Friends Creek Conservation Area in Cisco, IL
- Three nature trails wind through the site
- Two pavilions
- Creek fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, picnic areas and a playground
- Map of Friends Creek Conservation Area
- Map of Conservation Areas
- Historic Bethel School
- Campground and Camping
Friend’s Creek is located at 13734 Friends Creek Park Road Cisco, IL 61830 [get directions].
Friend’s Creek GPS Coordinates are 40.029688 N, 88.783892 W.
Friends Creek Conservation Area provides a variety of diverse habitats. This 526-acre site features two branches of Friends Creek, open meadows and tall-grass prairie.
Camp at Friends Creek
Take a break from it all without breaking your wallet and go camping at Friends Creek Conservation Area.
Pitch a tent and spend a night under the stars or hook up your camper to one of the electric sites. Friends Creek Campground is a quiet place to relax, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. Open May 1 – November 1.
Campground includes electric and non-electric sites, showers, flush toilets, and a dump station.
Daily fees for electric sites are $17 for Macon County residents and $20 for non-residents. Non-electric sites are $10 for Macon County residents and $12 for non-residents. A large group campsite is also available for $25/night for up to 25 people, and $1/night for each additional person up to 60.
- Complete campground information and rules.
- Reserve your campsite by calling 217-423-7708 (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).
- Friends Creek Campground’s GPS Coordinates are 40.029688 N, 88.781583 W [get directions]
Friends Creek features a beautiful picnic area with tables, grills and a playground area with two pavilions. To reserve a pavilion, call 217-423-7708.
Three nature trails provide great hiking through the area. Follow the Friends Creek Trail for a short, self-guided hike along the creek near the picnic area. The Sun Trail threads its way through floodplain, oak-hickory forest, and across the rolling hillside of a large meadow. For a walk through cool, shade-filled woods, try the Woodland Trail.
Historic Bethel School
Historic Bethel School, built around 1890 is a one-room schoolhouse, restored to its status as a community focal point. At Bethel School , you’ll learn a bit about the early history of Macon County . Educational programs are offered to local schools in the spring and fall. Monthly open houses, held the first Saturday of each month May through October from 1:00-4:00, are open to the public.
Naturalists are available to provide public programs such as interpretive hikes, aquatic studies, annual astronomy adventures, and historical tours. Call 217-423-7708 for more information.