With 1,702 acres of hardwood forest, grassy meadows, prairie, and plenty of access to the river, creek, and man-made ponds, Middle Fork really does have something for everyone. About a 45 minute drive from Champaign-Urbana, this park also offers a campground and serves as one of Illinois' waterfowl management areas. Fishing is another popular activity here.
There are seven miles of hiking trails, and thanks to the water that has shaped the park the terrain is rather hilly, a rarity in central Illinois. The trails are not difficult but offer slightly more challenging terrain than Champaign county's other forest preserves. There is also a waterfowl management area with 130 acres of nesting habitat, which can be viewed from the viewing platform provided by the park. In addition to waterfowl, there are abundant deer, birds, and butterflies here.
The campground is in the woods near the swimming beach, and includes sites for RVs and tents. There is a showerhouse and restrooms are available.