The group campground was perfect for our event. The sites are spacious and private and the fire rings are massive! We even had a white raven spend a fee days with us which was wild! The bathroom is not plumbed so be prepared to diy a sink and check with the park service about drinking water quality ahead of time. Try Brady’s Bluff hike for a challenging path full pf stairs and gorgeous views pr go a little slower with the black walnut path.
This campgroudn is huge! you can get to the beach every hundred yards or so from the campsites. I loved hearing the waves all night. Watch for wind warnings though, you may not sleep well when the waves are really crashing and the wind is gusting like mad. se
I visited Palos early this week (mid-April) for a very very chilly three days. The tent sites are right next to the water which is beautiful but can get very windy. There is no privacy between the sites (no trees, etc). There are small and medium cabins, some heated with their own bathrooms, that feature bunk beds and are great for getting out of the cold. The central bathrooms are clean, heated and offer showers. The water is not yet potable so bring your own or check with the park team to ensure it's drinkable when you go. The hiking here is AWESOME with a bajillion different routes right from the campground. We hiked 10 miles and saw tons of animals and birds including a snake, loads of herons and songbirds, deer, a raccoon and a Cooper's Hawk. I will definitely be back!
We pulled into this campground after a long drive in the dark. They allow you to arrive late (no check-in time) and we enjoyed a quick night on our way to the BWCA. The campground was beautiful to wake up to and the restroom facilities were well-kept.
I've been to this lovely campsite three times - once in the fall and twice during different summers. The campground and park are packed during the late fall as everyone around comes to see the colors. Find a campsite that's a little ways away from others if you want a more private experience - they're very close together but you can find ones with better tree cover.
Starved Rock is great because you can walk a mile or two in a loop or do the full "mega hike" which is 13.4 miles through 18 canyons. The park features lots of elevation with many sets of stairs so make sure you bring water, sunscreen and snacks.