Sand Ridge State Forest RV & Campground Guide


The 7,200-acre Sand Ridge State Forest is located southwest of Peoria and offers a pleasant break from the sea of agriculture that encompasses the entirety of Illinois. It is also the largest forest in the state and features lush trees, native oak-hickory woodlands, pine plantations, grasslands, and beautiful prairies that will take your breath away upon first sight. There are also opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, and hunting. Sand Ridge State Forest is near Manito, San Jose, and Green Valley.

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Spring 30-75 F
Summer 61-88 F
Fall 32-80 F
Winter 15-52 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Sand Ridge State Forest

If you want to enjoy a comfortable trip to Sand Ridge State Forest without having to spend a fortune, you can rent an RV from RVshare. With an RV, you will not have to worry about lodging and can enjoy all the modern amenities during the trip.

Sand Ridge State Forest RV Park and Campground

Sand Ridge State Forest Campground is the most convenient place to stay when exploring the area. This RV park and campground offers a serene environment for those who want to spend quality time with their families and go hiking in peace. This campground is also pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends with you. The trails are sandy and may require more effort than paved trails. These trails will bring you through the stunning pine forest to open grasslands where you can rest, have a picnic, or enjoy bird-watching. There is an archery range within the state park along with guided hunting tours, snowmobile and equestrian trails, cross-country skiing options, and dog-training playgrounds. If you are interested in geocaching, this campground will offer plenty of options for you.

Pop-Up Paradise RV Park and Campground

This campground is located inside Red Gate Farm, LLC. Upon your arrival, you will receive an info packet to help guide you throughout your stay. There is a pond at this campground along with short hiking trails nearby, where you can go for an excellent picnicking experience with your family. You can also see white-tail deer, wild turkey, and other animals at the pond during sunset or sunrise. This campground is only two miles away from the world-famous Lincoln's New Salem State Park and Historic Site.

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What to Do at
Sand Ridge State Forest

Inside Sand Ridge State Forest

Visitors can enjoy activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and hunting. There are also geocaching ventures for enthusiasts, and you can take part in ranger-led archery programs that are fun for kids and adults alike. There are 55 miles of trails and 150 miles of fire lanes for equestrian enthusiasts. During the winter season, the trails are packed with 4 inches of snow. There are also rifles and handguns available for shooting. 

Outside Sand Ridge State Forest

Just outside of Sand Ridge State Forest, you will find plenty of things to see and do. This includes visiting restaurants and shops and exploring local attractions. 


Wanda's Little Vegas

This takeaway restaurant is only nine minutes away from the state forest. If you are looking for your favorite bar and grill menu items in Forest City, this should be your go-to place. The drinks are reasonably priced, and the entire ambiance offers a serene dining experience. This restaurant is also known to serve the best cheeseburgers in the state.

Type: Bar, Grill, American

Location: 101 North Main, Forest City, IL 61532

Hot Stuff Pizza

This eatery will cater to all your pizza needs as it offers thick-crusted pizza at an affordable price. The pizzas are freshly made, and the staff is friendly. There is also a great selection of local drinks and martinis to choose from.

Type: Pizza

Location: 202 N. Broadway Street, Manito, IL 61546

Lees Family Restaurant

This small-town food joint provides quick service and a quiet atmosphere. Other than that, you can also enjoy quality meals at an affordable price. The staff is known to be friendly, and all items are freshly made from organic ingredients.

Type: American

Location: 206 N. Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546


Dollar General

At this retail chain store, you can find household goods, gadgets, electronic devices, food items, groceries, clothes, and much more. The staff treats everyone well and greets the customers with a warm smile.

Location: 500 S. Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546

Blessings Primitives

This family-owned shop has been active in the region for over two decades, and it sells affordable home décor items that will go along perfectly with any interior or exterior design. There are three floors of vendors waiting to sell you the next best things for your home.

Location: 74 N. Main Street, Canton, IL 61520

Blue Butterfly Resale Shop

You will find plenty of high-quality resale merchandise at this store. You can also get quality antique items or quirky gifts as souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Location: 311 W. Main Street, Havana, IL 62644


Forest City Public Park

This gorgeous public park is a must-see as it is home to hundreds of different events and festivals throughout the year. Locals also host weddings in this park, and it offers some of the most picturesque places for capturing memorable pictures with your family.

Location: 407-301 County Road 2800 E., Forest City, IL 61532

Blood Moon Manor

If you are interested in exploring the local talent and art, you will want to visit this haunted house that focuses on telling a story while scaring guests. You will not see any redundant props or screaming coffins in this haunted house. Instead, it offers a truly captivating, yet scary, journey through the house. 

Location: 310 S. Broadway Street, Forest City, IL 61532

Dierker Farms

You can explore the true glory of farm life here. This farm allows visitors to get an immersive experience from a farmer’s point of view and lets you take part in daily activities as well. 

Location: 27777 E. Manito Road, Forest City, IL 61532

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How to Get to
Sand Ridge State Forest

If you are coming from the west, east, or south, you can take IL Route 136 to Mason County Road 2800E and turn north at the end of the route. You will need to drive for another six miles, and you will reach the village of Forest City. Once you turn west on this road, you will find Mason County Road 2300N. This road will lead you to the state park.

If you are coming from the north, you will need to take IL Route 29 south out of Pekin to Manito Road. You will need to take a west turn here and drive another 20 miles to get to Manito. In Manito, you will come across a giant sign that will say “Mason County Road 2500N.” You will need to take a right turn at the sign and drive for another six miles. The entrance to the park should be in front of you. 

Entering Sand Ridge State Forest

The park is open year-round and is free for everyone. 

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Sand Ridge State Forest offers the best cross-country skiing, trap shooting, archery, and hiking trails in the region. You can also go hunting, hiking, or camping without worrying about getting lost; the trails are filled with signs and directions. There are hundreds of gorgeous places in the park where you can capture memorable pictures with your family. When you post about the area on social media, be sure to tag RVshare. You can also send your photos and stories to [email protected] We may even feature your pictures on our next blog.