State Parks We Camped at During our 2009 Summer Vacation – TN, IL, AL

Recently we stayed at three different state parks on the way to/from Chicago. All three were nice. We spent days researching the parks in TN & AL (the one in IL was last minute) and came up with the two we stayed at. I’m so glad we chose them.

Our first stop was Fall Creek Falls SP in TN. HUGE! It’s got something like 32,000 acres! Many water falls/cascades/swimming holes – you can swim in them all – even your dogs. The only place you can’t swim in is the lake. Here are some campsite photos:
Since we arrived on a Saturday morning, there was actually only one site left that would fit our 5th wheel. They’ve got all types of sites. Grassy, rock, paved – some even have round concrete tables. Nice bathrooms, swimming, biking, playgrounds, many planned activities EVERY DAY including softball for all ages. There are paddle boats and john boats to rent. Stables on the property. An Inn. A swimming pool, laundry, store, restaurant, an educational center, hiking, fishing, many playgrounds, tennis, basketball, horseshoes – the list goes on. Most sites are first come first serve, but I think they may reserve a few. Here’s the link: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/ . I would have loved to see it in the fall.
The next place we stopped was in Shabbana, IL. It was meant to be for a night, but we stayed for two. It was nice, clean and quiet. First come, first served. They have lakeside sites. They were $5 more. Our’s was on the lake. Here are some photos of sites:
They’ve got a fishing lake, boat rentals, trails, a restaurant, places to bike ride, a store, playground, bait shop. Their trails are actual snowmobile trails. Nice and wide and mowed. This was the last place on our trip that we can fondly remember about our dogs being happy. We were able to let them off their leashes and let them run through the paths. They were in heaven! A few days after that one of our dogs passed away from bloat. See blog below. The link to this state park is: http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/LANDMGT/PARKS/R1/SHABBONA.HTMDMGT/PARKS/R1/SHABBONA.HTM
After what happened to Tyson, we decided to cut out a few things of our trip and head to the last campground. This is where we were going to rent a pontoon boat and take it out with the dogs and everyone was going to swim. We never rented the boat, but we did swim with our 4 yr old shepherd. The water was beautiful. You can swim, fish, boat, jet ski and water ski on this lake. Here are some pictures of the campsites:
This is a view of our site from the water. You can swim right from your site. This park is also first come, first served. The water spots are $5 more than regular spots. They have sewer spots in the campground, but not on the water. They’ve got several playgrounds, boat rentals, bike riding, trails, etc. The bathrooms are clean. Here’s the link: http://www.alapark.com/WindCreek/ .  The details to this one are blending in my mind with the others. Sorry!
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