Just outside of this midwestern city lies one of the most unique state parks in Illinois and over fifty miles of trails to make your Peoria camping experience an amazing one. We’ve taken a close look at the three campgrounds in Peoria County to find the latest and greatest for your next weekend away!
3. Rock Island Trail State Park & Kickapoo Creek Recreation Area
If you’re hiking, biking, or skiing north out of Peoria, IL in search of some camping, you may be traveling onto perhaps the thinnest state park ever! This park over 26 miles long was created as the Park Foundation acquired and transformed abandoned railway corridors into a non-motorized travel passageway from town to town.
On the trail between Alta and Dunlap, you can find the trail-access-only camping sites in Kickapoo Creek Recreation Area. Here you’ll find a primitive camping area with pit toilets, fire pads, water, and a picnic shelter with tables. The trail then heads further north through Princeville, Wyoming, and Toulon. The visitor’s center and a railway museum are in Wyoming, and an overnight parking lot is off Fox Road at Radnor Road. For an unconventional state park, consider the peculiar Rock Island Trail!
These campsites are walk-in only but for more information, check out the IL DNR website.
2. Camp Wokanda
Camp Wokanda, just 20 minutes outside of Peoria, IL, may be the campground for you. Catering itself toward group gatherings like youth group outings, family reunions, birthday parties, and weddings, this 300-acre plot offers a dining hall, cabin rentals, lodge rental, and tent camping sites. A lake on the premises adds to the camp’s serenity.
This camp is in close proximity to the many other parks in Peoria Park District. These other locations include over 50 miles of trails throughout its jurisdiction. Some of the parks have higher mileage than others, so do your homework to find the perfect one for you. Check out their website for more information.
1. Jubilee College State Park
If you’re looking for miles and miles of trails during your Peoria camping trip, Look no further than Jubilee College State Park! This park is a 20-minute drive northwest from Peoria, IL, and it sports 45 miles of trails for hikers, bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers across its 3,200 acres. The trails range from an easy couple of miles to seven miles of moderate-intensity with water crossings and inclines. Picnic areas that include shelter, electricity, grills, water, and toilets are scattered through the park.
If you’re staying overnight to camp in Peoria, IL, spots here include 107 Class A sites (showers, electricity, and vehicular access) and Class B/S sites (vehicular access with showers). Groups are welcome as well as equestrian campers to make site reservations on Reserve America. For more information about Peoria camping at Jubilee College, check out the IL DNR website!
Additional Options Near Peoria County
If you’ve exhausted the best Peoria camping you’ve been able to find near the city itself, take a look at our guides for the surrounding counties for new, great experiences!