Friends Creek Campground
Art S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2020

Hidden among the farms - well-manicured camping

In mid-Illinois a campground waits for you. Well tended grassy sites with an impeccable grassy picnicking area. There was plenty of room in our site but most of the campground is empty. It would feel more crowded when full due to a lack of vegetation between sites. We grabbed a non-electric site but most have electric. The showers/restrooms are centrally located and could be crowded if the camp was full. 

We set up and walked some in the trails. The conservation area extends across the road and that’s where most of the trails are. Start at the one room schoolhouse and make your way down wide trails. They aren’t that long but take a few and they add up. Stay on the camp side of the road and you can find large grassy areas with playgrounds and picnic shelters. A few trails are on this side too.

Clinton Lake Recreation area is just down the road if you want to fish or bring some watercraft. 

One note: if you reserve a camping spot it’s just to have a site. Specific campsites aren’t reserved. Get here early and you have your choice. 

This is a nice mid-Illinois campground!

  • Sites are open but with very few campers we had lots of space
  • A modern and clean restroom
  • The camp host camp over and we had a long chat. It ended with a gift of some tomatoes off his vine and even some coffee in the morning.
  • The schoolhouse is only open for tours on certain days but its interesting to look through the windows. It's the start of the trails that go through woods and fields.
  • You drive through farmland on the way in
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