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Rent an RV in Southern Illinois 

Illinois is a big state with much to offer visitors. With big cities in the north, Southern Illinois takes after the state’s nickname of “the Prairie State” with its farmlands, forests, and rolling hills. Chicago may be in the northern part of the state, but Southern Illinois is home to cities like Springfield, Mt. Vernon, and Decatur.

If you like wineries, craft breweries, historic sites, and excellent hiking then Southern Illinois is the perfect destination for an RV rental vacation with the whole family. With tons of activities, both indoor and out, there is no shortage of places to visit in Southern Illinois with an RV rental from RVshare.    

Illinois might be a destination for big city fun, but discovering the natural beauty of Southern Illinois by RV rentals is an excellent idea for a family vacation. There are nearly 500 RV rentals available in Illinois so you won’t have a problem finding the perfect RV rental for your family vacation in Southern Illinois. Just enter your destination city on RVshare and see what options pop up! 

Motorhome Rental in Southern Illinois 

Class A motorhome rentals in Southern Illinois are available around every major city and town. Motorhome rentals vary in size and amenities but can sleep an average of five to eight people making it the perfect RV rental for a whole family. Nightly rental rates average around $200.

Rent a Campervan in Southern Illinois 

A small Class C motorhome or campervan rental in Southern Illinois is an excellent alternative to a large motorhome rental. A small RV rental is more fuel efficient and can fit more easily into smaller campsites. If you’re traveling as a small family or plan to spend most of your time outside then a small RV rental or campervan is a great option. Nightly rental rates average about $180. 

RV Rental Locations in Southern Illinois

Popular RV rental locations in Southern Illinois include Springfield, Decatur, and Charleston/Mattoon. If you can’t find your perfect RV rental in Southern Illinois then consider expanding your search into the Greater St. Louis, MO area.  

Points of Interest in Southern Illinois

Giant City State Park

Giant City State Park is a 4,000-acre state park in Southern Illinois nestled in the Shawnee Hills. The state park boasts miles of hiking trails and a historic 1930s natural stone lodge that is known throughout the state for its home-fried chicken.

LaRue Pine Hills

LaRue Pine Hills has one of the best views overlooking the Mississippi floodplains and the Shawnee National Forest. From a top of a 150-foot bluff, you have panoramic views of Southern Illinois. The park is great for seeing native wildlife and plants. 

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is one of the 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States and is considered to be the most sophisticated pre-Columbian civilization north of Mexico. This 2,200-acre site was home to about 40,000 residents in the 13th century who all but disappeared by the 1400s. Today, you can see ancient mounds and Woodhenge, a timber circle that was used as a calendar.

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Eleven wineries make up the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail in Southern Illinois. Three times a year, the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail hosts Wine & Food Pairing Weekends at select wineries. Don’t miss the award-winning Alto Vineyard, family owned and operated Hickory Ridge Vineyard, and artisan winery Owl Creek Vineyard.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Springfield is the birthplace of 16th president Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a beautifully restored Greek Revival house that belonged to Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s home for 17 years. Today, you can take a tour through the historic home and other homes in this four-block site. 

Shawnee National Forest 

Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois spans over 280,000 acres across the Ozark and Shawnee Hills. The National Forest is home to an abundance of hiking trails, fascinating geological wonders including the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and the Little Grand Canyon. You can even go zip lining in the park, too.

The Best RV Parks in Southern Illinois

Archway RV Park – Mt. Vernon

Open year-round, Archway RV Park is a family owned and operated campground with full hookup, pull-through sites and back-in sites for RVs of all sizes. There is a playground, a fishing pond, an on-site laundromat.

Camp Lakewood Campground – Effingham

Camp Lakewood Campground is located along the northern banks of Lake Pauline near I-70 and I-57. The RV sites are large and pull-thrus that can accommodate large RVs. Each site has full hookups including both city water and sewer. There is even a new on-site RV wash and wax station so you can get your rig spick and span.

Marion Campground & RV Park – Marion

Located just a mile off exit 53 on Interstate 57, Marion Campground & RV Park has 58 full-service sites and 27 pull-thru sites with full hookups. WiFi and satellite TV is available at each site making staying up-to-date on the latest happenings easy. There is a playground and pet walking area making it family friendly.

Springfield KOA – Rochester

Located close to the city of Springfield, the Springfield KOA is a country campground with lots of amenities. RV sites have full hookups and can fit RVs up to 80 feet long. There is a swimming pool with a jumping pillow for the kids. There is a fit pit at every site and free WiFi throughout the campground. Check out the new Kamp K9 for all the dogs.

Southern Illinois is the perfect destination for an RV rental vacation. Escape the big cities and head to the quiet countryside where you explore the land of Abraham Lincoln.

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