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The best camping 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.


tent lodging
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farm
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
100% 8 Responses
$25/night
Kiryl
Kiryl: We thank Brian who is an amazing host for all he did for us! We arrived there pretty la...
tent people group
tent people hammock
food chocolate
All the nightly necessities!
I definitely loved this shady spot
Contryside Escape
100% 5 Responses
$15/night
Lauren
Lauren: Plenty of privacy on a super safe stretch of land with the sweetest family! You hav...

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 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.

Barn Living  Experience
Plenty of space for dining and hanging out on the main floor of the barn.
Barn Living  Experience
Beautiful overlook of the farm on the second floor
Barn Living  Experience
Andrea
Andrea: I had such a lovely stay here. I enjoyed spending the night in the loft, it was so cozy...
tent forest lodging
Here's a boat you can rent for a small fee to enjoy
Plenty of privacy down here and a pretty great swimming hole to cool off in!
I visited at such a great time - there were so many butterflies around Red Gate Farm.
And so many gorgeous tomatoes
Lauren
Lauren: Whether you're a tent camper or fully dependent on your hammock, there's a perfect amou...
Illinois produces more pumpkins than any other state in the U.S.
You'll have access to a fire pit, picnic table and the river.
A great place to hike.
The landowner suggest going for the smallies.
Along the river
Along the river
Along the river
100% 8 Responses
$80/night
Scottie
Scottie: The camp is situated along the Kishwaukee River on a sizeable piece of land that is adj...
There's already a hammock. Go enjoy it!
animal chicken
animal pig
The youngest micro piglet!
farm animal goat
Jesus
Jesus: Had a great time at the farm, very safe location and plenty to do! It is only a couple ...
Calling all roadtrippers! The start of iconic Route 66 can be found in Chicago, Illinois.

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tent forest people
animal goats
tentview forest people
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farm animal goats
Lauren
Lauren: Lovely property with plenty of room to roam and set up your tent. The property went fur...
oh hey there I am!
I had to stop to snag a photo of these cute scarecrow. You may find these little guys on your way in to Bear Creek!
imagine your tent here...
He was my welcoming committee
and taking a dip in one of the creeks
Ponds Edge
100% 1 Response
$20/night
Lauren
Lauren: 110% stay here! I fell in love with this place as soon as I met Debbie and her husban...
The flow of the Chicago River was reversed in 1900 to tackle public health problems that arose from polluted drinking water.
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Jace
Jace: Great friendly hosts!
Front view of the cabin.
Two kaykas provided by the host.
Woods to the west.
Kankakee River Cabin
Dock on property.
Kankakee River Cabin
100% 3 Responses
$100/night
Lauren
Lauren: Nestled in the woods just sixty miles south of Chicago on the Illinois/Indiana border, ...
If it feels like the farmland in Illinois goes on forever, you’re right. More than 80% of the state is used for farming.
These views though!
tent lodging
Ok it's definitely time to start cooking!
Peaceful Place @ The Hills
Peaceful Place @ The Hills
Lauren
Lauren: A great place for anyone who enjoys beautiful sunsets, fishing, and all the privacy you...
South pasture trail...
tent people lodging
plants
barn
farm
Goat & Sheep Pasture
100% 3 Responses
$25/night
Brittany
Brittany: What a sweet family in a rural beautiful landscape! They had a perfectly manicured past...
Reaching just 1,235 feet above its base of rolling farmland, Charles Mound is the highest point in Illinois.
Solid tent platforms
Our permaculture designed 1/2 acre pond and central barn made from shipping containers are two of our key features. Fresh drinking water and electricity are found at the barn, just a short walk from the camping areas.
Jim Penrod is our site manager, permaculturist, teacher and farmer at Bending Oak. He will be your host.  If you have any questions he is very knowledgeable and happy to share. If you wish to be left alone, he totally gets that too. You are in great hands.
Here is a close-up look at the barn. Notice the 20' shipping containers that make up the walls and structure. Add trellises and some roofing and you've got a barn.
Waking up to this.
Bending Oak
100% 2 Responses
$25/night
Jon
Jon: I spent a beautiful July night on the Permaculture farm and had an amazing time. The pr...
My little campsite in a perfectly shady spot on the back of the property to the left of the driveway
Come hang out!
Kayaks and the little pond to paddle on.
Let's go explorin'
Saw this sweet and tender moment on my way to the site!
Lauren
Lauren: Such a great spot with SOOO many great spots (both shady or sunny) to set up camp and e...
Community Campfire
Campsite
Campsite Entrance
Large Lots
Hicks Haven Campsites
100% 1 Response
$55/night
Brian
Brian: This was a fantastic opportunity to be close to the action, meet fun new people and enj...
this is one of the ponds on the farm. There are limited spaces near this pond.
near the home is a small playground.  Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
this is the field for camping. Just beyond is 25 acres of timber with walking trails. Would need sturdy shoes to hike.
this is the lane coming into Liberty's Farm.
this is the new event venue on the farm, called The Landing. I plan to host music here for campers.  Campers at Liberty's Farmstay would get a discount rate for concerts.
Liberty's Farmstay
100% 1 Response
$20/night
Katrina
Katrina: Jo Jo was very hospitable and works hard to take care of her guests. Property is very p...
McCully Heritage Project
McCully Heritage Project
McCully Heritage Project
McCully Heritage Project
McCully Heritage Project
Sarah
Sarah: This was gorgeous and secluded. It feels super secret and private. We saw maybe four ca...
tent forest people
forest rv lodging
Eagle's Landing on the Fox River
forest
tent people lodging
Brittany
Brittany: Quiet, peaceful and full of wildlife (we saw a pack of 100 fish jumping right next to o...
Forest and Campfire by the Barn
forest lodging treehouse
Forest and Campfire by the Barn
Forest and Campfire by the Barn
Forest and Campfire by the Barn
Brittany
Brittany: Jennifer's family welcomed us onto the property joyfully and with warmth. Their fire pi...
Tent w/ sweeping view of wetlands
Tent w/ sweeping view of wetlands
Tent w/ sweeping view of wetlands
Tent w/ sweeping view of wetlands
Tent w/ sweeping view of wetlands
Aja
Aja: I loved this site! It is perfect for a quick getaway with your significant other. The t...