Mississippi Palisades State Park RV & Campground Guide

Illinois

Mississippi Palisades State Park

s is a gorgeous park with lovely rock formations galore. Caves and sinkholes are found in the park, and several notable and memorable features (such as Indian Head and Twin Sisters) are located throughout. This park is so beautiful that the U.S. Department of the Interior recognized the area in 1973 and designated a portion of it as a national landmark.

Autumn is a fabulous time to visit this park. The entire area is filled with color, and the crisp cool weather fills visitors with energy. Of course, spring and summer are also beautiful, drawing visitors in with a wide variety of gorgeous wildflowers and plants. Finally, winter is hauntingly still and lovely in its own right, and often gives guests a chance to check out the wild eagles.

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Weather
Spring 30-74 F
Summer 61-85 F
Fall 32-78 F
Winter 15-35 F
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Nearby Cities
Rockford, IL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mississippi Palisades State Park

Want to make your state park visit into a camping trip? Great idea! We highly recommend camping in this gorgeous area, and for comfort and convenience, we think RV camping is the way to go. 

Of course, not everyone owns an RV. If you’re one of the many who don’t, RVshare is the site for you. Here you can choose from hundreds of amazing RVs to find the rig that perfectly suits your needs and wants. 

Wonder where to park once you find that perfect rental? Lucky for you, there is camping available right onsite in Mississippi Palisades State Park. The campground features electric hookups in 110 of the 241 sites, as well as potable water and sanitary dump stations. The bathhouses are open May through October, and there is shade available for those who desire it. 

Unfortunately, this campground can fill up, meaning it isn’t always possible to camp onsite. In this case, you may want to consider the following options:

Seven Eagles Resort and Camp

A simple yet functional and affordable campground located right outside of Savanna, IL, Seven Eagle Resort and Camp is a good option for a home base. Full hookups are available, as is a small book-lending library. Many people appreciate the laundry facilities, and those visiting Mississippi Palisades State Park will love the location. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Laundry facilities; library; clean bathhouses

Spring Lake Campground

Also located right outside of Savanna, Spring Lake Campgroundis a lovely little spot. The scenery in this campground is beautiful, and the fact that the campground has a boat ramp makes things even better. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a peaceful camping experience. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dump station; fishing and boating opportunities

Timber Lake Resort

If you’re willing to head a bit east, you also have the option of Timber Lake Resort. This is easily one of the nicest parks in the area and include such amenities as organized activities, a swimming pool, a playground, and other recreational opportunities.

Of course, the rates here are a bit higher than elsewhere, but for a luxury camping experience, the additional cost is well worthwhile. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Swimming pool; playground; golf cart rentals; organized activities; camp store; fishing

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What to Do at
Mississippi Palisades State Park

Inside Mississippi Palisades State Park

There are tons of awesome things you'll want to experience during your visit to Mississippi Palisades State Park. Here are some of our favorites:

Walking and Hiking — The trails located throughout the park present guests with plenty of hiking opportunities. Do some geocaching during your explorations, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery. 

Fishing and Boating — The Mississippi River is a great place to do some boating or fishing, and this park provides free launching ramps. Bring your gear and get ready for a great day spent on some beautiful waters. 

Rock Climbing — Believe it or not, many people visit this park to do some rock climbing. You will need to bring your own equipment and seek out the areas where climbing is allowed. Keep in mind that the climbing areas are not maintained by the state, and permanent anchors are not allowed. 

Winter Sports Don’t let the cold keep you away from Mississippi Palisades State Park. This park has a surprising number of things to do during the colder months. Try your hand at cross country skiing or do a bit of ice fishing. Just make sure you bundle up beforehand! 

Outside Mississippi Palisades State Park

Of course, the state park isn’t the only thing to see in the area. Be sure to set some time aside to check out the sights and try the food found throughout Carroll County. 

Restaurants

Looking for something delicious to eat? These yummy nearby restaurants should do quite nicely. Just be sure to show up with an appetite!

Cafe Crumbles

Cafe Crumbles is a fabulous little local eatery that we know you’ll adore. Food includes such favorites as breakfast fare, pasta, and burgers, meaning there is something for everyone and every time of day. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is quite tasty.

Type: American

Location: Savanna, IL

Manny’s Pizza

Sometimes you just need a good slice of pizza. This is where Manny’s Pizza steps in. This small pizza shop makes some of the best pies you’ll ever taste. Don’t care for pizza? Try the tacos, chicken, or any one of their many other options!

Type: Pizza

Location: Savanna, IL

New China Restaurant

Have a hankering for Chinese food? Check out New China Restaurant. All of your favorites are served up here, including egg rolls, fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and much, much more. The atmosphere is beyond welcoming, and the staff is incredibly accommodating.

Type: Chinese

Location: Lewiston, ID

Sightseeing

We’ll begin by discussing the many sights there are to see in the area. We’ve listed a few below, but if these don’t suit your tastes, you can rest easy knowing there are plenty of other things to do. 

Raven’s Grin Inn

Anyone who enjoys a good scare will enjoy a visit to Raven’s Grin Inn. This attraction is a fabulous haunted house that is open year-round. They do their best to cater to the people in each group, meaning they’ll even change things up to make them more engaging and less terrifying if you bring the kids along.

Location: Carroll, IL

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Looking to explore the great outdoors some more? Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is the place to be. This lovely refuge gives guests a chance to see local wildlife and get in some hiking while they’re at it.

Location: Thompson, IL

Savanna Museum and Cultural Center

People who are interested in history will love the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center. Here you can learn all about the history of the area. Almost everyone leaves knowing something new, making this an ideal educational experience.

Location: Savanna, IL

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How to Get to
Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park is located off of Illinois State Route 84, about four miles north of the town of Savanna, IL. 

The address of the park is:

16327A IL-84

Savanna, IL 61074

Entering Mississippi Palisades State Park

There is no fee to enter this park, and parking is free. The park is open from sunup to sundown and remains open through the winter months. 

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