Rachel C.

The Dyrt Pro

Springfield, IL

Joined February 2021

One of our favorites

We have camped here twice and it is beautiful in any season! Great privacy and good size sites in the northern east loop. Around site #100  (90-110 approximately). We looked up a drive through on YouTube to help pick out a good one. The second time we came here, we intentionally picked a pair of sites that were next to each other/connected and also by the bathrooms. The port a potties are nothing amazing and they were actually getting full the first night we were there, but then they were taken care of. Great hiking, scenic views, good playground by the showers. Will definitely be back again and again.

Good St Louis area camping

We spent a couple nights here at an electric site near the playground.  We really enjoyed the hiking and views.  The facilities were fine, consistent with IL state parks. There is a vault toilet by the playground and a shower house on the other side of the campsites.

Great, kid family fun

Wanting to explore some of the Shawnee Forest, we selected Giant City as it was recommended by a friend (and one of the few places that accepts reservations ahead of time!)  The campsite was good and we loved that it backed up to some woods, which our kids explored often.  The vault toilets were fine and the play ground was good.  We really enjoyed the hikes, seeing the sandstone "walls" that makes the area famous.  We found several short but gorgeous hiking trails, which was perfect for our young children.  We also had the entire loop of the campground to ourselves, as it was early spring and our spring break was an off time. We ate a great dinner at the lodge, which has beautiful panoramic views and the food was tasty too.  We liked the family style fried chicken dinner! Very prompt service, too.

Great location for us

We stayed here because we were visiting family in town.  It is a nice place, but we felt packed in around all the big campers in our little pop up.  Very small sites, but maybe this is normal at private campgrounds? We are used to being out in nature. I also did not anticipate no grills/fire rings.  The bathrooms/showers were very nice, we joked that they might be nicer than our house. ;-) We did not need to do laundry, but there are coin machines.  We were very bummed to not try the pool, as there were heavy rains the few days we were in town.  It looked lovely.  We did make it to Anna Maria Island one afternoon when the sun came out and Holmes Beach never disappoints.

Little slice of heaven

After the Covid lockdowns, this was the perfect getaway for our family. The bathrooms were clean, the campsites were a good size and well shaded.  We went to the beach at Cub Lake for hours every day!  There were several playgrounds around the campgrounds, I'm sure we tried them all.  We had an electric site around the corner from the beach, near an older playground and bathrooms.  The lake is BEAUTIFUL!  The cabins looked wonderful, too. We liked that they had both a fire ring and grill.  The lake water is pretty dirty, but we had plenty of fun. There was also a nice visitor's center and walking trails.

Perfect for our Legoland visit!!

We had a BLAST at this camping retreat 3 miles from Legoland! The owners/employees were very nice and accommodating.  The pool was just what we needed, the put-put was a fun activity, the bathrooms were clean and adequate, the campsites were not huge but just fine. (Not many people at all in the summer, we had no neighbors.)  The playground looked fun but was closed due to Covid.  We ended up staying an extra day and would love to come again sometime!  Only disappointment was that I did not realize there were no fire rings/pits/gills, so we had a couple of "interesting" meals in our camper that were intended for campfire cooking. Part of the adventure, right? :-D

Good tent camping experience

We found this little gem at a last minute camping adventure on the way home from out of town.  It was one of our first tent camping experiences.  Nothing fancy, but the pit toilet and water supply worked just fine for us and our kids.  We found some beautiful hiking and water holes.