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Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

Cave-in-Rock State Park

Cave-In-Rock, Illinois


1 New State Park Rd.
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois 62919
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Sites: 34
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.470004592221
Longitude: -88.152666091919

Elevation: 479' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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Ratings overview

12 Reviews

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice quiet park. Scenes from the movie "How the West was Won" were filmed at this park as well as scenes for the TV show, "Davy Crockett." I enjoy this park although it may be too quiet for some individuals. A restaurant and cabins are in the park. The restaurant is very popular on weekends and the staff is very pleasant. The cabins have beautiful peaceful views. Campsites cannot be reserved. Discounts are available for seniors. Handicap sites are available. A playground is available for children. Picnic tables are available at each campsite. The campsites are relatively level. With some sites you may want leveling blocks. Although the campsite pavement is not as wide as I would like, they have a separate paved parking site for your truck or car next to the camper site. Backing in was not bad with plenty of headroom for pulling forward. Trees near the campsites do not hinder parking your camper. Water is available at spigots in the campground where you can fill your water tank. Water is not available at each campsite. This campground would be a 9 or 10 if it had water and sewer at each site. The shower house is clean but the shower temperature is not adjustable. The water was comfortable but became hotter the longer it was on. The shower house has two showers for men and two for women. The handicap showers were not working during my visit leaving only one shower for men and one for women. It did not seem to be a problem since they were not busy. The campground is well maintained. I hope to return for another visit. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at the restaurant in Cave-In-Rock, IL. They have great pies. Also, eat at the restaurant in the State Park. They have great service and food. Get there early on weekends. If you need to eat out more, Marion, KY has some nice restaurants downtown and worth the visit. I recommend taking the ferry across the Ohio River near dusk for a beautiful sunset. There is a lot of history in Hardin County, IL with the nearby Salt Springs, Garden of the Gods, and river pirates.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

I was last here in 1998 and the bathhouse was not completed at the time. The park ranger was very friendly and helpful when needed. Water was available at different areas but within walking distance of any camping area. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful, but fairly remote, campground. We were traveling with friends and chose the first two sites after the camp host (which was empty), up on the hill. It was starting to rain, so we thought it might be a dryer location. The sites have 30 amp and water and we had trouble with the electric at our site, shortly after setting up. The ranger tried some things and we finally talked him into replacing the breaker, which seemed to solve the problem, but we didn't push it. We were offered the host site, which has sewer as well, but we were already setup and it was cold and rainy, so we stayed and were careful what we had turned on. The cave is interesting and worth a visit, the restaurant on site was really good, I recommend it. The ferry across the river is fascinating to watch and we took it to Kentucky and drove to the Amish area on that side. There wasn't a lot to do in the park, but it really is pretty. One warning, if it rains the mud is super slippery. The pads are asphalt, but fairly narrow, so our steps went onto the grass/mud and we had to be cautious getting to the steps. Overall, we enjoyed our stay. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes
Tips for other Campers:

Take the ferry to Kentucky and visit the Amish area, some really great food.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice clean park. Well maintained and everything mowed. Lots of shade trees. Lodge within walking distance from campground for meals. Lodge has breakfast buffet on weekends. View of river is beautiful from the lodge and scenic drive. River is not visible from campground. Campground was quiet with paved roads and paved camping spots. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice and quiet park. We stayed here after the rains and wanted to see the cave. However, the Ohio river was in a flood stage and the path to the cave was covered with water. Should have called ahead. The camp sites are paved with a second paved space for parking a second vehicle. Be sure to bring leveling blocks as the pads are not level Sites only have electric. You will need to fill your water tanks and dump when leaving. There is a ferry ride from the KY. on the south side of the river to IL. Well worth making a detour off I-24 to see and spend a couple of days. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice shady state park. Lots of well mowed grass in the center of the park with a heavily wooded area surrounding the park. Sites are paved, with some sites having a paved parking area. On the negative side: there is only 30 amp electric at the sites. From the camp you can hear the barge and ferry traffic on the river. It is an easy drive to Garden of the Gods or other scenic areas. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park. Only electric hook-ups. No water or sewer, although there is a dumpstation with freshwater available. Most campsites are 100 feet or more apart, so plenty of room and plenty of shade. Lots of hills that are fun to ride bikes down and less fun to ride back up. There are picnic tables on a ridge overlooking the river, and there is a river taxi that runs up and down the river if you would like to have a look. Great place to spend a weekend. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 36
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful small park. Rated slightly lower due to lack of water at sites although public water at shower house/restrooms at highest point in campground loop. Also, showers scalding hot and several campers complained to host. May be corrected soon. Would return but be prepared with full water tank. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, this is your spot. This is a beautiful, peaceful park nestled into the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest. We stayed here over Memorial Day Weekend and amazingly enough, the campground wasn't full. The campground was within walking distance of the cave and the Ohio River. The area also offers a lot of other natural, beautiful spots to visit. The campground is well maintained and almost all of the sites are shaded by large, mature, hardwood trees. The sites are large with plenty of space between them. We were able to set up our badminton game and had lots of room for the kids to play. The campsites have asphalt pads with picnic tables and a fire pit at each. My only complaint: the shower in the bath house was turned on by push button with no way to control the water temperature and the water was terribly hot. I would camp here again. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

What an attractive and peaceful campground and State Park, - immaculately kept. We camped mid-week in September and there were only 4 other sites occupied. The actual cave is rather tired, - graffiti etc, but the view across the river from the cliff top, above the cave, was wonderful and was only a few minutes walk from our campsite. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2007 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of fully grown trees and a hilly environment make for a variety of choices in the type of site you'd like from down in the valley to up on the hilltop. We chose hilltop and were able to get cell reception (barely) as well as be near the shower house with shade and satellite TV reception. Unfortunately, the area had seen record rainfall a couple days before we arrived. Within three days of our arrival, the mosquitoes were incredibly thick! Still, the Cave-in-Rock State Park along the river gave us an escape in the cave and walking the paths. The dump station has both gray and fresh water hookups within easy reach. With two hoses, we were able to fill our fresh tank while dumping and flushing our black tank. A great time saver as long as you have two sets of hoses. The water was clean and odor free. We would stay here again. We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2006 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean park. Staff was friendly and kept the place clean. We stayed for 5 days and it was almost empty the whole time. Part of the Shawnee National Forest so there are alot of places to go to around there. Access to KY is thru a free Ferry! We camped at Cave-in-Rock State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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