Camping & Hiking 
There’s no better way to reconnect with nature and reinvigorate your passion to preserve nature’s beauty than to experience it first hand with a camping trip!  Whether it’s just one night, a weekend or longer, getting close to nature is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  There are a lot of wonderful areas around Illinois and surrounding states to visit. 

Here are some campgrounds near the Fox River. They are listed in order from North to South.
Camping Sites
Chain O'Lakes State Park   Link
Spring Grove
(847) 587-5512

Harbor Lites Pistakee Fishing

1009 Bay Rd, McHenry 60051
(815) 344-6938

Ill Turner Camp
1 North River Road, Algonquin 60102
(847) 658-7114

Burnridge Forest Preserve
Elgin 60124 (630) 232-5980

Kane County Forest Preserve District
Burnridge Forest Preserve
Elgin 60124 (630) 232-5980

Blackwell County Forest Preserve
Winfield Rd & Butterfield Rd, Wheaton
(630) 933-7248

Hide-A-Way Lakes
8045 Van Emmon Road, Yorkville 60560
(630) 553-6323

Silver Springs State Park    Link
13608 Fox Rd, Yorkville 60560
(630) 553-6297

Cedar Ridge Primitive Campground
Near Co Hwy 15 & Co Hwy 1, Plano 60545

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
8574 County Highway 14, Millbrook 60536
(630) 553-5172

Dickson Valley Camp and Retreat Center
8250 Finnie Road, Newark 60541
(630) 553-6233

Mallard Bend Campgrounds
2838 North 4351st Road, Sheridan 60551
(815) 496-2496

Rolling Oaks Campground
2743 North 4251st Road, Sheridan 60551
(815) 496-2334

Fox River Resort
2558 North 3653rd Road, Sheridan 60551
(815) 496-2369

Viking Campground
E 25th Rd & N 3653 Rd, Sheridan 60551

Wilderness Campground
Marseilles, IL 61341

Cedar Creek Retreat Center
3549 East 25th Road, Marseilles, IL 61341
(815) 496-9481

Illini State Park   Link
2660 E 2350th Rd, Marseilles 61341
(815) 795-2448
Additional Camping Site Links
DuPage County
Camping Info
Kane County
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
Kendall County
Hoover Forest Preserve  -Group Camping
Lake County
Youth Group Camping
McHenry County

Link to info for the following:
Beck's Woods
Hickory Grove Riverfront
The Hollows
Thomas Woods at Marengo Ridge
Rush Creek
Hiking Couple
Hiking is a wonderful way to get outside for fresh air, breath taking scenery and some great exercise!  There are a wide variety of hiking trails near the Fox River from paved paths, to beaten dirt.

Your local forest preserve has trails that are easily accessed.  You can lean more about forest preserves by visiting the links to forest preserves HERE.

Below is a list of popular hiking trails near the Fox River, with links to websites and/or maps of the trails. When you hike, take care of the area.  Clean up after your pets, pick up any litter you might come across, and don’t discard anything along the trail.
Popular Hiking Trails near the Fox River

Beaver Dam and Cross Country Ski Trail  Kendall County
Fox Ridge Nature Trail  Kendall County
Fox River Trail  Algonquin to Aurora, Kane County
     Fox River Trail in Kane County story of how it was created
Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail
Lake Defiance Trail  McHenry County
Leather Leaf Bog Trail  McHenry County
Prairie View Equestrian Trail  Kendall County
Red Oak Nature Center  North Aurora, Kane County
Silver Spring State Park McHenry County
Tallgrass Nature Trail  Grundy County
Tamarack View Trail  Lake County
Tekawitha Woods  Kane County
Touch the Earth Trail  DeKalb County
Volo Bog Interpretive Trail  Volo, Lake County

Other Links:
DeKalb County Biking & Hiking Trails
Read more about
recreation opportunities
starting on page 26
in the pdf version

Camping Tips & Outdoor Guides
Tips for Responsible Camping
"How To" Camping Tips
Tips for Responsible Hiking
Quick Tips for Trailhead Security
How to Hike
A Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River
in Illinois