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 Homer Lake Natural Playscape is a Champaign County gem, located a short drive beyond the Champaign-Urbana area.
Clinton Lake has all the outdoors-y fun your family is looking for and is just a short drive from Champaign-Urbana.
Imagination Grove at the Sugar Grove Nature Center is well worth the short drive from Champaign-Urbana — find out why we love this natural playscape.