11 Parks near Pocahontas, Illinois
Apr 2016 - $29.00
We stopped here as it was the closest we could find to meeting friends. We were told we were getting a concrete slab pull thru. It was the most un-level site we had on our trip from AZ to IL. Site surface was gravel, sunny/open, with very close lot spacing. The roads were gravel with potholes. The road to the office from the entrance was quite steep. It was okay, but we won't stay here again. - Retired2Travel
Aug 2015 - $23.00
We stayed one night as a stop over. The park is fine for one night. We had a pull though in the shade. Lots of long term trailers parked here. No wifi and electric service went out for two hours which might not be the parks fault. If it rained there would have been a lot of mud. Management did not answer phone put walked to office when they noticed us pull in. They parked us away from the long term campers. Dump station easy to get to. - Mark from Missouri
Apr 2011 - $20.00
Owner is not friendly. It took a few hours to find someone to sell us wood at the office. The pond smelled of dead fish. Many permanent residents. We camped in a tent surrounded by permanent residents. Whole camp is surrounded by corn fields. - Archadia
Mar 2014 - $29.00
Hickory Shores "Resort" -- definitely need to remove the last part of the campground name. This park is a far from being a "Resort" in any context of the word -- bluntly, this "place" is a dump!! We were in the parking lot (by choice) as there was a 50 AMP connection -- one of the few in the "place". The Host was extremely helpful and apologized for the condition of the "place" -- owner appears reluctant to invest in updating all the known issues/deficiencies. We last stayed here in the early '90s and it's not been updated/maintained for years. Mostly folks living here are on a yearly basis -- projects a neglected "trailer park" appearance. - ChiefJohn
Aug 2009 - $31.00
This campground sites were very small. I have a 31 foot motorhome, we could not put up our awning due to a tree in the way. My slideout was about 1 to 2 inches from another tree on other side. The water & electric hook up was on other side of camper so we had to get out a garden hose for water. They had a very nice pool. The office/store closed by 3pm most time sooner than that. There was a pond with no fish in it one of the permanents said he there was fish in there but he had not seen anyone pull any out in a long time. Carlyle lake is near by its a huge man made lake looks like a smaller lake Michigan. There are lots of water things to do there. The campground was loud at night because cars and trucks. All in all this was a no thrills campground I would not drive out of my way to stay here. Lake Carlyle cool, Hickory shores resort not cool. We will not be going back. - rv1
May 2007 - $23.00
Very pretty camp with lots of shade trees. The big draw back is it's distance from main highways. Park needs some restoration. They did have WiFi but the modem broke and they did not repair or replace it. I was directed to a site which was a nice choice but narrow on a winding road. The manager did not follow me or show me the site or help with my backing up. I was traveling alone so had to get in and out of the truck to check distances and obstructions. They need a lesson in park management. I just stayed over night and left the next day instead of staying longer. Park was empty except for two of us. Getting out of the site next day was fun due to the close confines and 360 degree tight turn to exit the area. - murph164
Carlyle, Illinois (map) | (618) 594-3015
Sites: 328 | Latest Rate: $20.00 | 4 Reviews
Feb 2015 - $20.00
There were limited campgrounds open in Feb so not a lot of choices en route from north to warmer climates. We were the only campers in the park. Host was very friendly and escorted us to our site. This park would be a beautiful place to stay in the summer as it is wooded and overlooks a beautiful large lake (which was frozen when we were there). No water available so had to use the public showers - they were not as clean as I would have liked but perhaps hadn't been used in awhile? Some leaves had blown in from outside. Only a couple of pull through sites. Our 37' RV with car attached barely fit. Would be tight for larger rigs or you would need to stay in a back in site. Drive slowly as you enter and exit the park as there were lots of deer, some ran out in front of our rig. - Nautical Wheelers
May 2013 - $15.00
Nice park and setting. Bathrooms incl showers moldy, musty, dirty - wouldn't shower in one. - cmclark
May 2012 - $20.00
We found this park most scenic -- near the beautiful Lake Carlyle -- and near enough to town that we could run in for groceries, restaurants, etc. Even though we had a horrific storm at night, our grounds stayed fine. Showers and toilets could be better (and maybe more of them -- nearer), but all-in-all, it was nice. We can't comment on the pool and grocery part as it wasn't open yet. But we do recommend this park. - stocky
Jun 2016 - $9.00
Arrival: Roads are wide, paved, clearly marked and easily traversed. About 1 mile of US 50 and 2 miles from the smallish town of Carlyle, IL. Dump station and water are at the front entrance. Since there is no water on the basic sites, be sure to fill your water tank before pulling into the campground.
Sites: About half of the sites are paved, otherwise gravel. They all have plenty of room and most are reserve-able online at recreation.gov
Restrooms: Generally clean. Three locations throughout the park. Showers at the front have laundry facilities and open scheme for showers. Restroom in the middle has 6 individual rooms with toilet, sink and shower. Timed water with low shower heads tight to the wall.
Cost: $18 for electric and $26 for full-hookups. 1/2 price for Access Pass holders.
Local Area: Carlyle, IL is not a big town. There are basic services and a few fast food restaurants. Alternatives are between 20 and 60 miles away.
Internet: Wi-Fi in the park -- free and open. Cell signals are temperamental.
Other: One of our favorites. Friendly staff, easy access, Walmart within walking distance. Fishing is OK and lake-front sites are available.. some can be reserved. GPS routing is good from all approaches. A very secure location with periodic Sheriff patrols. Some mosquitoes and gnats, but generally pleasant... except for the biting flies... they like to go back for seconds. - JC Penny
Jun 2016 - $9.00
This is a beautifully maintained campground. It has pull throughs large enough for my 40ft 5th wheel to remain hooked to my truck, and back-ins long enough for two RV's as well as side by side with lots of room to spare. 50 & 30amp electric service at site with water and sewer at dump station. Wonderful staff at check-in. Lake access for boating and fishing. Only spent one night this time but hope to pass this way again for a longer stay. - Pastor Bob
Sep 2015 - $18.00
We stayed in site #49 which was right on the water. Spectacular view of the lake. Literally just steps from the water. My husband caught lots of fish, so he was happy. Sites are a little close together, but not bad. We had an electric site, so had to get water, but not a problem. Bathrooms could have been a little cleaner, but are old, so maybe not the easiest to maintain. Had to go outside the park to buy firewood, but it was reasonable where we bought it. We would definitely stay again and plan to next year. - Southbar
May 2016 - $32.00
Nice park. Lots of seasonal campers and a few spots on the hill for overnighters. Most of the campground is shaded but the spaces for travelers are in the sun. Sites are clean and level. Easy in and out. The restrooms are old but were very clean. - ArkansasTraveler
May 2016 - $30.00
A good overnight spot for us coming or going cross country. Pretty basic sites. You get packed in on busy nights. Sewers were high and drainage was iffy. Water pounded with heavy storms. Will miss the owners who are very nice. I am sure we will return. - User1308
Sep 2015 - $32.00
Sites level gravel, hook ups fine. Sites not overly long for bigger rigs and they are very close together. Many seasonals there in all types of conditions. Some high end and others held together with banding wire. Owners were very nice and helpful. Grass kept nicely cut and walkways maintained well. Perfect for an overnight stop with easy access to I 70. - User1308
Jun 2015 - $12.00
We only stayed one night on our way north but wish we could have stayed longer. We had a pull thru with sewer and a great view a bay and the beautifull park across the bay. I wish I would have had time to kayak on the lake.
It is a bit out of the way but worth the journey. Will stay here again when we head north again. - Lainee131
May 2015 - $12.00
We stayed 1 night before the Memorial Day weekend and had no problem getting a site. The sites were large and spacious. Verizon reception was OK and no problem getting a signal for DirecTV. Good 50A service with steady voltage around 120V. We had a full hookup site with good water pressure. We were just passing through but would have liked to be able to stay for several days as it was a very nice campground and our site had a large shade tree with a great view of the water. - Ramblin On
May 2012 - $16.00
Very nice COE campground. The sites are huge and in good shape. The grounds are very well maintained. Nice grass and huge mature trees. We had a lakefront site and it was very nice. All sites were back in. Very quiet area. The only negative was finding the place. We arrived after dark and there were no signs from the main road to direct you to this place at all. Once you find it, it is worth it though. Nice swimming beach area, boat ramps, extra parking for boat trailers. We had an electric only site and it was great for a weekend. - Red2
Sep 2014 - $16.00
This is an excellent COE campground. We stayed in site #5 that is a wide, paved site that looks out onto the marina. It has full hookups and is quite spacious. The utilities all worked well, and the views are great. We had originally reserved another site, but upon arrival learned that there had been a cancellation on a full hookup site. It was a great decision! I will stay here again. - SargeW
Sep 2014 - $8.00
This is a nice Corps of Engineers park but not quite as nice as others we have stayed at. The sites are electricity only and we were able to secure one with 50 amp service. There are water faucets spotted around the park to fill your tank. There is absolutely no recycling of any kind in the park; shame on you, Federal Government. We were able to get a great DirecTV signal from space 50 and our Verizon Wireless signal was adequate as well. We would stay here again. - Kent and Margaret
Jun 2013 - $12.00
This campsite is along the COE Carlyle Lake Reservoir, about 12 miles south of I-70, and about 60 miles east of St. Louis. It has both electric and full-hookup sites. I stayed in an electric site and then moved to a full hookup. Electric sites are in woods along lake, but I could not get satellite. Full-hookup sites are newer and more open with asphalt pads and grass. There is a marina and boat launch. I would easily stay here again. Price is senior rate for COE campgrounds. Electric only site was $8. - judy_online
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Very nice park. Clean, well kept, and friendly.
Majority of sites are seasonal campers, a few for transients. One hour from St. Louis. - niftynickers
May 2016 - $17.00
A very friendly park located on a working farm. We had a long, level gravel pull thru with water and electric. There is a dump on the way out. Other sites had sewer, but not were we were. We had a lot of rain, but the site drained pretty well. It was also dark and quiet at night. We weren't able to use the small lakes which were open for fishing. - ronboett
Sep 2015 - $20.00
Rate shown is the Passport America rate plus $3 for 50 amp service. This is a very nice park. We have stayed here several times before and certainly will again. It's convenient to the interstate and very easy in and out. The staff is friendly and helpful and we were escorted to our site. There are a lot of permanent campers but the park is well kept and quiet. The roads and sites are gravel but well maintained and level. The pull thrus are large with plenty of room for our slides. - SandyA
Jun 2015 - $26.00
We arrived really late and were greeted by the owners who were very friendly and helpful. We camped 2 nights here in our motorhome, we did not have a full hookup, just water and electric. They didn't have any 50 amp sites but sold an adapter that we found to be a good purchase and something we will surely have need of/make use of in the future. The campground is large and mostly treed, surrounded by cornfields. It has 2 fishing ponds/lakes, a beautiful pool, a pavilion where activities are hosted (pot luck, crafts, Father's Day breakfast), golf cart rentals, 2 really nice playgrounds, a sports field(which we didn't take the time to look for), there is a "shower/bath house" with a small clean laundry room - the washers and dryers work and are reasonably priced. There are many "permanent" camp sites set up, most of which are very well maintained, there were a few that were not so nice, they looked like they had been there for decades - but hey, you're at a campground not the Ritz Carlton. I do have to say that many of the campsites were muddy but the area had just experienced some very heavy rain. We really enjoyed our stay at Rustic Acres and would gladly visit again. - Sweetwater77
Sep 2007 - $26.00
Keep driving. This place is a dump. Almost all of the sites are permanent or seasonal campers. The septic was full for our full hook up site--if you can call it a site. They sent a school bus equipped with a sewer pump and tank to pump out the septic--now that is a pleasant smell after dinner--Yuck! There are more golf carts than teeth in this campground. Keep driving--even if you are tired! - Culpepper
Aug 2006 - $24.00
Let's just say, should you find yourself on the North side of St. Louis and very, very sleepy, you might want to stay here. Otherwise keep driving north. Large park with hundreds of shanty town trailers. A very scary shower. - Xelas
Oct 2015 - $35.00
This park is closed for the season and will not reopen in 2016. The owners plan to remove the park facilities put the land up for sale. - 15243
Sep 2015 - $35.00
Convenient to I-70 or I-55 and very nice for a one night stopover. Friendly folks at check-in, clean facility. Very nice area and close to St Louis if one wanted to visit the city. - dodgedan
Sep 2015 - $35.00
This was just an overnight stop for us on our journey home. I'm not a fan of typical RV parks and prefer state or county parks even if you don't have all the amenities. For this reason, I just rated this site as "Satisfactory."
The sites all have full hookups but they are VERY close together. The sites are paved and many are pull through, which is convenient. The park appears well managed and clean.
The location is not walking distance to any restaurants or other services. - Ree Klein