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  • Richard 6:51 am on January 22, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: Beck's Woods, bike touring, , Capron, , McHenry County Campgrounds, , touring   

    Beck’s Woods 

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    Beck’s Wood’s is one of my favorite local destinations. A quiet campground perched on a hill southwest of Capron in McHenry County. The  first entrance off Pagels Rd. is easy to miss but if you continue on Pagles into town you will find a parking lot on your left.

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    As with most county parks there are restroom facilities but no showers.  Ample wood supply made camp set  up way too easy.

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    There is a convenience store in town, adequate for an overnight stay.

    Turn Dist Turn Road Total Dist
    NCC Start at Girard St 0.00 mi
    NCC Go straight (WNW) on Girard St 0.00 mi
    0.03 mi Turn right (NNE) on to S 5th St 0.03 mi
    0.02 mi Turn left (WNW) on to SR 38 (E Lincoln Hwy) 0.05 mi
    0.07 mi Turn right (NNE) on to SR 23 (S 4th St) 0.13 mi
    0.30 mi Turn left (WNW) on to Fisk Ave 0.42 mi
    0.22 mi Turn right (NNE) on to N 1st St 0.65 mi
    1.29 mi Go straight (N) on to CR 22 (N 1st St) 1.93 mi
    3.39 mi Go straight (N) on to 5 Points Rd 5.32 mi
    2.01 mi Turn right (E) on to N Grove Rd 7.33 mi
    0.11 mi Turn left (N) on to Pleasant Hill Rd 7.45 mi
    6.25 mi Turn left (NNW) on to Genoa Rd 13.69 mi
    1.82 mi Turn right (E) on to Melms Rd 15.51 mi
    2.85 mi Turn left (N) on to N State Rd 18.36 mi
    1.00 mi Keep left (N) on to CR 35 (Genoa Rd) 19.36 mi
    0.53 mi Keep right (N) on to Genoa Rd 19.89 mi
    1.50 mi Turn left (W) on to CR 31 (Harmony Rd) 21.39 mi
    0.55 mi Keep right (N) on to CR 31 (County Line Rd) 21.94 mi
    0.17 mi Keep right (N) on to County Line Rd 22.11 mi
    2.42 mi Go straight (W) on to Slough Rd 24.53 mi
    1.04 mi Turn right (N) on to CR 3 (Garden Prairie Rd) 25.57 mi
    2.03 mi Turn right (E) on to US 20 27.60 mi
    1.01 mi Turn left (N) on to County Line Rd 28.61 mi
    8.02 mi Turn right (ENE) on to CR 16 (Flat Iron Rd) 36.63 mi
    0.81 mi Keep left (NNE) on to Pagles Rd 37.44 mi
    3.16 mi Finish at 5940 Pagles Rd 40.60 mi
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  • Richard 3:49 pm on September 8, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: bicycle, , , MacQueen, touring   

    Getting Out 

    MacQueen Forest Preserve is one of those places where one does not think of camping because it’s local. 20 miles out, north of Kirkland on Scout Rd., the ride is easy.  However if you want to spend a night away from home without a lot of pre-logistics it’s the place to go.

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    $4.00 a tent, restrooms but no shower factilities. Firewood is easy to find and can be purchased.

     
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