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The best camping near Sand Ridge State Forest

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Black Sheep Flower Farm

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · Lewistown, IL
Million Dollar view! Stargazer & birdwatcher dream! Black Sheep Flower Farm is a chemical free flower farm overlooking a 15,000 acre wetland preserve. Beautiful hiking trails at Dickson Mounds and Emiquon Nature Preserve. We aim to provide an affordable and safe space where people feel free to be themselves and enjoy nature. Chill vibes. Quiet and romantic getaway! No homophobia, transphobia, racism or misogyny!
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$40
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Booked 1 time

Turkey knob

40 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Green Valley, IL
5 acres . Half wooded , half prairie. No frills camping, no electricity, no water , no bathrooms. Nice quiet peaceful place to relax. 2 miles from town where you can purchase basic necessities and ice . There are no shelters , chairs , etc . You must bring everything with you . I live about 5 minutes away and can assist and answer questions if needed
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Horseshoe Bend

6 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Roanoke, IL
Family owned private campground since the 1940's. Very secluded and private. Nice trails for hiking or biking. There is even a small "race track" in the bottom bowl near the creek.
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$20
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Cottonwood creek farm

2 sites · Lodging110 acres · Elmwood, IL
One of a kind private venue. We offer over 100 acres of private woods with ponds, creeks, trails and so much more. Come for the day or the whole week. Stay in our brand new barndominium or pitch a tent in our meadow. Host a family reunion or even a small wedding and everything in between! We offer a full court gym , hot tub, outdoor heated shower, full kitchen and 1.5 baths. Awesome private destination!
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Posey Ridge

5 sites · Lodging25 acres · Danvers, IL
I have a lake with lots of fish to go fishing, canoeing, kayaking. I also have small jon boat available for fishing. My property also has a outdoor his and hers privys..(bathrooms) No water though. I also have two construction trailers that we remodeled with couches chairs tables and refrigerators and TV's. These have a microwave in them to. These are available for people to stay in if wanted. They also have heat and AC. No water though. They cost extra to stay in.There's also places with camper plug ins. So power is available. Also have horseshoe pit and overhead cooking area. Great place for tent camping also. Have fire pit. And fire rings available. Also have access to firewood. Just no water. Great quiet enjoyable place for getaway to go fishing,canoeing or kayaking. Conveniently located between Peoria and Bloomington Illinois. Only about 3/4 from the Mackinaw river. For those who love to canoe and kayak on the river.
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River run

6 sites · RVs, Tents115 acres · Green Valley, IL
Learn more about this land:This campsite is great for fishing, kayaking, outdoor games, swimming in the river and sitting around the fire. We do offer a little pavilion and a sand volleyball court.
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$60
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GnarlyOak Farm

2 sites · Tents60 acres · Dunlap, IL
60 acres of fields and woods with meandering trails. Follow the one thru the piney woods, down over the stream and up into the hay field to reach the magnificent Gnarly Oak tree. Pitch your tent in the secluded field with a fire pit and fall asleep to the peepers and crickets. Wake up to fresh eggs for breakfast (that you picked up on your way in) and just chill and feel the healing quiet of this "little slice of heaven". Just 10 minutes from the city, but surrounded by so much peace.
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Antler creek farms

1 site · Lodging478 acres · Havana, IL
Our family farm is a place of peace and tranquility. Wake up to the birds singing. Plenty of places to walk around the farm or through the forest. Located just outside of havana Illinois. Havana offers that small town atmosphere that's enjoyed by visitors. Firewood is available on site or bring your saw and help us improve the forest. For those that would like even feel free to plant a tree with us.
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$125
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Hillbrook Haven

1 site · RV, Tent18 acres · Secor, IL
Welcome to Hillbrook Haven, boasting one of the most beautiful settings in central Illinois. We are nestled right in between Bloomington and Peoria, IL, down a quiet road near the Panther Creek and the Mackinaw River. Just 15 minutes from world renowned DISC GOLF course in Eureka, IL. 5 miles from Fairlakes Golf course. Enjoy several public hiking areas less than a mile away. A great area to ride ATVs on the quiet roads. This camp sight sits on 2 acres, has mature trees for shade, a picnic table, and lots of space to run and play. We are a drug free and alcohol free property. And clothing is required. We look forward to hosting you here at our quiet retreat.
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$35
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Need a refreshing taste of unspoiled nature? Just minutes southwest of Peoria, the largest state forest in Illinois offers a variety of outdoor adventures. The arid landscape hosts a diversity of plants and animals typically found in the Southwest.

The conservation area covers 7,100 acres of oak-hickory forests and pine plantations. That's a lot of raw wilderness to explore!

Enjoy panoramic vistas and miles of hiking, backpacking and horseback-riding trails. There are a hand trap shooting facility and an archery range. Winter brings snowmobiling fun.

This birdwatcher's paradise offers rustic Pine Campground with 27 Class "C" sites. Oak Campground hosts groups and Horseman's Park has equestrian camping. Backcountry campers find 12 primitive sites along 55 miles of pristine wilderness trail.

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