From the shores of North Illinois (IL) to the Prairies of Central and South Illinois, the Prairie State has plenty of attractions for the adventurous camper.
The Chicago area, lovingly referred to as Chicagoland, provides a multitude of camping and outdoor experiences convenient to the suburbs. Suburban camping can feel secluded with miles of lakefront nearby providing harbors, hiking trails, beaches, parks, and reserves. Lake Michigan camping provides both sandy beaches and wooded areas for a variety of campsites. Camping is available in some of these areas with the option for both family-friendly RV sites and tent sites.
Northern Illinois has wooded hills characterized by rocky bluffs, and is great for wilderness camping. Enjoy the topography that differs so much from Central Illinois' plains area, and look for campgrounds within state parks. Central Illinois features rolling hills, secluded valleys, deep forests, and farmland for campers to enjoy. Find camping sites near pristine lakes, rivers, wetlands, and marshes. Head to Shawnee National Forest to find some more rugged terrain and more secluded, primitive campsites at the foot of the Ozarks.
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