Bring your pooch along to see just how powerful one river can be at Apple River Canyon State Park in the wilderness of Illinois. Hundreds of years of river flow have created the massive cliffs that now form this canyon, creating the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature!
At the state park's campground, you'll be met with 55 campsites, 6 of which are for groups. The rest of the sites are single-family camping areas, several of which are wheelchair-accessible as well. On the lots, you are provided with a picnic table and campfire ring but no hookups of any kind. There is drinking water at the park along with a dump station for RVs, and firewood can be purchased right outside of the park. The standard sites go for $8 per night while the group sites cost $20. Shelters on the grounds can also be reserved for a fee of $25. You may need to obtain a special permit to reserve certain sites; call ahead before booking to confirm whether you'll need one.
Activities at Apple River are abundant and include various types of fishing off of the river's banks and creeks. Take your pupper for a hike on one of the five trails that run through the park, all with differing levels of difficulty, ranging from challenging treks to wheelchair-friendly forest adventures. Come nighttime, be sure to keep your eyes to the sky for breathtaking views of the stars.
Your fur-baby is welcome at this campground as long as they are kept on a 10-foot maximum leash. The park asks that all owners clean up after their doggos and dispose of all pet waste in the garbage receptacles provided. It's also important to make sure your four-legged friend is not bothering wildlife or other campers during your stay.
If you'd like to discover this incredible canyon first hand, be sure to check out Apple River Canyon State Park for your next trek out into the woods.