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Middle Fork River State Forest

Middle Fork River State Forest is a recognized dark sky location in Illinois for stargazing and astronomy activities.

It is designated by DarkSky International (IDS) as a Dark Sky Park, which is internationally recognized for preserving a dark sky experience.

Bortle

Middle Fork River State Forest is rated Bortle Class 2.

Type

As a U.S. state forest, dispersed camping, also known as boondocking, is permitted away from car/RV campsites. This allows you to find even darker skies. A permit may be required.

For more info, see their website. See also all dark sky places in IL.


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