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Apple River Canyon State Park, IL

186 RV rentals

Even though Apple River Canyon State Park is a smaller park at only 297 acres, there are still several activities to enjoy, including motorhome camping. Even if you don't own an RV, you can still spend a weekend at the state park campground. You can book an RV in Jo Daviess County and head over to the Apple River in northern Illinois.

Apple River Canyon State Park is just over three hours west of Chicago. Before pulling into the state park for a weekend of fun, stop into Stockton, only about 20 minutes from the park. You can stock your camper rental with supplies and necessities to ensure you're set for the entire time you'll be camping at …

Beall Woods State Park, IL

130 RV rentals

Beall Woods State Park, near Mount Carmel, is a government-owned nature preserve that was established in 1966. The area had been owned by the Beall family since the mid-1800s, but only half of it had been farmed while the remaining area was left undisturbed. Following the death of the last family member, the land was purchased by a man who intended to harvest the forest. However, the property was purchased by the state of Illinois after numerous local citizens and groups protested, resulting in a civil lawsuit.

The land is a prairie woodland, a type of ecosystem that was once common across the state; its vegetation includes a variety of grasses, cottonweed, prickly pear cactus, and much more. The …

Beaver Dam State Park, IL

135 RV rentals

The state of Illinois is home to Beaver Dam State Park, which covers 750-acres of hickory and oak woodlands, perfect for a state park RV camping trip. Located very close to Carlinville, Bunker Hill and Gillespie, check out these cities on your motorhome camping trip. Search for an RV rental in Macoupin County, to gain convenient access to the park and its surrounding towns and cities. Known for a range of recreational opportunities like fishing, hiking, camping and picnicking, Beaver Dam State Park serves as an ideal getaway to unwind in the midst of nature for a couple of days.

The 59-acre lake that is a part of Beaver Dam State Park was a popular fishing …

Big River State Forest, IL

56 RV rentals

Big River State Forest is a multi-use outdoor recreational area near Oquawka that is used for timber resource education and supply. The forest was first established in 1925, although land acquisitions since then have increased its size substantially. In the past, there were stands of hardwood trees, but these have been cultivated and replaced with the much quicker growing pine species; part of the reason for this was to demonstrate how pine trees are much more commercially successful. As a result, many nearby landowners have followed suit and created pine tree farms that have achieved similar results.

The forest's headquarters area is home to a fire tower, a prominent landmark in the area, and an operational structure during peak fire …

Clinton Lake State Park, IL

149 RV rentals

Clinton Lake State Park near DeWitt is a popular destination for aquatic activities and RV camping in Illinois. This state park encompasses 9,300 acres with a 4,900-acre lake where visitors can boat, fish, or swim.

Pull your rig into the park’s campgrounds for a weekend of camping with an RV. If you don't own a vehicle, book an RV in DeWitt County for a few days of relaxing state park RV camping. Peoria is just over an hour to the northwest of Clinton Lake State Park. Stop into the town of Clinton and stock up on supplies before heading over to the park for a few days.

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, IL

133 RV rentals

Base your next Illinois motorhome camping trip near Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion, and you'll be in the midst of relaxing wilderness vibes with access to lots of outdoor recreational opportunities. The refuge's terrain features broad tree lines and lakes, with cropland, oak-hickory forests, and even waterfalls found throughout.

When you book an RV in Williamson County, you can start your adventure at Crab Orchard for prime bird and wildlife observation; keep your eyes peeled for bobcats, bald eagles, and the many resident aquatic creatures. Expand your area explorations with a visit to nearby Shawnee National Forest near Vienna or the sprawling Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area near Grand Rivers, Kentucky. If you are looking …

Dixon Springs State Park, IL

98 RV rentals

Located in Pope County, some ten miles west from the town of Golconda, Dixon Springs State Park is one of the top RV camping destinations in the state of Illinois. Golconda campers come here to enjoy the 800-acre recreation area, have a picnic with their families, hike through nature, or swim. The landscape is characterized by craggy terrain, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests home to groundhog, rabbit, deer, squirrel, and fox.

The park is named after William Dixon, who acquired the land back in 1848, which then led to the development of a small community. By the end of the 19th century, Dixon Springs had become a health spa, attracting hundreds of people who wanted to try out the …

Eagle Creek State Park, IL

76 RV rentals

Set on Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek State Park is a fantastic place to soak up the Illinois sunshine. The park is a gateway to the 11,000-acre reservoir, where you can cool off at the sandy swimming areas, launch a kayak, and reel in freshwater fish. Eagle Creek holds special appeal for golfers, with a scenic lakeside course located within the park.

Planning a road trip through the Prairie State? Book an RV in Shelby County and you can enjoy a lakeside getaway to Eagle Creek State Park. When you've had your fill of fishing, paddling, stargazing, and golfing, why not extend your road trip to discover other Illinois recreation areas like the Shawnee National Forest and Starved Rock State Park? …

Eldon Hazlet State Park, IL

153 RV rentals

Eldon Hazlet State Park is a popular tourist destination for campers looking to make a splash. When you park your RV rental here, you'll have access to 3,000 acres of shoreline along the massive Carlyle Reservoir, which is ideal for a variety of watersports, including boating, fishing, and much more. This park is also great for hiking, and during your hike, you'll see some of Eldon Hazlet's unique and abundant flora and fauna.

When you book an RV in Clinton County, you'll have access to a popular campground and some of the most beautiful countrysides in Illinois. Carlyle is the closest city to the park, and from there, campers can branch out and visit other gorgeous parks, including Pere …

Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL

109 RV rentals

Ferne Clyffe State Park is located in the state of Illinois and serves as a perfect getaway for a motorhome camping trip. Located near Illinois Route 37, the park is even accessible by the US Bicycle Route 76. On the outskirts of Goreville, which also happens to be the closest town to the state park, you’ll find renting an RV one of the best ways to explore the region. Not very far from the cities of Marion and Harrisburg, you’ll want to book an RV in Johnson County to explore the state park and cities nearby with ease.

Nestled in the majestic Shawnee Hills, the park is known for being one of the most scenic natural areas in …

Fort Massac State Park, IL

99 RV rentals

History buffs and war reenactors will want to rent an RV in Massac County and camp at Fort Massac State Park to experience one of its infamous Revolutionary War-era encampments. Fort Massac, in Metropolis, Illinois, was Illinois’ first state park, founded in 1908 due to its historical significance. The site has been historically significant since Spanish explorers first settled the area in the 16th century, and it saw heavy military action in every conflict from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812. It served as a training camp during the Civil War, and it soon came under civilian care and entered the state parks system.

Fort Massac State Park is on the southern end of Illinois, …

Fox Ridge State Park, IL

131 RV rentals

Illinois doesn’t have a lot in the way of rolling hills, making Fox Ridge State Park stand out among the other, flatter state parks. Like much of the rest of Illinois, the terrain at Fox Ridge was also formed by glaciers in the last ice age. It’s incredible to hike among the park’s many trails and imagine it covered in thousands of feet of ice. Native American tribes settled into the area in approximately the 17th century, and Europeans arrived soon after, using the river for trade and commerce.

The Civilian Conservation Corps began construction of trails, picnic shelters, bathrooms, and a small lake in 1935 after nearby residents helped preserve the surrounding land. A few of these historic buildings …

Giant City State Park, IL

131 RV rentals

With excellent hiking and beautiful natural scenery, Giant City State Park is a wonderful destination for anyone who loves immersing themselves in the great outdoors. Located about half an hour southwest of Marion, Illinois, this 4,000-acre park is home to the Giant City Streets, which were formed more than 10,000 years ago by imposing bluffs of sandstone.

Several miles of hiking trails wind their way through this patch of untamed wilderness, while fishing, hunting, rock climbing, and horseback riding are also on offer in the park. Best of all, Giant City Campground offers 85 Class A campsites where you can park your RV for a few nights while you explore the best the park has to offer.

If this …

Green River State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

358 RV rentals

Green River State Park near Harmon has 2,565 acres of untouched natural beauty for campers and outdoor adventurers to explore. Don't worry if you don't own a camper — search for an RV rental in Lee County, then plan a getaway to the state park RV campground.

Chicago sits only about two and a half hours to the east of Green River State Park. Drive over to Amboy and stock up on supplies before setting up camp at Green River State Park. Amboy is about 20 minutes northeast of the park and a great place to pick up a few last-minute essentials for your rental RV.

Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area, IL

106 RV rentals

Just eight miles southeast of McLeansboro, Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area spreads across 1,683 acres of breathtaking nature. One of the biggest attractions is the 75-acre Dolan Lake, perfect for water sports enthusiasts camping with an RV. You can search for an RV in Hamilton County and enjoy any of the park's outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, and picnicking.

Three miles of shoreline surrounded by gently rolling hills make Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area an ideal getaway for any Norris City or Carmi camper. If you're planning an RV camping trip in Illinois, Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area should be one of your go-to destinations, since it's loaded …

Illini State Park, IL

374 RV rentals

There’s no shortage of RV rentals in LaSalle County, Illinois, and no shortage of scenic state parks to enjoy a motorhome camping trip. Illini State Park is in northern Illinois, just 80 miles southwest of Chicago. The 510-acre state park borders the Illinois River, across the water from the small town of Marseilles. You’ll find grassy picnic areas, dense oak forest, and beautiful cottonwoods along the river here. The park was named after the Illini natives that once inhabited the area, and there’s plenty of history to see here.

The Marseilles Moraine, features from the last ice age that flattened most of Illinois, left a little bit of a divot where Illini State Park is located. This changing …

Illinois Beach State Park, IL

505 RV rentals

Fringed by just under seven miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, Illinois Beach State Park is popular with beach bums, avid hikers, and nature lovers of all types. The park is a breath of fresh air and treats you to sandy beaches, clear water, and pristine shoreline. It occupies more than 4,000 acres and is a fantastic place to soak up the Prairie State sunshine, with swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and camping just some of the outdoor recreation activities on offer.

As you explore the park, you'll discover a diverse ecosystem of rolling dunes, lush marshlands, sun-drenched prairies, and black oak forests. Illinois Beach is an important habitat for local flora and fauna, with more than 650 species of plants found …

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