Carbondale Area Camping

For a full list of IDNR campgrounds in the path of totality to stay, please visit IDNR – Path with Parks.

camping at evergreen park

Evergreen Park

Evergreen Park, located at 1205 W. Pleasant Hill Road
Close to campus, Evergreen Park offers new accessible bathrooms, fishing at a 135-acre lake, and a great place for a picnic or to enjoy the playground. With the newly paved roads, parking lots, and sidewalks within the park, Evergreen is more accessible than ever. This pop-up campground provides ADA-accessible restroom facilities, a portable shower trailer, a community cooking and gathering pavilion, and onsite trash and recycling. This pop-up campground does not have potable water or electricity. Located 2.5 miles away from downtown Carbondale, bring your kayaks, fishing poles, bikes, hiking boots, and more- the endless recreation opportunities are endless. There are multiple packages priced per campsite with designated parking space reservation.

SIU’s Touch of Nature 2024 Eclipse Packages

One extended weekend price includes lodging, all activities and all meals on Saturday/Sunday/Monday, educational sessions, and prime eclipse viewing space. All activities will take place in our main camp, Camp 2.

Our staff, along with other amateur and professional astronomers, will be on hand to help everyone in attendance enjoy this event. We are happy to open this event up to people of all ages so bring the family, bring your school group, gather up your local astronomy club/group or just come on your own and enjoy the show.

Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee National Forest provides an array of camping experiences, catering to different preferences, ranging from primitive backpacking to fully equipped campgrounds with amenities such as showers and electrical sites. These campgrounds and picnic areas are strategically located in proximity to lakes and areas of extraordinary natural beauty, offering campers the chance to indulge in activities like hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. It’s important to note that campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as reservations are not accepted. Generally, the campgrounds operate from April 1 to December 15, with some exceptions. This timeframe coincides with various recreational opportunities, including the highly anticipated 2024 solar eclipse, making it an ideal destination for a memorable camping experience.

Giant City Park

Nestled within the captivating landscapes of Giant City, an exhilarating weekend retreat awaits, brimming with diverse and meticulously maintained campground facilities. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor as you choose from the 85 campsites of our esteemed Class A Campground. Here, you’ll discover a haven equipped with essential amenities like water, electricity, showers, and sanitary facilities, designed to ensure your comfort during both tent and trailer camping adventures. To secure your dream camping experience amidst the captivating Giant City, reservations can be made for our Class A sites. Finally, for the youthful souls and those seeking a simpler connection with nature, our youth group camp and primitive walk-in tent sites beckon, promising unforgettable memories under the cosmic gaze of the anticipated 2024 solar eclipse. Come, embrace the allure of Giant City’s transformative campground offerings and embark on a journey of exploration and self-discovery amidst nature’s breathtaking harmony.

Crab Orchard Campground

Experience the wonder of Crab Orchard Lake Campground, nestled in the beautiful northwestern part of Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It’s the perfect spot for nature lovers seeking a front row seat to witness a diverse range of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other amazing wildlife. And let’s not forget the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the serene lake – pure magic! Plus, guess what? The highly anticipated 2024 solar eclipse is coming up soon! So, why not seize this incredible opportunity to explore, discover, and create unforgettable memories at the Crab Orchard Lake Campground? Get ready to unleash your adventurous spirit under the cosmic gaze of the 2024 eclipse. Let’s make it happen!