Things to Do at Friends Creek Conservation Area
Camp at Friends Creek
Due to COVID-19, we are currently only accepting campground reservations via phone, and there is a $5 non-refundable reservation fee for doing so. Campsites are not available first-come, first-serve upon pulling into the campground at this time.
Take a break from it all without breaking your wallet by 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. There is an additional $5 non-refundable reservation fee for reserving any site ahead of time.
Friends Creek features a beautiful picnic area with tables, grills, and a playground 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 walk 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. Free, monthly open houses, held the first Saturday of each month May through October from 1:00-4:00 pm, are open to the public.
Naturalists are available to provide public programs such as interpretive hikes, aquatic studies, astronomy adventures, and historical tours. Call 217-423-7708 for more information.