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Park Visitor: Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 8 majestic
I visit the park several times a season..it has diferent veiws every visit thrue out the season..very majestict...every one u meet at the park and surounding areas r very nice...only 2.5 hrs from chicago..you will be blown away when u see it...butiful cant say enough..mark a.
June 21 A Nice, Peaceful Campground
My girlfriend and I camped here last Halloween weekend. The park is very peaceful and quiet. Everything was very clean. Campsites are nice and shaded. Trees are everywhere. The hiking trails have good views and are of easy or medium difficulty. The river is very pretty as well. Photos of all the campsites can be found at http://applerivercanyon.webs.com/campgroundmap.html to help you make a decision about camping here. There are no showers here, but otherwise it is an excellent place to camp and get away.
August 28 Best place to relax by Raven
My husband and I have been coming here for the past 4 years and love it! Its quiet, the sites are private, large and wooded, the staff is friendly, and the even when the park is full on weekends, most everyone there is respectful of others. However in the past month (since it was aired on the WGN) I have found that there are quiet a few adventure seekers who are also less than courteous to others and the park its self. There have been people there with large rafts and ATVs. The park has no such places to use these things and the campers who have been bringing them have been disrespecting the park and its guests. Some sites have become mud pits, bathrooms have been trashed, dogs are left unleashed and not monitored (I was followed to the bathroom by one) and garbage has been left in many places (sites, trails, fishing spots. etc.) Hopefully after this year, those that saw it on the news will have realized that this park is not the adventure camp they were looking for and leave the place for those that love and respect it. This place is for you if you are looking for: -Rustic and quiet camping and the feeling like you are all alone in the woods. -Trails that can be traveled in about an hour and at times can be difficult for the novice but enjoyable -A place to take amazing photos that you would not expect to find in Illinois -A quiet fishing place for both bobber and bottom fishing and fly fishing. ----------- Not for you if you are looking for: -Amenities... Pit toilets only, no sinks or showers (wells only) -Rafting adventures -ATV or offroading trails
August 5 A Great Experience by jleaphart
We camped here with our two young children and dog for 3 days, The park is beautiful and quiet. The sites are secluded with tons of privacy. We enjoyed playing in the river and looking for fossils! I would highly recommend this park.
July 15 A great place to relax and get away by Sam W
This park my family has been going to since my kids were small and my husbands been going there since he was a child. We love to go there because of how quiet and the sites are very secluded and most are good size
July 15 Our favorite camp site camp by Maryann and Gregg Williams
My husband and I have been going up to the campground for about 18 years now with our two youngest children. This year my daughter Megan and her husband Jason are starting their own tradition by taking their young son Tyler up also we love the area and the local people are wonderful. We hope to continue our yearly tradition for years to come.
July 1 peaceful park
a friend of the family invited us to come along for the 4th of july weekend first i did not know what to expect but the i found out that the park is small but very attractive peaceful the river is very clean and the park staff gave us a good service i will hihgly recomend this park to any one who want to get away from the city
June 12 Pretty and Quite
This is a pretty park. Plan on waking to many types of bird songs new to you. Never crowded, we often feel we have the park is to ourselves.
Reviews by Park Visitors

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