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Things to Do in Big Rock, Illinois

This big-hearted small town is a popular camping, hunting, and fishing getaway set against rolling hills and unspoiled natural beauty.


The annual Big Rock Plowing Match is a harvest tradition going back over 120 years, where visitors can enjoy a wholesome festival with live entertainment, a horse show and carnival, and get a glimpse at the strength, skill, and accuracy required to maintain the attractive farm fields of the surrounding area. 

Esther's Place, a bed-and-breakfast in an idyllic sheep farm setting, educates visitors about crafting traditions with fiber arts classes and is a provider of locally sourced knitting wool. More Polish Pottery, the Midwest's largest retailer of Polish-made pottery, is an offbeat indicator of the hidden gem retailers you'll find here in Big Rock and throughout the Aurora Area. 

The Big Rock Forest Preserve offers miles of wooded trails on over 840 acres suitable for hiking and horseback riding, and a beautiful quarry lake that's popular with anglers and paddlers. Nearly 100 vehicle-accessible, powered campsites with fire rings are available at Big Rock Forest Preserve, offering creature comforts in the great outdoors. An additional dozen or so primitive, tent-only sites are also available for the outdoorsy type who prefers to rough it underneath wide open prairie skies. 

For a deep dive into the rich history of Big Rock, visit the Big Rock Historical Society Museum, collector of local facts and lore, including displays about Plowman's Park and an extensive selection of military history. 

Big Rock Campground Big Rock Campground
Located within the 821-acre Big Rock Forest Preserve, there are 100 improved camping sites (RVs or tents), including 10 primitive tent-only sites and ...View Details
Big Rock Forest Preserve Big Rock Forest Preserve
Mature woodlands, high-quality marshes, tallgrass prairie, clear-running creeks and a 65-foot deep lake are just some of the highlights of Big Rock Fo...View Details
Big Rock Historical Society Museum Big Rock Historical Society Museum
A Big Rock historical collection including school items, Plowing Match memorabilia, a military section from WWI through Iraq, home items and farm item...View Details
Big Rock Plowing Match Big Rock Plowing Match
A step back in time: plowing competition, horse show, art & craft show, carnival, great food, auction of winning baked goods, prince & princes...View Details
Deer Valley Golf Course Deer Valley Golf Course
9-hole executive golf course, par 29. Distance: 1,358 yards. 46W994...View Details
Esther's Place Esther's Place
Join educator and fiber artist Natasha Lehrer in a memorable experience with nature’s beauty. Take a fiber art class and learn how to make handm...View Details
More Polish Pottery More Polish Pottery
More Polish Pottery is the leading Midwest retailer for Ceramkia Artystyczna polish pottery stoneware. Guests can shop a vast selection of thousands o...View Details
Plowman's Park Plowman's Park
Rural park with buildings and mini train track. Location of the annual Big Rock Plowing Match. Photo credit: Joshua Schultz....View Details


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