Hipcamp host Brady M.
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Horseshoe Bend is secluded Central Illinois destination. The campground lone sits on three hardwood shaded acres on a 1/4 mile privately gated lane. Total privacy sitting on bluff over Panther Creek. (Note: we are 45 minutes south of Starved Rock State Park, simple easy drive)

The campground base is 30'x40' gravel floored covered shelter with a solid back and low side


Horseshoe Bend is secluded Central Illinois destination. The campground lone sits on three hardwood shaded acres on a 1/4 mile privately gated lane. Total privacy sitting on bluff over Panther Creek. (Note: we are 45 minutes south of Starved Rock State Park, simple easy drive)

The campground base is 30'x40' gravel floored covered shelter with a solid back and low side walls on two sides. It is served by a 100 amp, 120 volt service. TWO 30 amp RV hook ups are located remotely , with three other 120v outlets located on the perimeters. The communal fire ring and pit toilet are located at this location.

The campground is base for the trail heads that lead to 90 acres of woods including the West Branch of the Panther Creek. Hike, bike, wade, fish at your leisure.

Groups can easily camp here as there is plenty of room for camping and parking.


RV spots should be limited to 24' and less. Class A motor homes are not allowed.

Tent camping is welcome.

No hunting, ATV's, motorcycles, golf carts allowed.


Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Generators allowed
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Brady a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Horseshoe Bend in Illinois.

River, stream, or...

The vibe at Horseshoe Bend

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Hipcamper Eliseo
Eliseo C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 1st, 2018

Great location with plenty of space. Easy to get to and everything was pretty much set up for us to enjoy our stay. Brady was an excellent host. Plenty of firewood and respected our privacy. Directions were clear and the campsite was easy to find.

Hipcamper Dora
Dora H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2019

We booked Horseshoe Bend on a whim and headed out. The pictures looked like the quiet, private get away we were looking for. On our way we saw Class A RV's were not recommended. With the recent rain decided it best we not go. The Host Brady was prompt in responding to the last minute booking and was very gracious to refund our money. We will definitely try to camp there again with our smaller set up (tent and truck) and give a more detailed review! It's nice to work with people like this!

Hipcamper Ann
Ann S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 17th, 2019

Quiet and secluded. Loved being here, the pavilion is a plus at night.

Hipcamper Steve
Steve K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 4th, 2019

Horseshoe Bend is truly a unique camping adventure, as the campground consists of 4 electric sites and and other land for tenters.
We booked on a weekend where we were the only ones booked, and while we tried to get a few of our camping friends to tag along, none could, so we had the entire property to ourselves and our dogs.
Upon arrival, Brady showed up to greet us and give us a brief history of the property. I won’t give it away, to steal his thunder, but it’s very interesting to hear all that has happened there over the years.
Since it was just us, the communal firewood was all ours, but there was plenty around even if there were more than just one group. Our dogs got to run free the entire time, which they totally enjoyed.
Brady did warn us about deer and turkey that might be campsite visitors, but take away a Bambi at the front gate, and a gobble gobble heard one morning, there wasn’t a single siting.
The entire campground is shaded by huge maple and oak trees, and was a welcome relief in the almost 90 degree weather.
Though there is supposed to be a creek that runs through the campground, it has since dried up and most likelihood is only active during a (very) rainy season. Two outhouses are there by the pavilion, and they were clean very usable. Brady was kind enough to give us a 30a extension cord to give us more options as to where to put our small camper.
Hiking on site is limited, as the property itself borders other private homes, but there is a county park nearby (9 miles of so) with trails and a lake for fishing, which we took advantage of.
Horseshoe Bend would be a great site for a larger group of campers, where privacy was wanted to do WHATEVER they wanted, as there really are no neighbors to speak of.
Or be like we were, a couple who got to enjoy the total solitude of a campground to ourselves, to enjoy the sounds of nature (abundantly), unencumbered by radios, traffic, and outside conversations well into the night.

Hipcamper Cam
Cam C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 10th, 2020

Very nice site. The fire was ready when i got there just had to throw on some logs. Dog ran around the whole place and only came home with one tick. I plan to return. All glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Horseshoe Bend
Hipcamper Kris
Kris M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 4th, 2020

Our group had a great weekend at the camp! There has been quite a bit of rain lately, and we were a bit worried about getting in and out. But, we had no issues. As stated in the listing, this was private--just us and our group, which was wonderful. We had a nice fire, with plenty of firewood provided, and had fun hiking and exploring the property. Also, the outhouses were very clean. My son didn't want to leave and the rest of my family is already planning for when we can go back. For a nice family weekend away from it all, I highly recommend this property!

Hipcamper Brady
Response from Brady, the Host, on May 6th, 2020

Thanks for coming out. I went back to check everything out after you left, all I saw were tire tracks. Thank you leaving the camp the way you found it! Hope you return!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Heather
Heather L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 25th, 2020

Our 1st time using Hipcamp and we lucked out with Houseshoe Bend !! It was everything and more! Secluded , clean and just simply beautiful location. Brady was a great host !!

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Hipcamper john
John R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

Nice place. Large.
Be aware that there may or may not be other families there at the same time.

Hipcamper Bruce
Bruce C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 3rd, 2020

Great spot to enjoy the outdoors and get away without the crowds of larger campgrounds. Kids and dog had a great time exploring the property. Will be back.


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