Best Camping near Ashland, IL

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Best Camping Sites Near Ashland, IL (44)

    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

    1.

    Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

    21 Reviews
    40 Photos
    3 Saves
    Chandlerville, Illinois

    A primitive camping area at Jim Edgar Panther Creek has seven three-sided shelters to camp near or in for a fee of $6 per night. Hikers and mountain bike riders must travel approximately a quarter-mile from the nearest parking lot to access the shelters.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $6 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from The Double J Campground and RV Park

    2.

    The Double J Campground and RV Park

    19 Reviews
    14 Photos
    58 Saves
    Chatham, Illinois

    Welcome to The Double J Campground and RV Park, nestled near Chatham, IL. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy a comfortable camping experience with all the conveniences you could ask for. The campground is open year-round, so you can plan your visit whenever it suits you.

    One of the standout features here is the full hookups available at the gravel sites, making it a breeze for RV campers. The bathrooms and showers are well-maintained and clean, which is always a plus. If you're traveling with pets, you'll be happy to know there's a dog park where your furry friends can stretch their legs.

    The location is pretty sweet too. It's close to Springfield, so you can easily check out local attractions like the Lincoln sites or pop over to Slauterhaus Brewing in Auburn for a pint. Some campers have mentioned that the highway noise can be a bit noticeable, but many find it more like white noise that fades into the background.

    For those who enjoy a bit of recreation, there's a pool that's perfect for cooling off on a hot day, and even a putt-putt course that's free to use. The campground is spacious with plenty of shade from mature trees, and each site comes with a picnic table and a fire ring, perfect for those evening campfires.

    Whether you're just passing through or planning a longer stay, The Double J Campground offers a friendly, clean, and convenient spot to set up camp.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Illinois State Fair Campground

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    Illinois State Fair Campground

    11 Reviews
    9 Photos
    16 Saves
    Sherman, Illinois

    Welcome to the Illinois State Fair Campground, nestled right near Springfield. This spot is a gem, especially if you're looking for a convenient and comfortable place to set up camp. The campground is open from April 1 to October 31, making it a great seasonal destination.

    One of the standout features here is the sheer size of the place. With over 300 sites, there's plenty of room for everyone, whether you're in a tent or an RV. Most sites come with electric and water hookups, and there are full hookup options available too. The bathrooms and showers, while a bit dated, are kept clean and functional, which is always a plus.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground is particularly friendly to big rigs, so if you're rolling in with a larger setup, you should be just fine. Pets are welcome, and there's a sanitary dump station on-site for your convenience.

    The campground's location is another big draw. You're just a short drive away from some of Springfield's most notable attractions, like Lincoln's Home and Lincoln's Tomb. It's a fantastic base camp for exploring the rich history of the area.

    Security is solid here, with regular patrols ensuring a safe and peaceful stay. The staff are known to be friendly and helpful, often going out of their way to make sure you have a pleasant experience. Some campers even got a golf cart tour of the fairgrounds from the host!

    While the sites are mostly on pavement, there are grassy spots available if you prefer a more natural setting. Just keep in mind that during fair week, it can get pretty busy, so plan accordingly.

    All in all, the Illinois State Fair Campground offers a comfortable and convenient camping experience with a touch of local charm. Whether you're here for a night or a longer stay, you'll find it a welcoming place to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Crazy Horse Campground

    4.

    Crazy Horse Campground

    5 Reviews
    6 Photos
    17 Saves
    Jacksonville, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground

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    Sangchris Lake State Park Campground

    18 Reviews
    49 Photos
    52 Saves
    Rochester, Illinois

    Welcome to Sangchris Lake State Park Campground, a gem near Rochester, IL. This spot is perfect for those who love a mix of relaxation and outdoor activities. The campground is known for its beautiful lakeside views and spacious sites, making it a favorite for many visitors.

    One of the standout features here is the electric hookups available at most sites, which is a big plus for RV campers. The campground also offers clean restrooms and shower facilities, ensuring a comfortable stay. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Visitors often rave about the peaceful atmosphere and the well-maintained grounds. The sites are large and provide plenty of room between neighbors, giving you a sense of privacy. If you're into fishing, you'll love the easy access to the lake and the multiple public docks available. Some campers even have their own private docks, which is a real treat.

    The campground is open from April 1 to January 16, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the changing seasons. Whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a longer stay, you'll find plenty to do. From hiking and boating to simply enjoying the serene surroundings, Sangchris Lake State Park Campground has something for everyone.

    So pack your gear, bring your family or friends, and come experience the beauty and tranquility of this wonderful campground. You won't be disappointed!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lincolns New Salem Historic Site Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lincolns New Salem Historic Site Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lincolns New Salem Historic Site Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lincolns New Salem Historic Site Campground

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    Lincolns New Salem Historic Site Campground

    4 Reviews
    4 Photos
    41 Saves
    Petersburg, Illinois

    If you do arrive without a reservation and the campground host is unavailable, please do not park in a “reserved campsite.” If you may be interested in becoming a campground host, feel free to contact us at 217-632-4000. We look forward to seeing you this season!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sangchris Lake State Park Campground

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    Sangchris Lake State Park Campground

    11 Reviews
    10 Photos
    36 Saves
    Rochester, Illinois

    Sangchris Lake State Park Campground, near Rochester, IL, is a solid spot for those looking to unwind and enjoy some time outdoors. The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations, making it a versatile choice for different camping preferences. The park is open from April 1 to January 16, giving you plenty of opportunities to visit throughout the year.

    One of the standout features here is the lake, which, while not suitable for swimming, provides a serene backdrop and is great for fishing. The campground is divided into two main areas: Hickory Point, which is closer to the lake, and Deer Run, which is nestled in the woods. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, you might prefer one over the other.

    Visitors have noted that the sites are generally clean and well-maintained, with amenities like electric hookups, drinking water, and picnic tables available. The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Firewood is available, though some have mentioned it can be a bit pricey, so you might want to bring your own.

    The bathrooms and showers are basic but functional. Some campers have mentioned that the showers require frequent button-pushing to keep the water running, but hey, it’s all part of the adventure, right? The camp hosts are known to be friendly and helpful, adding a nice touch to your stay.

    For those who enjoy hiking, the park offers several trails, though a few visitors have mentioned that some of the trails and bridges could use a bit of TLC. Despite this, the natural beauty of the area, with its trees, sunsets, and open skies, makes it a great place to relax and enjoy nature.

    So, if you're looking for a place to fish, camp, and just kick back, Sangchris Lake State Park Campground is worth checking out. Just remember to pack your sense of adventure and maybe a little extra firewood.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Buena Vista Farms Campground

    4 Reviews
    12 Photos
    37 Saves
    Jacksonville, Illinois

    Buena Vista Farms is a newly constructed camp ground on State Highway 67 in the middle of Illinois. We are short trips to Springfield, IL, Abraham Lincoln sites, Hannibal, Mo, Mark Twain sites and Saint Louis, Mo. Our RV sites are all full hook up, and some pull through spaces are 90 feet long, for Big Rigs. We offer back in sites on the water, and pull through sites. We have lots of green space, 60 feet between pedestals, 2 fishing lakes, canoes, kayaks and paddle boat, playground, hiking trails and no light pollution so you can star gaze around your camp fire. Sites all have fire pits and picnic tables. Tiny home cabins are fully furnished and available monthly or daily, in 3 styles, to sleep 3, 4 or 6 people.  We offer 2 furnished apartments for traveling professionals on our park like setting.  Seasonal, monthly or overnight campers are all welcomed!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $46 - $121 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Springfield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Springfield KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Springfield KOA

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    Springfield KOA

    7 Reviews
    3 Photos
    18 Saves
    Rochester, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lincoln's New Salem Park IL Historic Preservation Agency
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Ashland, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Ashland, IL is Primitive Campground — Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area with a 4.4-star rating from 21 reviews.

What parks are near Ashland, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 parks near Ashland, IL that allow camping, notably Lake Shelbyville and Mark Twain Lake.