Buena Vista Farms

Buena Vista Farms

Bonfires, hiking, fishing, relaxing, these words describe our long weekend visiting Buena Vista Farms.  Buena Vista Farms is an old farm that was converted to an RV Park. The beauty of this RV Park is in its old repurposed farm buildings, ponds, and wooded trail. They have 66 RV sites (6 that can stay open all winter), 5 cabins (3 located on one of the 2 ponds), bathhouse with 5 showers, salon and spa (by appointment only), and laundry room (2 coin operated machines).

Each RV/camper site has its own fire pit, water hook up, sewer hookup, and electrical connections, you can also rent a satellite dish. If you don’t have an RV or camper, don’t worry, they offer 5 cabins. Three of the cabins come equipped with everything you would need from a propane Grill, refrigerator, and microwave all the way down to dishes, towels, and bedding. The other 2 cabins (called economy cabins) come furnished with bedding & towels, charcoal grill, and private bathroom.

Finding something to do while staying at Buena Vista Farms is easy. Hiking trails are nicely mowed without destroying the natural habitat. The playground ground equipment is shaped as a boat and castle equipped with swings, slides, monkey bars, and an appearance that makes imagining and playing easy. You have full-size sand volleyball, basketball and horseshoe courts. The 2 ponds are fully stocked with catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass and crappie. On the front pond you can even use their paddle boat or canoe.

If you are looking to travel off property, Buena Vista is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of numerous historical sites. A 40 min drive will get you to Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg IL and Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield IL.  A 50 min drive will get you to Lincoln’s home in Springfield IL along with Abraham Lincolns Presidential Library and Museum, both old and new state capitol buildings, and many other historical sites. Another day trip would be to Hannibal, MO just under an hour drive to visit the home of Mark Twain. Or you can venture further out to Saint Louis MO about an hour and 30 minute drive to visit the Arch or attend a Cardinals baseball game.

Overall I can’t say enough great things about this RV Park. Teri and her staff made sure we had everything we needed. We rented the larger family cabin for 3 nights and it was perfect. Our kids loved playing at their playground, fishing in the ponds, and hiking the trails. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

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7 Replies to “Buena Vista Farms”

  1. Oh how I miss camping in the North. Originally from Michigan, we used to camp all summer. It’s not the same in Florida….unless we are at Fort Wilderness!!

  2. This looks awesome! I am always looking for fun places to stay with my family! We’ve never been to Illinois, but we have a goal to make it to every state within the next 10 years!

    1. Buena Vista is in Chapin, IL. It is very close to MANY historical sites in Jacksonville, IL (only about 7 miles away) and in the state capital of Springfield with the Lincoln historic sites, Frank Lloyd Wright house, museums, etc. Historic Hannibal, MO (think Mark Twain) is only an hour away.

  3. This looks like a nice place that’s just far enough away to seem like you’re away from it all, without being too far. I like the fact that it’s relatively close to other historical things so you can make a whole vacation out of going to one location.

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