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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.


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farm
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
Papa's Sweet Corn Patch
100% 11 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.

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...
Barn Living  Experience
Plenty of space for dining and hanging out on the main floor of the barn.
vibes
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...
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% 12 Responses
$80/night
Scottie
Scottie: The camp is situated along the Kishwaukee River on a sizeable piece of land that is adj...
South pasture trail...
And beautiful sunrises!
Just tidied up the pit!
Good view of sun setting by willow.
Willow site... largest spot; can fit 6 tents comfortably.
Goat & Sheep Pasture
100% 4 Responses
$25/night
Brittany
Brittany: What a sweet family in a rural beautiful landscape! They had a perfectly manicured past...
Calling all roadtrippers! The start of iconic Route 66 can be found in Chicago, Illinois.

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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...
Front view of the cabin.
Two kaykas provided by the host.
Woods to the west.
forest hiking activity
Dock on property.
Cabin provided
Kankakee River Cabin
100% 8 Responses
$100/night
Lauren
Lauren: Nestled in the woods just sixty miles south of Chicago on the Illinois/Indiana border, ...
The flow of the Chicago River was reversed in 1900 to tackle public health problems that arose from polluted drinking water.
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% 3 Responses
$15/night
Lauren
Lauren: 110% stay here! I fell in love with this place as soon as I met Debbie and her husban...
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 ...
If it feels like the farmland in Illinois goes on forever, you’re right. More than 80% of the state is used for farming.
tent people lodging
sign amenity
hammock activity
hammock activity
And On This Farm...
And On This Farm...
100% 2 Responses
$40/night
Jeff
Jeff: This place is unreal, and in some ways, I don't even want to review it because I want t...
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...
Reaching just 1,235 feet above its base of rolling farmland, Charles Mound is the highest point in Illinois.
So many campsite locations!
Trotting in the walnut grove.
This is our magical walnut grove with access to a fire area, picnic table, and charcoal grill.  Near a stream.
horse animal
Even has a camper/RV hookup available.
Fantastic Horse Farm
100% 1 Response
$40/night
Marcy
Marcy: Pitch your tent or plug in your RV (30 or 50 amp, or 110 volt) on our 110 acre horse...
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Wildlife & Superman Camp
Jace
Jace: Great friendly hosts!
The campground
Path behind shelter
Trail leading down to the creek path
First site as you pull in to the campground
Looking out from shelter to campground
Horseshoe Bend
100% 2 Responses
$30/night
Brady
Brady: Horseshoe Bend is secluded Central Illinois destination. The campground lone sits on...
Watkin's Place at McCully
Watkin's Place at McCully
Watkin's Place at McCully
Watkin's Place at McCully
Watkin's Place at McCully
Cabin provided
Shane
Shane: We had a fantastic time at the cabin. It was well off the beaten path yet connected to ...
Setting up the tent in the huge, beautiful backyard
The drive to the Kinkaid spillway, a watering hole in the nearby area
Delight yourself with a sunset tree swing!
All set up and enjoying the evening sunlight
Spillway goers cooling down in the falls
Total Eclipse Camping
100% 6 Responses
$150/night
Emily
Emily: My stay at Heron House was absolutely perfect. The hosts are so unbelievably kind and a...
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
Canvas tent provided
Aja
Aja: I loved this site! It is perfect for a quick getaway with your significant other. The t...
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...