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The 20 best camping spots in Illinois.

From the shores of Lake Michigan all the way down to Shawnee National Forest, Illinois has a campsite well suited for any personality.

1912 Barn
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1. 1912 Barn

The 1912 Barn is a unique country backdrop for camping in the prairie of Illinois. This 105 year old post and beam structure located on 6 acres, ...

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RV Lake view,  Sit--A--Spell
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2. RV Lake view, Sit--A--Spell

camp site has a Lake View. Shades, breezy, private, golf cart friendly, 50/30/20 amp elect, Tunnel Hill bike trail is about 15 minutes away. Wine...

Grab your tent and cooking supplies, it’s time to go camping in Illinois! Get in a weekend of beach camping along Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park or beside the Illinois River at Kayak Morris park. Skip the crowds for a serene camping experience at Castle Rock State Park’s primitive campsites, which are only accessible by boat. Another fairly quiet option is Moraine Read more...
Grab your tent and cooking supplies, it’s time to go camping in Illinois! Get in a weekend of beach camping along Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park or beside the Illinois River at Kayak Morris park. Skip the crowds for a serene camping experience at Castle Rock State Park’s primitive campsites, which are only accessible by boat. Another fairly quiet option is Moraine Hills State Park. Rock Cut State Park is a delight in the spring and summer when the park’s many wildflowers come into bloom. Adventurous types will want to visit Rock Cut State Park, where a cave awaits exploring, along with opportunities for fishing, hiking, and camping. Check out Shawnee National Forest in the far south of the state for hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and primitive or car camping. No matter where you are in Illinois, there's a place to pitch your tent or park your RV just a quick drive away.
Hillcrest Event Center
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3. Hillcrest Event Center

Hillcrest Event Center -is a multi-purpose venue that handles public events including multiple music festivals; concerts, BBQ and Chili cook offs,...

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Illini Campground

4. Illini Campground

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A something for everyone kinda place, Illini Campground brings tha Illinoise with some awesome views of the Illinois River. Youth groups can...

Brian
Brian: Bike camped from Chicago to Illini multiple times. Nearly a trail the entire route. If you get tired, you can always take the...
If it feels like the farmland in Illinois goes on forever, you’re right. More than 80% of the state is used for farming.
Garden of the Gods Campground

5. Garden of the Gods Campground

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This Garden of the Gods is right here in Illinois—no need to travel to Colorado!—but you'll be equally-awed by the wild rock formations that fill...

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Starved Rock Campground

6. Starved Rock Campground

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Drink in the beauty of 18 epic canyons that were formed by ancient glacial meltwater and stream erosion when you crash at Starved Rock Campground....

Jason
Jason: Starved Rock is a great place to hike but the campground is nearly always crowded and loud... not to mention expensive. Great...
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The flow of the Chicago River was reversed in 1900 to tackle public health problems that arose from polluted drinking water.
Along the river
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7. Along the river

Do you need to unplug and get away from the standard day to day? We have the perfect camping area for tents or hammocks along the river. With...

Scottie
Scottie: The camp is situated along the Kishwaukee River on a sizeable piece of land that is adjacent to a state wildlife preserve. Camp...
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Total Eclipse at Heron House
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8. Total Eclipse at Heron House

Pitch your tent in the path of totality and greatest duration. :) Heron House Family Campground is in the path of totality just a few miles...

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Calling all roadtrippers! The start of iconic Route 66 can be found in Chicago, Illinois.
Near Chicago Private Camp
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9. Near Chicago Private Camp

Our quaint private property is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Chicago and is situated within 10 minutes from town and Metra (easily...

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Illinois Beach Campground

10. Illinois Beach Campground

Calling all beach bums: pop a squat at this campground for some prime (and extremellly limited) Illinois beach real estate. The large campground...

David
David: Has alcohol-free zones if you'd like to avoid the possibility of late night tom-foolery that may be associated with alcoholic...
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Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state in the U.S.
Anderson Lake Campground

11. Anderson Lake Campground

Lakeside living is a way of life at this campground. Wake up to the sound of water lapping against the shore at your campsite, which sits on the...

Canyon Ridge Campground

12. Canyon Ridge Campground

Many moons ago, the Apple River traveled through limestone canyons and created giant cliffs towering above the crystal clear waters. When you stand...

Jason
Jason: I don't think the place marker on this map is correct as the campground at Apple River Canyon is inside the park. Nevertheless,...
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Big Oak Campground

13. Big Oak Campground

Meet Argyle Lake State Campground—where nature meets all of the rad aspects of civilization. You name it, Argyle’s got it. There are three...

Twin Oaks Campground

14. Twin Oaks Campground

Wanna get weird in the wilderness? Primitive camp away from the pack at Twin Oak Campground. Located inside of the gorgeous Argyle Lake State Park,...

Twisted Oak Campground

15. Twisted Oak Campground

Big Oaks Campground has over twenty Class B/E (electric only campsites) and Class C sites (vehicle access and restroom hookups). Situated in Argyle...

Beall Woods Campground

16. Beall Woods Campground

Beall Woods Campground is located in the midst of virgin timber trees that range up to 120 feet tall. (We do not encourage you to attempt to climb...

Beaver Dam Campground

17. Beaver Dam Campground

Beaver Dam Campground is the low key favorite spot for hiking and fishing in Central Marcoupin County. The best review is the number of campers who...

Castle Rock Campground

18. Castle Rock Campground

With primitive sites only accessible by boat or canoe, a stay at Castle Rock Campground takes a little bit of work and planning. This could be...

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Fox Den Campground

19. Fox Den Campground

Fox Den is a loop located in the Chain O'Lakes State Park. These sites are standard by definition, but the land they sit on ain’t no mediocre....

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Honeysuckle Hollow Campground

20. Honeysuckle Hollow Campground

Just east of Turner Lake, Honeysuckle Hollow Campground has Class-A premium sites that fare well even for those with discriminating tastes. This is...

Elva
Elva: We love this place for a quick overnight camp. Just camped here last weekend and it has always been a great option to get out...
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