Paul Wolff Campground

38W235 Big Timber Rd.
Elgin, IL


Paul Wolff Campground is located within Burnidge Forest Preserve, one mile west of Randall Road on Big Timber Road, at 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin, IL. Paul Wolff Campground is open seasonally, May  1 - October 15, each year. 

Camp sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not accepted. Payment is accepted via cash, check and credit card. Check-out is 2 p.m., each day.

The 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 (available at Campground Office):
    Bundle: $5

Note: 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.

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

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 OPEN for equestrian use at this campground/preserve.

For more information, please view our Camping brochure. For more information about camp site availability and conditions, call our campground hotline at (630) 444-1200.

Camping Brochure Campground Satisfaction Survey Preserve Map Horseback Riding Area


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