Channahon and Gebhard Woods State Parks

Channahon, Illinois

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The year 1848 witnessed an economic development that would forever change Illinois and the whole Midwest—the opening of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Dug entirely by hand, this 96-mile corridor linked Lake Michigan with the Illinois River, completing a water route from the eastern seaboard to the Gulf of Mexico. At the crossroads, Chicago would prosper as a major transportation hub. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, today the historic canal continues to be good for business, now as a recreational venue for hikers, anglers, cyclists, canoeists, and campers. And of the several places to camp along the way, two of the best for tent campers are Channahon State Park and Gebhard Woods State Park.
The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

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The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois

by John Schirle (Menasha Ridge Press)

The year 1848 witnessed an economic development that would forever change Illinois and the whole Midwest—the opening of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Dug entirely by hand, this 96-mile corridor linked Lake Michigan with the Illinois River, completing a water route from the eastern seaboard to the Gulf of Mexico.

At the crossroads, Chicago would prosper as a major transportation hub. Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, today the historic canal continues to be good for business, now as a recreational venue for hikers, anglers, cyclists, canoeists, and campers. And of the several places to camp along the way, two of the best for tent campers are Channahon State Park and Gebhard Woods State Park.

©  John Schirle/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Channahon
Campsites: 28 walk-in
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Channahon and Gebhard Woods State Parks

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