Benton KOA

Benton KOA is open Year Round.

Easy, Convenient, Large Sites, Cable TV, Food Service.

With extra-long and wide pull through RV sites, plus easy on and off the highway; a stay at this Journey KOA is all about convenience for the traveler. We are just 1 ½ miles off the highway at exit 71, so if you don't feel like cooking once you get here, there are plenty of places to eat, ranging from independent local restaurants to major fast food chains. Or, you don't have to unhook from your rig. Just settle in and have fresh hot food from the snack shack delivered directly to your site. If you are looking for new things to do, we can give you plenty of ideas and choices.

Our park is located just 2 easy miles from the 19,000 acre Rend Lake (named as the 7th Wonder of Illinois) - with an abundance of recreational activities for people of all ages from boating and beaches, to wildlife demos at the visitor's center. Our area of southern Illinois is known for great fishing, hunting, boating and bird watching opportunities. If golf is your game, try one of the local courses. Their range in skill levels will challenge anyone from beginners to advanced players.

But wait, there's more! The choices do not stop here. Within minutes, you can be at one of several antique stores at the town square, tour our historic jail museum, or shop at the Artisans Shop and Art Gallery that include more than 25 categories of arts and crafts representing the work of Illinois' finest artisans, all available for purchase. A short 15-20 minute drive from our park and you can watch minor league baseball being played in a new stadium that is home to southern Illinois' newest team, "The Miners". Attend an event at the DuQuoin State Fair grounds, or go ATV-ing at Little Egypt Public OHV Recreational Area.

Still need more? For day trips, drive down to the Shawnee National Forest and hike at the Garden of the Gods for views you will never forget. Spend a day sampling the local wines or finding a special antique as you follow the Southern Illinois Antique Trail.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 98' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/15 - 9/15)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
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Ways to Stay

KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

VKR Appreciation Weekend

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WHEN: September 18-19, 2020

WHAT: Value Kard Rewards members stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 18 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 19 for FREE.

WHY: VKR Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for Value Kard Rewards members to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

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Local Area

Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center

This 15,000 square foot facility houses two attractions; The Southern Illinois Artisans Shop and The Southern Illinois Art Gallery.

The Southen Illinois Artisans Shop is home to amazing works from over 850 juried artisans from Illinois. The shop is also a venue for demostrations, seasonal festivals as well as artisan workshops. 

The Southern Illinois Art Gallery offers an opportunity to view changing exhibitions of work from the Illinois artists both past and present. Types of work shown are fine art, decorative art and ethnographic collections of the Illinois State Museum to southern Illinois.

14967 Gun Creek Trail

Whittington, IL 62897




Southern Illinois Miners/Rent One Park

Rent One park is home to the Southern Illinois Miners, a professional baseball team that plays in the Frontier League. The ballpark also hosts some high school athletics, the John A Logan College baseball team and music concerts throughout the year.

1000 Miners Drive

Marion, IL 62959




Shawnee National Forest

Garden of the Gods, in the Shawnee National Forest, is a collection of unique rock formations. A short-looped trail from the parking lot makes it easy for visitors to see the main rock formations, including the well-known Camel Rock. Anvil Rock and other formations can be seen along the trails in the Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area.

The Shawnee National Forest provides quality recreation opportunities and services to residents and visitors of Southern Illinois. Another popular place in the national forest is Tower Rock which features a trail with an overlook of the Ohio River. 

For more information on the Garden of the Gods please visit here.

50 Highway 145 South

Harrisburg, IL 62946




Metropolis, Illinois-Home of Superman

Metropolis is situated on Interstate 24 halfway between Nashville, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. Metropolis is full of history and is said to be home of the oldest state park in Illinois, Fort Massac State Park. Fort Massac State Park became the first official state park in 1908. The park provides picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, skiing and hunting within its 1,540 acres of beautiful Southern Illinois landscape.

Along with other attractions here you can find the world's largest privately owned Superman collection at the SuperMuseum  & Gift Store. The SuperMuseum & Gift Store is conveniently located on Superman Square in the heart of Metropolis. There is a 15-foot tall statue of the superhero also located on Superman Square. There are several more statues of famous characters from the Superman comics that can be found in the city as well as the Planet Globe, which can be found outside the Metropolis Planet Newspaper building.



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