The Middle Fork River Forest Preserve is the only official Dark Sky Park in Illinois, and offers camping, hiking, birdwatching and more.
If you’re looking for a place to get away for the day, check out River Bend Forest Preserve in Mahomet, featuring Champaign County’s largest lake.
The Sangamon River Forest Preserve, located between Mahomet and Fisher, is a quiet nature escape with very doable trails for your family to enjoy together.
Homer Lake Forest Preserve is full of adventure for nature-lovers of any age. Visit the playscape and interpretive center, or simply hike the beautiful trails.
Lake of The Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet is an impressive 900 acres of natural beauty that will provide a recreational playground of all kinds of activities near Champaign-Urbana.