3 Best Campgrounds for Camping Near Marengo, IL

If you’re looking for the best camping in McHenry county, you don’t need to go far! You can choose between one of Illinois’ best state parks, a stunning county forest and savannah, or a private campground with all the benefits – all within an hour’s drive of Marengo! Check out the list below for the latest and greatest camping near Marengo!

3. Thomas Woods Campground

Best Beginner Camping Near Marengo

Thomas Woods Campground (The dyrt)

Just a ten minute drive from Marengo, the McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD) operates almost thirty tent campsties and seventeen RV sites for use between May & October. Located in the middle of Marengo Ridge, the Thomas Woods campground will put you right in the middle of the woods, giving you easy access to five miles of pristine savannas and forest.

See the next time Thomas Woods is available here!

2. Northwest KOA

Best Winter Camping Near Marengo

As one of the only two campgrounds on this list with Cabins, Northwest KOA offers some of the best winter camping in McHenry county! Like other KOAs, Northwest serves RVs and car campers alike, with added amenities expected on private campgrounds.

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Northwest KOA Pioneer Tent (Yelp)

During the afternoon, take advantage of their frisbee golf, mini-golf, or take a dip in the pool! If you’re looking to venture off the grounds with the kids, check out Onesti’s Wild West Town for their wild west show and mine cart coaster!

For more of a private experience, check out the romantic Pioneer tent. Tucked away in the corner of the campground, this solar-powered canopy tent has a nice wooden porch to give you the perfect place for a morning cup of coffee or midnight stargazing.

See when Northwest KOA is available, today!

1. Chain o’ Lakes State Park

State Park Camping in McHenry County

As one of Illinois’ “premium” state parks, you’ll need to make your reservation in advance for Chain O Lakes but it is worth it! Crossing over McHenry and Lake Counties, Chain o’ Lakes State Park can accommodate RVs, tent campers, and youth groups. There are 151 Class A Premium sites, 87 Class B Premium sites, and their youth group camping area can accommodate up to 150 youth campers.

Chain O’ Lakes

Nestled into the state’s largest hub of natural lakes, this water-oriented campsite offers a wide range of activities, and every camper is sure to find something they enjoy. Looking to spend some time out on the lake? Rent a boat or canoe and explore all the beauty this state park has to offer! Is fishing your passion? Chain o’ Lakes is home to many types of fish including bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, and catfish! Looking to try something new? Check out their archery range or horse rental! Chain o’ Lakes also offers four trail systems where campers can walk, bike, or even ride a horse to experience the serenity of being surrounded by nature.

Take the hour drive for the best camping near Marengo and find the next available date below!

Bonus: Group Camping Near Marengo

In addition to the individual campsite at Thomas Woods, the MCCD also operates five group campgrounds that scouts, family reunions, and other groups can reserve across the county. Click here for more information about each one.

Other Nearby Options

If none of the above are available or you’d like to get a little further out of town, take a look at the best campsites in Lake County, Winnebago County, or Kane County!

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Robbie is a Co-Founder and editor at Midwest Camping. Robbie has backpacked over three hundred miles of the Appalachian trail, visited seventeen national parks, and camped regularly for the last two decades.

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