, and you'll have access to it all.

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