Not too bad for a state facility in a state that suffers from deep budget cuts. Sites fairly spacious, good dump station, and interior roads. It's the exterior roads that make just getting into the park a real hassle. The roads by both entrances are completely torn up and under construction, and, unless you come from the Tollway, extremely bumpy and rough. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful park, very private sites. It felt like we were alone in the park. Very clean, including the bathrooms. A special place close to Chicago. Stayed only one night. Would come back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate reflects senior discount (50%). A very nice state park with good roads. The area is hilly, so most sites will drop off from front to back or visa versa. This can be problematic for a motorhome where the rear tires must remain on the ground to hold the coach in place. I had to run the tires up on about 8” of boards to hold traction. Contacting the park for information on a site for a motorhome is recommended. The large trees eliminate satellite in most areas but local air signal has all the major channels. Verizon showed 4 or 5 bars. Sites are mixed use with tents beside RVs. Sites are 50-amp. A good dump station is near registration. We were there in July and there was heavy use of the park. There is a reduced rate for seniors and the on-line registration is good; there is a $5 registration fee. Likely we would stay there again. Rating lowered only because of the unlevel sites and issue getting information. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The roads into this campground are paved, with gravel sites. Our site 126, was not very level. When trying to level our motorhome using even trying our leveling blocks, the front wheels ended up off the ground and we still were unable to level the unit. We walked around and noticed that many of the sites are not level. There are handicapped sites that are paved which do appear to be level. The shower house was on the cool, but did stay on for about 30 seconds at a time. The state park is beautiful and there is tons to do. There is fishing, swimming, biking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. While in the campground, we saw three turkeys, several rabbits, and a raccoon. We would probably camp here again, but would definitely seek out a more level site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Still one of our favorites! We got in late, but were able to get parked and connected easily. Love the loops, as it feels like a much smaller park. Great overnight spot (as this was for this trip) right off the tollway, and even though no pull-throughs. Used their new dump stations on the way out--excellent! They are wide, level, easy in and easy out. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great State Park: very well maintained, nice level lot and a pleasant staff. We stay one night while traveling, the park is only a short distant off the interstate yet very quiet. Being late in September may account in part for the quiet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were here early in the year when only one loop was open. Park is beautiful but the campsites were not so great. Had to try three sites before I found one with working electric. Sites are also close together and not that level. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for two nights early in the camping season. There were still plenty of people there and everyone was very respectful. The bathrooms were clean. Small playground but very nice. We were there for a baseball tournament so we did not have a lot of time to explore, but I would definitely go back and see what else the park has to offer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great State Park Campground. We have stayed here twice and will definitely go back. The staff is friendly and very helpful. There is nothing really to do at the campground besides hiking, but we love to just riding our bicycles around and look at all the other sites. You can also drive a couple of miles to the lake and there are boats and other things to do on the lake. This park is great for a short, quiet get away. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice state park and, judging by the number of others here, they agree. Most sites are large and many are very secluded, surrounded by bushes and trees and grasses. Some need leveling help. Nice grassy sites with a picnic table and a fire pit with grate on each campsite. There are many activities available such as: kayaking, biking, fishing, boating, paddle-boating, etc. You can rent kayaks, bikes, paddle boats, boats, etc. They have a camp store which has things you might need but forgot like bug spray, but also firewood and food items. A restaurant is near the boat launching area with a Fish Fry on Friday nights. It also serves sandwiches, salads and ice cream. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park started with a reservation system last year. Thus you better know what site you want, when doing the on line reservation. If Just driving in, you have to ask if there are openings, and you are assigned a spot, not what I like. Years back, you registered, found your spot, placed the sticker on your post, and that was it. There was a section that always had reservation, but now the whole park is that way. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is one of the nicest State Park campgrounds you will find. PRO's - Mostly level sites, reliable power, extremely clean restrooms and showers, several large campsites. CON's - There is one site occupied by a state employee who's site is a little run down. His car sat with a flat tire and there were people in and out at all hours. Some sites are severely sloped, dump station in awkward location (not on the way out), $25.00 for a State Park site, The new reservation system. We arrived on Thursday, 09.23.10 to stay four nights. The registration booth was closed so we picked our site and the ranger stopped by to check us in. I told him I was staying four nights and he would only allow me to pay for two. He also said I may have to move as the site may get reserved for Saturday and Sunday. I was unable to reserve a site on Thursday until Tuesday the 28th. The state needs to improve on this system. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Lovely State Park Campground. The camping area consists of five loops, and site spacing varies within these areas. The Hickory Hills loop is for tenting only. Some of the RV sites are quite spacious, while some are close together, allowing small groups a measure of intimacy. There are a limited number of accessible sites that feature concrete pads and patios with paved paths to the nearby restroom facilities. All of the Accessible sites we saw featured 20/30/50 amp electric. A few Standard (non-accessible) 50 Amp sites are available. When booking through Reserve America, you can view the individual site size, parking area and features, including the electric services, and distance to the nearest water hydrant. As with most of Illinois State Park Campgrounds, Alcohol is strictly forbidden. We camped here in a Motorhome.
A nice park for a short stay. Electric is only 30 amp and there is no water or sewer at the sites although they are mostly pretty level and well spaced. This is a large park with lots of trails to keep you moving. We camped here in a Motorhome.
It is nice state park. Up side - big well spaced sites, nice play areas for kids, lots of stuff to do in the park. Down side - no water at the sites (but water is available), sites are grass and dirt, probably muddy in rain. Signage inside the park was adequate except at the entrance to the campground. This is temporary due to construction, but it caused us great headaches as we wound up at the park office where we had to disconnect the toad to turn around and find the campground. When you see the construction site turn whether you see the sign or not and DO NOT GO TO THE PARK OFFICE. We will likely be back (now that we know where we are going) since we have family in town. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here in May of 2009 during the week so it was quiet. We gave this a 5 because the spaces are too close together and while most of the pads were level, some were not. There were few fresh water fill up locations. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rock Cut State Park is our favorite Illinois State Park and we have been camping there since 1987. While the park rates have steadily increased, there are still bargains to be had if your are a senior and can camp Monday threw Thursday. The rates then are $17.50 per night. Camping on holiday weekends is a bit pricey at $35 per night in my opinion as the campground has only electric hook-ups. Still, during the week the park is near empty and you'll have your pick of good sites. The park fills up fast on the weekends and you'll need to get there early Friday or even better yet, on Thursday. The park will fill to capacity on Holiday weekends at least it used to. Whether it does during these economic times remains to be seen. The concession stand is open again and there is a new concession area located between the Plum Grove area and the Staghorn area. The Staghorn area (previously named Buckthorn) is the section that takes reservations. All in all, still one of Illinois' treasures. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a park that we visit a few times every year. Lots of hiking and bike trails in the park. There is swimming available, but not in the park itself. We usually camp there Monday thru Thursday, as the weekend can be busy and sometimes noisy. The grandchildren like the wild turkeys that roam the park in early AM and PM hours. Also Illinois seniors receive a discount in camping Mon - Thurs. The only sites that overlook the water are used mainly by pop up type campers and tenters, due to the limited lot sizes, and no electric hook ups. Check for 50 amp service prior to setting up, as it is not offered through the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Nice state park campground. Can accommodate big rigs. Level gravel sites, most have shade. There is no water or sewer on the sites. We were not made aware that we needed to have a full tank of water. After we realized that fact, we had to close up and find a water spigot, fill our tanks, return to the site, and get reset. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Wonderful! As soon as you pull in the park, you feel as if you are in a different, quiet, natural world. We were here on a weeknight, and it was maybe 1/3 full. Plenty of space. Beautiful sites with lots of green space. Private sites have green "belts" between sites. We liked it so much, we are already planning a return trip to be able to stay multiple days. Sites level, the circles or rings of sites makes it seem much smaller than it is. The lake front sites are all non-electric (tents or class b). What a great park! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This was my first time here. My husband's sister comes here 2 or 3 times a year and loves it. I have never been in a cleaner, more quiet, more relaxing campground and I've been to quite a few in my life. We got there on a Sunday and left on a Sunday. We got a really great site that was partially shaded and then scouted out other sites we would like to have the next time we come. Loved it here! Clean bathrooms, no debris flying around, and peaceful. Check it out! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
[ 8 / 10 ]
We hadn't camped here in over 20 years, but were pleasantly surprised by the changes - the new campground loops are much better than the original one (Plum Grove) and the park has a nice natural feel with its prairie plantings. Saw several flocks of wild turkeys and a couple raccoons in our one-night visit. The reserved-site loop was nearly full, mostly because of a large group who appeared to be part of a camping club, but the other loops were only 1/2 to 2/3 full this weekend. Stormy weather may have been a factor. Appreciated the earlier post about the water quality, and brought plenty of our own to use. Bathrooms and showers were cleaned every day, but the floor tended to be wet on this rainy weekend. The newer showerhouse has better showers with private changing areas, but has very weird toilets, all porcelain with no seats!! The older showerhouse has no private changing areas for the showers, but has normal toilets. We will definitely camp here again, and not wait for 20 years this time! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our breaker blew 4 times within the first 2 hours of arriving. We had to get the camp host each time to correct problem. Turns out you cannot have A/C and microwave or a lamp on at the same time! We had to put our refrigerator and water heater on propane the entire time to prevent power failure. We paid $20 a night to use up our own propane. Shaded spot but only slept there at night and left the park during the day. Very disappointing! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Rock Cut is our favorite local campground and we camp there 8-10 times per year. The hiking trails are fun as is fishing in Pierce Lake. A new concession stand was built about 3 years ago and hot food is available cooked to order. There is a bait and tackle shop right next door to the concession area where boat rental is available. There is one camping cabin available by reservation and it overlooks Pierce lake. It is located in the Boy Scout Camping area of the park. We have camped there since since 1987 and in 1991 the three newer camping areas of the park opened. Buckthorn, Prairie View, and White Oak are arranged in Cul De Sac fashion with wide sites and shrubbery for privacy. Buckthorn is a reservation area only and reservations can be made by mail and using your credit card. Limited camping supplies are available on the weekends but there are several large supermarkets just outside the park boundaries. There is also a swimming lake which is usually open in the summertime. Admission is $1. 00 per person. There are two dump stations available and they are located just south of the Plum Grove camping area. Wildlife is plentiful with Wild Turkeys, Deer, Raccoons, and other species frequently seen. Water is available at the entrance and in the middle of the Cul De Sac style camp areas but the water quality is marginal. It is usable for showering and washing dishes, but I would recommend that you carry bottled water for drinking, coffee, etc. This park has become very popular in the last several years. The park is usually near empty during the weekdays, but fills to capacity most weekends and especially on holiday weekends. Unreserved sites can usually be had up until late Thursday or early Friday but can be difficult to obtain after Friday afternoon. There is a playground directly across from the Plum Grove camping area. That is the old original camping area of the park and sites here are quite a bit narrower than in the newer sections. There is also a bathhouse located here and the other bathhouse is located directly across from the exit of the Buckthorn area. Rock Cut is a beautiful park with much to do. I would have given it a higher rating if water and sewer were available, but even so it is a very enjoyable park, in my opinion, one of nicest in Illinois. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very clean and quiet. The employees were very kind and helpful. Only 28 sites are
reservable but this is a pretty easy park to get sites in on a Friday morning. There are sections that are packed pretty tight and others with large private sites. Many sites with electric are not level. One downer for some is that this park does not allow alcohol and in fact you will be fined if caught. Also they strictly enforce the speed limit unlike some places that only say they enforce it, so be careful. There's lots to do and it's a great place to spend a weekend. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Located near Rockford, IL off IL-173 (80 miles NW of Chicago).. Access from I-90 via Riverside Blvd exit, follow signs to park or off IL Route 173... 212 Class A (electric sites) and 60 Class B (tent sites)... All class A sites have either 30/20 Amp electric or 50/30/20 Amp electric... Water available at entrance and in center of Cul De Sac style campground loops... Toilet facilities and showers at various locations in the campgrounds (2 bath houses total)...Fishing Lake, swimming beach, hiking trails, boat rental,(row boats, motor boats, paddle boats) bait, fishing licenses available... New concession stand this year with full service restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating... Many miles of hiking trails with wildlife (Deer, Wild Turkeys, etc. frequently seen)...Reservations taken via mail for Buckthorn Camping area only, otherwise sites are first come, first serve...Park water is moderate quality... Carrying of bottled advised for coffee, tea, lemonade etc... Playground for kids (Plum Grove area) and campground store (usually only open on weekends with limited supplies)... Grocery shopping (and other) available about 5 miles from park...As with all Illinois State Parks, no alcohol allowed in park, violators subject to arrest and eviction from park... Some river front sites available in Class B area only (tents only) but tents allowed on all Class A sites... Pets must be leashed at all times and you are expected to clean up after your pets... Dump stations (2) located at south end of campgrounds...I gave this park an 7 rating because it is a particularly pretty park, especially in the summertime with quite a few activities available... Although lacking many amenities that are usually found in private parks, it is one of our favorite places to camp... We camped here in a camper.