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Camping Close to Naperville

If city life has got you stressed, it might be time to trade it in for a bit of the great outdoors. Camping is a low cost way to get back to nature while spending quality time with the family.

“I think it’s a great idea because I think too many people spend a lot of time indoors,” said Barb Vrchota, Naturalist at Knoch Knolls Nature Center. “You need to get out and experience nature.”

Securing a tent and a solid sleeping bag is a good start, but then what? First timers might be glad to know there’s a place close to home where you can get away, without getting overwhelmed – at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.

“You’re not going a great distance, it’s probably just a few minutes from home so if you did forget something you can still go back or if there’s any other needs,” said Manager of Site Operations at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Jay Johnson.

Their campground offers 64 campsites, each one unique, and separate.

“Each site is a bit secluded it has a nice buffer with native plants in between you and your neighbors and it might be trees grasses or forges but it’s a real nice camping experience for all the sites,” said Johnson.

And it’s not just s’mores and fun around the fire you’ll find, there’s boating, fishing, an archery course, and a great view from atop mount hoy. If you’ve brought your bike, you can cover even more ground.

“You could enjoy Danada Forest Preserve, you could enjoy St. James Farm, and then between those two is Herrick Lake Forest Preserve so you could literally bike within four different preserves within one day,” said Johnson.

Whether you head out with friends, or family, you’ll be left with sweet memories that will last a lifetime.

You must purchase a permit from the site to camp at Blackwell’s, which is open from 1 p.m. Thursdays until 12 p.m. on Sundays through Labor Day.

Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc reports.




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