Review of Jubilee College State Park Campground in Brimfield, Illinois
May 2010 – 1 Night
The campground atmosphere is like most average campgrounds. There are 3 camping loops with a special parking area for primitive camping. We stayed in loop C on campsite 9. The loops are pretty much open atmosphere. I tend to like more trees and seclusion when camping, but it was ok. The park itself is quite large with many things to do. There is a historical area that we did not get to. There is also a very large day use area and multiple trail heads to do hiking or mountain biking from.
Campsite spacing appeared to be fairly decent with plenty of grassy area between sites. Most sites did not have any type of natural barrier between them, but overall had a fair amount of space.
Campsite quality was decent. Most sites were gravel back-ins with a picnic table and steel fire shell with cooking grate. Our site did not require any leveling from side to side, but did have quite a bit of slope to it. I’d say most sites appeared to be fairly level.
There are many hiking trails throughout the park. We hiked just a short ways down a trail that started right next to our campsite. It was a nice wide path for the kids to run on. We also hiked down to the fishing pond which was also a nice little hike. I’ve been to the day use area before and I know there is an extensive trail system throughout the park.
There is no place for boating within the park.
There is a small fishing pond stocked with fish. You have to hike a short distance to get to it, but it is short enough that my one year old made the hike down to the pond, I carried him back after fishing. We did not catch anything, but the kids did have a few nibbles. I could visibly see quite a few fish in the pond and if you were there long enough, I bet you could catch something. It is not a very large pond and I am guessing that it may get quite crowded during the summer camping season.
Very nice park for the kids and family. It was only a 45 minute drive for us, so it was a nice place to go for one night of camping. The kids had plenty of area to run around in the grassy camping area. The separate camping loops would make it nice for kids to ride their bikes within your camping loop. You do have to drive to get to the large day use area, historical area and other trail heads. There is a zoo within a few miles called Wildlife Prairie State Park that is also a nice place to take kids. We did not go on this trip, but I have been to the park in the past.
This was a nice park to visit for an evening. With the other hiking trails and historical area, it would be a nice place to visit for a whole weekend to take in some of the other hiking trails. It is only about fifteen minutes outside of Peoria, Illinois.
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- Rated 2.5 stars
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