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203 Reviews of 25 Bessie, Illinois Campgrounds

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2021

Unimpressive and crowded

The campsite is considered to be primitive, which is fine, but it is right along the trail without any cover. All the campsites are one on top of the other without any cover in between or from the trail. They were all taken and incredibly packed during the Memorial Day weekend and honestly seemed…

Month of VisitJune
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

New, clean, great experience

Fairly new campground. Bathrooms and showers were very nice and clean. Tent sites have the most shade I’ve seen at any campsite I’ve been to, very good. Overall great place to crash for the night.

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SiteT01
Month of VisitJuly
Sunshine Z.
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Giant City State Park

We came down for a spontaneous camping trip to explore SNF and found Giant City to be a great place to stay. We stayed in the primitive camp site, while there were others there, everyone was dispersed far enough that it felt private. Camp grounds were clean, quiet, and the camp host and park ranger…

Site9
Month of VisitJune
DThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 25, 2021

Nice little spot

The staff was friendly and helpful. Clean bathrooms and laundry facilities. They are planting trees and trying to improve the grounds. It is a good location and easy access to the Shawnee forest. We stayed 2 nights and would stay there again.

Site32
Month of VisitJune
Never Sitting S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 17, 2021

Large campground

Overall a great stay, very busy as it was full the entire time we were there while the state park down the road was empty. Nice place for families, most campers seemed to be fishing. Absolutely must check how level the spots are before you book, as lots of sites are over 4 inch incline, which seems…

Month of VisitJune
Never Sitting S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 17, 2021

Nice campground

The biggest thing about this campground is first come first serve..and one loop is closed for renovations (as of 2021 camping season, May). Most you can spend here is 14 days, which lots of locals do. Very quiet family friendly with large mostly level spots. Our go to when visiting the local…

SiteA16
Month of VisitJune
T
Reviewed May. 13, 2021

Great Place

This is by far the best KOA I have ever stayed at. We stopped here for an overnight and wish we could have stayed longer but needed to get back on the road. It’s quite, very well maintained, friendly staff, lots are big. Just can’t say enough about this park.

Site3
Month of VisitJune
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2021

Backpacking camping along Indian Point Trail

Many different experiences available so decide what you are looking for. The parking lot is marked as backpacking parking. We headed down Indian Point Trail and within 50 yards or so we came upon the first site. An offshoot trail headed off to the right and ended at a nice campsite with a set fire…

  • A variety of sites from close to the car and further away
  • April brought the spring beauties to bloom :)
  • One of a few campsites
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Month of VisitMay
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2021

Indiana Does It Again

A huge campground for both tents and RVs. Electrical but no water connections at each RV site. Hot showers and bathrooms within walking distance of each site. The shower spigots stay on a loooong time so no need to keep pushing for shower stream. Super friendly ranger who let us pay for our site…

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Month of VisitMay
Kelly W.
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2021

Lovely gem in Southern IL

We spent part of spring break there this year. Sites are beautifully wooded with many excellent lake views, even with full hookups. Easy access to great bike trails.

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Month of VisitApril
Samantha F.
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2021

Great Overnight Stop

Was a great campground to stop at overnight. It’s conveniently located right off the interstate. Check in was super easy and contactless. The full hooks up were great. We had a spot by the pond and it was a great place to walk the kids and dogs around. Would definitely stay here again.

Steve D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2021

Hidden Gem

Great backcountry backpacking. The huge rock formation area is packed but the backpack loop is amazing. Great views.

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Month of VisitApril
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2021

Dusty, rustic camping at the edge of Shawnee

This small, rustic camp is at the edge of Shawnee and only had a few campers staying multiple nights with us. Then the turkey hunting season came upon us and the sites filled.

We had site choices that ended up being along the gravel forest road that goes by camp. This put us away from other…

  • The gravel road is just beyond the back of our teardrop. We had shade for a portion of mid day. Maybe more shade would be here after the leaves grow out.
  • Head down the forest road and you will find this small cemetery. The family lost a few children within a few years - life must have been tough in the 1800s.
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Month of VisitMay
AC The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2021

Giant city

Great campground, park ranger very close and comes around often. Nice big spaces for rv or tents.

Down side its not super close to alot of trails.

Month of VisitMay

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