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Hickory Hollow Campground
757 North 3029th Road
North Utica, IL (LaSalle County)
phone: -'815.667.4996
September 19, 2016

Driving from Iowa to Illinois, Karen Duquette noticed an interesting water tower. Iowa 80 is the world's largest truck stop, located along Interstate 80 off exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa. Set on a 220-acre plot of land (four times larger than an average truckstop)—75 acres of which are currently developed—the site receives 5,000 visitors daily, and features a 67,000  square foot main building, parking for 900 trucks, and 150 fuel pumps, with each fuel pump also having another dedicated pump for dispensing bulk diesel exhaust fluid. 450 employees staff the megaplex. Iowa 80 is currently affiliated with the Travel Centers of America chain. The facility features separate entrances for truckers and regular commuters. The two RV Gypsies did not need fuel at this time, so they did not stop there.

water tower

The Illinois rest area did not have room for semi's or RVs over 40 feet, so the two RV Gypsies could not stop there.

welcome to Illinois sign

Illinois rest stop sign

Hickory Hollow Campground directional sign

Hickory Hollow Campground directional sign

Hickory Hollow Campground Office and sign on the door

Hickory Hollow Campground Office

Hickory Hollow Campground charges

Because it was taking a long time for Lee Duquette to check in at the office, Karen Duquette took a couple of photos of the recreation room that was attached to the office, even though they did not plan to use the recreation room.

Hickory Hollow Campground rec room

Hickory Hollow Campground rec room

As usual with most campgrounds, the roads past the office were dirt/gravel roads, as were the sites. But beautiful trees lined the outside perimeter of the campground.

the RV of the two RV Gypsies nice trees

This was a Good Sam Park that also offered 10% off to Veterans according to the campground brochure. It was a nice enough campground but there was some road noise at night that was annoying. Visitors must register and obtain a parking pass or they will be charged for a full night's site rental. All cars must display the pass. No refunds due to weather. Washrooms are open 24 hours a day except from noon to 1 p.m. for cleaning and children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Clothes could be hung off awnings, but pets and clotheslines cannot be hooked to trees. Generators are not allowed. No bicycle riding after dusk. Pets can not be left unattended or you will be asked to leave without a refund. Pool hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in season and of course it was closed on this date. There is a $50 fine for destruction of property including trees. No parking on any grass. Most other standard campground rules applied. The two RV Gypsies did not use any campground amenities other than their own site, as usual. Check-in time was 1 p.m. Check-out time was noon.

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