Top Equestrian Camping near McLeansboro, IL

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Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near McLeansboro, IL (19)

    Camper-submitted photo from Gun Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Gun Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Gun Creek
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    Camper-submitted photo from Gun Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Gun Creek

    1.

    Gun Creek

    19 Reviews
    63 Photos
    87 Saves
    Whittington, Illinois

    Overview

    Congratulations! You've just discovered Rend Lake, the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of activities, events, and nature at its best. Even a short visit to Rend Lake will impress you with the versatility of this magnificent area. Rend Lake is made up of 20,633 acres of water and 19,523 acres of land. Wildlife in the area includes deer, turkey, fox, raccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and others as seasons change throughout the year. Whether you're looking for high adventure, a peaceful retreat, or something in between, you'll find it here in the heart of Southern Illinois.

    Recreation

    Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away you'll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.

    Facilities

    Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away you'll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.

    Natural Features

    Gun Creek sits along the Eastern banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois.

    Nearby Attractions

    Rend Lake Golf Complex, which includes a 27-hole golf course, restuarant, and lodge.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $30 / night

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

    2.

    Harmonie State Park Campground

    34 Reviews
    99 Photos
    74 Saves
    New Harmony, Indiana

    Harmonie State Park Campground, nestled near New Harmony, Indiana, is a gem for those looking to escape into nature. Open year-round, this campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. The sites are spacious, with some offering electric hookups, though water hookups are not available directly at the sites.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of amenities. You’ll find clean and functional bathhouses with showers, though the push-button showers might take a minute to heat up. There are multiple playgrounds for the kids, picnic tables for family meals, and a nature center that hosts various events, especially during the summer. The campground also has a market where you can purchase essentials like ice and firewood.

    For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Harmonie State Park has plenty to offer. There are numerous walking and biking trails, and the park provides access to the Wabash River, perfect for a bit of fishing or a peaceful riverside stroll. The nearby town of New Harmony is worth a visit for its unique history, quaint shops, coffee spots, and dining options.

    Visitors have noted the friendly staff and the overall cleanliness of the campground. However, be prepared for the local wildlife; raccoons and other critters are known to make appearances, so keep your food secured. Also, the bugs can be relentless, so pack your insect repellent.

    Overall, Harmonie State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a family getaway or a quiet retreat into nature. Whether you’re here for a weekend or an extended stay, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained and relaxed.

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

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Campground

    3.

    South Sandusky Campground

    18 Reviews
    52 Photos
    99 Saves
    Sesser, Illinois

    Overview

    Congratulations! You've just discovered Rend Lake, the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of activities, events, and nature at its best. Even a short visit to Rend Lake will impress you with the versatility of this magnificent area. Rend Lake is made up of 20,633 acres of water and 19,523 acres of land. Wildlife in the area includes deer, turkey, fox, raccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and others as seasons change througout the year. Whether you're looking for high adventure, a peaceful retreat, or something in between, you'll find it here in the heart of Southern illinois.

    Recreation

    Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away you'll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.

    Facilities

    Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away you'll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.

    Natural Features

    South Sandusky Campground is situated around Sandusky cove on Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. With nicely spaced campsites and plenty of activities easily accessible from the campground, South Sandusky is an excellent destination for camping at Rend Lake. Wildlife in the area includes white tailed deer, wild turkey, fox, raccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and others as seasons change throughout the year.

    Nearby Attractions

    South Sandusky Beach Rend Lake Visitors Center Rend Lake Project Office

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground

    4.

    Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground

    12 Reviews
    33 Photos
    18 Saves
    Whittington, Illinois

    Welcome to Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground, nestled near Whittington, IL. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors year-round. The campground is right by Rend Lake, making it a prime location for fishing, boating, and just soaking in some beautiful lake views.

    The campground offers a mix of tent, RV, and cabin accommodations. It's got all the essentials: electric hookups, drinking water, and showers. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. One thing to note, though, is that there are no water hookups, so plan accordingly.

    Visitors have mentioned that the sites are spacious and well-shaded, providing a nice bit of privacy. The campground is also big-rig friendly, which is a plus if you're rolling in with a larger RV. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site, perfect for a cozy evening by the fire.

    For those who like to stay active, there's plenty to do. The park offers hiking and biking trails, and there's even a playground for the kids. If you're into wildlife, you're in for a treat. Deer sightings are pretty common, and the area is teeming with other wildlife.

    A few tips from past campers: the reservation system can be a bit tricky, especially during peak times like the week before Memorial Day. It's a good idea to arrive early to snag a good spot. Also, while the bathrooms are functional, they can get a bit buggy and dirty, so pack some extra cleaning supplies if that's a concern for you.

    Overall, Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Campground is a fantastic spot to unwind, enjoy nature, and maybe catch a fish or two. Whether you're here for a quick stopover or a longer stay, you're bound to have a memorable time.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Rend Lake

    5.

    Rend Lake

    5 Reviews
    15 Photos
    28 Saves
    Whittington, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  1. 6.

    Shawnee Forest Campground

    31 Reviews
    53 Photos
    179 Saves
    Vienna, Illinois

    Located in the Middle of Southern Illinois just Off I-24 it is a great place to stay while you explore all the the Shawnee Forest. From Giant City to Garden of the Gods. The Tunnel Hill bike trail is a half mile away and Cache River is just down the road. We have 60 Full Hook up sites. Large pull through sites up to 120 feet long. We have Shower Houses and Laundry Facilities. Our Campground is Open Year Round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Giant City State Park Campground

    7.

    Giant City State Park Campground

    24 Reviews
    165 Photos
    132 Saves
    Makanda, Illinois

    Giant City State Park Campground is a gem nestled near Makanda, IL. This place is a haven for campers who appreciate a mix of comfort and nature. The campground is open all year, so you can enjoy its beauty in any season. With amenities like electric hookups, showers, and toilets, it caters well to both tent and RV campers. Pets are welcome, and you can even enjoy a cold one by the fire since alcohol is allowed.

    The campground is known for its well-maintained sites and friendly camp hosts. Visitors often rave about the cleanliness of the facilities, including the fire pits and pit toilets. The park itself is a treasure trove of natural beauty, with several hiking trails that showcase stunning sandstone formations and lush forest scenery. Even in winter, the trails offer a serene and picturesque experience.

    One of the highlights of staying here is the Giant City Lodge. It’s a cozy spot with excellent food and panoramic views that make for a memorable dining experience. The family-style fried chicken dinner comes highly recommended.

    For those who enjoy a bit of adventure, the park offers various trails, some of which are perfect for families with young children. The playground and picnic areas add to the family-friendly vibe. If you're into fishing, there's a pond near the primitive camping site.

    In summary, Giant City State Park Campground offers a blend of convenience and natural beauty, making it a fantastic spot for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. Whether you're hiking, relaxing by the fire, or exploring the nearby wineries, there's something here for everyone.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from South Sandusky Day Use

    8.

    South Sandusky Day Use

    4 Reviews
    1 Photo
    2 Saves
    Rend Lake, Illinois

    Overview

    Congratulations! Youve just discovered the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of activities, events and nature at its best. Even a short visit to Rend Lake will impress you with the versatility of this magnificent area. Whether youre looking for high adventure, a peaceful retreat, or something in between, youll find it here.

    Natural Features:

    South Sandusky Day Use Area sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. The South Sandusky Day Use Area offers the most accessible public swimming beach on the lake. The sandy beach is spacious enough to accommodate a large amount of people and provides visitors with convenient access to the refreshing waters of Rend Lake. Rend Lake is made up of 18,900 acres of water and 20,000 acres of land.

    Wildlife in the area includes white tailed deer, wild turkey, fox, raccoon, opossum, waterfowl, and others as seasons change throughout the year.

    Recreation:

    Take a leisurely morning stroll, ski or sail lake waters, spend the afternoon viewing inspiring art exhibits and end your day by the warm glow of a campfire under starry night skies. The fields, forests and waters of Rend Lake provide a natural haven for wildlife and an outdoor wonderland for you. Boat, hike, fish, hunt, swim, and explore at your leisure. If you prefer a little less nature, visit one of the resorts around the lake and delight in superb lodging and dining. Just minutes away youll find golf, trap and skeet, arts, antiques, museums, wineries, and more.

    Facilities:

    South Sandusky Day Use Area features two large picnic shelters with tables, grills, and drinking water. The shelters can accommodate up to 50 guests each, and the area has a boat ramp, playground, marina, and dock all within walking distance.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

    9.

    Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area

    13 Reviews
    9 Photos
    12 Saves
    Kinmundy, Illinois

    Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area near Iuka, IL, is a solid spot for camping with a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. The campground is open from mid-May to late December, offering a good stretch of time to enjoy the outdoors.

    One of the standout features here is the availability of electric and water hookups, making it convenient for RV campers. The campground also has showers and toilets, which are pretty standard for a state park. If you’re into fishing, there's a lake that’s big enough for ski boats but also nice for kayaking. Some folks have mentioned that the fishing could be better, but it’s still a decent spot to cast a line.

    For those who like to stay active, there are hiking trails, though a few campers noted that the trails could use better markings. If you’re bringing pets, they’ll have a blast chasing squirrels around the campground. And if you’re planning a campfire, you’re in luck—there’s plenty of wood available, and you don’t even need to bring your own.

    The campground is also pretty quiet, especially if you’re there during the off-peak times. Some campers have mentioned that the sites are well-spaced, giving you a bit of privacy. Plus, there’s a market nearby if you need to pick up any essentials.

    Overall, Stephen A. Forbes State Recreation Area offers a good mix of amenities and activities, making it a worthwhile stop whether you’re planning a quick overnight stay or a longer camping trip.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area

    10.

    Sam Dale Lake State Conservation Area

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    3 Saves
    Johnsonville, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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