As we came north for Thanksgiving to visit friends and do some ministry at Rock Church, we became increasingly uncertain of our decision as the weather became colder. Our visit to Rockford meant we had to find a park open nearby during the winter months. Not an easy task, but we settled on Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park. Patsy and I have been to this park several times and even tent-camped here. But the cold weather camping here was a new experience for us.
Nearby attractions - 5 - Close to Rockford, which has a few fun things to do, but no major attractions. 90 minutes from Chicago.
Staff - 7 - Met one Ranger who came on our third day there to collect our fees. Nothing special, nothing to complain about.
Natural surroundings - 8 - Lots of trees, trails and Lake Pierce is right on site. Too cold for us to enjoy it much. We did see wild turkey every morning enjoying the warmth of the bathrooms.
Value - 4 - $25 for a night - but just electric sites. They have water hydrants and dumps, but they were closed for the winter. We thought they should have had an off-season rate, but this is the same rate as their summer season.
Bathrooms - 6 - They were warm showers, after you let them run for awhile.
Roominess - 7 - Sites were decent size. Park was pretty bare and we had lots of room in the adjoining sites to park and store things.
Facility fun - 8 - this state park has lots to do in nice weather, including a great beach. Decent little playgrounds, nice hiking trails, boat rentals, fishing, etc.. Winter, not so much fun.
Cleanliness - 8 - State Park clean.
Facility usefulness - 3 - Would be higher in summer. Winter months you get electrcity and bathrooms.
Overall - 7 - Rock Cut is a nice state park, our hometown park. We did not like their winter policies though.