Camp Sullivan

Recently unseasonably warm weather (thanks climate change?) and federal holidays coincided to allow me the chance to visit my third of the Cook County Forest Preserve campgrounds: Camp Sullivan. Located about 30 miles from Logan Square, Camp Sullivan is definitely a very doable distance, but the ride quality is lower than other sites. Camp Sullivan has the […]

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Camp Shabbona Woods

Camp Shabbona Woods was the second of Cook County’s brand new camping sites I decided to check out. Located about 30 miles from Logan Square, and almost entirely on trail, Camp Shabbona Woods definitely hits a lot of the “good for beginners” check boxes while keeping the same cyclist friendly reservation and occupancy structure as the […]

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Camp Bullfrog Lake

  When Cook County announced it would finally be opening some of its forest preserves for camping in 2016, I was thrilled. It seemed so silly that there was all of this great land, but nowhere for sanctioned camping on any of it. After looking over the new sites, I determined that 3 of them […]

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Blackwell Forest Preserve

Blackwell is one of the closest and easiest rides out of regional campgrounds. Located immediately off the Prairie Path between Wheaton and Warrenville, it’s about a 35 mile ride from Logan Square. Perhaps because it is so close, it’s a site I go to every year.   At $30 a night for non DuPage residents, […]

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Channahon Park

  If you’re from a small town like I am, you may be familiar with the tiny park that looks like someone’s front lawn. People camp there sometimes, but you’re not really sure why. Much to my chagrin, this is the most apt description of Channahon Park. I should have been suspicious about the complete […]

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Burnidge Forest Preserve

Located just outside of Elgin, Burnidge Forest Preserve is a challenging, but approachable ride at a good price point. I like the ride out here a lot. The staff at this particular site are some of the nicest people I have encountered in the park ranger profession. The forest preserve itself is lovely. You’ll be […]

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