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Buffalo Rock State Park Campground

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Location

Buffalo Rock State Park Campground is located in Illinois

Detail location of campground

Coordinates

41.328 N
88.91 W

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Access

  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
    Available
  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

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4 Reviews

Jess
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Nice and quiet

Its nice and quiet. When you park at the lot head towards Utica. The first spot was about a half mile in. If you head further down there is a nice spot with a shelter and fire place. They are working on the bridge before Utica so you can not walk into town. No restrooms but there is a water source you can filter. Saw lots of wild life. Walk to Ottawa is very magical. Wouldn't change a thing.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Jess , June 5, 2021
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Jess , June 5, 2021
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Jess , June 5, 2021
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Reviewed May. 21, 2021

A great place to avoid the crowds!

This little gem is across the river from Starved Rock State Park. So, you can appreciate the bluff overlooks of the river without dealing with the crowds. Real live Buffalo are a treat for kids and animal lovers. A number of trails around effigy mounds make for a nice walk.

Month of VisitSeptember
Amanda P.
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2020

Hidden

Camp sites aren’t actually in buffalo rock, they’re across the street at I&M canal. You have to walk a bit to get there but the sites are great. If you’re looking for privacy this is it. There aren’t toilets tho or running water..

Scott N.
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2019

Great for bike camping but a little exposed

Just down the street from Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park is the much smaller(and less crowded) Buffalo Rock State Park. It has some trails, camping, a playground and other facilities, and is right next to the I& M Canal Tow Path.

At a leisurely pace, it only took me a couple of hours to walk all the trails. They are nice well-kept trails. Most of the surface is gravel but some parts are just dirt. The trail is wide and mowed at least two feet on either side. I’m not sure if bikes are allowed; I did see bike tracks and did not see any sign that indicated they were not allowed. Very little elevation changes and none that were steep. There are a couple of overlooks that offer beautiful views of Illinois River.

The campsites are directly off of the towpath. The furthest site(the group site) is three miles from the ranger station. There are four sites total. One of the sites is kinda small but big enough for a single tent and two campers. The largest site is the group site which is the only site with a picnic table and shelter. The shelter needed some work but overall was in decent condition. It as a fireplace that was pretty neat. Each site has a fire ring with grill. I did feel a little exposed being right off the trail. I was nervous leaving all my gear behind when I went for a hike. Nobody messed with my stuff though and everyone I saw was very friendly. I did have a visitor around two in the morning my second night. He was looking for a place to rest for a few hours and left at daybreak. The sites are only accessible by walking or biking.

 The park has a playground, restroom(with running water), and drinking fountains with spouts. The water tasted funny but it was nice having a source to refill my bottles. Also, there are buffalo and that’s pretty cool.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Scott N., September 18, 2019
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Scott N., September 18, 2019
  • Review photo of Buffalo Rock State Park Campground by Scott N., September 18, 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Buffalo Rock State Park Campground?

Camping at Buffalo Rock State Park Campground can starts at $6.00.

Are fires allowed at Buffalo Rock State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Buffalo Rock State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Buffalo Rock State Park Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Buffalo Rock State Park Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Buffalo Rock State Park Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is unknown, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is available.