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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.

Outdoor stays for every style

Find your new favorite spot.

Most people immediately think of Chicago when they think of Illinois. The sprawling state's population is heavily concentrated in the northeast. This famously flat state definitely isn't the place to go if you like mountain climbing. The state's highest natural point, Charles Mound, is only 1,235 feet tall—by comparison, Chicago's Willis Tower is 1,729 feet tall! Sticking close to the Chicago hub? Check out Illinois Beach State Park, which sits on the shores of magnificent Lake Michigan. Here you'll have access to camping, boating, swimming and fishing all within an hour's drive of major airport O'Hare. There's a enormous Land of Lincoln outside of the famed big city, though. Nearly 80% of the state’s land area is farm land, but there are some exceptional pockets of nature to be found. Starved Rock State Park, in north-central Illinois, is beloved for its impressive array of beautiful canyons and waterfalls. Try to visit around the ice thaw in the spring to see the waterfalls at peak power. Shawnee National Forest sits way down in the southern part of the state, near the Missouri and Kentucky borders. If hiking's your thing, don't miss Shawnee's stunning Garden of the Gods Wilderness Area. Unique rock formations and scenic hiking trails abound in this 3,318-acre jewel.

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy

We have a zero-tolerance policy against discrimination at Hipcamp and are committed to helping our Host and Hipcamper community be inclusive.
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Hosting Standards

All Hosts should review and adhere to these standards around providing a positive Hipcamp experience, being a thoughtful neighbor, and serving as a responsible citizen.

Hipcamper Standards

All Hipcampers should review and adhere to these standards for safety, trip preparation, and respect in order to uphold Hipcamp’s most important value: “leave it better.”

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Recreate Responsibly

Recreate Responsibly

  1. Know before you go
  2. Practice physical distancing
  3. Plan ahead
  4. Play it safe
  5. Explore locally
  6. Leave no trace
  7. Build an inclusive outdoors
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

  1. Plan ahead and prepare
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  3. Plan ahead
  4. Dispose of waste properly
  5. Leave what you find
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors
National Weather Service

National Weather Service

We integrate with the National Weather Service to provide valuable fire advisories to Hosts and Hipcampers. Real-time Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watch Warnings help keep our community safe.
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