Top Tent Camping near Big Rock, IL

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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Big Rock, IL (72)

    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

    1.

    Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

    32 Reviews
    94 Photos
    172 Saves
    Shabbona, Illinois

    The Shabbona Lake SRA campground has available 150 Class A Premium campsites, with 90 campsites available for advanced reservation through www.reserveamerica.com. Additionally, 60 campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All sites have electricity, picnic table, fire rings, and vehicle access. A sanitary dump station is available to all campers. One family is allowed per campsite, or four unrelated adults with up to two tents. Campers must be ready to camp upon arrival. The campground may be closed during the spring thaw due to road conditions. Alcohol is prohibited. To check on the status of the campground or for further information, call 815-824-2106 during the week or the campground check station at 815-824-2565 on weekends.

    There is also a Campground Store on-site that offers firewood, groceries, snacks, ice cream, camping supplies, fishing tackle, and boat rentals.

    Camp Cabin Two rent-a-camp cabins are available at the park. The rustic cabins have two rooms and will accommodate a maximum of six people. They are located on the shore of Shabbona Lake. Electric baseboard heat allows year-round use of the cabins. No Pets are allowed in the cabins with the exception of service animals.

    Youth Group Shabbona Lake's Youth Group camping area will accommodate two groups of up to 50 campers each. Water and privies are available at the site, but there is no electricity.

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

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park

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    Starved Rock Campground — Starved Rock State Park

    94 Reviews
    311 Photos
    415 Saves
    North Utica, Illinois

    Hunting Closures this fall: November 18-21 & December 1-5

    Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River bluff in La Salle County is one of Illinois'​ most beautiful destinations. Camping near Starved rock features 18 canyons w/ vertical walls of moss-covered stone formed by glacial meltwater that slice dramatically through tree-covered sandstone bluffs. More than 13 miles of trails allow access to waterfalls, fed season runoff or natural springs, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Lush vegetation supports abundant wildlife, while oak, cedar and pine grow on drier, sandy bluff tops. Camping near Starved Rock offers recreational opportunities abound, from hiking to camping to fishing, boating and hunting. Special events are scheduled throughout the year. The Starved Rock Visitor Center is open year-round, and the 1930s-era stone and log Starved Rock Lodge offers luxury lodging, cabin rooms, and fine dining. Starved Rock State Park in Illinois is a dream destination for a midwest nature getaway.

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

    $25 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Rock Campground

    3.

    Big Rock Campground

    17 Reviews
    30 Photos
    61 Saves
    Big Rock, Illinois

    Big Rock Campground, part of Big Rock Forest Preserve, is located at 46W499 Granart Rd., Big Rock, IL. The campground is open seasonally, May - October 15, each year.

    Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Payment is accepted via cash, check and credit card. Check-out is at 2 p.m., each day.

    The campground contains 109 camp sites including 96 improved, vehicle campsites complete with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pads and fire rings, 9 primitive, tent-only sites without electric access, and four equestrian camp sites.

    Camp fees are as follows:

    Improved camp site (with electric and water): Kane County residents: $20/day Nonresidents: $35/day

    Primitive camp site: Kane County residents: $12/day Nonresidents: $18/day

    Equestrian camp site (with electric and water): Kane County residents: $15/day Nonresidents: $25/day

    Dump station (not registered): Kane County residents: $15 Nonresidents: $15

    Firewood (available at Campground office): Bundle: $5

    Note: Outside firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground, however, all firewood must either be completely burned or left on site. No firewood will be allowed to be taken off site, due to the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine and restrictions by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

    Big Rock Campground opened in the summer of 2013. This project was partially funded by an IDNR OSLAD and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant.

    This campground/preserve includes a horseback riding area. Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas, Illinois Nature Preserves, picnic areas or in farmed areas. To prevent trail damage during wet weather, trails may be temporarily closed. Individual forest preserves will post a sign at the entrance when horse trails are closed. Trails are currently OPEN for equestrian use at this campground/preserve.

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

    $18 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackwell Family Campground

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    Blackwell Family Campground

    22 Reviews
    97 Photos
    285 Saves
    Warrenville, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Rock Cut State Park Campground

    5.

    Rock Cut State Park Campground

    75 Reviews
    228 Photos
    238 Saves
    Machesney Park, Illinois

    Located 10 miles northeast of Rockford, Rock Cut State Park is a 3,100-acre recreation area that encompasses two natural grasslands, a natural creek area, a nature preserve and 162-acre Pierce Lake. The area was designated a state park in 1957 as a way of preserving a local polititian’s favorite fishing hole. Prior to this, the park and wider area has a long history of Native American residence, including the Mascouten, the Winnegabo, and the Chippewa. With abundant water and preserved natural areas, the park now supports a thriving habitat for local birds, fish and wildlife. And with year-round camping and outdoor activities, you can experience the many seasonal sides the park has to offer.

    The campground at Rock Cut provides 270 sites that can accommodate tent campers, as well as RV and trailer campers up to 40 feet. Back-in sites are mostly grassy and equipped with picnic tables, cooking grills and electrical hookups. The campground provides water faucets, restrooms, showers, and a dump station; the water and dump station are not available November through April. One of the park’s multiuse trails runs right through the campground, and provides access to the larger trail network. Most of the campground’s facilities are ADA accessible. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must remain leashed; alcohol is not permitted.

    For recreating in temperate seasons, more than 40 miles of hiking, cycling and equestrian trails allow you to explore the park’s woodlands and prairies. These are ideal ways to observe some of the local birds, animals, and wildflowers. For fun on the water, paddle around in a canoe or kayak, take a dip at Olsen Beach, or go fishing for some of the lake’s largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, pike and walleye. Several picnic areas throughout the park are ideal for group or family gatherings. In the snowy season, many of the park’s trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with gear rentals available. For more family fun in the area, check out the nearby Volcano Falls Adventure Park.

    For those who want to include an overnight stay in their visit to Rock Cut, the campgrounds provide electricity at the site, water hydrants at the beginning of each camping loop, sanitary dump stations, showers, toilets, a boat launch and playground equipment. There are 210 Class A Premium sites and 60 Class B/S Premium sites. There is also a primitive cabin (it has electricity, but does not have water or plumbing facilities).

    From November - April, only electricity is available; there is no access to water or dump station.

    Equestrian camping is restricted to a site on Hart Road, is only available on a first-come, first-served basis and the Ranger will collect the fee at your site in the evening.

    Rock Cut is an alcohol-free park and campground, and this rule is strictly enforced.

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

    $12 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Wolff Campground

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    Paul Wolff Campground

    18 Reviews
    32 Photos
    133 Saves
    Elgin, Illinois

    Within Burnidge Forest Preserve is Paul Wolff Campground. Paul Wolff Campground contains 89 improved, vehicle camp sites with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pad and fire ring. Improved camp sites are available to vehicle campers or tent campers. Each improved site is capable of handling a 50-foot motorhome. There are also 5 equestrian camp sites, where you may camp with your horse(s); and 10 primitive, wooded sites for tent camping only, away from the main camping area. Primitive sites do not have electric service and are available, weather permitting. All camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not taken.

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

    $12 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park

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    Great Falls Campground — Illini State Park

    26 Reviews
    44 Photos
    119 Saves
    Marseilles, Illinois

    Illini State Park is the type of park you think of when you think of big picnics and family gatherings. With its rustic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and riverside picnic areas, Illini State Park offers beautiful views and a sense of history not found in many other parks.

    Picnic areas, shelters and playgrounds are found throughout the park. Several of the shelters also have working fireplaces. Both tent and trailer campsites, including electric and sanitation service, are offered and some of the sites offer outstanding views of the river. A youth camp area is available for youth groups.

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

    $12 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Camp Bullfrog Lake

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    Camp Bullfrog Lake

    24 Reviews
    32 Photos
    353 Saves
    Willow Springs, Illinois

    Camp just steps from the water in the heart of the vast, hilly Palos Preserves. Camp Bullfrog Lake offers year-round camping, group activities and water-based recreation such as canoe rentals and fishing. Just around the corner from Maple Lake’s boathouse and the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, it’s also a perfect launching pad for hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching adventures on Palos’ 50-plus miles of trails.

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

    $20 - $138 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Sycamore RV Resort

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    Sycamore RV Resort

    8 Reviews
    20 Photos
    33 Saves
    Sycamore, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook

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    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Millbrook

    6 Reviews
    58 Photos
    22 Saves
    Newark, Illinois

    Your camp hosts, and of course Yogi Bear™, invite you to"Discover the Experience" at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™,"Where you always camp with friends™". When you visit us you will see why we have been ranked in the top ten of all the Yogi Bear Parks™ in North America. We now offer one or two-room rustic cabins, sleeping four to eight people respectfully, three deluxe cabins sleeping up to eight and park model trailers sleeping up to eight. We have two heated pools, a kiddie pool, and a hot tub. Of course, we still have all the amenities you expect as well as planned activities, and theme weekends. The best part about Jellystone Park™ is that parents get to take a real break while the kids enjoy our planned activities which are sure to be a hit. There are plenty of fun activities for adults too! Yogi Bear™ looks after all ages while at our Jellystone Park™. Whatever your preference, make your vacation plans early and come camp with us. Whether you stay a day, a week or your entire vacation, you'll agree that camping at Jellystone Park™ is the best for Great Family Fun and memories to last a lifetime! 

    Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ is also less than two hours from the bustling Windy City. Spend the day in Chicago and enjoy the stunning shoreline of Lake Michigan, stroll the Magnificent Mile, or take in a game at Wrigley Field. You can also take advantage of Chicago area theme parks like Pirate’s Cove™, LEGOLAND™ Discovery Center, and Six Flags Great America™. Locally, there is Fox Paintball, Millbrook Trail Rides, The Farnsworth Estate in Plano, Illinois; antiques shopping in Sandwich, Illinois; and Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville, Illinois. For the true adventurers, check out Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois! The Fox River is just minutes away for fishing, kayaking or canoeing.

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