11 Parks near Big Rock, Illinois
Sep 2016 - $25.00
Spotlessly clean spacious park with gravel sites and paved handicapped sites. Staff very friendly, firewood $5 for a nice bundle. All sites 50 amp with water, but no sewer hook-up. Two dump stations at exit. There is an equestrian area also. As it's a new park there are only small trees. We stayed for an Escapees event and others commented on it being a nice quiet park. We will return. - K&J
Aug 2016 - $25.00
Clean open park, surrounded by farm land. Wooded area to the south. Nice flat gravel pads. No sewer at pad, dump station at exit. Bring an extension hose for your water. Sounds of trains passing occasionally. On a Wednesday the week before Labor Day weekend the park was deserted. WONDERFUL bike or walking path through fields and around a water filled quarry. I'd return if the park was not full. - RVStudent
Jun 2016 - $25.00
This is a young park, meaning the trees are not big enough to give shade yet. You drive in and find a space you are comfortable with and the attendant will stop by later to collect the fee and pertinent information. It is a large, clean park with a comfortable amount of room between sites. All of the sites are 50 amp, so we used an adapter - and we lost power a couple of times with the AC going most of the time during the first heat wave of 2016. There are pull thru and back in sites on gravel with grass between each site. We stayed three nights, very quiet and comfortable. The park has water and electric only. Dump stations on-site. We would stay again. It's a long ride from I-80. We stayed in a 28' motor home with a tow. - Thirdtime
May 2016 - $15.00
Clean nice park with very little shade. Sites are level and long with some grass and some gravel. Water and power are located in the rear with a dump station at one end of the park. This park is perfect in my opinion. - illini777
Oct 2015 - $15.00
This park is relatively new, so if you're looking for shade trees it might not be good for you. There are however, new trees planted at every site that do offer a bit of shade. The sites are w-i-d-e at an angle so backing in and getting out is a piece of cake. This park is huge and laid out very very well. Its at a fairgrounds, so its pretty basic. Each site has 30 & 50 amp service along with water. There is a easy in and easy out dump station. There are no picnic tables or fire rings. Our site faced east, so the shade tree was right outside our front door. That allowed our satellite dish to get perfect reception to the southwest. It was mid-October so there was only one other RV in the whole complex. We were on our way home to Northern IL from a fall foliage trip around Lake Michigan that started in Southern WI, so this was perfect for a one night stay. We would definitely stay here again. - therealSimpsons
Jun 2014 - $15.00
Nice level grass sites on the edge of the fairgrounds. Trees are small so shade is not available. However, I felt this park had a great feel. The park manager is a great guy who is laid back but keeps the park in great shape. 50 amp service, water and a dump station for the price is a bargain. Note: Downtown Chicago is about 1 and a 1/4 hour away. - illini777
Jul 2015 - $35.00
We pulled into this campground if you can call it that, and paid for a two night stay. While my husband was inside paying I just got a bad feeling about this place. It felt like a place you would see in a horror movie. The road into it was narrow and full of holes, a man in a raggedy golf cart led us to an area and told us to "pick a site". We got out if the RV and looked for a site with sewer hook ups. Could not find one with water electric and sewer. The sites were just grassy and muddy. Nothing about this place said "camp here, feel safe". We began to wonder if we were in a junkyard or campground. We decided that neither of us had a good feeling, so we drove back to the office aka shack and got our money back. My husband said it was no problem and they probably had it happen before. My cousin said the place was known for drug raids and murders!!! Stay away from this place unless you like living or staying in an area where your life is in danger. Hideaway should be condemned and buried!!! - CaptainKarl
Jul 2015 - $35.00
This place is dirty, looks like a junkyard with abandoned trailers sitting all over the place. The "pond" they say is chlorinated was dirty, fish couldn't live in it, the play ground by the pond was dirty with garbage all over the place. If the city or county ever tested the pond water I am sure that they would shut this place down. We will never stay there again, even if it was free. - Sjmak
May 2015 - $35.00
First off - you should know that 1 star is as low as this site will allow one to rate an establishment. Secondly, 2000 characters is the max and that's not nearly enough for an accurate picture of this landfill. It is not safe here. It is not sanitary, or even clean. A schizophrenic (not hyperbole) owns the place and has a captive workforce of otherwise homeless ex-cons allowed to live in the trailer graveyard that rings the "park". Over half of the trailers here are no longer mobile. The roads are often impassible by all but a serious 4wd. Do not bring a heavy RV here, nor a trailer of any kind, unless you have an offroad capable truck, and a strong one. In fact, if you value your property and your safety, do not come here at all. Finally, this place is adjacent to an outdoor gun range. Weekends are nonstop gunfire, so you don't know whether it's coming from inside the "park" until the Kendall County Sheriff's Dept. arrives, which is often enough that I know them by name. In short, this place is for those with no choice. It's the only park within an hour of the city that stays open through the winter. Still, if you can conceive of any other option - go with that. I guarantee none of this will seem like a joke when you cross the railroad tracks into Hide-A-Way Lakes. - Marc and Tinker
Jul 2016 - $57.00
The sewer line was not capped. Instead there was a plastic bag and a piece of wood being used as a plug for our site. The backflow valve was missing. Garbage and recycling was to be picked up between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00PM, instead after 8:30 PM. This sat outside all day on our site for kids to kick and play with. My wife and granddaughter were playing miniature golf and the place was a disaster. Loose boards with exposed nails and screws were present with loose electric wire which was laying about and Christmas decoration laying on the ground with hooks and wire fasteners laying about. These were trip points and hazards that a child could easily be hurt by. The general maintenance was lacking and seem to be operated by teenagers and very young adults with no managers present. They were very helpful but some were not very knowledgeable in the operations of the campground. - Jim W1
Jun 2016 - $38.00
Great family park. Plenty of activities for the kids to do. Kept them very busy the whole time we were here. The only complaint we have, is that it's time to build new bathroom/showers. They were very outdated, no place to hang towels, clothes, or toiletries, and always much dirtier than they should be at any time, even after they were cleaned. - Stone n Pebbles
Apr 2014 - $35.00
We stayed over the easter period with our 3 young kids. We all had an awesome time. Great activities for kids, fantastic putt, putt and playground. The owners and staff are incredibly hard-working, friendly and polite. Happy to help with any requests. We will stay again if ever in the area. - RRIJB
Jul 2016 - $60.00
We needed to be in this location and this was the only campground in the area. Driving in, I was impressed with the clean pool, lots of flowers and freshly painted fence. I was shocked at paying $60.00! Staff was friendly but that doesn't justify such a high cost. No cable or internet unless you sat on their porch with a computer. Bathrooms were average. The dump station was situated so your RV is tilted in such a way that your tanks can't drain. How can a campground charge so much for just a bit of space? - Silvana CLark
Jun 2009 - $30.00
Camped here twice so far, they have 9 short term sites. Family friendly and dogs are welcomed. All 9 sites are back in and are tight. Nice pool and Camp store. Not a lot to do at the camp grounds itself. - Mojo 035
Jul 2007 - $28.00
Fairly priced with good people, and affordable amenities. It was a clean park, and we were very satisfied, so would go back again. - jjfamily
Oct 2015 - $38.00
Park was generally clean but the "comfort station" was old and in need of updating. Showers were hot but cost $.25 for 7 1/2 minutes. More than enough time for a shower. Sunday night other campers were loud late but ceased around midnight. Last part of the season, so no big deal. We would stay here again. - Camping Hoosier
Aug 2015 - $46.00
This is a nice campground. The owners have a lot of attention to detail and quickly responded to, and solved, a sewer drain problem (was clogged by previous campers). My "8" rating is based on a few minor criticisms, some of which are out of the campground's control.
Getting into the lot was very difficult, requiring a lot of back and forth movement, due to the tight spacing of the lots. Fortunately, the owner recognizes that and personally aids the campers in backing into the spaces. However, prior to departure, I asked the neighbors to move their vehicles so we could leave without disturbing them early in the morning.
Use of the lake/pond is included in the camping fees, but the water visibility was probably no more than 6 inches. The owner claimed the water tests all come back excellent and that the visibility is likely due to sediment as it is supposedly clear in the mornings. The lake/pond was very busy when we were there, so the sediment may have been the issue, but it was the worst I have ever seen in a lake/pond.
Use of the pool (which was very clean), costs $1 per person per day. I suspect they charge that in order to limit the number of persons using the pool as it is not very big and, after looking at the lake, many people may prefer the pool. Since the rate on the campsite was reasonable, the extra charge for the pool wasn't necessarily that bad, but I hate feeling like I am "nickle and dimed" when I go to a campground, so that fee was a bit of a turnoff for me. I would prefer they raise their rate slightly and have the pool use included.
The Miniature Golf was fun, but it also requires an extra fee. As above, I would prefer to not have to pay extra for the amenities, but I suppose if someone were only going to camp overnight and not use them, then that allows them to stay less expensively.
I would consider staying here again if I were in the area. I commend the owners for their hard work and attention to guest safety and comfort. - JB in Indy
Jul 2014 - $50.00
Beach was nice. Outside of that everything had issues, like not enough bathrooms; after 10am most were backed up. Our son had to drive 10 minutes away to a gas station to use their facilities. We were charged to use our air conditioner, but our site only had a 20 amp connection. Even with an adapter we did not have the current to run the AC, but we were charged. Site was very difficult to access; owner admitted he never put a pop-up on the site. The site was for primitive camping, but again overcharged. Plus, issues like charges to use showers, pool made this park very costly. We also rented two cabins and the owner made refunding security deposit very difficult stating "well, the fire pits were dirty". The cabins were infested with spiders, making most of our group refusing to use the cabins. We will never return. - Bob & laurel
Jun 2013 - $35.00
We stayed here in a 40Ft rig. Most of the sites are taken up by long term seasonal residents. Management is good, have on-site security, and have worked hard in cleaning up the trash. Our rate for the month of June is $500 which includes electric. However we have found some people are charged less. We stayed here because of family in Montgomery, IL. which is close by. They do not have a website, but if you do a search you can find it on the web. - Gatorcq
Jun 2016 - $20.00
Have been coming here for years when the kids were small, before full-timing. This park is a top camping draw for families from The City and fills almost every Summer weekend, during the week not even a tenth filled.
This park features a big fishing and paddle sports lake, no motors over 10hp. Buy a license! DNR Police are active here.
The day-use and camping sections are separate and distinct. There is a restaurant at the day-use side and a great camp store with fishing and camping supplies as well as food and ice cream treats on the camping side.
There are boat rentals at each location.
There are 150 camp sites, FCFS and ReserveAmerica. They are all back-in, electric only, level is debatable. The park works hard to keep the woods at bay and is constantly pushing it back, but the sites are still very woodsy, many are in twilight all day. The State Park has a booster club and many supporters. See this web site, not Illinois DNR, for lots of info about the lake and park, as well as pictures of the camping sites and lots of fish pics:
This is a camping park mostly tent camping, pop-ups, and travel trailers. Motorized RV are probably truck campers and small rv's. Check the photos in the above noted web site. Large Class A's and 5th wheels would have a chore getting in. There is a fire ring and picnic table at every site and there is plenty of grass around before giving way to the woods.
There are good hiking trails, including a formidable one around the lake.
Families and children play all day and never stop exploring the woods. This is not a quiet place...it is not supposed to be.
Besides the usual outhouses there is a single shower and bathroom building which, though cleaned daily, is severely taxed when the park is full. It is rather Spartan, at best.
Four host couples, scattered about the park keep things running smoothly without spoiling the fun. - Jack B
Jul 2015 - $15.00
Lived in the area before full-timing and know this park well. 150 sites: 60 FCFS, 90 Reserve America. It is a park all about a big lake for fishing, kayaks,canoes, and sail boards. No motors over 10hp. There is a day use area with cafe, boat rentals, and camp store. The camping area is separated from day use and also has a camp store and boat ramps. This is a park for tents, pop-ups, and small trailers. All sites are back-in, level is no way guaranteed. Many sites are very short, not designed for big Class A's or 5th wheels. The park is very heavily forested and camp sites cut into the woods. Camp sites are clear by constant use. Summer weekends are almost always full. Many miles of walking trails are mowed clear. Only one brick-and-mortar bathroom with two toilets and showers, the rest are all pit type outhouses. If possible, drive this park first and note the good sites. Because of its size there are five host couples on site and will help whenever they can. This park is basic but very nice. - Jack B
Jun 2014 - $25.00
We loved this campground. Beautiful, wooded sites, (for the most part) clean bathrooms. Large lake for fishing (no swimming) and boat rentals. Nice playground and volleyball court by the dock and camp store, hiking trails. Great place to unwind. We will camp here again and I have recommended it to others. - rollinrollinrollin
Sep 2016 - $38.00
This is a very nice park with nice views of lawns, trees, water, etc. Plenty of walking areas. Unfortunately the RV spots are all stone/crushed gravel - no grass by the sites, but level and clean. Helpful attendant helped us park. Sites themselves are close together, but certainly not on top of each other. Situated in Sycamore, IL - a nice town for walking or bike riding. We stayed here so that we could drive in and ride the Fox River Bike Trail - 20 minutes east of here. We would stay here again. - Deb and Chris
Sep 2016 - $34.00
Very well maintained park. Nicely defined grass/gravel areas.
No tents, screen rooms with bottoms, or rugs allowed on the grass. This keeps GRASS there, not weeds.
I do not agree with paying for visitors, but there is a $2/visitor fee.
Grass sites are limited, and as all sites are, tight. Parking your tow vehicle is in convenient.
One of the most well maintained parks I have been to.
A lot of comments on the owners. I have had no problems. Follow the easy and common sense rules, you shouldn't have any problems. Owners are particular and strict, but the outcome is a nicely maintained park.
Spacing good but DEPTH LACKING.
Owner guides you to site, no problems even with 42' 5er. - Magiccowinuse
Aug 2016 - $30.00
If there was nothing else its location would make it worthwhile.
This park features two small lakes, about a mile and a half around the two. Small boats are OK, fishing is catch and release. There is a big sandy beach on one lake with a buoy roped swim area. Also paddle-boats.
The owners have resisted putting camp sites around the lakes, most would have, the walks around the lakes are clear and improved and very pretty, with picnic tables, and flowers.
All the RV areas are level gravel with easy hookup to very convenient pedestals. All sites are back-in, end-to-end, but because the sites alternate, like a checker board, everyone has there own area. Each site has some shade, a picnic table, and fire ring.
The lack of grass at the individual sites is more than covered by the acres of beautiful green lawns. Always mowed and ready for a barefoot walk, because everyone picks up after their dog. The park is too beautiful not to!
The flowers and shrubbery are very professional. All of this is kept clean, neat, and groomed every day.
There is no cable because Rockford and Chicago are very near. The Wi-Fi is by TengoInternet and free. Wi-Fi can slow down if the park is busy.
The bathrooms and showers are all-in-one style and very clean and comfortable.
The laundry seems pricey but note that the machines are front-loading commercial washers and dryers; fill them to the limits indicated. They do a good job.
The owners have their home here at the park. It is a lovely home and all the park and campers spread out before them. We are camping on their front yard.
The owners are very proud of the park and work hard every day to keep their home clean and neat. To this end,there are rules. These rules ensure a clean, safe, and secure campground. All rules are printed on the welcoming brochure and there are none that I have not seen at other parks.
This is like an oasis, with all the large, old trees surrounding the property you wouldn't know a city was nearby. - Jack B
Sep 2014 - $20.00
Maybe I just happened to pick a bad weekend, but this first visit to this campground was completely miserable. Perhaps had I come to tent camp and never expected to leave the campground the whole weekend, I'd have a different opinion. First the good points-- nice graveled campsites (and all have electric), plenty of shade and privacy between the sites in this heavily wooded campground, fairly clean bathhouse, and a nice lake nearby. If you happen to be a resident of DuPage county, the $20/night rate is not bad either. Sadly, the good points end there. The campground is located at the very back of the park and requires driving over 6 large speed bumps to come and go. The campground roads are narrow gravel with tight turns and hills. Most sites are only suitable for tents, pop-ups, vans, or RVs less than 25'. The only available water is from non-threaded spigot pumps. The dump station is small and tilted the wrong way to empty most RV tanks. The campground is only open 2 or 3-night weekends from May through Sept. But perhaps the biggest negative-- both the campground and forest preserve gates are closed and locked just after sunset every night. If you want to enjoy a nice dinner beyond the park boundaries, or visit friends in the area, forget about it! One final negative-- when I visited, the park was literally overwhelmed with mosquitoes. So bad I had to wear a bug jacket to cover my head and upper body! In the future, I'll stay at the Kane Co. Forest Preserve campgrounds-- much MUCH nicer parks that have been built with RVers in mind. - WinnieViews
May 2014 - $20.00
This park is a bit hard to locate. It is actually located in Warrenville. Any RV campground in the Chicago is a rarity so even with some drawbacks we were glad to find this one. It is a large, beautiful and heavily-wooded oasis in a pretty congested area. Staff very friendly. Restrooms were immaculate even with heavy usage on a holiday weekend. The drawbacks are: (1) it is only open for Fri. and Sat. night camping except on holidays, (2) no and or sewer connections and the few water spigots will not allow for a hose to be connected so to fill your tank requires carrying water in containers to your RV. Sites are level and very spacious with site #64 being best located for the restrooms with showers. One unusual plus is that those over 65 get 1 free weekend per year. We would camp here again. - judb
Jun 2013 - $20.00
We've been visiting Blackwell for almost 40 years, but this is the first time we've camped there. We only live about 7 miles from there so it's an easy weekend. This is an oasis in the middle of suburbia. Heavily wooded sites, with level crushed gravel pads and now, electric at all sites, according to the attendant at the gatehouse. There are no water or sewer hookups, but there are spigots throughout the park. There is an adequate dump station, although it is not all that level, so your tanks may not fully empty. I remarked to my wife that whether we traveled three hours to Wisconsin or drove 7 miles to Blackwell, the end result is the same. Quiet camping in a lovely area. The one downside to this campground is that it's only open on weekends, except for holiday weeks when it's open for the entire week. Also making reservations entails calling the District HQ and booking over the phone. There is a three day reservation window which pretty much eliminates spur of the moment camping. The camping permits arrive by snail mail, so very last century. Still, it adds to the charm I suppose. We'll be back often. In the summer the crowds in Wisconsin can be frustrating, so this is a nice alternative if you just want a quiet weekend to camp without dealing with all the traffic. - baraff