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Fall Camping Near Chicago

Wes Walker

Wes has been a top-selling Realtor in Chicago since 1991. He has sold more than 1000 properties and over $300 Million in Chicago real estate...

Wes has been a top-selling Realtor in Chicago since 1991. He has sold more than 1000 properties and over $300 Million in Chicago real estate...

Oct 29 3 minutes read

Are you looking for a fun outdoor fall activity? I've put together a list of the best places to camp near Chicago. Take in the crisp air and Autumn leaves while you camp with family and friends! 


1. Rock Cut State Park

Located in the Northern region in Winnebago County. This State Park has many options for activities including biking, hiking, horseback trails, and of course camping! Enjoy some time fishing or relaxing on the banks of Pierce Lake and Olson Lake. If you'd prefer to hike take your adventure through the park's 3,092 acres. 


2. Kankakee River State Park

This park is an outdoor enthusiasts dream! Enjoy 4,000 acres of natural splendor with 11 miles of the Kankakee River within its land. Potawatomi Campground has 110 sites and two cabins within its wooded setting. Chippewa Campground includes 150 sites. All campsites share a picnic table and camp grill. Take your adventure to new levels hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, or boating! 


3. Indiana Dunes State Park

Located 47 miles east of Chicago this campground is nestled between Lake Michigan and the majestic Indiana Dunes and includes 1,530 acres. Enjoy 140 campsites with electrical hook-ups and picnic tables. Other activities include hiking, cycling, birdwatching, a nature center, and horseback riding. 


4. Starved Rock State Park

Canyons, waterfalls, wildlife, wildflowers, and historical activities are just a few perks of visiting Starved Rock State Park. If you're looking to camp here you have a few options including regular campsites, cabins, or the main Lodge. Either way, you will have plenty of activities at your fingertips including canoeing, boating, hiking, bird watching, a playground for the kiddos, horseback riding, grills for those BBQ parties, and a visitor center. Historical activities nearby include the Hegeler-Carus Mansion which takes you back to the 19th century and is rich with Illinois cultural significance. A visit to Starved Rock State Park is absolutely a must. 


5. BullFrog Lake

Year-round camping is available in the hilly Palos preserves. You can also take to the water on canoes or go fishing if that's your thing. Other fun activities include mountain biking, hiking, birdwatching, or a visit to the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center. You are sure to enjoy exploring this area with it's 50 plus miles of trails. 

6. Camp Sullivan

You'll know you've arrived when you see the iconic red barn! Stay for a few days in the bunkhouses tucked away in the 612 acres Tinley Creek Woods. There are more than 13 miles of trails perfect for nature lovers. Inside the barn there is a climbing wall as well as other fun activities. You can also access bike trails or head to Turtlehead Lake and Arrowhead Lake. There will never be a dull moment when you spend time at Camp Sullivan. 


There are no wrong choices from this list of places to camp near Chicago. Head outside and enjoy the Fall weather! 


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