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Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Rockford, IL (10)

    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

    1.

    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 Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve
    Camper-submitted photo from Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve

    2.

    Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve

    7 Reviews
    27 Photos
    46 Saves
    Pecatonica, Illinois

    Life preservers are required for boating in the rivers. Swimming is prohibited.

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

    $15 - $25 / 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

    3.

    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 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

    4.

    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 Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area

    5.

    Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area

    9 Reviews
    25 Photos
    17 Saves
    Lena, Illinois

    Whether you visit for an afternoon or stay a few days, you will leave Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area with many happy memories. Located in Stephenson County just west of Route 73 on Lake Road, the park is 6 miles south of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and 3 miles north of Lena.

    Highlighted by a 40-acre lake and all the recreational opportunities there, the park also offers multi-use trails, picnic areas, and RV, tent, equestrian and youth group campgrounds.

    Developed as part of a statewide plan to provide Illinois citizens with recreational opportunities close to home, the park was started with a land acquisition program in 1948 and dedicated as a 715-acre state recreation area 10 years later.

    Lake Le-Aqua-Na’s name is the result of a contest sponsored by the Stephenson County Sportsman’s Club, one of the park’s many sponsors. The name is a combination of the town of Lena and the Latin word for water, aqua.

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

    $10 - $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Hansen's Hideaway Ranch and Family Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Turner Lake South — Chain O' Lakes State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort

    8.

    Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort

    7 Reviews
    7 Photos
    125 Saves
    Round Lake, Illinois

    Fish Lake Beach is one of the largest, privately owned campgrounds in Illinois, with 580 seasonal sites occupying the majority of the 113-acre property along with 60 overnight campsites. Fish Lake Beach has been family owned and operated for over eight amazing decades. Our brief story in pictures and how we got started is just below. Fish Lake Beach has become a camping tradition or a home-away-from-home for generations of families. We take pleasure in providing a friendly and fun experience.

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

    $43 - $73 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Elkhorn Campgrounds

    9.

    Elkhorn Campgrounds

    4 Reviews
    1 Photo
    15 Saves
    Elkhorn, Wisconsin
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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      Kishwaukee Valley Farms

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      Woodstock, Illinois
      • Tents
      • Equestrian
      • Cabins
      • Tent Cabin
      • Glamping

      $74 - $100 / night


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