Whiteside County Camping | 3 Best Campgrounds near Rock Falls, IL

Split in two by the mighty Rock River, you can find amazing whiteside county camping right along the flowing waters for an unforgettable camping experience! Take a look at the three best campgrounds near Rock Falls to find your next weekend under the stars!

3. Crow Valley Campground

Private Whiteside County Camping

This campground, a ten-minute drive west of Rock Falls, IL, offers an opportunity to spend time with your family outdoors on the Rock River. Crow Valley Campground’s facilities include basketball and volleyball courts, a boat ramp, a pool, a playground, horseshoes, and a dump station. Visit the 3.7-mile Lynn Boulevard/Westwood Trail in Sterling and stretch your legs, or make your way to the eastern side of Rock Falls and visit Sinnissippi Mounds and Park for more walking trails.

Crow Valley Campground provides water plus 30-amp electric hookups, 50-amp electric plus water hookups, and primitive tent campsites. For folks without a trailer, you can also rent one for the duration of your stay or stick to the normal tent sites! Being a private campground, they have more amenities and relaxed rules compared to the state parks such as allowing alcohol and offering wifi!

To make a reservation for the only private Whiteside County camping, give them a ring at (815) 626-5376 or go to their website for more information.

2. Prophetstown State Park

Whiteside County Camping for Beginners

This park, 15 miles southwest of Rock Falls, IL, can be a 52-acre respite away from the bothers of the everyday. Less than twenty minutes from Rock Falls, beginners can run back home for forgotten items if you are looking to try camping out for the first time without worry. Cast your line right on the Rock River or you can go to Coon Creek for a more cozy fishing experience. A third of a mile trail offers hikers a clear walk along Coon Creek to the river. The park also has horseshoes if you know how to play!

This Whiteside County campground is open May through October and offers 43 reservable electrical sites with water spigots and toilets throughout the campground as well as a single shower building.

Check out their availability on ExploreMoreIL!

1. Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Best Whiteside County Camping

If you’re looking for adventure in northern Illinois, make sure to include Morrison-Rockwood State Park on your itinerary. This Whiteside County park offers a 3.5-mile trail that helps Lake Carlton show off its glory to hikers, and a 14-mile trail serves equestrians in exploring the park. Fishing and boating on Lake Carlton is a favorite pastime, and picnicking beside the lake can show off their endeavors.

To stay overnight at this park, you may avail yourself of one of the 92 heavily wooded campsites available 61 of which may be reserved. These sites are equipped with electricity, and the three-season showers and flush toilets are available to be used. Four group sites can also be reserved.

Enjoy your stay at this state park just a half hour’s drive from Rock Falls – See when the next available date is on ExploreMoreIL or check out the DNR website for more info!

More Whiteside County Camping Options

If you’ve already seen everything to offer in the three campsites above or are looking to explore a campground just a little bit further from home – Check out our guides for other nearby options!

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Robbie is a Co-Founder and editor at Midwest Camping. Robbie has backpacked over three hundred miles of the Appalachian trail, visited seventeen national parks, and camped regularly for the last two decades.

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