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Top Dispersed Camping in Illinois

114 Reviews

Want to go dispersed camping in Illinois? Dispersed camping gets you off the grid so you can disconnect from technology. These scenic and easy to access Illinois campsites are perfect for dispersed campers.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites in Illinois (5)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Jackson Falls

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    Jackson Falls

    19 Reviews
    63 Photos
    373 Saves
    Shawnee National Forest, Illinois

    Jackson Falls offers many opportunities for technical climbing and is a beautiful scenic area of the Shawnee National Forest.  It is in the general forest area located east of the small town of Ozark, IL. This non-developed area has a small trailhead with a vault toilet. A short trail leads from the trailhead to the top of Jackson Falls.  There are high dangerous bluffs in the area, visitors should be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Camping is allowed here at no cost, since this is part of the general forest area and not a developed campground. Access: A narrow gravel road leads to the Jackson Falls Trailhead, but then the road becomes dirt and deadends past the trailhead.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • WiFi
    • Toilets
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Lake Glendale Recreation Area

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    Lake Glendale Recreation Area

    12 Reviews
    43 Photos
    159 Saves
    Grantsburg, Illinois

    Lake Glendale If you are looking for a place in the center of the Shawnee National Forest, then Lake Glendale Recreation Area is for you. Its central location makes it easy to visit main attractions on either side of the forest or any place in-between. Surrounded by tall pine trees and mixed hardwood forests, Lake Glendale Recreation Area offers a wide range of recreation opportunities including hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and bicycling. The picnic area has a large picnic shelter near the lake with party grills for group gatherings. Recreation Area brochure/map Lake Glendale Campgound Map

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

    $12 - $44 / night

  3. Camper-submitted photo from Trail of Tears State Forest

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    Trail of Tears State Forest

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    56 Saves
    Jonesboro, Illinois
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Dutchamn Lake Camp
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Panther Den Wilderness, Shawnee National Forest

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    Panther Den Wilderness, Shawnee National Forest

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    Goreville, Illinois

    The United States Congress designated Panther Den as a wilderness area in 1990. It now has a total of 1195 acres, 1081 acres is National Forest System and other portion is the Crab Orchard Wilderness. The primary trail system is the River to River Trail. This trail is well marked and has several loops are in the system. Several other trails branch off the River to River Trail and support the main trail system.

    Primitive camping is allowed within designated wilderness. There is no fee for primitive camping, however visitors are limited to camping a maximum of 14 continuous days. Camp and wash 150 feet away from lakes and streams. Primitive camping is NOT allowed within designated natural areas or research natural areas (boundaries are marked with yellow posts)

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    • Alcohol

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