Leah H.
Springfield, IL
Joined July 2016
Great Camping Near the River

This camp site has RV hook-ups and tent camping. There are trees throughout the campground if you're looking to set up a hammock. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table and is a mix of grass and light gravel. Pit toilets, no showers. Water spigots throughout the camp ground. Keep an eye out for snakes though! I nearly stepped on a copper head in the outhouse! Camp sites are a 2 minute walk to the St. Francois River. Great hiking along the river and good fishing, swimming and kayaking in the river! Also not to far from the Castor River Shut-ins if you're looking to pack two rivers into one trip. We just celebrated my husband's birthday here last weekend, though we have been a few times before. Always a blast!

The formations are so neat and the camping is good

Peaceful here. Fun to play in the water! We just went on a day trip and now I want to go back for a full weekend!

Great Place. I Love the history!

Great camp site and facilities. We ended up cutting our stay short because the lake was flooded to bad that the ramp was covered and we couldn't get the boat in the water. :(

Fun Place!

Great family getaway destination! Lots of outdoor fun to be had and next door to Brandson. Pleasant staff and very nice facilities.

Great camping and great history

Love this place and have been visiting here ever since I was little! I love to walk through all the old buildings and learn about Lincoln's way of life. They even had horses and a bull out in the pastures! All the kids were feeding one of the horses handfuls of grass over the fence. And I love that everyone is in period clothing for events. It's quite charming like a step back in time. There is also a little diner/ice cream shop for lunch or a snack. And plays in the outdoor amphitheater in the evenings. Great place!

Great Place!

Well maintained. Beautiful surrounding areas. Near Cobb Cave and Whitaker Point!

Great Relaxing Weekend

Beautiful area. The camp sites were very roomy! Clean bathrooms. Hikers' paradise! Love it here! Can't wait to go back!

One of the Best Illinois has to Offer! ...which in not that good.

This park and campsite are pretty popular. This is a great place for canoeing and kayaking! We also went fishing. Long hikes throughout the park are also enjoyable. The camping was decent. As were the facilities. Fairly close to home so I'll probably be back but only for the kayaking. My overall feelings on everything else were just kinda meh. Nothing compared to some of the MO and AK kayaking that I've done. Like seriously the okayest park ever.

Busy during peak tourist season

Super crowded on the holiday weekend when we went. Lots of nearby stuff to do. I highly recommend the seeing the Dixie Stampede! That was my favorite. The Ducks are fun too. Be warned the children will be honking their little squeaker beak toys for the whoooole ride! But if you can get past that, it's really actually a fun ride.

Amazing!

Spacious campgrounds, clean facilities, and tons to do! I'm a big fan of just hiking and exploring around. I could "go for a walk" and be gone for hours! Beautiful scenery year round. Have been several times and will be several more!

FISHING!

So many great places to fish and just great views of the river in general. Very scenic. Spread out sites so you're not on top of your neighbors. Tons of family and little kid friendly activities. There are a general store and small cafeteria in case you forgot something or burn your dinner over the fire. ;) Great relaxing getaway! WIll go again!

Fun for Families

It felt a little commercialized from the get go. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park…? The campsites were nice. They had RV sites as well. Swimming pool in addition to the lake. While we were there, we heard the owner had gotten after a bunch of kids so I guess it's not the type of place you can let some of the older kids run around unattended. It's near family so I'm sure I'll be back but it's not my favorite.

Fantastic Stay During Music Festival

We camped here while going to a nearby music and arts festival. Very nice facilities, clean, potable water, flushing toilets, the basics. Conveniently located to events and attractions in New Orleans. Can't wait to come back next year!

Beautiful

Best place I have ever camped but maybe I was just super excited to be there. The whole place was beautiful! Would go again in a heart beat!

Nice Place

Very nice camping grounds. We had lots of fun around the fire that night but it was so hot that weekend it was a little miserable in the afternoons. The facilities were pretty well maintained. Would visit again.

Visited on our Honeymoon

We stayed here for a night while visiting the cave as part of our honeymoon travels. The cave was absolutely amazing! The group that went in was very small. Our tour guide was fantastic and so knowledgeable. I have never seen so much wildlife in a cave tour before, and I have been in caves not normally open to the public. This park is very protective of its cave and takes many measures to ensure the health of its wildlife. Well staffed and everyone is very friendly, helpful and informed. If you were thinking of going to Meramec Caverns, skip it and go here instead. The Onondaga tickets were cheaper and the cave is well maintained. Not commercialized with Lassie cutouts and laser light shows to distract you from the fact the cave is dead: both its formations and its wildlife from the 24/7 365 exposure to light and humans. Onondaga is a much better experience!

Kansas City

We stopped here for one overnight while en route to another destination. Everything was fine but nothing special about it that I could tell from my one night there. Facilities were what you would expect at most campsites. Was quiet in the evening but it was also a weeknight.

Mill Creek

Camp ground was okay. Facilities were dirty by the end of the day but the camp ground was also packed when we were there. Doesn't seem like quiet hours are enforced as there was music playing at a couple different sites all night long. Is fun if you are looking for a party atmosphere though.

Fletcher View

Absolutely beautiful area! Clean facilities. Can get busy on weekends!

Buffalo National River

Beautiful area! The river rose pretty fast when we camped here in May this year after a three day storm, but our camp site drained pretty well.