Camping At Fort Massac State Park
- Date Visited: November 23-27, 2022
- Address: 1308 E 5th St, Metropolis, IL 62960
- GPS: 37.14408, -88.71159
- Phone: (618) 524-4712
- Price: $20
- Pets: Yes
- Restrooms: Yes
- Water: Yes
- Trash: Yes
- Hookups: Yes
- Cell Service: AT&T
We were near the town of Metropolis, Illinois and just had to visit the adopted “Home of Superman”.
Fort Massac State Park just happens to have a great little campground right in the city.
Reservations for the park can be made at ExploreMoreIL™.
From October 1st to February 28th reservations are not accepted though. During this time of year, the campsites are first come first served.
During the first come first served period just pull into the park, find the site you want, then set up.
To pay during this time you just need to go to the camp host and give him your site number, show a driver’s license, and pay.
If he’s not there when you arrive don’t worry, because he walks around the campground each night to collect fees as well.
The price is $20 per night at the campground.
There are around 50 sites on two separate loops. Each site comes with electric hook-ups, a picnic table, and a fire pit. Each site is back-in and some or paved and others are more gravel.
Any size vehicle will fit at the campground, but not all sites will accommodate a big Class A or fifth wheel.
The sites have a decent amount of space between them, but some are closer than others.
We stayed here on two different occasions this year and had sites #15 and #39 that offered a little more privacy than others. Both our sites were pretty level and didn’t require any extra work.
At the entrance of the campground, you will find a dump station and potable water to fill up your tanks.
There are no trashcans in the campground, but two large dumpsters are available near the dump station to properly dispose of your trash.
The campground has a nice shower house for guests to use as well.
It’s completely free and the large rooms were extremely clean every time we used them. Flush toilets can also be found at the shower house.
Long hot showers with the water running non-stop are the best when you’re taking navy showers all the time to conserve water in the camper.
Pets are allowed as long as they are kept on a leash and please pick up after them.
Quiet hours are 10 pm-6 am.
Our AT&T cell service worked great here, but our Verizon was really slow.
Since both our stays were during the first come first served time period I’m not sure what check-in and check-out times are and couldn’t find the information on their site.
Fort Massac State park is home to a replica of the fort that once stood on the grounds in 1802. You are free to walk around and explore this small fort and be sure to visit the great little visitor center as well.
A few hiking trails can be found in the park but were a bit confusing. The park is located right near the banks of the Ohio River so fishing is quite popular here as well.
Multiple restrooms, picnic areas, and shelters are located throughout the grounds with grills and drinking water provided. There are also three playgrounds for the little ones to enjoy.
The park is just minutes from downtown Metropolis where you can take a selfie with the world’s largest Superman statue, visit the Super Museum, check out the Metropolis Hope Light Lighthouse, and admire some historic murals.
Big Johns Super Store is a great little grocery store with a thirty-foot statue out front welcoming guests.
If you would like to try your luck with some slots the town is also home to Harrah’s Metropolis Casino. We might have dropped some bills here once or twice during our stays.
Paducah, Kentucky is only a fifteen minute drive away and we went there to do laundry, fill our propane tanks, and stock up on supplies at Walmart.
While visiting the city be sure to check out the Wacinton Totem and the Paducah Wall to Wall: Portraits of our Past murals. The murals are located on the waterfront and are amazing.
Fort Massac State Park was a cheap, clean, and safe spot to camp and we would gladly visit it again.
There’s a lot to do in the surrounding areas as well making it an even more perfect location to park your rig for a few days.
Always follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles and try to leave your camp nicer than you found it. Please research campgrounds before visiting. Rules and regulations may have changed since we stayed there.