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140 Reviews of 11 Harper, Illinois Campgrounds

JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

Very nice campground

Rock Cut St. Park is in the middle of an urban area, but you would not know it. The park is very large(the largest in northern Illinois) and has multiple campgrounds. I stayed in the Prairie View campground. Trees all around, plenty of shade. There is a central bathhouse with flush toilets and 3…

SitePrairie View
Month of VisitJune
sThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2021

Quiet, clean, comfortable

Car camping in my Prius and wanted to stay in a non electric (ie tent) space for $12 but all the tent spaces didn’t seem to have anywhere flat to park. From what I could see, most of the nonelectric/tent were down at the bottom of slopes. Ended up paying the $18 and staying in a nice electric spot…

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Month of VisitJuly
JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 21, 2021

Big park with lots of options for camping and recreation

Rock Cut St. Park is in the middle of an urban area, but you would not know it.  The park is very large and has multiple campgrounds.  I stayed in the Plum Grove campground.  Trees were not really leafed out and some sites would have shade later in the year.  Site along the edge of the campground…

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Month of VisitJune
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 18, 2021

Options for a weekend away

Had a great time last weekend at Rock Cut. The camp grounds and roads were well maintained, and the larger park as a whole was very clean and spacious. Toilet facilities are about the average for a state park, but hopefully you will spend most of your time outside of them enjoying nature. We…

  • #nofilter
  • Big Moth
  • Nothing like a campfire
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Site30
Month of VisitJune
K
Reviewed May. 7, 2021

Quaint and Quiet

I’ve always loved this small quiet campground, even as a teenager. Though I notice that it has gained a lot of popularity in recent years! Campsites are well spread out to give you some privacy, but it still has that “campground feel” so expect neighbors. Though there is a dump station, I would not…

  • We were able to find a large, spacious sight.
  • Another picture of the space. we definitely had to be picky about spots in order to find something we’d be able to squeeze into
  • the river is beautiful and so are the trails
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Month of VisitMay
SThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 4, 2021

Great Shakedown Trip

This was our first time to Rock Cut State Park and it was amazing. The park itself is quite large with really nice hiking trails. We took our new tent out for the 1st time and had a great site. The only negative is that the sites are very close so not a lot of room between them. We took a walk on…

  • Hidden picnic spot on the lake trail
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Month of VisitJune
F
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2021

One night test run

We live less than five minutes from Rock Cut and wanted to test out our pop up camper. It's off season so the showers were not open yet but there were open toilets. Wasn't too many other campers so it was nice and quiet. Hiking trail is right next to the campground which was nice. You can hear the…

Mike B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2021

Quiet Campground with Scenic Views of the Rock River

Very nice campground for weekend getaways. Less than two hours from western suburbans of Chicago. Just about a mile from Oregon where you can find a number of bars and restaurants. There are also walking trails within the campgrounds.

Month of VisitAugust
Kevin C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2021

Perfect State Park

I spent most of 2020 here. Close to everything you’ll ever need while camping. Only negative are the same everywhere you bag go. Other campers not respecting the earth or other people. Love this place.

Jennifer B.
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2021

Lots of Wildlife, Nice Campsite!

We stayed here last summer and had the biggest site we’ve ever had in all our camping trips. Had an owl friend spend two days with us in a tree! Beautiful sites and the paved roads are great for biking!

Yolanda D.
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2021

Quiet, woodsy, nice for tenting

I camped at New Glarus Woods for two nights during a warm stretch in November, 2020 while hiking the Ice Age Trail. Wooded campsites with fire rings. Clean, pit toilets and water pumps. Definitely a great campground for those looking to car camp while segment hiking the Ice Age Trail.

  • My campsite on my second night after hiking on the Ice Age Trail.
Month of VisitDecember
Michael  L.
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2020

Great relaxing weekend

Yellowstone Lake is great for hiking and fishing. They even have a swimming area. But a must is the small ice cream shop that has even lunch menu. The wife and I just loved the small town that was a drive away as well

Shari  G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2020

An Easy Respite from City Life

Just outside of the sprawling metropolitan area of Rockford, Illinois, the recreational oasis of Rock Cut State Park awaits. With miles of walking, hiking, biking, and even some intermediate mountain biking single track around a damned lake, there is plenty for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy. 

  • A brief video tour of the Plum Grove loop.
  • Getting ready for a paddle around the lake.
  • Spacious sites with lots of sun.
Month of VisitDecember
Josh F.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2020

Small, close to 2 busy roads - there are nicer options in Southern Wis.

Throughout the summer of 2020, I camped at a number of Wisconsin state parks in the southern part of the state but hadn't gotten to camp at this one yet. While driving through the area I visited the park in December- photos won't show its summertime beauty but my walk through the park identified…

  • This is the decrepit pit toilet serving the walk in sites. When looking at a map, choose sites on this side of the path, they are further from the road and have an extensive woods behind them.
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Month of VisitJanuary
Meg K.
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2020

Beautiful

Love going here. It’s a beautiful campground that is kept up. Very clean.

Month of VisitSeptember

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