Regional road trips are all the rage right now. Many folks feel most comfortable hopping in the car with their loved ones and exploring sights that are off the beaten path.   Since June is National Camping Month, take note – Southern Illinois has some awesome spots to camp!

Camping is a wonderful way to broaden your horizons and push yourself out of your comfort zone. There are several options in Shawnee Forest Country for large and small RVs, yurts, camping cabins, car camping as well as tent and backpacking. There are state parks, Shawnee National forest sites and privately owned campgrounds near hiking & biking trails across Southernmost Illinois for groups of all sizes and ages. Giant City, Ferne Clyffe, Dixon Springs, Cave In Rock, and Fort Massac are popular state park options. The Shawnee National Forest also offers locations that take your breath away. Shawnee Campground is an easy access, centrally located, full hook up campground with pull through sites located in Vienna and is family owned.

 Metropolis, located on the Ohio river, offers a favorite campground in Southern Illinois at Fort Massac State Park.  Situated in the middle of the park, this picturesque setting provides a serene relaxation station with plenty of adventures to find.  The campground has 50 A vehicular campsites, complete with electricity, a disposal station and a brand new 8 unit shower house.  The campground also has all new asphalt paved roads and 25 new camping pads.  The improvements don’t stop there.  The drainage system has also been improved as well as new lighting at the dump station.  Coming soon, visitors will be able to rent one of 5 newly constructed cabins that sleep 6 in each.  Reservations for camping can be made at https://camp.exploremoreil.com/.  Once you are at your site you can enjoy all the things Fort Massac State Park has to offer including picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, a fully stocked trout pond, and an 18 basket disc golf course that allows you to see the entire park while you play.  

ILLINOISouth 

There are certainly no shortage of places to camp in ILLINOISouth. Within our 22-county coverage area, dozens upon dozens of sites are available. The question is, what sites provide a great attraction or experience nearby? In Randolph County, we highly recommend a stay at the Fort Kaskaskia Campgrounds. You can wake up with a fantastic sunrise over the confluence of the MIssissippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, and witness an awesome sunset from that exact perch. Plus, you have great hiking at Piney Creek Ravine nearby as well as the sights of Popeye the Sailor Man in Chester, and much more! Right off of Interstate 64 lies the Grayville / I-64 KOA Holiday, which provides so many awesome amenities – it’s camping on steroids! This location has cabins, RV sites, and tent sites for folks to choose from. On top of that – there is a saloon, an electronic shooting gallery, 27 holes of mini-golf, a playground for the kiddos, and much more! Not far north is Beall Woods State Park in Wabash County, a GREAT place for a hike to experience one of the last remaining tracts of virgin timber east of the Mississippi River. In Clark County, folks love to stay at Lincoln Trail State Park. There are two Class A campgrounds, as well as a Class C campgrounds for tent campers – so there is something for every explorer at this site. There are great trails here to hike or bike on, and it’s not far away from the communities of Marshall and Casey – amazing towns where you can check out the World’s Largest Gavel, or climb up inside the World’s Largest Mailbox. Have fun camping! 

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