Apple River Canyon State Park


4.67 out of 5
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Campground Description

he park offers 49 Class "C" sites without showers in the Canyon Ridge Campground and 6 group sites in the Walnut Grove Youth Campground. Reservations are accepted through ReserveAmerica. Winter camping is available from 11/1 - 4/15 in the Walnut Grove Youth Campground. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the campgrounds.
Contact: State Government
Posted by: TrailAPI on January 3, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Bird Watching, Dump Station, Camper, Fire Rings, First Aid Supplies, Fishing, Fishing, River/Stream, Grills, Handicap Access, Handicap Sites, Hiking, Hiking - Difficult, Hiking - Moderate, Hiking Trail, Historic Sites, Information/Contact Station, Nature Study, Office/Ranger Station, Parking, Photography, Picnic Area, Picnic Tables, Picnicking, Restrooms, River/Stream, Shelters, Stargazing, Trails, Difficult Hiking, Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking, Trails, Moderate Hiking, WATER ACCESS, RIVER / STREAM, Water, Drinking, Wildflower Viewing, Wildlife Viewing, Retail, Firewood, Cottages, Archery, Cash Machine/Atm, Church, Dining, Emergency Services, Fuel, Vehicles, Golf, Golfing, Grocery Store, Group/Community Facility, Hunting, Laundry, Maintenance, Vehicle, Medical Clinic, Mobile Food Service, Motel, Newspapers, Playground, Propane, Restaurant, Retail, Drinks, Retail, Ice, Retail, Snacks, Retail, Supplies, Seasonal Festivals, Shopping, Sightseeing, Swimming - Pool, Swimming, Pool, Waterfall, Waterfall Access, Antiquing, Area attraction, Art & Museum, Boating, Boating, Canoeing, Boating, Kayaking, Camping, Equestrian, Camping, Equestrian Group, Canoeing, Catering, Fruit / Produce Picking, HISTORIC STRUCTURE/FEATURE, Horse Rentals, Horseback Riding, Hospital, Kennel, LODGING, GROUP FACILITIES, Lodging, Cabins, Maintenance, RV/Camper, Mall, Orchard/Produce Farm, Putt-Putt Course, Recycling Station, Retail, Seasonal Concessions, Retail, Store/Gift Shop, Rock Climbing, Skiing - Water, Trails, Equestrian, Water Skiing, Water Slides, Winery Tours

    Campground Amenities

    Electrical hookups, Pets OK, Sewer hookups, Water hookups

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    Camping Fees

    Vehicular access w/o showers or walk-in w/ shower access: $8 per night; Groups: $4/per person with $40/day minimum.

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    Reviews of Apple River Canyon State Park

    Reviewed by Forseti on August 7, 2014

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    Fantastic camping. I too saw the amazing starry skies. I heard coyotes howl in the distance. It gets very dark at night and there is occasional vehicle noise rumbling off the canyon walls on the roads that pass through but it's nothing excessive or bothersome. Amazing archeological site in the park of the lost town of Millville. Very clean grounds and facilities. Idnr should be proud. Limestone and rock formations are top notch. You will not believe you are in illinois. Well done to preserve this space before some ahole made it a golf course.
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    Reviewed by KThayer3 on June 20, 2013

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    Drove through this campground as we were staying at a private one closer to Galena. The privacy these sites have is amazing. The only thing is there is no electric or private water on the sites. So if you have a trailer or RV be prepared to be coyote camping there. Beautiful park though!
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    Reviewed by Adam Martin on June 3, 2013

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    Just 2.5hrs in a car from Chicago will get me to scenic cliffs with a river I can hear from my camp site? Non-sense there is nothing of the sort that close to Chicago. That is until you go to Apple River Canyon State Park.

    Went here for a weekend of lazy camping with my dog and a couple of friends. The sites are all very nice and nestled under the trees with the center ones being more open to each other and the outer ring sites being more secluded and private. If you are a big group and you want to take up more than one site, I would suggest taking a couple in the center ring right next to each other(37,39,45 are an awesome grouping). The outer ring sites all back up to the cliffs which are pretty cool looking but with that awesome feature comes the price of not so level ground for your tent. 30-41 on the outer ring back up to a trail so if you have a dog that barks you may want to look at other sites, since you will have people walking back in the woods(10-20ft in). Water is very easy to access as it seems like there is a well every direction you look.

    Night time here is awesome with a sky littered with thousands of stars and nothing but the sounds of the river and the occasional owl in the background.

    We didn't do much hiking but from the maps I saw there are a few smaller 1.5-2 mile loops you can access near the campgrounds with some bigger stuff out near Apple Canyon Lake. The river moves at a good pace and from what i witnessed seemed to be stocked pretty well with fish as people were pulling them out non-stop across the way from me.

    If you want to just get away from the city lights and noise this is definitely the place to consider.
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