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Illinois RV Parks: The RV parks in Illinois You Want to Visit!

RV parks in Illinois lie scattered pretty evenly throughout the state, offering refuge from the highway no matter what part of Illinois you happen to be traveling through. In the southern quarter of the state, where we crossed from east to west, my wife and I found a nice selection of Illinois RV parks within a few miles of the highway that we followed.

Karen and I came through Illinois on part of a 30,000-mile road trip that we had started the year before from our home in the Pacific Northwest. We had hit the road with our RV in search of America and of ourselves. The trip is recounted in my book, In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.

In Illinois we overnight at an RV park located in Cahokia, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. Here’s a brief excerpt from my book that introduces the reader to Cahokia:

“We’ve made camp on the Illinois side of the river, in a town of fewer than 17,000 people, called Cahokia. Who’s ever heard of it? Yet Cahokians claim that in it stands the oldest church west of the Allegheny Mountains, a timbered structure built by French missionaries when they founded the town in 1699.  Some New Mexicans might dispute the “oldest” appellation for the church. But there’s no disputing that Cahokia is the oldest permanent European settlement in Illinois.”

The campground here where we stopped for a couple of days was known as:

Although it’s located in Illinois, this RV park is convenient to all of the attractions of St. Louis, and claims to be less than five minutes from St. Louis’s famous arch, the “gateway to the West.”

If you’re considering exploring any Illinois RV parks, I hope you’ve found these observations helpful. If you know of any other RV parks in Illinois that I should add to this list, e-mail me at

To read a great book about life on the road, including my travels through some of the great RV parks of the Midwest, grab your copy of In Search of America’s Heartbeat: Twelve Months on the Road.