Delabar State Park is a grrr-eat place for a Fido-friendly Illinois outdoor adventure, and its Fido-friendly campground is a perfect place for you two to stay. That’s if you and your buddy don’t mind "ruffing" it a bit, of course -- facilities at Delabar are just a bit rustic. Electricity is available, but you won’t find any other RV hookups or showers. If you have a big rig, you’re fresh out of luck, and there aren’t any pull-through sites either. However, non-furry family members might appreciate the playground. There's a $5 reservation fee, and sites start at $20. Remember to grab a permit from the park staff before you pitch your tent!
With a location like this, who can complain about the lack of mod-cons? Delabar State Park is one of the true gems of western Illinois, tucked on the banks of the Mississippi River and just a bone’s throw away from Big River State Forest. Though the park is something of a best-kept secret, ideal for pups and people seeking serenity and solitude, it’s still best to make your reservation early, particularly if you and your family or friends want to stay at the group site (which accommodates up to 25 people).
The state park may not have much to offer serious hound-dog hikers, but there are some entertainment opportunities for outdoorsy pooches. At 89 acres, Delabar may not be the largest, but there are still two miles of trails meandering through this wooded wonderland, passing oaks, hickory, and birch along the way. The paths make for a nice, short hike at any time of the year, but they’re extra special in fall, when the leaves on the deciduous trees burst into a riot of color. If you’re willing to travel a little fur-ther afield, you can check out the routes in Big River State Forest, just seven miles away. Keen anglers might want to check out the fishing dock, and you can cook your catch on one of the grills provided with each site.
WiFi isn’t available at Delabar, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. Fires are permitted, and you’ll find drinking water available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your buddy, and have a pawesome time!