Dark Sky Trail and Amenities
Now, it’s still the only Dark Sky Park in Illinois, and the Champaign County Forest Preserve District (CCFPD) is making improvements that will enhance the dark sky viewing experience in the preserve. CCFPD received an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in September 2022 to support the construction of a dark sky trail and supporting amenities at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve.
The trail will improve accessibility at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve by providing new, ADA-compliant campsites, paved trails, and accessible seating. The existing Harry L. Swartz campground has been a popular destination for many years. Nearly every weekend, all sites are fully booked.