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John Schirle - book author

John Schirle was raised in central Illinois and has been back in his home state since 1993. Since his college days he has loved getting away in the outdoors: camping, hiking, canoeing, and more recently, caving. As a result he's spent countless hours scouring the region for the ever-elusive ideal tent-camping getaway. He's had a personal goal for some years of visiting every single state park in Illinois (which he hasn't yet achieved-though he's a lot closer now!). Over the year's he's been a Bible translator in central Africa, a college professor, camp program director, and is currently a children's librarian in his hometown of Decatur, Illinois.

John Schirle is the author of books: The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos, Best Tent Camping: Illinois: Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

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For the outdoor enthusiast, Illinois has it all: rivers to canoe, lakes to fish, trails to hike and bike, and plenty of quiet places to camp. This indispensable guide is aimed at the tent camper who wants to enjoy these things up close. Unlike other guides that merely list all campgrounds, The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois profiles in detail the 50 best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded. Here is essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground, the best sites, and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking. The guide covers well-known parks as well as some campgrounds that are local secrets that can’t be found on Internet searches.