Before our planned family visits farther south, we stopped at the Fort Massac State Park in Metropolis, IL We were hoping that they would have a site for us. There was no office and check-in was with the camp host, if you had no reservation. As it turned out, there was only one other RV in the campground and it was just like us, so we had our choice of sites. The campground was well laid out and lots of trees for shade. In talking with the camp host, he indicated that he had not seen it this quiet in some time.
Fort Massac is a short walk from the campground and sits on the bank of the Ohio River. First built in 1757 by the French, it played a role in American history for over 100 years. The fort is currently closed to the public for renovations but you can walk around the site and visit the nearby visitor center which has displays and information about the history of the fort and the local area.
What we did not know until we drove around town was the connection to Superman. In 1972, DC Comics declared Metropolis the home town of Superman. There is a Museum near courthouse square and a very large statue of Superman in front of the courthouse. Around town you will find other characters from the comic series. Every June there is a Superman celebration which draws large crowds from around the world.
Finally, if you enjoy casinos, there is a Harrah's casino/hotel complex along the river.