Best Camping near Cherry Valley, IL

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Best Camping Sites Near Cherry Valley, IL (93)

    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
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    1.

    Rock Cut State Park Campground

    76 Reviews
    228 Photos
    246 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.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $50 / night

    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

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    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.

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

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thomas Woods Campground
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    Thomas Woods Campground

    16 Reviews
    65 Photos
    108 Saves
    Marengo, Illinois

    Thomas Woods Campground is in the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area and part of the McHenry County Conservation District. Spend a night in nature! We offer camping opportunities for groups and individuals. The District has five group campgrounds located throughout the county, one over night cyclist camping location, and one campground for individuals and families which accommodates both tents and RVs.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lowden State Park Campground
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    Lowden State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
    61 Photos
    76 Saves
    Oregon, Illinois

    Welcome to Lowden State Park Campground, a gem nestled near the charming town of Oregon, IL. This place is perfect for those who appreciate a mix of nature and convenience. The campground is open all year and offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins.

    One of the standout features here is the cleanliness of the facilities. Visitors often mention the well-maintained pit toilets and shower buildings. If you're bringing a big rig, you'll be happy to know that the campground is big-rig friendly, and there are electric hookups available. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground is situated along the scenic Rock River, providing picturesque views and a peaceful atmosphere. You can enjoy a campfire at your site, with firewood conveniently available for purchase. For those who like to stay connected, the T-Mobile service is reportedly strong here.

    There are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The trails start right behind some of the campsites, making it easy to explore the surrounding nature. You might even spot some wildlife, like wild turkeys or woodpeckers, during your stay. The Black Hawk statue is a must-see, offering a bit of local history and a great photo opportunity.

    If you need to stock up on supplies or crave a treat, the nearby town of Oregon has you covered with bars, restaurants, and even a Dairy Queen. The campground itself has a small market for basic necessities.

    Whether you're here for a quiet retreat or a family adventure, Lowden State Park Campground has something to offer. Enjoy your stay and make the most of this beautiful spot!

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

    $10 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Mound State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Mound State Park Campground
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    Blue Mound State Park Campground

    23 Reviews
    122 Photos
    115 Saves
    Freeport, Illinois

    Welcome to Blue Mound State Park Campground, nestled near Barneveld, WI. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to escape into nature. The campground is open year-round, offering a serene retreat in an old-growth forest setting.

    You'll find a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations here. The sites are well-spaced and shaded, providing a good level of privacy. Each site comes with a fire pit and picnic table, and many have electric hookups. The campground is big rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with an RV.

    One of the standout features is the cleanliness of the facilities. Visitors have consistently praised the well-maintained bathrooms and showers, including the vault toilets. There's also a sanitary dump station available for RVs.

    For families, the campground offers a playground and a splash pad, which is a hit during the summer months. There's also a pool with a resort-like vibe, complete with lounge chairs and shade awnings. The pool area does have a small fee, but it's worth it for a refreshing dip.

    If you're into hiking or biking, you're in luck. The park boasts a network of trails, including access to the Military Ridge Trail. The views are spectacular, especially in the fall when the foliage puts on a show. Nearby attractions include the Cave of the Mounds, a must-visit for its stunning underground formations.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just remember, no alcohol is allowed in the campground.

    Overall, Blue Mound State Park Campground offers a peaceful and enjoyable camping experience with plenty of amenities and activities to keep everyone entertained.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackhawk Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Blackhawk Valley Campground
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    Blackhawk Valley Campground

    9 Reviews
    38 Photos
    43 Saves
    Rockford, Illinois

    Located on the outskirts of Rockford’s beautiful countryside, Blackhawk Valley is one of the best-kept secrets of the Midwest! You don’t have to leave the resort to have fun with a playground, mini golf, or basketball (just to name a few) or you can choose to just kick back and relax as you soak up nature at its finest. This resort is complimented on the well-kept grounds and clean facilities, the huge mature oak trees that provide great shade, and the large level campsites.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Chicago Northwest KOA
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    Chicago Northwest KOA

    15 Reviews
    33 Photos
    64 Saves
    Union, Illinois

    Enjoy a peaceful camping experience in a friendly and quiet country setting, with long, pull-through RV sites, shaded tent sites, rustic and deluxe camping cabins, and even fully equipped travel trailers for rent. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the park.

    There is a lot to do for families! Check out the Gem Mining, Jump Pad, Gagaball, Minigolf, Frisbee Golf, Polipong and huge playground! Join us for hay-wagon rides, face painting, flashlight candy hunt and more on weekends.

    Have fun at Onesti's Wild West Town next door, visit the Illinois Railway museum, Santa's Village Azoosment Park, Six Flags Great America and cool off at Magic Waters near Rockford or in our own crystal clear pool.

    Take the "Metra" train from nearby Crystal Lake or Woodstock to visit Chicago for sightseeing, festivals, and tours. We are also a convenient distance to the Woodfield Mall, Prime Outlet Discount Mall, and the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino. Various local restaurants are within minutes.

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    2 Deluxe Studio Cabins with patios are set up next to each other in the RV park to facilitate families, that like to camp close to each other.

    All of our rustic cabins are equipped with an A/C unit.

    You will find us approximately 55 miles from downtown Chicago, 4.5 miles to I-90, in a rural setting of northwestern Illinois.

    Open from mid-April through mid-October.

    Gated campground 24hrs a day (after hour arrivals need a reservation)

    Dogs are allowed, but breed restrictions apply.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from White Pines Forest State Park Campground
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    White Pines Forest State Park Campground

    22 Reviews
    32 Photos
    78 Saves
    Mount Morris, Illinois

    Rock River Valley is home to 385 acres of paradisiacal forest, perfect for weekend getaways and family recreation. White Pines Forest State Park offers a serene backdrop for an ideal camping trip, smack dab in the heart of the vast rolling forest and dramatic Illinois bluffs. Featuring modern camp facilities, as well as up-to-date lodging, it’s easy to see why one might consider taking a voyage here. Not only are the amenities plentiful, the local geography is pretty stunning too. Gentle creek beds run against rich earthy banks through the park’s mossy cliffs and dangling vines. During the spring, wildflowers become plentiful, as trout lily, bloodroot, spring beauty, hepatica, and more all blossom into full bloom.

    One of the most notable features of the park is a concrete ford which spans across the creeks. This enables drivers to pull directly up to the creek bed, and drive through the various streams. There’s even an accessible path leading straight to the bank for those interested in checking out the wildlife or taking advantage of the fishing nearby.

    It goes without saying that picnicking is extremely popular here. In fact, there are over 100 campsites that feature their own picnic area, as well as various benches and clearings placed strategically throughout the park.

    Thanks to the variety of campsite options, it’s really easy to find camping here at any time of year. White Pines is unique in that it boasts Class B/S Campsites vehicle access and spacious shower/flush buildings nearby. There are also 3 electric sites, however they are non-reservable. Likewise, group campgrounds cannot be reserved so be sure to wake up early for priority camping!

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from MacQueen Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from MacQueen Forest Preserve
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    MacQueen Forest Preserve

    5 Reviews
    21 Photos
    57 Saves
    Kirkland, Illinois

    This 48-acre former Boy Scout camp still includes the dining hall lodge, three enclosed shelters with wood stoves, hiking /cross country trails and a dozen tent campsites. It is one of the most botanically rich and topographically varied forested preserves in our district. Showy Orchis, Glade Mallow, Cancer Root, ferns, and a nice array of other uncommon plants occur in the diverse upland and floodplain forests. A 100 foot bluff, too steep to walk, drops to the South Branch Kishwaukee River – a run where the river flows across limestone bedrock and the drops over THE GREAT KISHWAUKEE FALLS: an eroded fracture straight across the river’s bed that allows the water to crash straight over the precipice before falling six inches to the bedrock below! (OK, maybe not spectacular, this is the Midwest, after all.) The state endangered Black Sandshell mussel has been found in this portion of the river and Bald Eagles nest less than a mile west, down the river.

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    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Hononegah Forest Preserve
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    Hononegah Forest Preserve

    6 Reviews
    17 Photos
    69 Saves
    Rockton, Illinois

    Hononegah is FPWC’s oldest preserve and one of its most popular. Purchased in 1924, the preserve is located on the north bank of the Rock River and bisected by Dry Run Creek. The preserve was once a camping area of Stephen Mack, the county’s first European settler, and Hononegah, his Native American wife. Upon entering the preserve, visitors will enjoy the drive over the Rainbow Bridge and up into the cool maple grove. The campground has campsites interspersed in a mature stand of white oaks and hickories. A launch for fishing boat access to the Rock River is available.

    Hononegah’s majestic woods make it a popular spot to enjoy fall color displays and woodland wildflowers in spring.

    There will be limited sites available with electric at Hononegah Campground for the 2021 season. No reservations available at this time.

    Campsites at Hononegah Campground are on a first-come first-served basis (please register with the campground host or in the absence of a host, please use the self-registration station).

    Cash or Check Only at Campground

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

    $11 - $31 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Cherry Valley, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Cherry Valley, IL is Rock Cut State Park Campground with a 4-star rating from 76 reviews.

What parks are near Cherry Valley, IL?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 4 parks near Cherry Valley, IL that allow camping, notably Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes National Park.