4 Amazing Camping Spots Around Virden, IL

Getting away from life’s stresses doesn’t always mean that you have to take a vacation to a far-flung destination. The area surrounding Virden, Illinois, offers attractive camping spots where you can restore your body, mind, and spirit in nature. Drive over to the following four appealing camping locations for a weekend of relaxation and reinvigoration.

Buena Vista Resort


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Located in central Illinois near Jacksonville on Old U.S. Highway 67, Buena Vista Resort offers various guest accommodations.

RV enthusiasts will find spaces measuring 60 feet between their neighbors, a generous size that welcomes big rigs with tow vehicles. Each of the RV pads provides full water, sewer, and electrical hookups. An on-site bathhouse offers four private showers and bathroom facilities in addition to one handicap-accessible shower room.

If you prefer the comforts of spacious cabins, you’ll find Buena Vista Resort’s tiny home cabins to be charming and rustic. Two tiny home cabins on the property can accommodate up to four people, and one family-oriented cabin can hold up to six occupants. Three tiny home park model RVs, which overlook the lake from the front porch, come complete with a queen bed, bunk bed, refrigerator, microwave, gas grill, fire ring, picnic table, heat, air conditioning, satellite TV, and full baths.

Two smaller cabins in the resort’s wooded area, positioned back to back, share a middle wall between them. Private entrances make coming and going easy for families. These cabins feature private bathrooms, satellite TV, a refrigerator, microwave, and a table and chairs.

Address: 1630 Old U.S. Highway 67, Chapin

Reservations: 217-243-3290

Double J Campground


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With its year-round camping opportunities, the Double J Campground offers 120 full hookup sites. Hookups include Wi-Fi, cable television, electricity, water, and sewer. Located outside Springfield in Chatham, Double J Campground delivers pleasant amenities for individuals and families to enjoy. Gather your children around the fire ring for an evening campfire. Set up a picnic at one of the available picnic tables or walk the dog in the designated pet walking area.

Guests at Double J Campground will appreciate the touches that make the setting feel like home, such as a well-stocked convenience store at the registration and welcome center. If you need to refill a propane tank or repair an RV part or accessory, the campground staff can assist you.

Besides the full hookup sites, Double J Campground offers primitive tent sites on the property that accommodate one tent, one vehicle, two adults, and up to three children younger than age 18.

Weekly and monthly rentals are available on a limited basis. Contact the campground to inquire about availability.

Address: 9683 Palm Road, Chatham

Reservations: 217-483-9998

Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area


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Located in central Illinois, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area is one of the state’s largest public access sites. With its natural tapestry of mature forests, grassland, agricultural land, and hill prairie, this setting supports diverse animal and plant life. Twenty-four miles of mountain biking trails, a 3-mile hiking and jogging trail, and 26 miles of equestrian trails provide endless opportunities for exploring nature. Hunting and fishing at Gridley Lake, Prairie Lake, and Drake Lake provide anglers the spots to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, chubs, minnows, and muskies.

Prairie Lake’s campground makes an attractive place to camp for a night or weekend. The campground has 84 sites, with 19 of them having full hookups that offer sewer drops and water. The remaining sites all have electricity access. Nine cabins on Prairie Lake’s shore are available for rent and feature two rooms with furnishings that include beds, a table, chairs, electricity, ceiling fans, and a 1,000-watt heater.

Guests can also find the following camping arrangements at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area:

  • An equestrian campground, Questing Hills, which contains 51 electric sites.
  • A Class AA campground, which features 18 camping sites featuring sewer drops and water hookups.
  • An additional 64 Class A camping sites.
  • A primitive camping area with seven three-sided shelters.

Address: 10149 County Highway 11, Chandlerville

Reservations: reserveamerica.com | 217-452-7741

Sangchris Lake State Park


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Easily accessible from Springfield and Virden, Sangchris Lake State Park provides an attractive setting for reconnecting with nature. This park calls its home amid the native forests of butternut, maple, oak, and persimmon trees. You’ll enjoy activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, and picnicking with the family here.

Camping spots are available near the lakeshore at the Deer Run and Hickory Point campgrounds. Sangchris Lake itself beckons fishing enthusiasts with its plethora of bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie available in the lake. At designated times during the year, hunters can pursue dove, deer, squirrel, and waterfowl.

You can find several camping sites near the lakeshore at the Deer Run and Hickory Point campgrounds, with accessible camping areas available at both locations. Deer Run sites include the following:

  • 80 Class A sites with electricity, showers, and vehicle access.
  • 40 Class B/S sites with vehicle access and showers.
  • Five Class C sites accommodating tent camping or walk-ins with backpack access and showers.
  • Five Class C equestrian campsites with a sanitary dump station provided at each site.

Hickory Point Campground, close to the east boat dock, features 55 Class A, 10 Class C, and two rent-a-cabin sites, along with access to playground equipment, restrooms, and showers.

While camping sites at Hickory Point stay open throughout the year, Deer Run remains closed from the second week in January through March 31.

Address: 9898 Cascade Road, Rochester

Reservations: 217-498-9208

If your weekend travels take you through the Virden area, you now know more about some of the camping spots where you can pitch your tent or hook up your RV. What did you think of our list? Did we miss an attraction that you believe we should include? Tell our staff at Freedom Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram so that we can update this guide. We invite you to experience the amenities these attractive campgrounds hold in store for you and your family.