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Friends Creek Conservation Area in Cisco, IL

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 621-acre site features two branches of Friends Creek, open meadows and tall-grass prairie.

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Friends Creek Conservation Area
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.

Things to Do at Friends Creek Conservation Area

Camp at Friends Creek

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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 sites are as follows:  $25 for 30 amp service and $30 for 50 amp service.  A large group campsite is also available for $25 per night for up to 25 people, and $1 per night for each additional person up to 60 people.  All reservations have a $3.50 service fee per site, per reservation.  There is a $7 non-refundable cancellation fee for all campsites.

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Friends Creek Campground’s GPS Coordinates are 40.029688 N, 88.781583 W [get directions]

Picnicking

Friends Creek features a beautiful picnic area with tables, grills, and a playground with two pavilions. To reserve a pavilion, call 217-423-7708.

Friends-Creek Hiking Trails

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

FC-BethelSchool1 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.

Programs

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.

Upcoming Events at Friend’s Creek Conservation Area

Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Jul 2, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

See what going to school was like in the early 20th century at this historic one-room schoolhouse located at Friends Creek Conservation Area.

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Bethel School Open House
Saturday, Aug 6, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

See what going to school was like in the early 20th century at this historic one-room schoolhouse located at Friends Creek Conservation Area.

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Perseid Meteor Shower
Friday, Aug 12, 2022 | 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Experience the Perseid Meteor Shower at its peak, make s’mores, and enjoy a truly dark sky. Register online by August 11.

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Astronomy Jamboree
Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friend’s Creek Conservation Area, Cisco, IL

Enjoy a free concert from 8-8:45pm, create a craft to take home, enter a giveaway, and view the stars and visible planets. Register online by August 19.

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