Camping near Chicago with horseback riding

Watch the sunrise over Lake Michigan or fish in the Illinois River on a camping escape near Chicago.

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6 top campgrounds near Chicago with horseback riding

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Willowthorne

6 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Lynwood, IL
Discover the Charm of Willowthorne: Your Rustic Sanctuary Amid Natural Beauty. Willowthorne invites you to revel in the natural allure and organic rhythm of life on the farm, fostering enduring memories that extend long after your visit. Nestled within a serene 9-acre organic blueberry farm , Willowthorne emerges as an idyllic escape where the sunsets are sublime, and the night sky brims with twinkling stars, and the hosts are charming and delightful. This unique getaway marries the essence of organic farming, educational pursuits, and warm hospitality to create an unparalleled outdoor experience. Catering to tent camping aficionados and retreat groups, our pastoral campgrounds are graced with picturesque views of a tranquil pond and willow trees. While our space welcomes the modest charm of tents, small RVs, and campers, we maintain a rustic essence without power hook-ups, encouraging guests to connect with nature. Each campsite is thoughtfully equipped with a personal fire ring and table for your convenience. Our area offers an incredible variety of recreational and sightseeing activities. Find peace and tranquility among nature or travel just 25 miles north to visit the heart of Chicago! We are central to many Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State Parks and beaches. Several good restaurants and breweries are also nearby. PLEASE NOTE: Please drive slowly and cautiously through our property. We are an active farm with a lot of activity all year round. Please pitch your tent in the designated campground area. In support of conservation of the natural ecosystem, please refrain from broadcast pesticides, i.e. Raid, Yard Guard, etc. Spraying skin, clothing, and personal property with mosquito repellent in your designated camping is fine. Our farm has beehives placed at a safe distance from the campsites to ensure guest safety. Obey posted signs and please stay out of designated work areas OBSERVE FIRE SAFETY. Leave fire ring in designated spot. Never leave fire unattended. No fires on windy days. Extinguish fire before leaving campsite. Please read: https://www.hipcamp.com/journal/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fire-safety For Your Convenience: Firewood: Purchase bundles of wood on site as non-local wood can disrupt the local ecosystem through disease or invasive species. Feel free to collect any small, fallen twigs for kindling. (Wood in stacked piles is not for burning but reserved for mushroom cultivation and other projects.) Honey: We offer honey harvested from blueberry blossoms in spring and the rich flavors of black locust and clover in late summer. Blueberries: Come July, partake in our U-pick blueberry farm, an experience seamlessly woven into your stay. Misc. We also offer a variety of organic garden vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season. Kindly inquire on availability upon arrival if you are interested in any of these farm fresh goodies. Catch-and-Release fishing is welcome. We look forward to having you enjoy the natural beauty at Willowthorne!
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Millbrook Trail Rides

1 site · Tent50 acres · Newark, IL
We are a horse farm that offers trail riding to the public. We have 50 acres of wooded land with a creek running through it. We have plenty of space and we are happy to provide you with a fun camping experience! Our campsite is private and convenient. Please be warned that a loud train goes through at night!
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Gun Smoke Ranch

4 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Grant Park, IL
Beautiful camping spots with fire pit and picnic table. Seasoned Firewood is available for purchase. Three beautiful sites with campfire pits and area for tents. Sites 1&2 overlook a manicured range. Site 3 is nearby. Waivers must be signed to use range, Hipcamp is not liable for range use. Car, suv, truck, trailer and smaller RV parking. 15 minute drive to Cedar Lake, 10 minutes to Badlandz Paintball Field. No electrical hookup, no plumbing. (Yet) Porta potty provided
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Hruby Ranch Woods Camp -Eagles Nest

2 sites · Lodging56 acres · Crown Point, IN
Learn more about this land:Come enjoy a stay at the rustic Hruby Ranch. 50 acres of private land to explore. A cozy comfortable excursion tent with queen bed heated by a toasty 89,000 BTU wood stove. There are trails throughout of which you are free to explore. And our animals will surely delight. A fire pit is always a wonderful way to end the day. Located 12 minutes from I 65 and 15 minutes from downtown Crown Point and 20 from Valporaiso. If the beach is more your style, we are 25 minutes from the Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan! We are in winter/inclimate weather conditions, all stays are hike in and out approximately 150yards from the barn and stable areas.
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Rocking Horse Camping Ranch

1 site · Lodging15 acres · Gary, IN
This is a hidden gem in the outskirts of Gary. Located on the Calumet river is this amazing horse farm with 3 horses and 4 ponies. It’s 1 mile off of the 80/94 and 65 highway. Only a 45 min drive from Chicago. We also offer free parking to Miller Beach on Lake Michigan which is only a 10 min ride
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Cohen’s Nature Retreat Riverwoods

1 site · Tent1 acre · Riverwoods, IL
One acre land. Enjoy a glamping set up in the heart of Chicago’s Northshore. Minutes to the beach, golf courses, nature preserve biking, canoeing, horseback riding, kitesurfing, kayaking, restaurants, rock climbing, museums, trains to Chicago and Milwaukee. Access to the 12 person swim spa, grill, bonfire, outdoor fireplace.
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Camping near Chicago with horseback riding guide

Overview

At the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago mixes urban energy with expansive natural beauty. Stroll through Starved Rock State Park and fish for catfish in the Illinois River, or take a day trip to Indiana Dunes National Park to splash in the lake and enjoy the beach. Channahon State Park offers a look at local history with walking, fishing, and canoeing opportunities along the historic waterway. Campers can then find tent campgrounds and RV parks near Chicago and its natural attractions with amenities like restrooms and showers. Or try glamping accommodations like cabins and yurts with kitchens and wifi for extra luxury. Lakeside camping is also especially popular near Chicago, featuring boat docks, swimming, and beach access.

Where to go

Starved Rock State Park

Visit Starved Rock State Park to wander the banks of the Illinois River; fish for catfish, walleye, white bass, and carp; or kayak along the water. Thirteen miles of hiking trails are available year-round, and on-leash dog walking is welcome on the paths. A state park campground with showers, pit toilets, and seasonal porta-potties is available inside Starved Rock, with easy access to picnic areas and stargazing. Since it’s one of the most popular parks in Illinois, those looking to enjoy the on-site campground are advised to reserve a spot at least six months in advance.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Admire the natural coastline of Lake Michigan and relax in the sandy landscape on 15,000 acres of parkland at Indiana Dunes. Wander through spring wildflowers, beat summer heat with lake swimming, or snowshoe across the dunes in winter to make the most of year-round park access. Three campgrounds offer a range of camping options, including primitive walk-in tent camping, group camping, campsites with vehicle access, as well as campsites with access to restrooms and hot showers.

Channahon State Park

At the meeting place of the Kankakee, DuPage, and Des Plaines Rivers sits Channahon State Park. It makes a great trip for anyone seeking river views with a touch of local history. Fifteen miles of canal offer a sheltered space for canoeing, while an abundance of bass, crappie, and catfish make for exciting fishing. Primitive tent campsites with fire rings and picnic tables put campers on the edge of the I&M Canal Trail, where a stroll along the waterway affords views of historical buildings and original locks.

When to go

Most campgrounds are open year-round in Illinois, though winter snow can temporarily close some campsites and water amenities. Spring and fall are popular times to visit to avoid summer heat. Temperatures average in the mid 80s during these seasons. Lake and river trails often display beautiful wildflower blooms through April and May, while vibrant forest colors offer an attraction in fall. Chicago’s nickname as the windy city is well-deserved. Pack a few layers and a windbreaker to enjoy the fresh breezes along the coast of Lake Michigan.

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