Local Outdoor Adventures

Hiking and Camping


Explore the world around you. You don’t have to go far to find adventure. Many great hiking and camping spots can be found within a short car ride of campus. Click on the pins in the map below to see some recommended locations.


< 60 Miles from Chambana
> 60 Miles from Chambana

Helpful Tips

Items noted with an asterisk in the lists below denote items that are available for rent at the Outdoor Center.

What to Bring

  • Tent with rain fly*
  • Sleeping bag*
  • Sleeping pad*
  • Flashlight + batteries
  • Firestarter
  • Eating utensils
  • Clothes for weather and chosen activities
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trash bags
  • Food
  • Water jugs and a reusable water bottle

Consider Bringing

  • Cooler*
  • Portable stove*
  • Cooking kit/utensils*
  • Navigation tools
  • Book
  • Star chart
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Supplies for camping activities, such as kayak*, book etc.

Outdoor Activities

  • Slacklining*
  • Canoeing/kayaking*
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Nature photography
  • Stargazing
  • S’more making
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Rock Climbing
  • Campsite games (e.g., bags, horseshoes, volleyball etc.)

Outdoor Gear Rentals


Get outdoors and experience your own adventure! Rent camping equipment and other outdoor recreation gear at the Campus Bike Center, located at 51 E Gregory Drive in Champaign. We offer everything you need for camping, plus you can get advice from our knowledgable staff on planning your excursion, what to take, and where to go.