The staff here is very nice. This is a mostly a seasonal campground, most of them having large decks, patios, and golf carts. There appears to be a large number of activities for the guests. There's a small playground, basketball courts, mini-golf, swimming pool and pavilion setup with screen and projector, I assume for movies. The 50-amp overnight sites are pull-through gravel, they lead you to your site. The sites are very narrow with trees, so we had to watch the slides on both sides, this will get worse as the trees mature. There's a nice concrete pad and picnic table, but it's only a few feet from your neighbor's sewer connection which is not always pleasant. There are grass sites as well, I assume 30-amp but am not sure. There are no fire rings, but rather dirt spots where fires are suggested. There's a sportsman club next door that is constant noise. If they weren't shooting they were running tractors. There's nothing more than a thin row of trees separating you from it so the noise is always there. Overall a very friendly campground and you can tell they take pride in the facilities. We camped here in a Motorhome.
About 90% of the sites are occupied by seasonal or year-round residents. The sites for short term visitors are located on the south side of the park, next door to the shooting range that is just on the other side of the fence. During the week, the sound of gunfire started about 5 PM and lasted until after dark. As we were hitching up to leave on Saturday morning, it started up again at 9:15 AM. We cannot say what the rest of the weekend noise might be like. Regardless of what the office says, the noise is loud and intrusive. Aside from that the staff are very friendly and helpful. AT&T and Verizon signals were OK, however the Verizon data connection was pretty slow. The water pressure varied greatly, depending on the time of day, anywhere from 20 (very low) to 50 (good) PSI, but most of the time was on the low side. The Wi-Fi was better than most, which may have been because we were parked right next to the office and antenna. There was a notice posted on the swimming pool entrance for a $2 charge for campers, $3 for non-campers for use of the pool. Note on finding the park: Using Google maps to search the address ‘973 County Road 2250 E Secor, IL’ gives wrong location, off of IL 5, to the north of Hwy 24. In order to find the correct location, you need to search on the park name. The park is located on the county road, SOUTH of US-24. Bing maps however does find the right location when using the address. If you are too tired to cook, Monical’s Pizza, 4 miles back at the interstate, will deliver to the RV Park for a $3 fee. The main reason for the low rating is the noise from the shooting range. We will not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Good check-in and we were led to the site. Had a pull-through site for one night. Our site was not level, narrow and close to other units. Looks like there were several units parked here for the summer. A good overnight stop as there are not many places to stop on I-39 between Bloomington and Rockford. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The front desk is great. The sites are a little close but they are fine. Shooting range next door is the only drawback. It kind of bothered me for the first hour but after that I forgot about it, and I was right next door to the range. If you think this will bother you when you call, request a site on the other side of the campground. I brought my own wood and nothing was said. Have fun and happy camping. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I scored Hickory Hills at a 7 simply because of their front office staff (they get an 11 in my book!). We needed a port in a (wind) storm and we called the office late on a Friday and asked if they had a 50-amp site available for a two night stay to allow the 25-30 mph winds to die down on our way to Joliet. The lady in the office said it had been a long, hard day and she was just leaving to go home, but would be more than happy to come back over to the office to check us in if we would just call her cell number when we arrived. We arrived an hour later and she could not have been more helpful. She didn’t act “put out” by our last minute check-in or the fact that it was cold. They aren’t a Good Sam property, but she gave us the 10% discount anyway. They escorted us to our site and made sure we were all set before leaving. Here’s why I can’t give them higher than a 7, however: the fantastic front office staff just can’t make up fully for the quality of the sites. The overnight pull-throughs are not level at all and are very narrow. I’m glad that it wasn’t a busy weekend because if there had been a camper on the left and right of us, there would have been barely enough room to sit at the picnic table between the slides of each motorhome. The long-term sites are pretty large –that is certainly where their bread-and-butter is made. Some reviewers have commented on the shooting range next door. The overnight sites are on the very edge of the property immediately next to the road going to the range. We didn’t hear any gunfire while there at all, but it was the weekend of their annual community fish fry (awesome fish!) at the range, so maybe they weren’t in operation. We probably wouldn't make this a destination, but we were certainly glad it was available to us this weekend. We would stay here again under the same circumstances. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Second time here. Great place. Quiet, convenient, and well maintained. Glad to be here. Too many reviewers are picky. This place is great. Will come here again. 42' coach, towing and site was more than enough. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Less than 4 miles from freeway, gravel sites not very level. Jammed our levellers in fact. Escort to site. Good satellite reception, no WiFi, Verizon air card was fair and no reception on Sprint. Bathrooms are old, but fairly clean. The Shooting Range NEXT DOOR, is active til 8:30 pm. Would not stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
While traveling I-39 on our way north, we were grateful to find this campground open in late March. Illinois just doesn't have many offerings before April 1. It was a friendly, secure place for an overnight stay with good size sites. I would recommend it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park was really closed, but we called ahead and they said to stop and they would allow us to park overnight. They had the water turned off, and the sewer pumps turned off, they offered electricity only at this time. Nice folks, and the park is very nicely laid out. We would stay here in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Older park with gravel sites. We were there on a holiday weekend so park was very busy with golf carts racing all about. Our satellite TV wouldn't work because of the trees. The majority of sites were taken by seasonal campers. It was OK for overnight. We would stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Do not stay in pull through sites numbers 10, 11, 12. The sewer backs up when people dump their black tanks. The smell is horrible and there is waste on the ground! Disgusting. Our friends were in site 12 and were surrounded by this - they were not given their money back or even at the very least given an apology! We will never go back! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
An OK park with mostly seasonal people. All gravel and can be dusty. Pull thru sites on the south side of the park have a clear southern view for satellite reception. Unfortunately those sites are closest to the 'gun club'. You can expect to hear shotguns being blasted every 10 seconds all evening for about 3 hours. I stayed on pad 9, which was pretty level. Most other sites are shaded. A young couple own the park and are trying to make improvements. The buildings are very old. And not well maintained. Nearest big town is Bloomington/Normal - 20 miles south. Only one grocery store in El Paso [IGA], 4 miles east. There is nothing in Secor - dismal railroad town. The park is 4 miles west of exit 251 on I-39. There are not many parks along this route. I asked for a discount. They gave me a 'veterans' discount of $2 per night. No 'Good Sam' or other discounts. We camped here in a Motorhome.