Help - Illinois Backpacking Locations

3:09 p.m. on September 16, 2013 (EDT)
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Hey, friends.

The goal for 2014 is to hit every "backpacking" location I possibly can in Illinois.

A minimum of one per weekend once the weather warms up. Ideally more than that.

I've already combed through the following books:

Falcon Guide, "Camping in Illinois"

"Backpacking and Hiking Trails in Illinois"

"The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois"

As well as each and every last backpacking site listed online.

I'm not just looking for locations with backpacking sites right on the trail (RTRT, Forest Glen Preserve, Sand Ridge State Forest), but any primitive, hike-in, Class "D" sites that are in parks adjacent to a major trail (or system), or sites that are at the beginnings or ends of major trails (Chief Illini Trail, etc).

I'll get a chance to finally hit the RTRT later this week with some fellow Trailspace members, and I'm sure we'll talk more on the subject, but if any of you know of some good, unpublished, unlisted sites, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!

11:05 a.m. on September 17, 2013 (EDT)
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HornedRim,

If I were you, I would look to the North. Get up a little earlier or leave on a Friday night and get to northern Wisconsin as soon as possible. The Northwoods are alive and well. Big pine trees, loons, moose and beaver ponds, and great people. Save up some vacation time and go to the UP of Michigan. It will expand your horizons a lot. Try a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and you will not be sorry.

11:43 a.m. on September 17, 2013 (EDT)
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Hey, ppine.

Already have a short list for WI, and MI's UP I've got on the radar, too.

Trying to keep this one in-state, though.

Specifically asking for IL sites so I can raise some awareness on in-state backpacking options for city-folk like myself who wouldn't know these places existed, otherwise.

If I've time later tonight, I'll try to post the list I've complied of backpacker-friendly parks and locations in Illinois.

Then I'd just ask folks to verify (yes/no) whether or not those places offer hike-in/backpacker campsites.

More later.

7:44 p.m. on September 17, 2013 (EDT)
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Alright, folks.

Here's the list I've compiled so far. 

Remember, rules are:

Must be in located Illinois.

Must have trailside backpacking campsites...

OR

...hike-in, primitive campsites near a sizable trail/trail system ("sizable" being 4+ miles).

If you know for sure any of these are or are not backpacker-friendly, let me know. 

There are only a small number of true "backpacking" parks that allow camping alongside the trail. I'm also looking to find places that combine primitive, hike-in camping with a generous amount of adjacent hiking trails.

Additionally, if you know of any sites that aren't on my list, I'd love to hear about them.

ILLINOIS & MICHIGAN (I&M) CANAL TRAIL

1.) Buffalo Rock SP

2.) I&MCT: Aux Sable Access

3.) Gebhard Woods SP

4.) I&MCT: Channahon

5.) McKinley Woods Forest Preserve

6.) Channahon SP

HENNEPIN CANAL TRAIL- WEST

1.) Lock 26

2.) Lock 23

3.) Bridge 23

4.) Lock 22

HENNEPIN CANAL TRAIL- EAST

1.) Bridge 14

2.) Lock 21

3.) Lock 17

4.) Lock 11

5.) Lock 6

CHIEF ILLINI TRAIL

1.) Eagle Creek SP

2.) Lone Point Recreation Area

3.) Wolf Creek SP

SHAWNEE NAT'L FOREST / RIVER-TO-RIVER TRAIL

1.) Camp Cadiz

2.) Garden of the Gods Recreation Area

3.) Lake Glendale Recreation Area

4.) Pounds Hollow Recreation Area

5.) Red Bud Campground/Bell Smith Springs

6.) Johnson Creek Recreation Area

7.) Pine Hills Campground

-CAVE-IN ROCK SP

-FERNE CLYFFE SP

-DIXON SPRINGS SP

-SILOAM SPRINGS SP

-MCCULLEY HERITAGE PROJECT

-ARGYLE LAKE SP

-WEINBERG-KING STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-BIG RIVER STATE FOREST

-DELABAR SP

-ELDON HAZLET SP

-STEPHEN FORBES SP

-MISSISSIPPI PALISADES SP

-LOWDEN SP

-PYRAMID SP

-RAMSEY LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

-RANDOLPH STATE WISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-ROCK ISLAND TRAIL SP

-KICKAPOO RECREATION AREA

-JUBILEE COLLEGE SP

-SAM DALE LAKE STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-SAM PARR SP

-SAND RIDGE STATE FOREST

-SPRING LAKE STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-TRAIL OF TEARS STATE FOREST

-WAYNE FITZGERRELL SP

-REND LAKE - SOUTH MARCUM

-WELDON SPRINGS SP

-MORAINE VIEW STATE RECREATION AREA

-CLINTON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

-FOREST GLEN PRESERVE

-KICKAPOO SP

-MIDDLE FORK STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-WASHINGTON COUNTY STATE CONSERVATION AREA

-FORT MASSAC SP

-MARENGO RIDGE CONSERVATION AREA

-HAMMEL WOODS FOREST PRESERVE

-WALNUT POINT STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA

-MILL CREEK COUNTY PARK

-SANGCHRIS LAKE SP: DEER RUN CAMPGROUND

-JIM EDGAR PANTHER CREEK SP

-JOHNSON-SAUK TRAIL STATE RECREATION AREA

-RED HILLS SP

-BEALL WOODS SP

-GIANT CITY SP

-DEVILS KITCHEN LAKE

-BEAVER LAKE TRAIL

-CEDAR LAKE TRAIL

-MCNAUGHTON PARK

Hoping some of y'all will be able to help!

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