Paul Wolff Campground

38W235 Big Timber Rd.
Elgin, IL


Paul Wolff Campground is open seasonally, May - October, each year.

Paul Wolff Campground sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Payment is accepted via cash, check and credit card.

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.

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 accepts payment via cash, check or credit card. Check-out is 2 p.m., each day.

The camp season runs from May 1 through the final Sunday in October, 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.

This campground/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 CLOSED for equestrian use at this campground/preserve.

Camping Brochure Campground Satisfaction Survey Preserve Map Horseback Riding Area


*Campgrounds are open from May 1 - late October. The campground will close for the 2022 season on Sunday, Oct. 23. 


  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Winter Activities