white oak Burnidge Forest Preserve & Paul Wolff Campground

Rutland Township
Elgin Township

Forest Preserve entrance:
14N035 Coombs Rd.
Elgin, IL
Campground entrance:
38W235 Big Timber Rd.
Elgin, IL

Horseback Riding
Picnic Areas
Winter Activities

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Paul Wolff Campground

*Campgrounds are open from May 1 - Oct. 31. Within Burnidge Forest Preserve is Paul Wolff Campground. Paul Wolff Campground contains 89 improved, vehicle camp sites with 50-amp electrical service, water access, parking pad and fire ring. Improved camp sites are available to vehicle campers or tent campers. Each improved site is capable of handling a 50-foot motorhome. There are also 5 equestrian camp sites, where you may camp with your horse(s); and 10 primitive, wooded sites for tent camping only, away from the main camping area. Primitive sites do not have electric service and are available, weather permitting. All camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not taken.

2019 camp fees are as follows:

  • Improved camp site (with electric and water):
    Kane County residents: $20/day
    Nonresidents: $35/day

  • Primitive camp site:
    Kane County residents: $12/day
    Nonresidents: $18/day

  • Equestrian camp site (with electric and water):
    Kane County residents: $15/day
    Nonresidents: $25/day

  • Dump station (not registered):
    Kane County residents: $15
    Nonresidents: $15

  • Firewood:
    Bundle: $5

Firewood is available at the campground office for $5 per bundle. Outside firewood is allowed to be brought into the campground, however, all firewood must either be completely burned or left on site. No firewood will be allowed to be taken off site, due to the Emerald Ash Borer quarantine and restrictions by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Paul Wolff Campground only accepts cash and checks for payment. Credit cards are not accepted. Check-out is 2 p.m., each day.

The camp season runs from May 1 to Oct. 31 each year. For more information about camp site availability and conditions, call our campground hotline at (630) 444-1200.

You’ll find plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy all the recreation this forest preserve and family campground have to offer.  Burnidge is located on Coombs Road, west of Randall Road. Paul Wolff Campground is located within Burnidge, 1 mile west of Randall Road on Big Timber Road.

An RTP Grant awarded in 2008 provided the District with additional funding for the development of the expanded campground and trail system.

For more information on Paul Wolff Campground within Burnidge Forest Preserve in Elgin, or Big Rock Campground within Big Rock Forest Preserve, please view our Camping brochure.

Campers: Tell us your thoughts on Paul Wolff Campground! Please fill-out our Campground Satisfaction Survey.

Burnidge Forest Preserve

Beautiful vistas and rolling terrain are the outstanding features of Burnidge Forest Preserve, one of the largest preserves in the District.  There are several different plant communities and soil types here. Oak woodlands cover the hills on the southwest portion of the preserve and mingle with the marsh at lower elevations. A restored prairie stretches to the north, and a small creek meanders toward Tyler Creek. Visitors can walk trails throughout the preserve and observe a diversity of wildlife in these natural communities. Nearly 600 acres of rolling terrain contain a series of watersheds that filter into the Tyler Creek greenway.

You’ll enjoy 9 miles of hiking trails here, including a 2.25-mile, multipurpose trail suitable for hiking, biking or equestrian use.  You'll also be able to view plants and wildlife in their natural habitats. There are also stocked fish ponds. No swimming is allowed.

This preserve includes a horseback riding area.  Most horse trails are natural surface, mowed grass paths. Limestone screenings trails and asphalt bike trails are available in some of the preserves. These are multi-use trails shared with runners, bicyclists, dog walkers etc. Horse riders are required to stay on designated, forest preserve-maintained trails. Trail riding is not allowed in restricted natural areas, Illinois Nature Preserves, picnic areas or in farmed areas. To prevent trail damage during wet weather, trails may be temporarily closed. Individual forest preserves will post a sign at the entrance when horse trails are closed. Trails are currently OPEN for equestrian use at this preserve.

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