Rock Cut State Park RV & Campground Guide

Illinois

Carved out of the state's far northern region is Rock Cut State Park in Winnebago County. The vast Rock River is nearby, and the place where covered wagons once forded it, Rockford, IL. It's an area of rolling plains, steep history and a wide variety of recreational opportunities. 

An array of wildlife can be seen at Rock Cut; waterfowl, deer, fox, muskrat, woodchuck and beaver, opossum, raccoon, and both gray and fox squirrel have made Rock Cut home. Hardwood trees dazzle visitors each fall, and spring and summer offer an abundant display of wildflowers. Rock Cut's 3,092 acres include Pierce Lake and Olson Lake. The park'​s hiking trails, horseback riding trails, cross-country skiing, wildlife watching, camping, fishing and seasonal hunting programs make it a year-round recreation destination.

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Weather
Spring 48-72 F
Summer 63-85 F
Fall 30-63 F
Winter 13-29 F
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Nearby Cities
Rockford, IL
Loves Park, IL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Rock Cut State Park

You can absolutely camp with nature and take in the breathtaking sounds of the park in your sleeping bag under the stars or in your tent. But if the wilderness nightlife isn’t your thing, you should consider renting an RV with RVshare.com to glamp in your own customized comfort and style.

The beautiful campground has 270 premium campsites, a rustic cabin, a group camp and shelters. The year-round sites offer electric, water, showers, dump stations and more. The park campsites do fill up quickly through the summer months so plan ahead and book your RV and campsite! RVing is the most loved way to travel the state parks and there are many to choose from nearby. 

Blackhawk Valley Campground

Only 20 minutes from Rock Cut State Park, in the outskirts of Rockford's beautiful countryside and inside a secluded valley of the Kishwaukee River, Blackhawk Valley Campground is one of the best kept secrets of the Midwest! With something for everyone to enjoy, there are activities almost every weekend, a playground, pedal carts, mini golf and other sports, or just lay low, relax and soak up nature. Rates start at $35 per night for electric and water sites or $40 per night for full hook-up sites.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: mini golf, shuffle board, volleyball, basketball, laundry, full-service bathhouses

Northwoods RV Resort by Zeman

Northwoods RV Resort is located in Garden Prairie, IL, just 25 minutes from Rock Cut State Park and Chicago is less than 90 minutes away to enjoy city sights or see a baseball game at Wrigley Field. The Northwoods RV campground is a quiet location to enjoy the sights and sounds of Illinois with your RV as a home base! Explore the natural beauty of the Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area with a hike or fish for some Bluegill or Smallmouth Bass. With great access to restaurants, retail stores and several golf courses Northwoods has the means to keep everyone happy. Rates start at $65 per night for a standard site.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: Swimming lake, beach and pool, fishing, tubing, canoeing, laundry, arcade, full-service bathhouse, playgrounds, volleyball and basketball courts, scheduled entertainment

RV Rentals Near Rock Cut State Park

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What to Do at
Rock Cut State Park

Inside Rock Cut State Park

Rock Cut is a beautiful stop to enjoy all there is in nature. The lakes alone offer activities for all ages. Pierce Lake, with 162 acres, is a retreat for people wanting to fish, ice fish or ice skate. The 50-acre Olson Lake is especially for swimmers. Rounding out the park’s recreational options are camping, hiking, horseback trails and cross-country skiing. Whatever the season, you can be sure there quite a bit of activity going on at Rock Cut State Park.

  • Swimming: Olson Lake Beach will be operated Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Amenities include Lifeguards, sand volleyball courts, paddle boat rentals, concession items and a changing room. The cost is $3 per person.
  • Picnicking: Rock Cut has picnic areas scattered throughout the park knowing fun is to be had when food can be enjoyed. Each picnic area is complete with tables, outdoor stoves and pit toilets. Red Oak and Puri Crest have playgrounds. The news picnic area is Lone Rock Cafe and offers Wi-Fi, a variety of food items and drinks including smoothies and blended coffees. 
  • Trails: The trail system at Rock Cut offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian. Trail users will find updated trail head/information signs at picnic areas and trail access points. Only certain trails are designated for mountain biking and equestrian use and those are identified. Rock Cut also offers access to the Willow Creek Bike Trail and Perryville Path, a paved trail system connecting the local communities of Loves Park and Rockford to Rock Cut State Park.

Outside Rock Cut State Park

There is so much to do in Illinois, other than Chicago! The Midwest at it’s finest, you will see that you have so many options to explore once you have swum, hiked, biked and camped your way through Rock Cut. We wanted to share a few with you here:

Restaurants

Pig Minds Brewing

Looking for a cold brew after a day of exploring? Stop at Pig Minds Brewing for America’s first and only vegan brewery and pub that specializes in handcrafted ales in a variety of styles. Make an evening of it and try a flight of brews and take growlers or bombers home with you. The menu is 100% plant-based featuring a wide variety of house-made appetizers, tacos, flat bread, sandwiches, desserts and weekend specials. With live music every weekend, comedy acts and trivia nights, there is fun to be had by all.

Type: Microbrewery

Location: Machesney Park, IL

640 Meats

It’s a butcher shop! Stop in and grab your meats for the camp grill or grab a hot or cold sandwich. They have indoor and outdoor seating, freshly made sides, chips and desserts. The perfect pit stop any day of the week. Doesn’t get much fresher than this! 

Type: Butcher

Location: Rockford, IL

Franchesco's Ristorante

If you feel like splurging after a long day of hiking, Franchesco’s is a premium, fine dining restaurant. The menu highlights the family’s Sicilian history and traditions. Expect excellent, original sauces and a perfectly unique culinary experience.  

Type: Sicilian

Location: Rockford, IL

Shopping

Rockford City Market

Located in downtown Rockford at the intersection of Water Street and Market Street, you will find local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids’ activities. Strolling through baked goods, flowers, soaps, crafts, food and clothes sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon!

Location: Rockford, IL

Hidden Treasures Mall and Antiques

The largest antique mall in Northern Illinois, Hidden Treasures offers inventory and variety from hundreds of antique stores and vendors in one convenient and fun antique mall atmosphere. There you can find Antiques, Primitives, Vintage, Retro Farmhouse, Collectibles, Furniture, Vinyl Records, Comics, Seasonal Décor, Gifts and so much more.

Location: Loves Park, IL

Sightseeing

Lockwood Park

Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children's Farm is a family friendly attraction that promotes quality family time and positive interactions between people and animals. It is home to a variety of animals including horses, goats, sheep, llama, rabbits, ducks, a donkey and miniature ponies. You can rent a horse and explore over 146 acres of gently rolling hills, meadows, woods, natural areas, stream, 15-mile numbered trail system (hiking, biking, or horseback riding), playground, picnic areas, and much more.

Location: Rockford, IL

Discovery Center Museum

A hands-on children's science museum with more than 300 interactive exhibits throughout the Discovery Center Museum. All exhibits relate to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Exhibit galleries focus on the human body, forms of electricity, the science of sports, space travel, simple machines, communication, agriculture, color and light, and math. The museum's backyard allows visitors to explore the Rock River Discovery Park, a 15,000 square foot multi-level science park featuring a dinosaur dig pit, maze, water play area and a Secret Garden. 

Location: Rockford, IL

Rockford Speedway

Feeling a need for some speed? Visit the Rockford Speedway a catch racers of all sorts -  NASCAR short-track racing, Mid-American Stock Cars and Late Model – all the adrenaline racing fun you want and only 2.6 miles from Rock Cut State Park. 

Location: Loves Park, IL

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How to Get to
Rock Cut State Park

Take I-90 West to Rockford. Take the East Riverside Blvd. exit and follow signs off tollway.  Head West on East Riverside to Perryville Road and North on Perryville to Highway 173. At Hwy 173, head East about 1-1/2 miles to the park entrance.

Entering Rock Cut State Park

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