Date of Stay: March, 2009
Rock Cut State Park is our favorite Illinois State Park and we have been camping there since 1987. While the park rates have steadily increased, there are still bargains to be had if your are a senior and can camp Monday threw Thursday. The rates then are $17.50 per night. Camping on holiday weekends is a bit pricey at $35 per night in my opinion as the campground has only electric hook-ups. Still, during the week the park is near empty and you'll have your pick of good sites. The park fills up fast on the weekends and you'll need to get there early Friday or even better yet, on Thursday. The park will fill to capacity on Holiday weekends at least it used to. Whether it does during these economic times remains to be seen. The concession stand is open again and there is a new concession area located between the Plum Grove area and the Staghorn area. The Staghorn area (previously named Buckthorn) is the section that takes reservations. All in all, still one of Illinois' treasures.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
Rock Cut is our favorite local campground and we camp there 8-10 times per year. The hiking trails are fun as is fishing in Pierce Lake. A new concession stand was built about 3 years ago and hot food is available cooked to order. There is a bait and tackle shop right next door to the concession area where boat rental is available. There is one camping cabin available by reservation and it overlooks Pierce lake. It is located in the Boy Scout Camping area of the park. We have camped there since since 1987 and in 1991 the three newer camping areas of the park opened. Buckthorn, Prairie View, and White Oak are arranged in Cul De Sac fashion with wide sites and shrubbery for privacy. Buckthorn is a reservation area only and reservations can be made by mail and using your credit card. Limited camping supplies are available on the weekends but there are several large supermarkets just outside the park boundaries. There is also a swimming lake which is usually open in the summertime. Admission is $1. 00 per person. There are two dump stations available and they are located just south of the Plum Grove camping area. Wildlife is plentiful with Wild Turkeys, Deer, Raccoons, and other species frequently seen. Water is available at the entrance and in the middle of the Cul De Sac style camp areas but the water quality is marginal. It is usable for showering and washing dishes, but I would recommend that you carry bottled water for drinking, coffee, etc. This park has become very popular in the last several years. The park is usually near empty during the weekdays, but fills to capacity most weekends and especially on holiday weekends. Unreserved sites can usually be had up until late Thursday or early Friday but can be difficult to obtain after Friday afternoon. There is a playground directly across from the Plum Grove camping area. That is the old original camping area of the park and sites here are quite a bit narrower than in the newer sections. There is also a bathhouse located here and the other bathhouse is located directly across from the exit of the Buckthorn area. Rock Cut is a beautiful park with much to do. I would have given it a higher rating if water and sewer were available, but even so it is a very enjoyable park, in my opinion, one of nicest in Illinois.